Mnangagwa best candidate, Mliswa tells EU

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the best candidate to succeed President Robert Mugabe, who can still be removed through a no-confidence vote by the ruling party’s central committee, former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa has said.

Source: Mnangagwa best candidate, Mliswa tells EU – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 6, 2016


Mliswa told a group of European Commission representatives at a meeting in Brussels this week that the best way out of Zimbabwe’s current problem was for Mugabe to step-down and allow for Mnangagwa to take charge.

“The current economic situation can only be resolved if Mugabe steps down and Mnangagwa takes over. If Mugabe goes, the world is willing to support any leader in Zimbabwe.

“Mnangagwa has been at the centre of power for a long time and was the first chairperson of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), even so he knows his way around the corridors of power. Mnangagwa is a good and decisive leader, but as regards marketing himself that should be his problem.

“Before we seek money from Europe and other multilateral institutions, Zimbabwe must return to the Commonwealth,” Mliswa said.

The former Hurungwe West lawmaker was kicked out of the ruling party in 2014 as part of an internal clean-out spurred by factional fights over Mugabe’s successor. Mliswa now heads a group known as Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) that he says might turn into a political party ahead of the general elections in 2018.

He told the European Union commissioners that First Lady Grace Mugabe was effectively in charge of government, but was meeting stiff resistance in her bid to control Zanu PF.

“The First Lady is the de facto President of Zimbabwe working with a group of young leaders known as G40 in a bid to control the current State machinery which has proven very difficult. She has met with resistance from the war veterans and the country’s security who are still loyal to an ex-combatant.

“The war veterans and security sector are very clear that Mnangagwa is their man. In terms of the Unity Accord, Mnangagwa will take over from Mugabe which makes Zipra’s nominee Phelekezela Mphoko second VP. Whether we like it or not, he (Mnangagwa) is going to take over and this is in terms of the Zanu PF constitution,” Mliswa added.

He said the opposition would need to rally together and take advantage of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s urban power base, while ex-Vice-President Joice Mujuru needed to concentrate on the rural vote.

“There is no need to fish in the same pond. The 2008 figures can show you that indeed Tsvangirai has the numbers in urban areas. Now Mujuru needs to focus on the rural vote and my group, Yard, could help. I have experience having been a legislator in one of these constituencies,” Mliswa said.

He said former Cabinet ministers and now opposition leaders Tendai Biti (People’s Democratic Party), Elton Mangoma (Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe) and Welshman Ncube (MDC) would need to coalesce around Tsvangirai to have any chance of forming the next government.


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    Doris 6 years ago

    What the hell is this squirt doing in Brussells as a spokesman for Zimbabweans? Who has given him the mandate? He is a horrible, violent little man who needs to be reined in.

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      Collin 6 years ago

      I asked myself the same question and thank God I was not the only one.
      A real squirt of note and to add on to this a bloody crock of note.
      You can now see the kind of people the West speaks to, this just says a lot about them.
      That anything that is not in favour with our President good or bad they jump.

      All they care about is regime change and in that case I don’t what or like Mnanagwa even more now after his spokesman Temba has spoken.

      For me I vote ZanuPF just because I love and I’m patriotic to my president.

      No Mugabe no ZanuPF.
      I leave ZanuPF with my eyes closed and they all know that, hence they loot and know that as long they have the president there they will always be in power.
      who gives this fool the right to talk 9th our behalf

      Temba Shut up you #S***

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    Cephas 6 years ago

    Mnangagwa is a murderer. Why would we want that for a president?

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      Cyprianp 6 years ago

      Cephas,Mnangagwa could be a murderer yes,but the analysis of Themba Mliswa remains a fact and he has also analysed what the opposition should also do and to me that is a balanced analysis.

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    Mnangagwa just like any other human being may have his own shortcomings, but the bottomline is that as can be vouched for by those who have known and worked with him, he is approachable, respectable, a good lister, level-headed and is decisive in implementing the descisions of the majority. The above-stated credentials are amongst those that make one a good leader. Some people in and outside his party , for instances, nonenties such as Sarah Mahoka, have been trying over the years in vain to frustrate him. Mnangagwa has remained level headed. The fact that he hails from the Midlands which knows no tribal differences can also make him a good leader for Zimbabwe. I humbly stand to be corrected- its my opinion.

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    TJINGABABILI 6 years ago

    Mliswa, are you ok! Now I see why BOKo HARARE sacked you! Unstable!

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    firewall 6 years ago

    Rotten to the core and talking to who? This chap has been in the forefront in destroying Zims economy with his company and farm acquisitions…so called rugby player cum thief…. Get out!!!