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Fired Mutsvangwa savages Grace, G40

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Friday fired War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and immediately replaced him with his deputy Tshinga Dube.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Mutsvangwa’s dismissal was revealed at Dube’s swearing in ceremony at State House yesterday.

“He was relieved of his duties yesterday [Friday],” principal director in the Information ministry Regis Chikowore told journalists .

Mutsvangwa, who is the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman, was last Thursday suspended from Zanu PF for three years for verbally abusing First Lady Grace.

He was suspended alongside his wife Monica and Zanu PF women’s league secretary for administration Espinah Nhari, whose crime was to chant an anti-G40, slogan at a rally addressed by Grace last year.

Grace is said to be the G40 kingpin while those fired or suspended from the party are said to be in Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction.

The Zanu PF politburo also expelled seven youth league provincial chairpersons over the fallout with Grace.

Mutsvangwa’s fate was sealed a fortnight ago when he tried to lead war veterans in a demonstration after the First Lady attacked the former fighters, Mnangagwa and the military at a rally in Chiweshe.

Grace accused Mnangagwa of trying to wrestle power from her husband. The demonstration by the war veterans was crushed by riot police who tear-gassed the former freedom fighters.

Mugabe was forced to make a televised address berating Mutsvangwa for organising an unsanctioned meeting and complained bitterly about Zanu PF officials that attacked his wife in public.

At his 92nd birthday celebrations, Mugabe also spoke against the growing attacks against the First Lady.

The new War Veterans minister, Dube said his ministry would embark on an exercise to “re-organise” the liberation war fighters.

“We are aware that the war veterans are divided, so are war collaborators and ex-detainees,” he said.

“There are divisions all over that could make it difficult for us to administer them. So we will maybe work on a programme to have them administered under a command structure like the army.

“Remember, these are trained people and we dream of a time when we can get them uniforms and medals.”

Dube, who was accompanied by his daughter and a granddaughter, said he did not know why Mugabe had summoned him to State House.

“I thought the president wanted me to brief him on some issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mutsvangwa yesterday suggested Grace was leading G40, claiming the group had a direct link to State House.

“They seem to know what is happening at State House [Mugabe’s official residence] that all other citizens do not know,” he said.

“They seem to have the privilege of proximity and there is a gradual subversion of the State.”

“They are using the analogy of a frog — that you cannot capture it and keep it in a bath tub,” he added.

“It will escape, but if you are clever you gradually add warm water into the tub.

“Being an amphibian, it will adjust and as the water gets hotter, the frog will adjust itself to death. That is what is happening in our country now.”

Mutsvangwa said after meeting Mugabe for two hours prior to the fateful politburo meeting, he felt he could not trust the 92 year old leader.

“I left with the million dollar question of whether I could trust him,” he said.

“The man I had trusted and served for 40 years was no longer there.

“I came out unsure of whether I could hang onto his word. I left with a distinct feeling of mistrust.”

Mutsvangwa said he was never given a chance to defend himself before he was suspended from the Zanu PF politburo.

29 Responses to Fired Mutsvangwa savages Grace, G40

  1. wisdomtooth March 6, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    There is a common thread of this feeling of mistrust and untrustworthy. Mai Mujuru said the same thing in her recent verbatisms published in the media. It appears their boss indeed is nolonger the same man. Those inside and supposedly close better take heed.

    • David March 7, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      True!

    • Beck March 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      tHE COUNTRY HAS GONE TO THE DOGS AND IS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN, WHAT WE NEED NOW ARE BOOTS ON THE GROUND TO REMOVE THIS DEMAGOGUE

  2. gen spinola March 6, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    The old man hasn’t changed much,that is, the tactics he employs when removing his perceived enemies,he is simply ruthless.People should not forget that the first victims were the late Wilfred Mhanda, Benard Manyadza,Happison Nenjie etc when they were ruthlessly purged from Zanla,and party in Mozambique during the 70s, only to be released after the cease fire towards the end of 1979.The man is still using the same methods of purging his enemies.Those who are benefiting from this current purging should not rejoice because they are potential victims of purging in the future.The situation had been worsened by the entry into politics of his foul mouthed wife.This woman is divisive and would stop at nothing in uprooting any body she perceives to be standing on her way.She had been strategically positioned in a kangaroo court christened as the disciplinary committee and for anyone to appear before it, is simply a formality as the dismissals are announced in rallies on vague offences such as “disrespecting the first lady”

    • Madzibaba Joshua March 6, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      True gen spinola this purging is not a new thing since its been there since the 70s.
      H’urricane Grace’ is not being groomed to take as the ‘Ayatollah’ himself said,but she is being put in strategic organs of the party where she will have a say on who will take over.
      The ‘Ayatollah’ himself has clearly stated that he is going nowhere until ‘God says come’.
      Recently in Masvingo he clearly said his target is to be around until when he turns 100.
      So the hiring and firing will carry on.

  3. FromTheHip March 6, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    He appears to be under the control of his wife. For whatever reason: family loyalty, old age dependency, or something more nefarious, she seems to be the one with the final say, whatever he himself may initially favour ir indicate to his party. She has the power of veto.Hence the uncertainty and prevarication resulting in mistrust.

  4. Juju March 6, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Cde Tshinga we are not fools please what do you mean you didn’t know why he summoned you to the state house ,you brought your kids and even grandchildren to brief his excellency?

    • Cde March 6, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

      kkkkkkkkk

    • Talibs March 7, 2016 at 12:01 am #

      Lol…thats a good one. Atengesa ma CDEs ake Dube

  5. Byo March 6, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    Mugabe is a good man..mutsvangwa behaves like an uneducated man.insulting our first lady..ubhotshela emthonjeni onathela kiwo.

  6. Munya March 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    Is this the end of zanupf?

  7. matsikachando March 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    What’s new about Our Good Old Mugabe Lest we forget Gumbo Rugare and others languished in pit cells for having told Mugabe that they saw no wrong in merging with Zapu.

    • Cde March 6, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

      Byo bvunza kuti ZIPA yakaparadzwa sei

  8. zakajerera March 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Jabu was n is right bedroom coup Bt she mustn’t ever fool herself

  9. Musona March 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    Getting a bitter taste of his own medicine this moron, Mutsvangwa. Has been thrown out of the bus. Outside looking in. Thought he was bullet-proof. The Super war vet has fallen.

  10. SHIBOBO March 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    It is now very clear that Mugabe’s agenda is to pave the way for his wife to succeed him. The problem is that the Zanu PF people are too stupid to realise it.

    The likes of Chris Mutswangwa and them have been used and discarded like condoms by the callous Mugabe and his divide and rule tactic is paying dividends for him. Even the likes of Munangagwa are too stupid to see all this!!!!

    • Cde March 6, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

      divide and rule shuwa, Jabu – Matebeleland, Mutsvangwa Mashonaland, Dube Matebeleland. Vachachinjwa wachidaro. Ko team yaHunzvi irikupi, ndovanofanirwa ku gadzirisa nyaya ye welfare yema WarVets edu. Vanogona, vakambogona.

  11. matsikachando March 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    Though l abhore Gumbo Mtasa and all who seem to have suddenly realised ZANU is was and will remain a self agrandisement party,l cannot ignore the prophetic saying “Vultures have invaded the party”Why allow Jonathan all this room?Why is it that those with clear liberation history are always on the receiving end.Baba mugabe it real is you who will be the last revolutionary to be ejected from the revolutionary party.Zvinobhowa kuona vanhu jostling for posts in anticipation of someone’s death more so when Jostler number one is one’s spouse. NAUSITING IT REALLY IS

  12. GushungowekuGP March 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    Politburo meetings are now conducted by two members in the comfort of a bedroom. The official ZANU PF politburo is a gathering to just be informed of the decision made in the bedroom.

  13. ladza March 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

    Mutsvangwa was blasting doctor Joice not long ago calling her all kind of names ,little did he know that he was going to be next in line,there is more drama to follow .

  14. Nehanda March 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    Mutsvangwa whether you hate First Lady or not talks too much. He deserves it. Anosvota murume uyu besides that are issues now in Zanu pf. He deserves it

    • Grace Jones March 7, 2016 at 2:52 am #

      unosvota iwe isu we love him . he speaks what we say privately. Pamberi na Mutsvangwa. Pamberi ne ma War vets

  15. Mbabazane March 7, 2016 at 1:52 am #

    Remember the TB Joshua prophecy. slowly unfolding in Zim.

  16. marie March 7, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    i remember the man vividly at a rally in Notorn how he said anyone not voting Mugabe should consider himself an alien and has no space in Zim Politics…. that was just after we had been seriously beaten and force marched to the rally for accused of being opposition SUPPORTERS. Zvamuwanawo

  17. obina March 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    “They are using the analogy of a frog — that you cannot capture it and keep it in a bath tub,” he added.

    “It will escape, but if you are clever you gradually add warm water into the tub.

    “Being an amphibian, it will adjust and as the water gets hotter, the frog will adjust itself to death. That is what is happening in our country now.”

    #MeLike the expression

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  19. ndame March 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    what is now a war vat. A bunch of old people hamuchina zvamunogonakanhi imi. Zviedzeeyi tione

  20. mukanya March 13, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    Cde mutsvangwa mehere are you now. You are now gabadge of zanu pf. yours words for mai mujuru were so nasty so in zanu pf you strive on lies. The revolution is now eating ist sons and daughters. Musacheme Vamutsvangwa imbeu yamakarima its now time for harvest. What you sow is what you rip cde

  21. nehanda Nyakasikana March 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Hanzi na Tshinga Dube tinoda kugadzira uniform for war vets and place them under a command structure. …Kkkkk maCdes muchakairiswa neZanu muchinyanya. ..I once said that war vets were too partisan and had never represented any national agenda. . they’ll remain at the mercy of Zanu shame on you mavakuitwa sezvidhori zve Zanu manje…hameno henyu

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