Mugabe Thwarts Mnangagwa Rebellion

via Mugabe Thwarts Mnangagwa Rebellion | NOW DAILY By Jack Dube 24 November 2013

Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe has moved in to end a potent revolt by party members loyal to faction leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, who have vowed to unseat Joyce Mujuru, who is next in line to succeed the ailing dictator.

Mugabe chaired an explosive extraordinary meeting of his party’s supreme Soviet-style politburo Saturday.

Party sources said the meeting degenerated into an unscheduled slanging match about party ranks.

“Those loyal to Mujuru asserted that she is already the most senior official after Mugabe and will take over from him if the president dies or leaves office. There is no question of an election; it’s automatic,” said a party source.

Mugabe is said to have agreed, in an apparent attempt to pacify Mujuru’s powerful backers, who include party administrator Didimus Mutasa and commissar Webster Shamu.

The Mujuru faction had been angered by Mnangagwa loyalist Jonathan Moyo, who openly contradicted party spokesman Rugare Gumbo over contentious results of the Mashonaland Central province vote. The information minister, who was recently re-admitted into the party through the back door by Mugabe after being sacked for disloyalty, had stated that Mujuru should be subjected to an election instead of just being handed the presidency.

“Yes, that subject was discussed,” Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo told a journalist. “We had that debate. Obviously, Mai Mujuru is in the presidium and she can not be challenged because in Zanu PF we respect the issue of seniority – we have a hierarchy and that is that.”

Mnangagwa faction members, who control the public media, apparently wanted to use the ongoing disputed provincial elections to prepare the ground for toppling Mujuru at the 2014 Zanu PF elective congress. The faction’s members have lost the top posts in all three provinces where results have been declared so far. Mugabe brushed aside complaints from Mnangagwa faction members who alleged the elections were rigged and marred by logistical problems.

Gumbo said the politburo resolved to hold elections in the remaining seven provinces on November 30.

But party insiders insist the dispute is far from over.



  • comment-avatar
    peter faux 10 years ago

    So is there another car accident in the making or perhaps a house fire?

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    DRY WINE 10 years ago

    I am very concerned by the methods we use to choose national leaders. Why is it that those with the backing of the army are the most powerful? W

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      Hatidzokeko 10 years ago

      Because this is Africa…the one with the gun is the big boss.

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    Delford Magaya 10 years ago

    Once they start fighting, it will be good for the majority of the zimbabwean people. We need new leaders,not old ones, we also need new zimbabwe.

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    Mapandagwara 10 years ago

    Child’s play, this has all become. Suffering continues, unabated!

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    I loathe mnangagwa but my money is on him. He has cio police army. Anyway its all only very short lived!!!!!!!!!!

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    Takaota Joni 10 years ago

    At this juncture, the game is only puric. Closer to the time, when the Western Countries come in with the usual promises of Heaven on Earth “if so and so is made President”, that is the time we will make the choice. The choice of course, and as the Zimbabwean way goes, is one who is not the West’s prefered leader will be the people’s choice.

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    nyati 10 years ago

    The bible says pray for those in power.
    Instead of complaining, ngativanamatire, God will act.

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    Oldsoldier 10 years ago

    What is the wisdom in returning Moyo to the ministry of information which he handled so wickedly the last time? Moyo should be tucked away in a ministry where he can do as little harm as possible. A new ministry can even be created to accommodate him if Zanu PF needs him so badly. I suggest something like MINISTRY OF TALL GRASSES IN UNDERUSED FARMS.

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    Chigeza 9 years ago

    Please as for Munangagwa is a blood thirsty man a murder must not rule Zimbabwe.He is worse than the Late Solomon Mujuru.Munangagwa imhondi haatye kuuraya.