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Vice President posts: Mugabe develops cold feet

President Robert Mugabe developed cold feet and evaded appointing his two deputies at the highly charged Zanu PF 6th national people’s congress which ended yesterday in Harare.

BY ELIAS MAMBO

While giving an excuse that he still needed more time to acquaint himself to the new appointees to the central committee, Mugabe fell foul the newly amended Zanu PF constitution.

President Mugabe talks to his wife Grace at the Zanu PF 6th national people's congress on Saturday

President Mugabe talks to his wife Grace at the Zanu PF 6th national people’s congress on Saturday

The constitution clearly stipulates that he should appoint politburo members and his deputies during the sitting of congress.

Article 8 section 40 of the Zanu PF constitution which deals with the appointments of members of the politburo and the deputy heads of departments states that: “Soon after the election of the president and first secretary and members of the central committee, the president and first secretary of the party shall, during the sitting of the congress, appoint from the newly elected central committee, two (2) vice presidents and second secretaries, the national chairperson, the heads of departments of the politburo, the committee members of the politburo and the deputies to the heads of department.”

“I could not rush to appoint the members of the politburo because I wanted time to acquaint myself to the new faces. Central committee will meet next week and by Thursday we will give you an announcement,” Mugabe said.

Pressure seemed to mount for Mugabe to appoint the secretaries, especially the vice presidents after the embattled Joice Mujuru absented herself for the fourth consecutive day of the 6th Zanu PF national people’s congress.

Jacob Mudenda is tipped for a senior Zanu PF position

Jacob Mudenda is tipped for a senior Zanu PF position

“Those who are not here have bid us good bye. We did not chase them but they chose to go their own ways,” he said.

Mugabe has found himself in a fix over who to appoint as the two vice-presidents from a powerful list which includes Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa who seems to be a favourite, outgoing national chairperson Simon Khaya-Moyo, Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi, speaker of parliament Jacob Mudenda and outgoing women’s league boss Oppah Muchinguri among others.

There are some within Zanu PF who were also lobbying for First Lady, Grace Mugabe to become Mugabe’s deputy.

Mugabe also appointed 10 members to the central committee giving a new lease of life to a few Zanu PF bigwigs who had failed to be elected in their provinces.

Former Midlands Governor Cephas Msipa at the congress pn Saturday.

Former Midlands Governor Cephas Msipa at the congress pn Saturday.

Those appointed by Mugabe include Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Tourism minister Walter Mzembi and outgoing Youth leader Absalom Sikhosana. Former cabinet minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Charles Tawengwa also bounced back into the central committee courtesy of Mugabe as well as deputy Information minister Supa Mandiwanzira.

Mugabe promised to stand by a decision to nullify the Mashonaland East central committee elections after reports surfaced that the ousted Ray Kaukonde executive was illegally elected.

“We have received a note that the Mashonaland East list is wrong and that all the people who have been presented to us belong to the Ray Kaukonde executive,” Mugabe said.

“Go back to your province and sort this out. We want leaders who are voted by the people not imposed. Go and organise yourselves and provide us with a new list. It has to be before Wednesday because we want to choose members of the politburo,” Mugabe said.

The unilateral decision to dissolve the elected Mashonaland East Central committee members and the new provincial executive was a vote of no confidence on Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi who heads the Zanu PF provincial coordinating committee.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Mugabe also alleged that Kaukonde, who is linked to Mujuru, was in hiding in South Africa. Mugabe recently accused Kaukonde of working with Mujuru to topple him from power using juju.

He sensationally claimed that Kaukonde went to a n’anga where he was told to look for two water beetles to use in the alleged plot to kill Mugabe using supernatural powers. Kaukonde could not be reached for comment.

Several Zanu PF bigwigs have been left in the cold after failing to get appointment into the central committee.

These include, former national secretary for commissariat Webster Shamu, former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, Labour minister, Nicholas Goche and Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire.

Mugabe said most of those bigwigs would become ordinary party members and would be monitored following allegations that they were part of the plot to remove him from power.

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15 Responses to Vice President posts: Mugabe develops cold feet

  1. Osama bin laden 2 December 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Are u sure your nominees will be trust worth ?.How are u going to vet them? Even if amai takes over will thgere be piece ?As i can see power hungry Munangagwa will by all means snatch the seat from mhamha Gire. What about the dumped Mujuru allies are they going to fojd thir arms as spectators or they are going to fight back? lets watch and see.

    • adm December 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      You are obviously uninformed of ZANU PF politics and DNA. You can speculate as you wish, but ZANU PF is stronger than ever. Malcontents have always been there, but that does not retard ZANU PF.

      • Tambai Dzakasungwa December 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

        Did you say you are retarded? What a terrible thing to say about yourself. In ZANU PF, mwana atsva dumbu amai vatsva kumusana. Dementia and sinility of your dearest can be handled by smart deputies while Mugabe, as usual goes through the motions. Then there is the natiomal economy spelling as you said, retarded, yes an end of 34 years of retardation, why? The old man would have been stripped of his sinility and dementia, Mwari atonga RIP RGM. His major benefit he won’t have to deal with President Mugabe and her firefly. Obviously Grace would have been stripped of entitlement of Mugabe evil dynasty.

  2. Binya ReBikita December 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    From Hero to Zero kkkkk,ordinary party member(Zanu Pf card holder Member).toinda kumagumo,iko kunoperera sarungano

  3. SHIBOBO December 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    THE TROUBLE IS THAT MUGABE IS SO SELFITH HE DOES NOT THINK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE BUT HIMSELF. HE CAN HOLD THE WHOLE COUNTRY AND THE PARTY TO RANSOM AT WILL, AND NO ONE HAS THE BALLS TO VOICE ANYTHING!!!

    THE MAN IS 91 YEARS OLD, AND IS THE SOLE INDIVIDUAL IN A SUBSTANTIVE POSITION BOTH IN THE PARTY AND GOVERNMENT AS THINGS STAND. WHAT IF HE DIES BETWEEN NOW AND WEDNESDAY???? WHO WILL TAKE OVER THE REIGNS OF BOTH THE PARTY AND THE COUNTRY????

    JOICE TEURAI ROPA MUJURU…….LEGALLY SPEAKING!!!!!

    HOW I WISH IT WOULD BE SO, AND ALL THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WASTED FIVE DAYS BOOTLICKING MUGABE WOULD TASTE THEIR OWN MEDICINE.

    WATCHING THE GOINGS ON DURING THE NONE EVENT ZANU PF CONFERENCE WAS A DISGRACE. HOW MEN AND WOMEN CAN BE WOODWINKED INTO HERO WORSHIPPING AN INDIVIDUAL LIKE THAT IS QUITE ASTOUNDING. DO THOSE MEN HAVE WIVES WHO LOOK UP TO THEM AS HUSBANDS!!!!! WHAT A SHAME!!!!

    • Tambai Dzakasungwa December 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

      Do you guys have a coup im the works? Let me know. Joice, Goche, Mutasa are having cold feet. Gumbo thinks the door is still wide open. Chihuri and Shiri think we should wait until the economy is really bad. Chiwenga needs some time to consult svikiro, ari kutya ngozi yakwaMugabe. Ati hanzi chipoko chako kana chamuka hapana achavata.

  4. ndaziva December 7, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    How can he say that Mujuru and others CHOSE to absent themselves form the meeting when he had convoys of of drunken youths and “war vets” bent on preventing them from attending? Did grace forget to tell her husband about the arrangements?

  5. Fosholo Kapwepwe December 8, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Gwara. Akarota Solomon Mujuru marching into Harare with hordes of people armed to the teeth. The last we heard was Mugabe scrambling a chartered plane and with all his kids and hangers on seeking asylum in Equatorial Guinea.

  6. M'sona December 8, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    To Conway Tutani, Newsday

    Because of SLAVERY there are world renowned stars like Pele, Jairzinho, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Jean Beausajor, Neyma, Romario, Dani Alves, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Bob Marley, USAIN BOLT, Hugo Chavez, Arthur Ashe, Serena Williams, Jackson Five, Michael Jackson, Hank Aaron, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Althea Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Tiger Woods, Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Richard Wright, Floyd Mayweather, Carmelita Jetta, Felix, -1 . Civil Rights Leaders and Activists, Ella Baker, Stokely Carmichael, W.E.B. DuBois, Medgar Evers, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Meredith, Elijah Muhammad, Rosa Parks, Bobby Seale, Fred Shuttlesworth, Emmett Till, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, -2 . Entertainers, Josephine Baker, Halle Berry, Bill Cosby, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Morgan Freeman, Gregory Hines, Lena Horne, James Earl Jones, Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier, Richard Pryor, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, 3 . Inventors, Scientists, and Educators, Archibald Alphonso Alexander, Patricia Bath, Bessie Coleman, David Crosthwait Jr., Mark Dean, Charles Drew, Matthew Henson, Mae Jemison, Percy Lavon Julian, Frederick McKinley Jones, Ernest Everett Just, Mary McLeod Bethune, Garrett Augustus Morgan, Charles Henry Turner, Madame C.J. Walker, Booker T. Washington, Daniel Hale Williams, -4 . Politicians, Lawyers, and Other Government Leaders, Ralph Bunche, Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr., Minnie Joycelyn Elders, Jesse Jackson, Daniel “Chappie” James, Thurgood Marshall, Kwesi Mfume, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, Andrew Young, Coleman Young, Michelle Obama -5 . Singers and Musicians, Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Harry Belafonte, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Robert Johnson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder.
    The SLAVE forebears of the above started education long before anyone in the now Zimbabwe had ever gone to school. Africa on its own has never produced such luminaries. THANKS TO SLAVERY. You have a go at me and then make sure you block my responses.
    Over 900 000 Tutsis were slaughtered by the black Hutus in Rwanda in 1994 – no white slave traders involved when the Tutsis were murdered by other blacks.

  7. M'sona December 8, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    These idiot ZanuPF puppets look like Christmas trees in the garish shorts and dresses. Nauseating.

  8. M'sona December 8, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    I meant to say, “These idiot ZanuPF puppets look like Christmas trees in the garish shirts and dresses”. Nauseating.

  9. M'sona December 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    While I am on the subject of slavery it is worth mentioning that people, so-called pan-Africanists, will always point at white-on-black slavery but they forget there was black-on-black slavery in this land before 1890. The Mandevere used to make routine raids in Midlands and Masvingo provinces looting and taking slaves. That is hardly ever mentioned because politicians want Mandevere votes.

  10. M'sona December 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    While I am on the subject of slavery it is worth mentioning that people, so-called pan-Africanists, will always point at white-on-black slavery but they forget there was black-on-black slavery in this land before 1890. The Mande*ere used to make routine raids in Midlands and Masvingo provinces looting and taking slaves. That is hardly ever mentioned because politicians want Mand&vere votes.

  11. Stacy Dembe December 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    enough of the politics, build ur country and make it prosperous once again

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