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Mujuru gets lifeline

A Zanu PF faction linked to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has suffered a major setback as its strategy to weaken the Vice-President Joice Mujuru and then to force her to resign before the December elective congress has hit a brick wall.

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The faction, which had roped in First Lady Grace Mugabe, is now pinning hopes on proposed amendments that seek to allow Mugabe to appoint the two VPs and the party’s national chairman.

Under the current Zanu PF constitution, the three positions are contested.

Zanu PF sources said yesterday the Mnangagwa faction had tried different strategies in a bid to topple Mujuru without success and was now clinging on their last option; to manipulate the constitution.

The first option, according to Zanu PF insiders was to rope in Grace to spearhead their anti-Mujuru campaign and at the same time promoting Mnangagwa as a potential VP candidate, but that has since backfired.

“The strategy by the Mnangagwa camp was to use Grace to stop the Mujuru camp but she went ballistic in overdrive, well beyond what they expected and the strategy has backfired. The Grace factor has in effect inadvertently reinforced the Mujuru camp,” a Zanu PF insider said.

He said that the Mnangagwa camp’s attempt to move towards suspending and firing all Mujuru aligned chairpersons across the country had fallen foul of the party constitution, further putting the plot against Mujuru into disarray.

“Their next strategy is to amend the constitution to allow Mugabe to appoint the VPs and the national chairman. That can only be done through the central committee which will sit before congress,” said a Zanu PF official loyal to Mujuru.

“The constitution might be amended soon to give powers to the President to appoint the Presidium. As it stands, the post of the two VPs and the national chairperson is contested for at congress but with the proposed amendments, this would change,” said a politburo member.

The move, sources said, was meant to stifle Mujuru who apparently fell out of favour with Mugabe following reports that she had met American diplomats under the cover of darkness, an allegation made by whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks.

While some Politburo members confirmed the plans to change the constitution, party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said he was not aware of such a development, noting it would not succeed.

“It’s yet to come to us in that form. The amendments brought to us deal with the abolishing of districts, adding of central committee figures and how things are supposed to be done,” he said.

“The appointment and voting at congress, those ones we haven’t received them. However, appointments will not do because the constitution demands that the President, two VPs and now chairman are contested posts. We don’t see it [the change] happening. We will wait and see.”

Other Zanu PF insiders alleged yesterday that there were attempts by Mugabe to isolate Mujuru ahead of congress.

The execution of the plan involved summoning key Mujuru allies and sweet-talking them into dumping her. They said so far Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa had been called by Mugabe who allegedly promised him the party chairmanship. Sources within the Mnangagwa faction said several other powerful party cadres in the Mujuru camp were also been courted — the plan being to “convert” them and leave Mujuru in the cold.

Mutasa, Mujuru and Mnangagwa could not be reached for comment yesterday.

But Zanu PF insiders said Mujuru was likely to remain Vice-President, even after the congress.

“Her advisors have told her to hang on. She is riding the storm; she has nothing to worry about. First, Grace’s intention was to make the President fire her or to force her to resign and that did not happen. She wanted her prosecuted on allegations of corruption but Mugabe can’t have her prosecuted on the basis of hearsay,” said a source.

With only three weeks to go before the congress, the party is yet to start nominations with party sources saying these would begin a few days before congress. Meanwhile, the two Zanu PF factions have taken their fights to the provinces where they are trying to outdo each other with suspensions and votes of no confidence being thrown all over.

It remains to be seen however whether this flurry of suspensions and votes of no confidence that have become the order of the day will stick at all.

The fights are for the control of provinces that are crucial in securing key nominations at congress.
In Harare yesterday, a faction of Zanu PF youths lambasted provincial youth chairman Godwin Gomwe for allegedly causing divisions in the party.

Gomwe is said to have engineered Thursday’s attempted vote of no confidence on provincial chairman Amos Midzi. The following day youths aligned to him barricaded the venue that the former diplomat was supposed to hold a press conference to speak on attempts to oust him.

The fights escalated yesterday when demonstrators, apparently from a rival faction, carried placards that read: “President please save us from corrupt Gomwe, Midzi haaende, mvura nemagetsi ndozvinoenda, pasi naJonathan Moyo and First Lady ndevedu tose.” [Midzi is not going anywhere . . . down with Jonathan Moyo and the First Lady is for us all.]

“The First Lady united Cdes Gomwe and Midzi in a bid to thwart factionalism but he [Gomwe] vowed to fight on. This proves he did not heed the First Lady’s ‘unity accord,’” said Tendai Diwa, Harare youth league commissar.

Diwa said Gomwe had been served with papers of suspension and his deputy, Eddison Takataka, had been appointed acting chairperson.

Gomwe yesterday hit back, rubbishing his supposed suspension saying he could not be fired by a handful of people when he was elected by thousands of party members.

13 Responses to Mujuru gets lifeline

  1. This time havalume November 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    first they roped in Grace, but it backfired. then they roped in Mugabe himself, and again its backfiring even worse. the plan has failed and it has failed dismally. Viva Teurai Ropa viva!!!. Teurai Ropa for President!!! you are unstopable mama

    • cheyameni November 10, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      keepdreaming all you garmatox.joyce ndiye usingalumi and when it finally happens,go back kudzimba dzenyu inpeace.zanu chiororo.mukadzi haatongi munomunyika

  2. Kufandada November 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    So the congress resolution from the floor will proceed.
    “That the people of Zimbabwe and ZanuPF express their gratitude and profound appreciation of to the President and First Secretary of ZanuPF,His Excellency the Mighty tCommander for the Armed Forces of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of 14 universities in Zimbabwe,for his wise leadership in waging the war of liberation of Zimbabwe,together with Joshua Nkomo and other fallen comrades,for liberating the land from the kindred of the colonisers,and that this party ZanuPF,the 51 year old liberation movement,today and now resolves that His Excellency and First Secretary,Robert Gabriel Mugabe,must be allowed to retire and to rest from active Government Service.The President will therefore resign from his government post in 90days,but remain First Secretary of the ruling party for a period of two years,after which he will retire permanently from active politics.Dr Kenneth Kaunda is welcome to this congress to congratulate his brother from the Federation for a noble decision which is good for ZanuPF and good for the country.New team: Chairman: Mutasa,President of Zimbabwe:Joyce Mujuru,Deputy Presidents,Emmerson Mnangagwa and Khaya Moyo,Secretary for Administration>Dr Callistus Ndhlove.Pamberi ne Zanu,pamberi nekubatana.

  3. mkewuhi November 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    This is wishful thinking and a warped analysis by the writer. Mujuru is finished – even she herself knows it. Like her on not, Grace Mugabe is currently the most powerful person in ZANU.

    • Chisoro November 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      Mujuru might have the support, but personally, I think we are not ready for a Female president. After suffering abuse from Robert, can you imagine being called Mugabe’s wife because you cant dare challenge him. So having Joyce as the next President will be the worst bitter pill to swallow, because it will mean playing cockerel again, this time to a woman. My male chauvinistic ego can not accept this, and I am not the only one.

      We will need some normal situation to obtain first before we can accept a Female Prez.

  4. Wezhira Wezhara November 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Mujuru is finished….the writer claims the rival faction has suffered a major setback but doesn’t say what that setback is and instead tries to prop up Mujuru but it just shows bias from the writer…Mliswa,Gwanetsa,Midzi,Jabulani are out as we speak asi Hanzi purge has failed….even Mujuru knows the game is up that is why she is now making plans to cross to Mavambo….Her Plan to replace Mugabe at congress has been thwarted

  5. NBS November 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    May the Lord himself raise up a leader to lead this nation; a man after His own heart. A man like King David; a man who is wise in the knowledge of the Lord. may God save Zimbabwe from its politicians; the encumbants as well as the opposition. But all said and done-what ZPF have done to Mujuru disgusts me. When the Lord comes will he find any faith and holiness here. let us in Zimbabwe repent! Only true repentance will bring restoration.

  6. cash talk November 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    This was the same reporting leading up to the GNU that Tsvangirai and MDC were in control and will make Zanu play ball….again leading up to last year’s elections that MDC was going to walk all over Zanu and now this. The last politburo meeting was held after a very vsible and open gathering which Mugabe himself talked about the ill gotten chairmanships and castigated certain people including Temba, Midzi, Kaukonde and the youths who were all involved in vote buying. This is after Mugabe had initially calledin the youths who testified in front of Joyce Mujuru that they were given money. Not only that but Mugabe said the Xanu way is to have an amicable divorce.

    How can you not notice such a significant realignment taking place in Zanu?

  7. Karigamombe November 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    It’s very clear Mai Mujuru can not be pushed by anybody. Even the President will be playing with fire to say Mai Mujuru has to be prosecuted. How many things has the President and the First Lady crossed the line to go and use Tax Payer,s funds for there own personal benefits. It’s not like when people are quiet they don’t know what was happening behind the scene,s. I don’t think Grace could be the rightful person to preach about corruption in Zimbabwe. People will end up saying we did what we did because we were copying from the First Lady. Who is not a rich person in all her Family members yet they were all very poor ten years or so down the line. Does it mean to say the President can now turn the whole of Zimbabwe into a private Institution that they just speak the word and everything has to happen that way. Remember Zimbabwe has got pools of Blood from the Limpopo to Zambezi. Our history books does show us a little about the Marufu Family and the Gushungo family. Before throwing the first stone to strike Mai Mujuru the person has to check there previous history first.

  8. Jongwe November 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    It is now time for us to all join hands and accept our new leader the Hon. President Grace Mugabe. Pamberi

  9. bj November 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Hang on joice. Meanwhile compile your own well researched document(vaadokotoraka) rinobata wose including president namai. Pavanobuditsa rako iwo vobuditsa rako. Wose vana chombo, chiwenga, chihuri, obert etc. Hanzi grace apedza mastands nemapurazi. Buditsa idzodzo. KuRBZ iko na gono kunonzi kwakarohwa dzinorowa. Bata bata dzose

  10. cash talk November 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Actually who wants to bet that 2-3 more provincial chairmen would have fallen by the wayside come next Sunday?

  11. jonso November 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    What a one sided drivel – a result of a greased hand otherwise how can even the editor begin to publish such

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