G40 decimates Mnangagwa’s support base

THE Generation 40 (G40) faction of Zanu PF, which has coalesced around First Lady Grace Mugabe, has intensified its efforts to derail Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascendency to the presidency by launching yet another spirited attack on the beleaguered VP to decimate his support base as the succession battle to replace President Robert Mugabe rages on.

Elias Mambo

Party insiders revealed the G40 faction is using a two-pronged approach to derail Mnangagwa — pushing for expulsions of his backers from Zanu PF structures as well as targetting those perceived to be his allies in state institutions.

This comes against the backdrop of the expulsion of four leaders of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association from Zanu PF this week for allegedly insulting Mugabe. The four, Victor Matemadanda (secretary-general), Douglas Mahiya (spokesperson), Francis Nhando (political commissar) and Headman Moyo (vice-chairperson) were expelled on Wednesday by the Zanu PF politburo together with five party members, including former deputy minister Munacho Mutezo.

They join ZNLWVA chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa who was expelled from the party last month.

“The strategy is to isolate Mnangagwa by expelling those who are loyal to him,” a Zanu PF official said adding: “Zanu PF and Mugabe cannot afford to do without Mnangagwa at the moment because this will weaken the party ahead of 2018 elections given that the expulsion of (ex-VP Joice) Mujuru and her allies had a heavy toll on the party.”

The official added: “The strategy also involves pushing out his symphathisers in state institutions, like the army. The idea is to retain him in the position, but without the key support that he enjoys. This means dealing with his support structure at both party and government levels.”

As part of the grand plan the G40 camp intends to descend on provincial officials supporting Mnangagwa, especially in Midlands and Masvingo.

The G40 faction has for a while been targeting Mnangagwa’s right hand man July Moyo, who is also the Zanu PF deputy secretary for administration.

Also in the firing line are Midlands provincial members such as Justice Mayor Wadyajena (youth secretary for administration and Owen Mudha Ncube (secretary for security) whose disciplinary cases are still to be heard by the national disciplinary committee.

Mnangagwa’s key pillars in state institutions are also being targetted.

For months, Mugabe has been contemplating firing Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander General Constantine Chiwenga, widely seen as a vital cog in Mnangagwa’s plans.

Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana, a key Mnangagwa ally, is under suspension and is likely to get fired. Another Mnangagwa ally Munyaradzi Kereke has been jailed for rape for 10 years.

4 thoughts on “G40 decimates Mnangagwa’s support base”

  1. gutter poet says:

    Now this is rather tricky turf, which between the two Mr. Munangagwa and Mrs Mujuru is the REAL Pied Piper of Hamelin. You do remember this old nursery tale, eh Elias? It is about how the Mayor who wanted to rid his town of the rat vermin invited this guy to play his magic flute/pipe to drive those millions of rats out of his town. Now who in your view appears to be driiving people out of the ZANU party faster of the two? As an aside the war veterans are known and proof is there that they sacrificed all in their young lives for the freedom of Zimbabwe..Their love for the land is known so why do some of them feel this need to want to REPEAT this ad nauseum? Might reading that small poem by William Blake help..It is aptly called ‘Never seek to tell thy love’…Yah, let people out there should their lungs out about you LOVE Zimbabwe while, you walk with a spring in your step rather than YOU shout about how much you love this lovely lady, Zimbabwe…People start thinking you are not telling ‘ze truth.’

  2. gutter poet says:

    Now this is rather tricky turf, which between the two Mr. Munangagwa and Mrs Mujuru is the REAL Pied Piper of Hamelin. You do remember this old nursery tale, eh Elias? It is about how the Mayor who wanted to rid his town of the rat vermin invited this guy to play his magic flute/pipe to drive those millions of rats out of his town. Now who in your view appears to be driiving people out of the ZANU party faster of the two? As an aside the war veterans are known and proof is there that they sacrificed all in their young lives for the freedom of Zimbabwe..Their love for the land is known so why do some of them feel this need to want to REPEAT this ad nauseum? Might reading that small poem by William Blake help..It is aptly called ‘Never seek to tell thy love’…Yah, let people out there should their lungs out about you LOVE Zimbabwe while, you walk with a spring in your step rather than YOU shout about how much you love this lovely lady, Zimbabwe…People start thinking you are not telling ‘ze truth.’ It is a given that war veterans love ZANU but they should show they love Zimbabwe more..Stop with the shouting and SHOW US..that above all else, ALL, you LOVE Zimbabwe more…

  3. gutter poet says:

    Apologies to your readers Ed,

    The last part should read “Yah let the people out there shout their lungs out about how much you LOVE Zimbabwe while you walk with a spring in your step, rather than you SHOUT…”

  4. citizen says:

    The word ‘decimate’ means to ‘remove ten percent’ it does not mean to destroy!! Be careful how you use it Mr Editor! The root of this word is ‘decimal’………….’decimation’ was a punishment invented by the Romans to discipline unruly army regiments by parading the soldiers and executing every tenth man.

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