Zanu PF’s likely new presidium

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is expected to name his new-look Zanu PF presidium tomorrow which will most likely see the elevation of Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe’s former ambassador to South Africa Phelekezela Mphoko to the vice-presidency.

Owen Gagare

Zanu PF officials say national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, who survived an attempted purge by war veterans and youths from Matabeleland South on Monday, could feature in the new presidium with insiders tipping him to retain his position.

But Mugabe, who has been given powers to appoint members of the presidium, members of the politburo as well as 10 central committee members of his choice, could spring a surprise by appointing speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda or politburo member Kembo Mohadi to the position.

Khaya Moyo, Mohadi and Mphoko all have an interest in the vice-presidency while Mudenda’s name featured in the run-up to the congress as the faction controlled by Vice-President Joice Mujuru, which wanted Didymus Mutasa elevated to the position, collapsed like a pack of cards.

Mnangagwa, who appeared down and out before First Lady Grace Mugabe stormed the Zanu PF political scene to rescue his faction, is likely to emerge the biggest winner of the congress should he land the vice-presidency as expected. This will place him in good stead to succeed Mugabe.

Before Grace plunged headlong into the Zanu PF succession fray, the Mujuru faction was trailblazing like a runaway train as her camp controlled most of the party structures, including the politburo, central committee and the provinces.

Grace, however, viciously attacked Mujuru and her allies by making a litany of allegations including incompetency, extortion, corruption and gossip to which the faction found no answers.

Despite not being in Zanu PF structures for long, seen as a massive disadvantage a few months ago, senior officials believe Mphoko is likely to land the vice-presidency because of the good personal relationship he enjoys with Mugabe.

Mphoko is one of the remaining senior Zapu/Zipra leaders who have remained loyal to Mugabe.

He is one of the founding Zipra commanders who went on to become Zapu’s representative in Maputo where he rubbed shoulders with senior Zanu and ANC bigwigs, including Mugabe and South African President Jacob Zuma, during the liberation war.

Mphoko has served as ambassador to Botswana, Russia and South Africa. He is also close to Zuma, who has an uneasy relationship with Mugabe.

Despite being linked to the Mujuru faction, Khaya Moyo and Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi have survived the purges targeting officials linked to Mujuru.

Khaya Moyo was a one-time favourite to land the vice-presidency, but his fortunes changed when the Mujuru faction was crushed.

Mujuru, Mutasa, Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire, Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Indigenisation minister Francis Nhema, Labour minister Nicholas Goche, Education minister Lazarus Dokora and Minister of State Sylvester Nguni are now ordinary Zanu PF card-carrying members after failing to make it into the central committee.
The party’s former spokesman Rugare Gumbo was expelled from the party on Wednesday, joining former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda on the sidelines.

Politburo members Angeline Masuku, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Absolom Sikhosana also fell by the wayside alongside political commissar Webster Shamu.

Despite being tainted by Gukurahundi atrocities like Mnangagwa and the Willowgate scandal, former Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairperson Mudenda’s star could rise further as he is one of the frontrunners to land the national chairman’s position.

Mudenda has a remarkable rise-fall-rise tale. He was appointed speaker after last year’s general elections, shortly after Mugabe had plucked him from political obscurity through appointment to chair the commission.

He was one of the provincial chairpersons to be suspended from Zanu PF for participating in what became known as the Tsholotsho Declaration.

After time in the political wilderness, Mugabe surprisingly appointed Mudenda to the politburo in 2011 before convincing then prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai he was suitable to chair the ZHRC.

Mohadi, Zanu PF’s deputy secretary for security, declared his interest in the vice-presidency ahead of the congress, but realistically he only stands a chance in the race for the national chairship.

13 thoughts on “Zanu PF’s likely new presidium”

  1. Stanley Nyamupingidza says:

    Mugabe has not forgiven Mnangagwa for the Tsholotsho coup and he will disappoint the Crocodile one more (last) time. Mugabe is not known for knowingly putting clever or sly people into positions of power. As soon as he realizes that his appointee is not a zombie, he normally quickly removes that person from the post. Mudenda and Mnangagwa are clever and sly lawyers and Mugabe knows that.

    1. Cobra says:

      It wont be long before we know anyways. We shall see

      1. NDODII says:

        NGWENA HAALUME

    2. SHIBOBO says:

      STANLEY, MY FRIEND, GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!!!!!

      MUGABE DOES NOT HAVE TO FORGIVE MUNANGAGWA FOR ANYTHING BECAUSE MUGABE WAS PART AND PARCEL OF THE 2004 TSHOLOTSHO DECLARATION. IT WAS PLANNED WITH HIS FULL PARTICIPATION AND CONCENT, UNTIL SOLOMON MUJURU CAME IN TO OVERTURN THE APPLE CART. DONT BE FOOLED BY THIS SNAKE CALLED MUGABE.

      THE TSHOLOTSHO PLAN WAS TO HAVE THE PRESIDIUM TRIBALLY BALANCED, AND MUGABE SUPPORTED THE IDEA. MUNANGAGWA WAS TO BE THE FIRST VP, A MKARANGA, THE LATE THENJIWE LESABE THE SECOND VP, A WOMAN AND A NDEBELE, AND PATRICK CHINAMASA WAS TO BE THE PARTY CHAIRMAN, A MANIKA. MUGABE WAS TO REMAIN PRESIDENT, A ZEZURU.

      THAT WAS WHY THERE WERE 6 PROVINCIAL CHAIRPERSONS ALREADY IN DINYANE, WHO WOULD HAVE SEALED THAT PLAN BY SIGNING TO AUTHENTICATE THOSE NOMINATIONS AND THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO DEBATE IN THE CONGRESS. UNTIL SOLOMON MUJURU CAME IN TO SAY ‘OVER HIS DEAD BODY’!!!!

  2. Max Moyo says:

    Mnangagwa wont be VP.How are you failing to read Mugabe after 34 years in power.He will most probably be party chair.

  3. katerere says:

    Mnangagwa will be the VP come sunday.long live President MUGABE you still have unfinished buzz

  4. Max Moyo says:

    Mugabe does not want any ambitious persons near the presidency.Who is more ambitious and more hungry to be president in Zimbabwe(other than Jonathan Moyo).It is Mnangagwa of course.Mugabe wont allow him anywhere near the VP position.Can you not see this people!!!
    Just look at the previous VPs.And now Mujuru is dieying(?) because she thought she could take over!!!No one can take over or even dream about taking over whilst Mugabe is still breathing!!!Whether he is breathing with the help of a breathing machine or on his own is not the issue!!

  5. Lazy Boy says:

    It is true that Mugabe wants to surround himself with zombies and dim wits but this time around he has very little choice. The old goblin is tired and wants nothing to do with the stupid economy which is giving him headaches. He will put Mnangagwa in power because he is the one to safeguard his wife’s business empire and assurance that his family will remain safe. This may not go down well with most people but, who cares anyway? He’s only interested in himself and his wealth, the rest of you can f*ck off. The Chinese have also promised him a little retirement kitty, off course – selfishness at its worst

  6. Musa King says:

    what about the need for a zapu person and a woman in the presidium

  7. mun mhakson says:

    point of correction. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Sikhosana, Sikhanyiso Indlovu were rescued by the president. Let’s take note. They are not ordinary card carrying members as alleged in this article.

  8. Dr Gire Marufu Gorerazo says:

    the unfolding of events in zanupf over the previous weeks or months further confirms zanupf or rather rg mugabe’s insecurity and indecision as far as the succession issue is concerned. mujuru et al might be out and down for now but like the tsholotsho debicle sidelined mnagngagwa that time, they will resurface with a bang only time will tell. if mugabe want to crush mujuru for good, then he must do what he did to her husband and that will burry the mujuru chapter.

    one thing politicians do not learn from history is that mugabe does not want threat or competition hence the purge of the vp.

  9. Observer says:

    Being Mugabe’s vice is a high risk job because you are always being checked for loyalty. Zvaida va Muzenda who,on hearing rumours of Mugabe’s death cried out “whose Vice am I going to be noooooow?”If I were Ngwena,I would go for a position where I can influence the composition of structures:Admin or Commisariat,and of course continue to chair JOC.

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