Zimbabwe: Mujuru takes control

via Zimbabwe: Mujuru takes control  Mail & Guardian 08 NOV 2013 by Takudzwa Munyaka

The vice-president’s faction now dominates, but opponents are saying the polls were irregular.

Vice-President Joice Mujuru has strengthened her grip on Zanu-PF after members aligned to her faction controversially won elections in Midlands, considered to be her rival Emmerson Mnangagwa’s strongholds.

Although elections in eight provinces: Harare, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South, are yet to take place, Mujuru’s win in the two provinces placed her firmly on course to dominate the majority of provincial structures, putting her in the lead to succeed President Robert Mugabe when he leaves office.

Zanu-PF will hold its elective congress in December next year and the provincial executives who are being elected will play a crucial role in nominating candidates for the party president, two vice-presidents, national chairperson and secretary for administration, among other positions.

The Mujuru faction already dominates the Zanu-PF presidium, which comprises Mugabe, Mujuru and her key allies – national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo and secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa.

It also dominates the Zanu-PF ­politburo, the party’s highest decision-making body outside of congress, as well as Zimbabwe’s Cabinet. Both the Cabinet and politburo are influential in shaping and directing the party and country.

The Mujuru faction is expected to win control of all the Mashonaland provinces, which are her traditional strongholds, where she and Zanu-PF political commissar Webster Shamu are expected to use their influence to the group’s advantage.



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    Chivulamapoti 9 years ago

    Why does she bother – ZANU-PF is history. The fat cow should take General Mujuru’s stolrn loot and emigrate to Tristan da Cunha (world’s remotest island.

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    MikeH 9 years ago

    “the polls were irregular” ……… SURELY NOT !!!

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    Blackhammer! 9 years ago

    They have made millions since independence yet they itch for more. Some of the millions came from foreign adventures such as the Congo but unlike Bush or Blair who take war spoils back home our lot ship the loot to banks in Europe. The same places which they spend endless hours condemning and pouting nonsense. Nearly 35 years after independence none of them have a vision of what the next 35 will bring. Pavakati siya ipapo ndepapo. MDC made a very huge mistake in rescuing them from the middle of a raging river and now all the signs are we are going back to square one. Land , dear land has become our albatross round the neck. Take a look at how the Russians, Chinese and Arabs are pouring money into London and other parts of the west. The British know that at the end of the day one cannot take the soil back where you came from when they tell you to sling your hook. The Russian looters have the temerity to fight for the ill-gotten loot in London courts. They also knock each other out in London hotels just like you know who do at home with amazing efficiency. And our lot are also busy bringing our resources to London in suitcases hence the cry about ‘sanctions’ because they cannot come to do their shopping. Now they are at each other’s throats and the tragedy is they will drag us down with them simply because, sorry, we are asleep. Am I missing something? It is painful but there is some truth when they said, ‘the sun will never set on the British empire’. We are fools and should admit it. We should at least open our eyes to see why we got no running water or electricity when our ‘liberators’ are busy liberating our resources to foreign lands while we look the other way. Man We Got A Problem! While we await more slogans!
    Simon M Tozvireva Chete.

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      BossMyass 9 years ago

      Billions actually, not millions. The exterminator who demolished Zimbabwe.

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    Doris 9 years ago

    Webster Shamu? “Influence!” Where he get that from?

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    Angel 9 years ago

    The government’s land reform program, characterized by chaos and violence, has badly damaged the commercial farming sector, the traditional source of exports and foreign exchange and the provider of 400,000 jobs, turning Zimbabwe into a net importer of food products

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    Why all the concern of bogus zanu congresses elections factions etc, the party of master criminals is already in the dustbin. Why talk of 2018? The next inevitable chapter in zim history will be determined by economics…then street barricades and protests of gross discontent

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    Dharma Appavoo 9 years ago

    The late Gen. Sanni Abacha stashed away 134 Billion US Dollars in Swiss Banks.
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    General Momar Ghaddafi and his son Saif Ghaddafi were found to have a sum total of almost 200 Billion US Dollars in various Offshore Accounts.
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    Dharma Appavoo 9 years ago

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