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Another plot to oust Mujuru ally

SOME senior Zanu-PF officials in Manicaland are reportedly planning to oust the provincial chairman Ambassador John Mvundura, as more woes continue to mount for loyalists of Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The planned ouster of Mvundura comes after a Zanu PF faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa pushed out Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa.

Another Mujuru ally, Killian Gwanetsa was last week given a vote of no confidence by the Masvingo executive. Gwanetsa is however challenging his ouster saying the meeting that overthrew him was not properly constituted.

Sources told The Standard yesterday that there are plans to bus in people to demonstrate against Mvundura and his allies at the Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting to be held at Marymount Teachers College in Mutare today.

“We heard there are plans to move a motion of no confidence vote in the provincial chair. They think he should also be sacrificed just like what is happening to Mujuru,” said one senior member who refused to be named.

“We are having our Provincial Coordinating Committee tomorrow [Sunday] and that is where they want to move that motion.

“However, it won’t be easy for those trying to plan that coup because the chairman is firmly in control and he is not guilty of all those allegations levelled against him,” another senior official said.

Another Zanu PF official from Manicaland said the plan to oust Mvundura was on orders from senior national officials who view leaders allegedly sympathetic to Mujuru as threats.

“Even if they fail to move the motion tomorrow, they will still push for it but they might be running out of time. Those behind the plan should be prepared to fight,” said another senior provincial executive who identified the deputy Information minister Supa Mandiwanzira as the brains behind the plot.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Mandiwanzira denied ever planning to unseat anyone.

“That is coming from people who are guilty of something and as far as I am concerned and as the provincial secretary for Information, I am not aware of that. I am actually in my constituency doing developmental work and not planning to unseat anyone,” Mandiwanzira said.

“The question to be asked by those making those allegations is: what are they afraid of?” said Mandiwanzira.

A Zanu PF official from Manicaland province said those behind the plot to oust Mvundura “were behaving as if Zanu PF has never held a congress,” warning that it would not succeed.

“They want to have their Arab Spring revolution. In Manicaland, they won’t succeed as members are united towards the chairman,” the official said.
The Mnangagwa faction is pursuing a two-pronged approach to ensure that its people get key positions during the congress. The faction is pushing through amendments to the Zanu PF constitution to enable President Robert Mugabe to appoint his deputy and politburo members.

The faction has also roped in First Lady Grace Mugabe who has been attacking Mujuru during her nationwide rallies.

The Mnangagwa faction is also pushing to control the provinces as a fall back measure if plans to amend the constitution fail.

Mvundura was first seconded to lead the party while he was still Ambassador to Cuba following the removal of Mike Madiro and his deputy Dorothy Mabika. He went on to beat Monica Mutsvangwa in the elections to land the powerful post in November last year.

Close sources told The Standard the plot to oust all provincial chairpersons perceived to be aligned to Mujuru would move to Mashonaland East, Midlands and Mashonaland Central before congress and replace them with Mnangagwa loyalists.

Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo on Friday said the move to pass a vote of no confidence in provincial chairmen was along factional lines.

7 Responses to Another plot to oust Mujuru ally

  1. cheyameni November 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    ko rugare,if you are saying the vote of no confidence is being done along factional lines,how did the voting go.is it not that you,khaya moyo dydymo mutasa ,kaukonde,mavhaire and others used money to ensure that your faction wins? is it not that you were avoiding conductiong elections in places or districts weher your faction didnt have support and ppl waited no end and no poling officer arrived to conduct the elections becoz you,khaya mutasa and mujuru plotted all this.reason why mafios lost,mutwavangwa losta nd every other candiate on munangagwa’s side lost.now you are being voted out,u cry.but you staterd it,u live by the sword u die by the sword.but rugare u amza me,u surprise me,an old man like u wanting to lick joyce;s butt.shame.

    • chabvondoka November 3, 2014 at 8:10 am #

      Its better he licks a woman’s butt unlike you who lick that of another man. Shgame on you a 1000 times

  2. annanian November 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    The level of holiganism in ZANU PF and jostling for power is affecting the development of the country and even individual homes. Imagine the pressure that is going on in Mujuru and Mnangagwa as individuals. What are they thinking and feeling as leaders of the party, government and households. Even their children and ministries they are heading are feeling it. All for political survival. They are also channeling the human and financial resources to guard their political and personal interests. CIO, and even soldiers alligned to each one. All because there is bad spirit of accidents and extreme risk of sabotage. Noble thing would for the two to just call for peace or resign.

  3. Billy Pule November 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    This whole saga was created by Mugabe. Honestly at 90 and no succession planning on his part has really paralysed Zimbabwe. I told my school mates back in 1980 when Mugabe was swept to power that Muzorewa was a much better option, but the British made sure that elections were rigged in Mugabe’s favour because the war would not have ended if he lost. Look at what he did to Tsvangson! Zimbabwe could be more prosperous than even South Africa right now! Dont even call him a sellout because imo mu Zanu macho vakazara masellout!

  4. Karigamombe November 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    The reason why Leaders cling on to power will be to protect previous corrupt activities.The President is a well learned man who knows that in Leadership there are turns. Ushe madzoro unless all his Degrees where all fake ones which were all bestowed to him through the back door. If they were not in our World History it’s only Dictators who cling on to power and try to convince the general public that there is no one else who can rule like what I do and they pretend to unite there people by means of giving them seeds and fertilisers. Yet if you groom a Successor there is always stability and prosperity. Who can come forward and say I have so much prosperity in Zimbabwe. You go everywhere you see suffering people selling Tomatoes and Onions plus vegetables. Is that what you call prosperity. Children are being send away,those who build back yard shacks are destroyed yet Grace will just chase you away from your farm and she gets it. What a shame

  5. Karigamombe November 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    The reason why Leaders cling on to power will be to protect previous corrupt activities.The President is a well learned man who knows that in Leadership there are turns. Ushe madzoro unless all his Degrees where all fake ones which were all bestowed to him through the back door. If they were not then he should know that he needs a Successor . If you look in our World History it’s only Dictators who cling on to power and try to convince the general public that there is no one else who can rule like what I do and they pretend to unite there people by means of giving them seeds and fertilisers. Yet if you groom a Successor there is always stability and prosperity. Who can come forward and say I have so much prosperity in Zimbabwe. You go everywhere you see suffering people selling Tomatoes and Onions plus vegetables. Is that what you call prosperity. Children are being send away,those who build back yard shacks are destroyed yet Grace will just chase you away from your farm and she gets it. What a shame

    • maita November 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      He got the degrees whilst in jail, after jail he was schemming on how to stay in power so he did not read further.

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