VP Mnangagwa Survives "Mujuru-Style" Ouster

VP Mnangagwa Survives
Published: 2016 July 30 10:21:45 (1746 Views)

VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived a planned purge by his foes, as mutinous war veterans backing his bid for power remained defiant, warning that they were prepared to die for expressing their dissatisfaction with the ruling ZANU-PF.
At Zanu PF’s Wednesday meeting at the ruling party’s headquarters, Mandi Chimene, who had earlier imposed herself as the ZNLWVA interim chairperson, but was interdicted by the High Court from doing so after a failed bid to oust Mutsvangwa, said Mnangagwa should be chucked out of the party.
However, President Mugabe, who clearly indicated that he was disgusted by the war veterans’ criticism of his leadership, said he was not going to reshuffle the presidium.“We shall keep together at the top. We shall remain united,” he said.
“The wings of the party, Youth League, Women’s League, need to be united. I am glad that we have maintained that unity and I hope we shall maintain it until 2018,” he said.
Very few war veterans attended the meeting, which had been described by a section of war veterans aligned to a faction opposed to Mnangagwa as “a must attend” meeting.
Away from the meeting, war veterans accused of planning the President’s removal from power said even though they were cognisant of the fact that the ensuing witch-hunt from a communiqué issued after their no-holds barred meeting last week could turn ugly as ZANU-PF tried to contain the unexpected onslaught from the former combatants, they remained unrelenting.
The latest furore in the ruling party further highlights the depth of the party’s factional war that is pitting two groups, Team Lacoste and Generation 40 or G40, which is battling to thwart Mnangagwa’s prospects to succeed President Mugabe.
Political analyst, Eldred Masunungure, described the latest twist in the ructions in ZANU-PF as a “kind of tsunami” that is a game-changer in the relationships within the ruling party, which he said had forced President Mugabe into calling for a meeting with the war veterans Wednesday in acknowledgement that it is “no longer business as usual”.
Without ruling out the possibility of a major assault on the leaders of the rebelling war veterans, Masunungure said: “The response so far to the communiqué suggests that the regime could be one step away from taking serious action against the disgruntled war vets once it judges this to be a national security threat which would require decisive action. That would be the last resort though..But it’s not beyond the establishment to take a hammer to destroy any source of rebellion within its ranks.”
Another political analyst, Otto Saki, said although the authenticity of the war veterans’ document has been questioned, it, however, does not “impugn the contents as entirely unfounded as they might be a reflection of sentiments among war veterans and the society at large”.
Saki said: “The response from relevant State-party officials to this communiqué was very predictable and unfortunate. It entrenches mutual resentment, bravado, and burying of heads in the sand rather than attempting to address the fundamental issues facing the ruling party. 
"If these issues were confined to the ruling party, most citizens would not care as party politics has become toxic, fractured and unsustainable, including the many fragmented opposition parties in the country; but these developments have since paralysed the very same government that we expect to provide public good and services.”
To deflect the threat posed by rebellious veterans, hundreds of ZANU-PF supporters were bused to yesterday’s meeting of break-away war veterans at the ZANU-PF headquarters in the capital to shore up support for their beleaguered leader who is under increasing pressure from all quarters for him to act on the country’s relentless slide into ruin.
Initially meant to be a meeting between the President and the war veterans, ex-detainees and war collaborators, the gathering turned into a major rally that included members of the party’s boisterous youth and women’s wings who appear eager to violently thwart the simmering dissent across the country.
Public anger throughout the country has manifested over the past weeks in the form of increased protests and marches that have sometimes turned violent after police tried to break them up.

- FinGaz

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