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Mugabe succession in dramatic twist

Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao yesterday declared that he will never support Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s alleged bid to succeed President Robert Mugabe in another dramatic twist to the battle to replace the 92-year-old ruler when he eventually leaves office.


Zhuwao, Mugabe’s nephew and a member of the Zanu PF politburo, becomes the second minister to publicly thrash Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions after Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

Moyo has accused the VP of using state institutions such as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to target his rivals in order to clear his path to State House.

Zhuwao told The Standard in an exclusive interview that Mnangagwa’s supporters had not given up their campaign for the leading Midlands politician to succeed Mugabe, even after the party sought to end factionalism with the expulsion of the VP’s nemesis Joice Mujuru in 2014.

“Those who were supporting Mnangagwa, I see that they are still going on with their bid to have him succeed the president,” Zhuwao said. “Because of this, I have been made to take a position on the issue of succession and my position is very clear, I will not support those who are saying the VP should succeed the president.

“The challenge here is that the people that claim to be supporting VP Mnangagwa are doing it in a manner that seems to want to give the impression that vice-president Mnangagwa was appointed to succeed President Mugabe,” he added.

The minister, who denied that he belonged to a Zanu PF faction known as G40 alongside Moyo and Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, appeared to suggest that the VP’s campaign for the top post was doomed.

“I think they will be shocked and surprised because it is those very same people who are doing a great disservice to the VP,” he said.

“They [war veterans] said that he must succeed the president and if he does not, there will be blood on the floor.
“That alone, is a blow to the VP. As a Zanu PF member, I must not be intimidated to support the VP but must be allowed to do it freely.

“So when you threaten me, I will definitely look at his envisaged government, that if people oppose him he would kill them, and that to me is damaging.

“People in Zanu PF must be allowed to make choices without being intimidated with death or war, like what the so-called supporters of VP ED are doing.

“Surely we can’t allow a country to be run by people who threaten to kill when they get state power and machinery,” he added.

“The effect of the Mutsvangwa declaration was to move me away from supporting the candidature of VP Mnangagwa because I have to freely make my own decision without undue fear or intimidation.

“So with that, if at this point in time, I would not support VP Mnangagwa at all.”

A section of Zanu PF is pushing for the amendment of the party constitution to restore a clause stipulating that one of the VPs must be a woman in an effort to elbow out Mnangagwa.

Some also want to restore the post of VP to be filled through elections as they believe the Justice minister cannot win an internal poll.

19 Responses to Mugabe succession in dramatic twist

  1. Mombes December 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Is it so significant what Zhuwawu thinks or likes?

    • Musona December 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

      @Mombe – Zhuwao is Mugabe’s nephew and Mugabe owns the country. Zhuwao is the 3rd most powerful person in Zimbabwe by virtue of his uncle owning the country therefore Zhuwao’s comments should be taken seriously f for now. The situation will change dramatically when Mugabe dies. Zhuwao will have to seek refuge in S Africa or UK when his uncle dies.

    • John Dura December 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

      Yah ndianiko Zhuwau wacho iyeye

  2. ruramai December 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Who is Zhuwao tsinawo zvayo iyo inozvishupikuraiyo

  3. Ginya December 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Of course we should not be intimidated just like Mugabe does not intimidate all Zimbabweans Think before talking Zhuwao because you are speaking against your uncle

  4. Temba Mliswa December 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

    Totemless loudmouth!

  5. S shumba December 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    Is zanu not threating the peolle with war etc at every election. So whats new Ngwena ‘ s people ‘ß utterances.

  6. Moyo December 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    Zhuwawo tell your uncle to leave us in peace and let Ngwena rule atleast he will deal with all the bad your own have done

    • isaac December 5, 2016 at 10:47 am #

      i support u there,imbotipai ngwena vacho timbovanzwa,taneta naye sekuru uyu.

    • Dr Tichatonga Matibiri December 5, 2016 at 11:49 am #

      ngwena will be worse l tell you

      • TheRambo December 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

        who said?

  7. Auxiliar December 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Mafikezolo power hungry : Zhuwao, Jonso and Dumbusaga Tyson go hang hamufe makatonga, Ngwena na Mujuru naChiwenga vasati vadziruma . Kungogwauta zvako kwezvimbwanana zvichanuarara zvazvo. Vana Sarah Mahoko barked and barked now where is she? Chembanje Chemhene barked and where is she? Ngwena igomo varume musatambe that Man is chosen Period

  8. FED UP December 5, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    We don’t need ngwena, or bob, or amai, or Joyce.

  9. Dr Tichatonga Matibiri December 5, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    point of correction this no longer factional but a succession issue @Byo press club Prof Moyo explained the meaning of g40 he said he was referring to geopolitics as an an academic that is the Geo demographic trends of our politics where they are saying generation 40 has 77% of the majority voters and on that zanu pf went on to craft a manifesto that won them an election.
    2.As it is the trio that came up with the idea of one sole center of power they it means they can manage to have it removed they only need to convince the principal that it has failed to save the process that we thought it would save that is to put the issue of succession to rest once and for all and l have no doubt the principle will buy in to that we are talking of political scientist who is thinker par excellence and the president has no reason not to believe him

  10. TheRambo December 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Hey what is so dramatic from a drunkard? ED does not need these drunkards to be a president. he was in the thick of things when this weed smoking whatever’s mother was still wiping his nose. As much as I believe we should kove away from war mentality but we cannot just rubbish other people who could have led the country if this old man had accepted to also hand over the baton. By now if he had handed over the baton we would have forgotten van ED dai vakatoitawo ma president vakapedza vakasiira vamwe.

  11. Janana wa Bikaz December 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Now that it has come to your doorstep,this high on weed chap called Zhuwawo is now going on top of the mountain to tell us that war vets have threatened us with war if Mnangagwa loses the presidency?What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.isn’t it your same party that has always threatened the population with bloodshed if your old frail uncle loses elections?I thought it was your party policy to throw the war card whenever it feels threatened by the opposition parties.Deal with it your own monster that you created,it has come to devour you.

  12. Mukurungai December 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Listen to this piece of article one would be tempted to think that this journalist is trying to do the bidding for the G40 but in essence the article does Zhuwawo and his G40 a disservice because the things he is highlighting are the once insipid about his uncle’s rule. If the supporters of the VP are objecting to the election is because they are smart to realise that the playing field was made uneven by the G40 led dismissal of Zanu Pf bona fide leaders in different structures of the part.Very soon, chickens are coming back home to roost-watch this space Zhuwawo.

  13. magame December 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    It is foolhardy to believe the likes of zhuwawo and jonso have their own views on succession. The script is written by bob himself. Watch him stand up at conference to disavow one center of power and appear like a true democrat while delivering a body blow to Ngwena

  14. Unasinga December 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    He says he does not support Mnangagwa because he is afraid Mnangagwa’s government will kill its opponents! Oh look who is talking!

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