Mnangagwa speaks out

VP Mnangagwa

VP Mnangagwa

Zvamaida Murwira and Tendai Mugabe
VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday dismissed reports of alleged turbulence in Zanu-pf, saying the revolutionary party was united.

He said this while addressing journalists, senior Government officials and captains of industry in Harare where he launched a domestic appeal for food assistance following Government’s decision to declare a state-of-disaster owing to El Nino-induced drought.

VP Mnangagwa, who was responding to a question on whether or not hostilities between some party members would not affect food mobilisation efforts, said he read about the alleged differences in the Press, but had no differences with anyone.

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“We read about these things from the Press,” he said.

“In Zanu-pf, we are very comfortable and we are brothers and comrades, but we read about these things you are talking about in the Press and I do not know where you get them from.

“This is why, as a very revolutionary Government and progressive (party), we have been able to do what we are doing to make sure we take care of the lives of our people,” said VP Mnangagwa.

At the Press conference, VP Mnangagwa was flanked by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who is reported to be opposed to him.

Media reports indicated that Minister Kasukuwere, who is also Zanu-pf national political commissar and some Zanu-pf Women’s League members were organising a demonstration against VP Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairperson, Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa and Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba.

They were said to be preparing to counter a threat by war veterans to bar Professor Jonathan Moyo from attending today’s Politburo meeting for using social media to attack fellow party members.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association secretary general Cde Victor Matemadanda said they had exposed Prof Moyo enough and he was no longer relevant.

“He (Prof Moyo) is no longer a subject. He is now a dead donkey and to continue talking about him will be giving him unnecessary relevance. We have exposed him and it is now up the President to make a decision regarding his fate.”

Cde Matemadanda said it was clear that some elements in Zanu-PF had organised a parallel event to counter them.

He said the mischievous elements were attempting to set them up with civilian women and youths to cause violence.

Buhera South legislator Cde Joseph Chinotimba said he was not happy by reports that there were people in Buhera who were part of the planned demonstration.

“You reported that some of the people coming for this demonstration are coming from Buhera. Tell us who these people are,” said Cde Chinotimba.

“As Buhera South, we will not be part of a plot against the party’s leadership. We know that there are people who are abusing the name of the First Family to push their agendas.”

Some Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons who spoke to The Herald yesterday confirmed that they had mobilised people at the behest of Cde Kasukuwere.

Cde Richard Moyo who is the Zanu-PF provincial chair in Matabeleland North said members of his provincial women’s league were coming to show solidarity with President Mugabe and to reaffirm his candidature as the party’s sole candidate for the 2018 harmonised elections.

Asked why they were reaffirming the President’s candidature after doing the same barely a month after the National People’s Conference in Victoria Falls, Cde Moyo said, “We were told by the national commissar to come to Harare.

“The women’s league is coming there to show solidarity with the President and thank him for the role he played as African Union chairman,” he said.

In Mashonaland Central, provincial chair Cde Ephraim Chengeta said they were coming to thank President Mugabe’s successful tour of duty as African Union chairman.

“We are coming to thank and support President Mugabe for the good work at the African Union,” he said.

Cde Chengeta said he was not aware that there was an underground move to turn the event into a demonstration against VP Mnangagwa.

“I am hearing that for the first time from you,” he said.

“We are mobilising as a province to show maximum support for the President.”

Midlands province said there was no formal communication from the commissariat and as such they were not coming.

“As a province, I don’t think that we are coming because there was no formal communication,” said Cde Mpereri.

“If there is something that is being planned nicodemously, we are not going to be part of it.”

Zanu-PF Harare provincial commissar Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe said it was a programme for women.

“I think it’s proper that you get a comment from the women because they are the ones who are co-ordinating this programme,” he said.

“Get in touch with Cde (Eunice) Sandi or (Cde Sarah) Mahoka.”

In Mashonaland Central, provincial chair Cde Dickson Mafios said they were geared for the event.

He said they had mobilised 5 000 people mostly from Shamva, Bindura and Mazowe.

“Preparations are at an advanced stage and all administrative districts will be represented. By 5am, will be already at the Zanu-PF headquarters,” said Cde Mafios.

Other provinces could not be reached for a comment but yesterday Mashonaland East and Masvingo said there was no clarity on the purpose of the gathering from the commissariat department.

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  • Judas Iscariot

    I guess Kasukuwere has been exonerated. The vp is confirming what Kasukuwere has been saying,the politiburo has more important pressing issues like, mobilizing food for the starving farmers. Mobilizing funds to pay last year,s bonuses,for civil servants. Trying to create 2mill jobs,before the next elections. Raising funds to service our past due debts,with World bank,African Development bank and IMF,so can borrow more money,to fund Zimasset. Fight corruption, and the list goes on and on.

    • Brian

      Shamwari such an idiot still talking of ZIMASSET

      • Judas Iscariot

        I’m simply stating things that ZANU PF promised to fulfil,if elected,this has nothing to do with what i believe or don’t believe. You sound like a doofus.

        • Ray Mbada

          They live in blissful ignorance of the world and what they believe in is violence and never any constructive criticism.

        • Muturikwa we Gweru.

          But you seem to have been disappointed with the announcement by our VP that in ZANU-PF we are very comfortable and we are brothers and comrades. You expected more and more turbulences.

    • Mhondoro

      Clearly the Commissariat has to shape up. The confusion is just too much, it points towards efforts to abuse and use party members to further individual interests. Kasukuwere, has to be very careful of his friend, if we can call him that, Prof Moyo. They are playing a dangerous game but they are now in the open. Charamba is the one being exonerated here. This clandestine, parallel, selectively publicised demo presumably for the President is what Charamba was referring to when he said Successionists (G40) are in the habit of building mesages around the First family. They do this for their own benefit or to weaken other party members they do not like or agree with for whatever reason. In this case, this is a move to try and neutralise the moved that had been proposed by War Vets to block Prof Moyo from attending Politburo but using women and children. Prof Moyo, Tyson, Zhuwawo – you are in the open boys!!!

    • nelson

      fighting corruption with money- imagine that. I don’t see it working.

    • Ijaha LeManxeleni

      If they do as you say my brother I will eat my laptop

  • indavasoo

    The Herald is now a complete piece of rubbish. Complete and total. Only if you are for freedom of speech and independent will you publish this. And I mean INDEPENDENT. Who and what makes you so scared in this modern age to tell the truth? Well, the answer is everyone’s guess. You are pathetic puppets. And of course being the puppets you are, its unlikely you will publish this.

    • Tarwiraushe

      You’re now looking foolish,since your comment has been posted. I hope you will man up and apologize.

      • jacktheswede

        apologise for what??? I have had many of my own comments going unpublished….am sure this one slipped through seeing that Herald staffers are nw dozing on the job preferring to cut and paste news from other news centres

    • ThaDoggPound

      What is the truth that you want the Herald to publish? At the moment everyone,including the media is confused as to the goings on in Zanupf so my friend if you’re privy to the truth please enlighten us.

    • Chiki

      True I really can not see how they claim to have uncovered the plot. They just misrepresented facts and tried to stop people from honoring his Excellency. What are the facts on the ground to show there is a demonstration planned? This is poor reporting at its worst. It only reflects that there are some elements that are abusing the public media to settle scores

    • nmurimba

      Sure need to apologise if you someone with sense.

    • Kuta Kinte

      No the Herald is very good and that is why you always read it. It is only that you were disappointed by the VP’S pronouncement of comradeship.

      • Gary WekuZviyambe

        “…the Herald is very good…”
        If you believe this, I am the Pope!

  • sambiri

    As is always saying and doing nothing at all. People want their life back; they want talkers of the walk to abandon the walk altogether.

    • TheBlindThatSee

      We waste too much time in life being idle and arguing in cirles instead of climbing up the global ladder one step at a time. Our gifted politicians put plans like ZimAsset and STEM in place over night and the general population goes silent about it in the morning. 2, 3 months later we cry that Minister so and so didnt help us, Zanu this MDC that! We must not blame politics for personal failures! On paper ZANU- pf is one of the smartest tactical governments on the face of the earth, we only fall short of our targets because we live in some dream world where our war heros must continue to fight all of our battles? The physical war ended but what followed was a mental and intellectual war. We as common citizens must stand united and strive for the greatest stored deep within our nation’s soul! Those that think a change of Government will magically solve our problems of drought, $$$, etc live in a dangerously delusional state and must leave the keyboard and find a mirror. Stare deep into that mirror and once you have looked long enough at the character in the reflection ask him or her “WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY TODAY?”… if the reflection responds “nothing”? It means you haven’t lived life yet. It means you are still like a baby who mustnt speak his or her mind. Fix you immediate environment and expand taking other lost neighbours with you. Dont do it for Zanu-Pf or MDC or for Thde Herald or Newsday… do it for your country and your future!

  • mpengo

    Tell that to your kids or Zimbabwe in 1990.

    What is reported and said by your own media makes you look a bit unclever

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Kana circus inosara pasi

  • Department 6

    we all know that ZPF only speaks of unity in public but in private space they are fighting each other to the death

  • Strategic

    Herald tell us where you stand with your reports, the vp has distanced his party from your stories?

  • jacktheswede

    “Media reports have indicated that Minister Kasukuwere…………..were organising a demonstration against VP Mnangagwa” Media reports??? That was your banner headline you twats…where you conclusively asserted that this planned demo has been EXPOSED. Lacoste Herald!!!

  • Goredema

    5,000 people!!! Ndiwo manyepo chaiwo….you need in excess of 65 buses to ferry such a huge crowd to Hre!!

  • Kuta Kinte

    I like the VP’s pronouncement of being brothers and sisters with great comradeship and I know this has irked the other side.

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      What a family! Brothers and sisters who are sticking knives into each other’s backs

  • K Sekeramayi

    VP Emmerson MUNANGAGWA is a very mature politician

  • Talksure Murevi

    So what was Charamba on about?

  • Zimba 1

    You did not publish my comment, and apparently you went and corrected wrongly, Zanu Pf not what you wrote above.

  • mupurisa

    Nyarara kana usingazivi zvauri kutaura. There was a plot, a naive one though. The plotters shamefully tried to hide behind the president’s name. They were coming to congratulate the president????? You have to be a big fool to believe such an open shame. Even if they do come, they will look very idiotic.

  • tiriyo

    Pamberi na soon to be president, his Excellency vp Mnangagwa.
    Nyika tichatonga madhongi achikuma.

  • Chimedzanemburungwe

    Yes in Zanu (PF) you are all comrades but only this week the Herald was reporting on the following
    -Demo against party bigwigs exposed
    -Factionalism, Social Media on politburo agenda
    -Moyo, Kasukuwere must go: War Vets
    -Mutsvangwa, Moyo verbal tiff escalates
    -Charamba blasts successionists
    And even the Sunday Mail said Crunch Politburo meeting on the cards or words to that effect. Even factional kingpins were being promised to meet their fate on that fateful day. Is this how you demonstrate brotherly love in Zanu(PF)? Or maybe the herald is lying to us..

    • karombe

      maida kuti vatii ndi vp. ndiko kunonzi kugona kutaura pachikuru.

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  • karombe

    do public lecturing my friend. your comment is very educative.

  • MukarangawekuMberengwa

    Shumba Mrambwe aka Ngwena muzukuru weMberengwa chikara chinodzokamisa mapenzi anoita mutambamhuru

  • bhurujena

    North Korea