Intense jostling for management of the ruling Zanu PF between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga is escalating into public fights between backers of the 2 heavyweights amid claims of counter plots.
By Everson Mushava/Obey Manayiti
Zanu PF youths set the cat among the many pigeons a fortnight in the past once they declared that Mnangagwa was the celebration’s undisputed presidential candidate for 2023.
The statements had been seen as being focused at Chiwenga, who has been touted in some circles as Mnangagwa’s successor, with solutions that the Zanu PF chief will solely serve one time period.
Mnangagwa allies Pupurai Togarepi, who can also be the Zanu PF youth secretary, and Zanu PF Harare youth provincial chairman Godwin Gomwe informed The Customary that their names had been being dragged into the alleged struggle between the president and VP by bitter individuals.
“A false, unfounded and malicious message has been circulating on social media recently.
“The nefarious and deceptive message states that: I Godwin Gomwe have verbally attacked the Honourable Vice-President Cde Constantino Chiwenga and Zanu PF chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri at Machipisa flea market in Highfield,” Gomwe mentioned.
“Bitter individuals are harm by the present unity prevailing within the celebration; they’ve resorted to penning falsehoods to attain evil targets. The mentioned message is merely a figment of somebody’s creativeness.”
Togarepi mentioned he was not conscious of any factions within the ruling celebration and that Zanu PF youths supported each Chiwenga and Mnangagwa.
“It’s all hogwash from overzealous cyber criminals. What was mentioned throughout our youth meeting is on document and people eager on understanding the reality can get what was mentioned verbatim,” he mentioned when requested concerning the alleged infighting.
“The youth league respects and helps the president and his vice-presidents.
“I haven’t seen any divisions among the many members of the youth league and may that occur sooner or later, it will likely be my obligation to appropriate any mistaken concepts or contradictions.”
Togarepi mentioned there have been characters who spoke recklessly about Zanu PF and authorities insurance policies.
Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo additionally described the allegations that there was a rift between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga as “wishful considering”.
Nonetheless, Zanu PF insiders mentioned outbursts by Mnangagwa’s advisor Chris Mutsvangwa about alleged state seize had been the end result of great fights which have been occurring behind the scenes.
They mentioned the declaration by Togarepi and different Zanu PF youth leaders Godfrey Tsenengamu and Lewis Matutu that Mnangagwa couldn’t be challenged had angered Chiwenga’s backers.
“After the assembly by the youths the place they launched the 2023 ED Pfee slogan, Chiwenga’s lieutenants grew to become bitter as a result of they thought it was an oblique assault on their chief,” a celebration official revealed.
“Chiwenga’s supporters at the moment are feeling betrayed. They suppose Mnangagwa wouldn’t have been president with out Chiwenga.
“They’re bitter that Chiwenga and most of these loyal to him are being side-lined by a clique near Mnangagwa led by his kinfolk and allies.”
In line with the supply, Chiwenga backers are additionally bitter that Mnangagwa appears to be solely rewarding these from Midlands and Masvingo provinces with senior celebration and authorities positions.
College of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure mentioned Mnangagwa wanted to watch out in dealing with Chiwenga.
“He must be cautious when coping with Chiwenga, youths had been utilized by G40, however everyone knows what the result was,” he mentioned.
“The youths should not regard themselves as usable instruments within the soiled video games being fought by their elders.
“Mnangagwa must be smart sufficient to know that he has to maneuver very cautiously with Chiwenga.
“The conflict veterans are divided and we all know actual energy resides within the army quite than the youth wing of the celebration, or conflict veterans who aren’t armed.
“One with management of the army will win the battle for supremacy. Mnangagwa ought to play his playing cards fastidiously quite than have the political illiteracy that [former president Robert] Mugabe had final November.”
Mnangagwa and Chiwenga had been instrumental in Mugabe’s ouster in a coup final yr. – The Customary