Mugabe succession war takes new twist

Source: Mugabe succession war takes new twist – DailyNews Live

Mugove Tafirenyika      3 February 2017

HARARE – Zanu PF youth league leader, Kudzanai Chipanga, made a
sensational proposition yesterday that is guaranteed to set tongues
wagging within the warring ruling party, saying President Robert Mugabe
should only be succeeded by someone who carries the same surname as the
country’s long-ruling leader.

Speaking to the Daily News in an exclusive interview yesterday, Chipanga
made it clear that the youth league knew who it wanted to succeed Mugabe
whenever he leaves office, saying further that party youths were even
prepared to back powerful first lady, Grace, to take over from her husband
and retain the “Mugabe brand”.

However, Grace has previously denied strenuously that she had designs on
the country’s top job, arguing that by virtue of her being Mugabe’s wife,
she was very close to the seat of power and did not, therefore, need to be

Chipanga emphasised that while youths did not expect to be seized with
looking for the nonagenarian’s successor anytime soon, because Mugabe
would remain on the throne “for a long time to come”, they were of the
view that the only name that could lead the ruling party to electoral
victory was that of Mugabe.

“We cannot imagine a situation where we do not have our president, but
should we be forced into that situation, we would second someone with the
name Mugabe because that name is sellable.

“Our people have got addicted to that name and they will easily vote for
such a name as long as it has been forwarded by Zanu PF,” Chipanga said.

Pressed by the Daily News to say if he meant that one of Mugabe’s
relatives, including his wife and children, should take over from him,
Chipanga said such a situation would be ideal.

“It is not secret that the youth league and the women’s league work
closely together, hence we will have no problem with supporting a woman to
any position in the party, including the presidency, as long as it is done
according to the dictates of the Zanu PF constitution – and like I have
said, that person must carry the name Mugabe.

“By the way, it (Zanu PF’s constitution) does not bar women from
contesting. Our point is that we prefer to go into any election riding on
the back of the Mugabe brand. It does us good to have the name Mugabe on
the ballot paper,” he said.

This comes as there have previously been hushed whispers in sections of
the ruling party that Mugabe intended to groom his wife as his successor,
instead of the likes of his long time aide and now second-in-command, Vice
President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Notwithstanding this speculation, Grace has consistently denied harbouring
any presidential ambitions, insisting she is content with the position of
women’s league boss.

However, the lack of a clear successor for Mugabe has triggered a bitter
tribal, factional and succession war within Zanu PF, which has left the
once formidable ruling party split into two bitterly-opposed camps.

One of the factions, Team Lacoste, is backing Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe
and counts within its ranks the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans
Association (ZNLWVA).

The other faction, the Generation 40 (G40) group, which allegedly boasts
of among its members the likes of Chipanga, Zanu PF national political
commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo,
is rabidly opposed to the Midlands godfather.

While the Christopher Mutsvangwa-led war veterans have threatened
bloodshed if Mnangagwa is blocked from becoming president, the G40-linked
Zanu PF youth league has similarly threatened to take up arms in Mugabe’s
defence, while at the same time pushing for the nonagenarian to be
declared life president.

Pressed to say yesterday how party youths hoped to win the war against the
seemingly powerful Mnangagwa faction, which is said to enjoy the support
of the country’s military establishment, Chipanga said “everything is
under control”.

“One can have the support of the armed people but our biggest weapon is
the will of the people. As long as we fight to make sure that the people’s
will is not subverted by way of attempting to take power without going to
an election as provided for by the law, then we are guaranteed their

“Over and above that, we have got the energy and willpower to fight for
that just cause. We are further emboldened by the fact that we will all be
doing it for the sake of the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence
Forces, the boss of the army, making it even easier for us,” he added.


  • comment-avatar
    Joe Cool 5 years ago

    Purely by coincidence, my gardener’s surname is Mugabe, so he is obviously presidential material. Where should I send his nomination, Mr Chipanga… hello, hello – can you hear me? No – brain seizure?

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    VaChihera: Professor 5 years ago

    Dear Zimbabwean, Can you look at Chipanga’s eyes and their movement. Are they coordinated? No. Why not? What is causing the squint? He has as we speak having a mass sitting on vital vessels to his eyes. So a sick man was recruited by a Lunatic to say all this NONSENSE. He like the Grace 40 are just a diversion so that the Nation spends energy in nonproductive schemes. Meanwhile these ABUSIVE lots steal our hard earned cash in RCZ/diamonds/rings/land/minerals/contracts/justice/will of the citizens/etc in the name of politics. It’s TIME despite what you call yourself to go. You are only fit to be in a PIG’s stye.
    Even the Smith intelligence staff feel sorry for us. Read/see beyond your nose. It is clear on the wall Nebuchadnezzar! 99% of Zimbabweans don’t want you HE. Time up and to HELL!! VaChihera: Professor