Zanu PF congress: Mugabe unchallenged

via Zanu PF congress: Mugabe unchallenged 22 June 2014

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will not face any challenge at Zanu PF’s elective congress in December, his nephew has confirmed.

Patrick Zhuwawo, who is also a Zanu PF politburo member, said the party had unanimously endorsed the aging Zimbabwean leader to remain at the helm.

Mugabe, who turned 90 in February, has ruled the country since 1980 but took over as Zanu PF leader back in the mid-1970s.

Jockeying for positions, particularly for the vacant second vice presidency, is already underway ahead of the December meeting.

Mugabe’s position however, is secure, Zhuwawo told last week.

“It is normal that there will be contestation for certain positions,” said the dreadlocked politician.

“However, in Zanu PF there is no contestation over the position of the president because he was elected not as only the president of Zanu PF but for the nation in the just ended elections.”

Zhuwawo dismissed as baseless media reports that the party is torn over Mugabe’s succession with Vice President Joice Mujuru said to be battling Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa for the top job.

“I have never seen or witnessed Vice President Joyce Mujuru and Minister Mnangagwa leading any factions or contesting each other,” he said.

“I am a member of the Zanu PF politburo and I only read that (succession fights) in newspapers. I would like those who know the two factions to tell me more about it or to invite me so that I see the two debating over the issue.”

Although Zhuwawo denied the existence of factions in Zanu PF his boss, Didymus Mutasa who is secretary for administration, admitted the party was divided.

Mutasa, who has publicly declared he would like to see Mujuru take over from Mugabe, blamed Mnangagwa for the divisions.

“There is only one faction led by Mnangagwa because a faction is described as a group of a few people who would be working outside the party,” Mutasa told party youths in Mutare early this month.

“Mnangagwa is my friend and we spent two years together in prison. If he asks me about this I will repeat what I have said because it’s the truth.”

He added: “I have always said that Mujuru has no faction. Mujuru faction, if it is there, is all of us because she is our leader.

“If she wanted factions she would leave her post first and do factions. She is not doing that.”


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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    Remember when the village idiot muzenda ordered zanupf to vote for a baboon or donkey if it was nominated by zanupf. Now we have another village buffoon telling his clowns mutasa to vote for a rotting corpse. Enough said it this odious gathering.

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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    Drone strike or suicide bombers for the congress ????

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    Chaka 8 years ago

    So many stories about the presidency at the congress. All coming from within zanupf. As much as we don’t care who emergies as their new president, can someone tell Zimbabweans the truth. The issue of the president is becoming a bore.

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    Eish! To be ruled by someone who should in the natural scheme of things be struggling to remember his visitors’ names while he warms his limbs like a reptile in the morning sun.

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    Surely it is past time for Mugabe to retire? What is the point of keeping the old man around as president? Let a younger person take over.

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    gandanga 8 years ago

    Eish! To be ruled by someone who should in the natural scheme of things be struggling to hold back his human wastes in the public, while he needs human help to use the lavatory like an infant. Eish ha ya!

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    You are all to poop scared to challenge him. He is way past his sell by date. He should have retired 1990; He may have had a semblance of respect then, He must go and Zimbabwe must have free and fair elections. Stand up opposition. You are also a disgrace!

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Of course no one will challenge him, they dont want a road accident, he will stand down himself among st tumultuous acclaim!!!!!!