Zanu PF Factional Battles: Is Mugabe The Kingmaker?

Zanu PF Factional Battles: Is Mugabe The Kingmaker?
Published: 2016 September 06 08:26:08 (2262 Views)

IN a development which sums up president Mugabe's key role in Zanu PF's factional fights, Kudzanai believed to be a member of the G40 faction has been installed as the new leader of the party’s key youth league structure, a milieu which spells more bad news for the Lacoste Team, a rival Zanu PF faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the succession battles.  
The surprising pronouncement follows the removal of Pupurai Togarepi as the former liberation movement’s youth league boss earlier this year, amid claims that he belongs to the Mnangagwa camp — and as Zanu PF’s ugly factional and succession wars continue to escalate.
Togarepi has since revealed that his tiff with Chipanga and other youth league members who are aligned to the G40 started when he refused to support the expulsion of former women’s league spokesperson Monica Mutsvangwa, the wife of war veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa — who is said to be a leading Mnangagwa supporter.
Over the past two years, many senior Zanu PF officials suspected of supporting the embattled VP have either been suspended or expelled from the warring ruling party, as his party enemies work to make sure that he does not have a sniff at the presidency.
Addressing party youths in Harare on Sunday, Mugabe — battling to contain swelling public anger against him — also launched a savage attack against the judiciary, in a move that was widely interpreted as trying to force judges from allowing demonstrations to take place, which have unnerved his government.
The attack evoked bad memories from 2001 when the government purged white judges from the Bench, including the then chief justice Anthony Gubbay, for ruling against Zimbabwe’s chaotic land reform programme.
Over the past few weeks, Mugabe’s panicking government has been resorting more and more to its coercive apparatus against dissenting voices, while sycophantic State media has cranked up its propaganda and smear blitz campaigns against Zanu PF critics.
Amid all this, disgruntled war veterans have warned Mugabe of worsening civil unrest in the country if Zanu PF bigwigs continue with their mindless bloodletting, as well as their current crackdown on dissenting voices, including former freedom fighters.





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