Mutasa's illness deals blow to Mujuru's succession plans

Mutasa’s illness deals blow to Mujuru’s succession plans

via Mutasa’s illness deals blow to Mujuru’s succession plans | Mail & Guardian 07 MAR 2014 by Kennedy Maposa

Secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa’s failing health would prevent him from actively pursuing promotion at Zanu-PF’s elective congress.

Zanu-PF’s succession battle has taken a new twist after the party’s secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, fell seriously ill two weeks ago.

“He might not recover [sufficiently] to become active in politics again,” said an official in the party’s administration, pointing out that it was not President Robert Mugabe’s habit to retire ­ailing comrades.

Late vice-presidents Joshua Nkomo, Simon Muzenda and John Nkomo all died in office.

Mutasa’s failing health would prevent him from actively pursuing promotion at the party’s elective congress, which is expected this year.

Mutasa had aligned himself to a faction led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who is angling to succeed Mugabe.

She has been embroiled in a bitter low-key factional war with Minister of Justice Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Clandestine battle
According to a pact with Mujuru, Mutasa was earmarked for the position of chairperson, currently held by Simon Khaya-Moyo, who is tipped to succeed the late John Nkomo as second vice-president. Khaya-Moyo belongs to the Mujuru faction.

So far, the succession battle has been clandestine, with no one openly challenging Mugabe for his position.

Soon after last year’s elections were won by Zanu-PF, Mujuru, whose late husband Solomon Mujuru died in a mysterious fire, indicated she was ready to take over from Mugabe.

Mnangagwa is said to be keen on filling the position of vice-president, which he lost to Mujuru in 2004.

His ally, Obert Mpofu, wants to take over as vice-president, ahead of Khaya-Moyo.

Mugabe lambasted the faction leaders during an interview to mark his 90th birthday last month, saying it was “terrible even to have your name mentioned as leader of a faction. It is shameful.”

The president, who recently underwent eye surgery in Singapore, said his position was not vacant.

Although Mujuru has been well placed to succeed Mugabe since her elevation to the position in 2004, the succession pendulum appears to have swung too far for the party’s second in command since Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution last year.

In terms of the Constitution, the party would have to nominate a specific successor should the position become vacant before the completion of the serving president’s term.

COMMENTS

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    senzachena 4 years

    One can only hope that Mutasa is suffering horribly. Hopefully he will die shortly and it will be one less evil man to deal with in the future.

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    Nyati 4 years

    I pray he finds Christ on his death bed.
    But if the Lord took him now, I would not miss hom
    Zororai kani nyati. Msmboenesa vamwe ndondo muno maRusape.

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    senzachena 4 years

    Nyati, you are a better man than me, I have known Mutasa for many many years, he is evil and I doubt very much that Christ will have anything to do with him! He is going to hell where hopefully he will be joined very shortly by his repulsive boss. They can fry together in death as they stole together in life.

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    Roving Ambassador 4 years

    The revolution highjacked. He was part of the master mind behind that. Tekere was the first to realize that and was fighting solo against these thieves.
    We are practicing 15 the century politics in Zim(read the Bogias by Duma).It was about power at all cost in Italy. Zanu is just a bunch of ancient mafias, you cannot reason with them.
    Pasi nevatengesi.
    Pasi he nharadada.
    Pasi nembahva
    Down with the whole lot that have prostituted the nation to the chinese.

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    Daniel 4 years

    Knew Mutasa and this is the best news regarding him.He is evil and not to be trusted.

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    Gondobwe 4 years

    Christpower!

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    LUCY 4 years

    I am remided of the wise saying THERE ARE NO POCKETS IN A SHROUD.

    Whatever you looted ain’t not going nowhwere!!!

    Let the grim reaper do his job

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    NBS 4 years

    I can never rejoice at the thought of anyone going to hell. He is bitter and twisted: may he repent!

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    Roving Eagle 4 years

    The mujuru taking over presidency is over blown. Does she even aspire to be the next president? She is nowhere near presidential material.

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      bingo wajakata 4 years

      And Mugabe is near Presidential material? Looks like my definition of a president is wrong.

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    He will survive. God rejoices when a saint is called.

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    mary zimbabwe 3 years

    GRACE YOU HAVE CLEARLY SHOWN THE WORLD HOW FRUSTRATED, JELOUS, POWER HUNGRY, LUNATIC YOU ARE. WHY CANT YU JUST PACK YOUR BAGS AND LEAVE THE COUNTRY IN PEACE. YOU ARE THE MOST STUPID WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN. UNOFUNGA KUTAURA NHEMA PAMUSORO PAMAI MUJURU NDOKUDII. MAKRISTU LETS NOW PRAY FOR THE DOWNFALL YAMAI MUGABE. WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY FRO THE MIGHTY GOD AND ITS POSSIBLE.