Zanu PF alarmed by Mugabe succession plots — Khaya Moyo

HARARE – Zanu PF has admitted that it is alarmed by internal manoeuvres to replace party and national leader, President Robert Mugabe.
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Mugabe, 92 and in power for the last 36 years, is considered too old to continue ruling after the 2018 elections.

He has, however, vowed that he will do so, claiming that he still has popular support.

A ruling party faction called Generation 40 (G40) that is linked to his wife, Grace, insists he must continue after 2018, but analysts say it is doing so in order to secure its own survival.

One of the leading brains behind G40, Jonathan Moyo, the current Higher and Tertiary Education minister, in 2006 called on Mugabe to leave office, describing him as a threat to national security.

A rival faction led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is gunning for Mugabe’s exit and the main group of war veterans fighting from his corner recently asserted that Mugabe’s deputy must take over.

Simon Khaya Moyo, the Zanu PF spokesperson, said those who were calling for Mugabe’s replacement with Mnangagwa were mischief makers.

He said Mugabe had made his position clear that he would continue as the party leader at a recent march by his supporters.

“Zanu-PF is fully aware of some mischief makers on the succession issue…The party is therefore alarmed by the uncalled for debate from some misguided quarters on a matter closed and sealed,” said Khaya Moyo.

The war vets that are led by Chris Mutsvangwa who has been removed from the party and his position as the ex-combatants minister vowed that there would be blood on the floor if Mnangagwa was not made Mugabe’s successor.

The vice president has remained mum on the matter and this has irked a rival but unrecognised war vets’ group led by Mandi Chimene, the Manicaland provincial minister who sides with G40.

Chimene challenged Mnangagwa to pronounce his position on the succession matter, adding that failure to do so would lead them to believe that he was the one sending the war veterans to make succession related statements in favour of Mnangagwa.

In the main, the security sector is also thought to be firmly behind Mnangagwa who is reported to have received the thumbs up from China and some influential western governments.

Moyo urged party members to stop discussing the succession issue which is generally regarded as a sacred cow as Mugabe treats possible successors with suspicion.

He got rid of his then deputy, Joice Mujuru, in early 2015 after a drawn out campaign in which she was accused of plotting to overthrow him, even though no evidence has been produced.

Mujuru is now leader of an opposition political party, the Zimbabwe People First movement that and she will soon be launching a nationwide presidential campaign tour.

Moyo blamed the private media for fanning succession fights in his party, but observers have for long accused Mugabe of failing to manage Zanu PF transition.

“The private media who are spearheading this unwarranted and sinister agenda must stop this dangerous effort once and for all. The party, Zanu PF has always called on all patriotic Zimbabweans to expend their energies on the implementation of ZimAsset as a way to achieve the total economic emancipation of our people. Enough is enough.”

ZimAsset is the economic blueprint launched by government in 2014 but it is yet to yield positive results as the economy continues on a free fall. – Nehanda Radio 

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