Minister calls for Mnangagwa’s arrest

Source: Minister calls for Mnangagwa’s arrest – DailyNews Live

Mugove Tafirenyika      23 February 2017

HARARE – In a stunning call that is set to tear the warring ruling Zanu PF
further apart, Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene says
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa should be arrested for allegedly
inciting his Zanu PF supporters to engage in acts of treason.

At the same time, the Zanu PF women’s league renewed its calls yesterday
for President Robert Mugabe to implement their resolution of having one of
his current two deputies dropped to make way for a woman – in a move which
ruling party insiders say is targeted at Mnangagwa.

Chimene’s call came notwithstanding the fact that many of those who are
toyi-toying for Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe – including former Zanu PF
youth leader for Mashonaland Central Godfrey Tsenengamu – have said that
they are doing so without the Midlands godfather’s blessings.

The forthright Manicaland regional minister told the Daily News in an
unsolicited interview yesterday that she firmly believed that Tsenengamu’s

announcement in Harare on Tuesday, that he and others in Zanu PF would
immediately start to campaign openly for Mnangagwa to take over from
Mugabe, could only have come from the Midlands godfather himself.

“Both Tsenengamu and those who are sending him are guilty of seeking to
subvert a constitutionally-elected government and should therefore be
arrested in line with the dictates of the country’s laws.

“The boy (Tsenengamu) is too young to have said what he said, and I am
convinced that there is a powerful force behind him,” Chimene thundered.

“Alternatively, I would suggest that since he (Tsenengamu) mentioned that
he wants the VP to become president, but Mnangagwa himself has not said
so, the VP should make a police report to say so and so is abusing my name
and to say he (Tsenengamu) has committed a serious crime of treason in my
name and so he should be arrested.

“That way we can be convinced that he (Mnangagwa) is not involved because
as a former minister of State security, he knows very well what subversion
means, and I know what it means having been a CIO myself when Mnangagwa
was my minister.

“He cannot continue to allow people to use his name as a mop, and as war
veterans we are saying that small boy Tsenengamu alone has no guts to say
what he said, and we will not tolerate that,” she added without mincing
her words.

Ominously for Mnangagwa, the women’s league renewed its calls yesterday
for Mugabe to drop one of his two current deputies to make way for a woman
– a move which is seen as targeting the VP, who also doubles up as Justice

Zanu PF’s other vice president is Phelekezela Mphoko who comes from the
Zapu wing of the ruling party, and who is said to belong to the faction of
young Turks who are known as the Generation 40 (G40) group, and who are
rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

Speaking at his Monday media conference, Tsenengamu called for “a mega
fightback” from Mnangagwa and his allies, following Mugabe’s birthday
interview with the ZBC in which the nonagenarian appeared to crush the
VP’s mooted presidential ambitions by saying no one in Zanu PF was worthy
of succeeding him.

“It is time we go open about this succession thing because some of us have
since identified our candidate and it’s none other than Emmerson Dambudzo
Mnangagwa. If Mugabe doesn’t like him, that is up to him, but we are
saying we now want him to lead now.

“To . . . Mnangagwa, Chikara, I am sorry you may say we have exposed you,
but that is the game now Shumba (VP’s totem).

“We want you to take over from Gushungo and make sure that you take care
of his family. So, we are going to hit the campaign trail for you as our
presidential candidate next year,” Tsenengamu said.

Tsenengamu was subsequently nabbed by detectives, a day after he held his
controversial press conference – and has since been slapped with three
charges: violating provisions of the draconian Public Order and Security
Act (Posa) for holding his press conference without clearance, undermining
the authority of the president and subverting a constitutionally-elected

Chimene’s latest blast while stunning, is not surprising as she has
previously called for Mnangagwa’s expulsion from Zanu PF for allegedly
plotting to oust Mugabe from power.

Speaking in August last year, in another no-holds-barred blitzkrieg,
Chimene said to Mnangagwa’s face that he and his allies should be expelled
from the warring ruling party.

“Forward with expelling rebels. Down with keeping them in the party!” she
shouted, to wild cheers – and going on to liken the VP to an animal, while
adding ominously that all problem animals were culled at the country’s
national parks.

“Crocodiles must remain in the water. They must stay in the river. They
must not stay with the people. Zanu PF is not a dam for crocodiles,” she
said coldly. Mnangagwa is nicknamed Ngwena (crocodile).

This assault had followed a similar earlier attack by Zanu PF women’s
league secretary for finance, Sarah Mahoka, who publicly humiliated the
Midlands godfather, going to the extent of claiming that he would never
ascend to a higher office because he allegedly lacked a social base.

Yesterday the women’s league continued with its relentless pursuit of
Mnangagwa’s demise, reviving its divisive resolution which could see the
VP being axed from the presidium.

This followed the league’s provincial meeting in Mazowe on Monday, where
they resolved to press the politburo to implement their resolution at its
next sitting.

The outspoken Mahoka confirmed to the Daily News that women were “champing
at the bit” to see one of their own become vice president again.

“We are hoping that by the time the politburo meets again next month  the
party’s legal affairs department will have completed the process to
include the women’s quota provision in line with the resolutions we made –
hence we agreed in the meeting we had with the First Lady that if that
does not happen we will have to follow up to demand action this year,” she

However, Mahoka would not be drawn into saying who the league preferred as
its candidate to become VP, saying they would be guided on this by the
processes of the party’s legal department.

“We are not in a position to suggest a candidate yet because like I said,
we are awaiting the announcement by the politburo to give legal legs to
the resolution.

“A woman conceives and becomes pregnant first before rushing to doctors
for a scan to see whether the baby is a boy or girl. In our case, it is
the legal process first and then we will talk about candidates from
there,” she said.

Mnangagwa has been under the cosh in the party for allegedly working
fervently to stampede Mugabe out of power before the nonagenarian’s
current term ends in 2018.

Things became worse when he hosted sacked Zanu PF officials at his rural
home during the festive season, with his party foes alleging that this was
in fact a meeting organised to plot the ouster of Mugabe from power.

Last Friday Grace took a veiled dig at Mnangagwa during her rally in
Buhera when she attacked Zanu PF bigwigs angling for her husband’s job,
and mocked them on their alleged lack of “leadership qualities”.

She went on to tell the gathered crowd that if Mugabe were to die,
Zimbabweans would vote for his corpse.

And on the same day that Grace was lynching party bigwigs, Mugabe was
being recorded for his annual birthday interview in which he said there
was no one worthy of succeeding him in Zanu PF.

His statement was seen as slamming the door shut in the face of Mnangagwa,
who until recently had been touted as a front-runner to succeed the

Stung by this damning statement, Mnangagwa’s angry allies have come out
guns blazing, warning the increasingly frail nonagenarian that he faced a
big fight if he continued to thwart the Midlands godfather’s mooted
presidential aspirations.


  • comment-avatar
    Joe Cool 5 years ago

    This woman is not only dumb – she is deranged. Seeking to lead the party of which you are a member is “seeking to subvert a constitutionally-elected government”? Is this what she learned from Mnangagwa in the CIO? The entire government is on the verge of lunacy.

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    It simply speaks to how the term “CIO” has been abused & adultered by Mugabe & his regime. Under normal circumstances, its supposed to be a noble term, with only those people proven to have some brains (intelligence), as the “I” stands for, recruited as members of the organization. But is Zim the organization is staffed with brainless, mentally unbalanced thugs & murderers of the Mandi Chimene type. Surely, what kind of intelligence is in Mandi’s head, that such an idiot would ever have had the honour to be called CIO officer? Nxaaaa! As if to prove her brain deficit and insanity to any doubting Thomas’s, Mandi can not even realize that in this particular case neither Tsenegamu nor Mnangagwa has committed any crime. Hence they will be charged in any court of law regardless of how loud she & her courterie of like-minded idiots may shout & puffy. Yes, one might be arrested by their running-doings masquerading as law enforcing agents. But, as always the norm now the idiots will not manage to make any charges stand in the court of law.

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    dldlor 5 years ago

    Mandi is sent by Grace Mugabe. Sarah Mahoka is sent by Grace Mugabe to attack the VP. Mugabe speaks to support his wife. Grace speaks what Mugage says in the bedroom. It is Mugabe who is trying to put his wife as hsi deputy or he can be senile enough to say to Munangagwa leave now and he puts his wife as his deputy. He openly said he is liked by the people but the VPs are not liked by the people so he is is thinking of firing them and then declare Grace Maugabe the winner-President Grace Mugabe Marufu for Zimbawe President! Down with war veterans! Viva Chimenene-viva ZANUPF!