Mnangagwa said to be in deal with army "after #mugabe"

Mnangagwa said to be in deal with army “after #mugabe”

via Mnangagwa said to be in deal with army | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Monday, February 3, 2014

ZANU PF factionalism is in full focus following a report that justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is allegedly in a secret deal with the security service chiefs to take over as the leader of the country after President Robert Mugabe.

The report, which analysts see as a plant by a faction led by Mnangagwa, appeared in the Telescope News last Friday. The report claimed that the deal was cut between the army and other security service chiefs in January following a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between Mugabe and Mnangagwa.

The report quotes an unnamed senior army officer ‘working close with the Chief of Staff in Harare’ confirming the development. According to the official, Mnangagwa was ‘secretly sworn in’ at an ‘intensive meeting’ held at Mugabe’s residence.

Mugabe is reported to have consented to the deal. The report seeks to give the impression that the alleged deal had already put paid to vice president Joice Mujuru’s hopes of becoming the next leader. Mugabe, the report further claimed, then pleaded that there should be no retribution against Mujuru because that will destroy the party.

Mujuru was largely seen as the favorite to take over from Mugabe after her faction won more provinces during ZANU PF elections last year. At the time analysts warned that Mnangagwa was capable of launching a fight back. Already many see the ZANU PF factional infighting as the main driver of the current exposés on public officials’ mega-salaries. So far most of the people affected by the exposés are said to be linked to a faction led by Mujuru, leading to beliefs that the Mnangagwa faction is instigating the whole exercise.

A ZANU PF politburo member, who claimed not to be aligned to any faction, is quoted saying Mnangagwa is ‘cunning’ and will get it ‘right this time’. The politburo member said the issue is a ‘credible fact’ and only ‘deaf or dumb’ people still don’t know that Mnangagwa is the next president.

According to the report, China also has an interest in Mnangagwa taking over from Mugabe. The Asian giant has many business interests in the country including in diamond mining and agriculture where they have joint ventures with the army. On the other hand the CIO are said to suspect that Mujuru has connections with western intelligence. A WikiLeaks report of a few years ago said Mujuru secretly met with former US envoy Charles Ray in 2009.

But political analyst and newspaper columnist Dumisani Nyongolo Nkomo, said in no way would Mugabe agree to Mnangagwa’s deal with the army. He said Mugabe could be interested in strengthening the Mnangagwa faction to counter Mujuru’s faction, which emerged victorious during the party’s elections last year.

Nkomo said it is possible that the report was generated by the Mnangagwa faction to give the impression that it had the backing of the army. Nkomo said he sees the report and the ongoing revelations on public executives’ salaries as part of a fight back by the Mnangagwa faction.


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    mark longhurst 4 years

    If THE CROCODILE feels he needs the army to scare the population away from real votes, maybe it’s time the army stood up and gave him a vote of their own..kick the looter out…

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    Clive Sutherland 4 years

    I feel a few fatal motor vehicle “accidents” coming on!

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    mujibha 4 years

    Mai mujuru, you need be careful otherwise whoever killed your husband is also coming for you, and its clear who this person/persons are (munangagwa) and company and don’t rule mugabe out. The best thing for u b a memder of nato, this the right time for u to join us and britain, form yr part

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    Nzou 4 years

    So it’s a case of STUFF the people because we Chinese and ANC want this evil killer Mnangagwa to rule?

    I predict that this is exactly what is going to happen. Mnangagwa will hold the real power (military) and Mujuru will be the President(political face).

    It’s a done deal.

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    mujibha 4 years

    Between these two whoever is going to be the next president I don’t see him or her thtough his/her term, he/she will be dead. We r going to witness dog eat dog. Nevamwe vakuru varimuchiuto vachakandwa ivhu munzeve nenyaya iyi.

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      baba tino 4 years

      the Presidium is the most powerful office/role in this country, whoever goes to the top is untouchable and even akada haabve anotonga kusvika asisade mungatotyire anenge atadza kupinda panyanga.

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    Jenandebvu 4 years

    Mujibha, your foresight is intellectual, liked this part “vachakandwa ivhu Munzeve”. You did not want the lighter version ye tsaona yemoto paBeatrice, kana overturning Mercedes from crogress.

    Ivhu muzheve vanaCde, chakapedza mbudzi chiye chauya

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    Mthwakazi 4 years

    What about Mthwakazi? Where do we fit in? Is power always about the Shona in Zimbabwe?

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    Khaya'bonina 4 years

    @Mthwakazi-You will never fit in , ground yourself accordingly . Why do you have to talk about Shonas all the time , isn’t it that you are campaigning provincially wishing to see us the Ndebeles voting for you , unfortunately your tribalism is what goes to your basket , you are an embarrassment to the Mthwakazis , why can’t you stop this kind of your poor behaviour and interact better solely to promote what the really Mthwakazis stands for .

    Always guguraundu , remember people like Enos Nkala , the really people from our province led to that killing of our relatives , it was not only for the Shonas . You as a political party find an amicable solution to address the guguraundu issue appropriatly , give us direction Mr/Mrs Mthwakazi , bring some sense to us and then you might secure our support .

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    moyokumusha 4 years

    Come on people did we really expect anything else. The crocodile will take control after the army stage a coup and put him in as head of state. Why ? Simple they all have blood on their hands and loot in their pockets so have to protect each other. The house of cards will not collapse as many think, it will only become more violent and repressive. Mark my words.

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    Khaya'bonina 4 years

    @Moyo, you are correct , that will be the case and it might be even worse unless and until we stand up with one word to say Noooooooooo .

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    Mlimo 4 years

    We voted this cabal in now we reap what we sowed so many years ago don’t cry Zimbabweans stand up and take it like true men there is more to come . This is freedom. From what I don’t know. This is the power of the vote. Stolen but we gave them the power. Who is to blame? Oh the west!