ZANU PF’s Global Political Agreement negotiators Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche are in hot soup for their role in the succession-inspired running-mates clause in the contested Copac draft constitution as it emerged this week they were the architects of the controversial provision which has infuriated President Robert Mugabe.
Report by Staff Writers
The running-mates clause has intensified Mugabe’s succession battle after it became evident Zanu PF factions, led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, are escalating the fight.
Fresh information gleaned from Zanu PF insiders this week shows it was in fact Goche –– and not MDC-T chief negotiator Tendai Biti as initially thought –– who proposed the clause.
The latest information is also contrary to the generally-held belief that the proposal was part of Mnangagwa’s grand plan, working with Chinamasa, to force Mugabe to anoint a successor.
Sources said the clause was proposed by Goche at the Copac retreat in Nyanga in July and was only endorsed after all negotiators, including Chinamasa, consulted their principals. The draft states if the president dies or resigns, the first vice-president takes over.