Monday, 1 August 2016

MORE MNANGAGWA ALLIES FACE EXPULSION

With embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa moving to publicly disown his allies under growing pressure from his party foes, the Generation 40 (G40) group, the Daily News has learnt that more of the Midlands godfather’s supporters are facing the dreaded chop from the warring ruling Zanu PF.

The news comes amid reports that the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) faction that is led by the under-fire Christopher Mutsvangwa has been going around the country holding meetings, which G40 kingpins claim are aimed at forcing President Robert Mugabe from power in favour of Mnangagwa.

The meetings by the former freedom fighters are said to have culminated in the recent Harare get-together which came out with a scathing communiqué demanding Mugabe’s immediate resignation.

Zanu PF provincial chairperson for Masvingo, Amasa Nenjana, revealed at the weekend that the regional party structure had since informed supporters that all members who attended the Harare war veterans’ meeting would be fired from the former liberation movement.

He also said that those who had attended Mutsvangwa’s recent meeting with war veterans in Masvingo, including regional minister Shuvai Mahofa, Psychomotor minister Josiah Hungwe, former Zanu PF provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira, war veteran Francis Nhando, former Zanu PF youth league secretary Pupurai Togarepi and provincial executive member Alois Baloyi, would also not be spared the bullet.

“It’s not us as a province who will be expelling them. This is coming from the national leadership. Our leaders are handling the issue as we all know that the war veterans’ association has since been dissolved.

“So, we are working to see that those from this province who attended the meeting with Mutsvangwa, defying the party in the process, are expelled,” Nenjana said.

Well-placed sources in Mashonaland West also told the Daily News yesterday that Zanu PF central committee member, Jimayi Muduvuri, who was one of the key conveners of the war veterans’ controversial meetings around the country, was also targeted for expulsion.

“Jimayi made it clear that he was co-ordinating the meetings by war veterans and we have since established that he was sponsoring them.

“So, with the instruction that we have been given by the leadership to take note of those who were part of the meetings and initiate processes to ensure that they are expelled, we will be sitting down as a province to make the necessary recommendations,” a provincial executive member said.

He added that the witch-hunt was being carried out countrywide, with the majority of victims coming from Mnangagwa’s Midlands support heartland.

While Muduvuri, who says that he is neither aligned to Mnangagwa’s camp nor the G40 was not immediately available for comment, as his mobile phone was unreachable, he has said in a previous interview with the Daily News that he is unapologetic about his association with the meetings.

“I have no apologies for the tour that I did, and I am prepared to do that again. I hear some people in the G40 saying that I have apologised, apologise to who? I stand by those rallies I had with war veterans.

“Everything that I did, I did it for Zanu PF and my goal has always been to see a united Zanu PF and that is what I will do again,” he said.

Mnangagwa once again disowned his allies on Saturday as he battles to save his political career, saying contrary to suggestions that he was seeking to stampede Mugabe out of power, he remained loyal to the nonagenarian.

“I have never at any one time directly or indirectly established, formed or convened or ought to benefit from the alleged grouping (Team Lacoste, as his allies are commonly referred to) or other such groupings of dubious and libelous character as alleged,” he said.

The beleaguered VP also claimed that he was a victim of people using his name and office for their individual political gain.

“I abhor this corruption ascription and despicable malpractice which I have never sanctioned at any point and want the perpetrators to stop,” he added. Daily news

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