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Mnangagwa consolidates National Assembly grip

JUSTICE minister Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday consolidated his grip on parliament after Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, wife of his key ally deputy Foreign Affairs minister Chris Mutsvangwa, was elected chairperson of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus.

Staff Writer

This comes after Mnangagwa’s arch-rival Vice-President Joice Mujuru took control of cabinet as her close allies were appointed to powerful portfolios, with Mnangagwa’s camp getting only two key ministries — Finance that went to Patrick Chinamasa and Justice to himself.

Mutsvangwa romped to victory after garnering 46 to 23 votes against Information Technology Communication minister Webster Shamu’s wife, Constance, in polls conducted at Zanu PF headquarters after failure to get a consensus candidate between the warring factions.

Shamu is aligned to the Mujuru group.

Mnangagwa’s camp initially took control of the National Assembly against Mujuru as his close ally, former Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson Jacob Mudenda, landed the post of Speaker of Parliament, as the two factions step up their campaigns to succeed President Robert Mugabe reeling from old age and health complications.

Apart from Mudenda, another Mnangagwa ally Mable Chinomona was elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly to consolidate Mnangagwa’s control of the House. Chinomona was nominated by another Mnangagwa ally, Mberengwa East MP Makhosini Hlongwane, while Mudenda was nominated by Bubi MP Clifford Sibanda, also believed to be in Mnangagwa’s camp.

Zanu PF chief whip in the National Assembly Joram Gumbo is also a Mnangagwa ally, showing the former Defence minister has control of the National Assembly.

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  1. This is a meaningless story. I dont see what Mudenda can influence Mnangagwa’s cause, if he has any that is. Or what the so called Mujur camp in cabinet can do. Those is cabinet are Mugabe’s camp otherwise they wouldn’t be there.

  2. @George- many thanks for this..We are getting all sick and tired of these faction stories whose real basis is not fact but idle speculation. In any case how does this election to the women’s caucus help the so-called Mnangagwa faction consolidate its positon? And how long have you journos been at this faction this faction that without providing a shred of evidence of the existence of these factions? Please stop this nonsense its not helping your readers see the picture that you pretend to see.

  3. kana wee there is simmering factionalism manje vakwevi vehondo dzacho vari kutura befu and strategising how eventually they will use what each other did before and discredit themselves that way while distancing themselves from underhand eketivity. its obvious pachawa nenyonganyonga related to kubirirana zvinzvimbo uku.

  4. Factionalism is reality, it does not help to hide our heads in the sand. After all what do you make of those curious road accidents? Theoretically we have another GNU in which Zanu Munangagwa is obsecurely balanced with Zanu Mujuru. Only those who dont follow Zimpolitics or who naive can say factionalism does not exist in Zanu.

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