Emmerson Mnangagwa : A Fair Weather Friend?

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President Mugabe and his deputy Mnangagwa

Lloyd Msipa |The escalation of factional political fights in ZANU PF to a point of reckless abandon is premised on the realisation that Zimbabwe may wake up one day and Mnagangwa is constitutional positioned to take over from Mugabe. This fear has also introduced a tribal dimension to the contest. Mandi Chimene a Manyika and most of the G40 members, zezuru can not fathom a State president drawn from the karanga. And of course there is the square plug in a round hole Jonathan Moyo who paid heavily for Mnagangwa’s intransigence in the infamous Tsholotsho debacle. In what was the first real attempt to democratise the choosing of leaders in ZANU PF , Mnangagwa again left his colleagues in a larch. Jonathan Moyo, Chinamasa, Mudenda, July Moyo and a few others paid a heavy price over that meeting at Dinyane Secondary school in Tsholotsho. In his latest interview, which gave him his first real chance to speak to the Zimbabwean people and maybe correct or shed light into some of the alleged skeletons in his closet, a presidential blessed “go ahead to respond” if you like.

He failed to do so. He was mercurial in his response. He denied the undeniable? Does he really think Zimbabweans are so naive and will allow him to bury the Lacoste image with a simple denial.Mai Mujuru’s dismissal was premised on the fact the she was leading one of two factions. So, now Mnagangwa would have us believe Lacoste was a figment of our imagination. So Mai Mujuru’s dismissal was a nullity, was it not if there was never a Lacoste. Mnagangwa’s attempts at ‘smokes and mirrors ‘ falls flat on its face. He is a novice at it. What happens to the war veterans he sacrificed on the altar of expedience. He has disowned them and everything they stand for. The war veterans say they stand with the people and they want him to stand with them and succeed Mugabe. He runs for cover. Who does Mnagangwa stand for. Can he be trusted with the highest office in the land when he does not attempt to defend his own. Examples abound -Tomana. Are we not at risk of jumping ” from the frying pan into the fire” There is also another Constituency that need to hear his side of the story…the Gukurahundi victims…their children and grandchildren who are told of this ‘evil’ man who directed Gukurahundi operations : this feared man,”Ngwena” the crocodile. His ability or lack thereof to deal with this matter has long term implications for him being accepted as a State president in General and in the Midlands and Matebeleland region in particular.

So in essence Manicaland and Mashonaland are doing everything legal and extralegal to frustrate his ascension…Midlands and Matebeleland are indifferent to him because he has done nothing to cleanse his image there. Fear is not acceptance. Blessing Chebundo trounced him twice in elections in kwekwe until the party had to create a rural constituency for him -Churumanzu- Zibagwe. That is how bad his image is.The image of a feared gangstar is the perception the Midlanders have of him. ..” Musamubate anozivana na ED”….should a State president be feared or respected. In Matebeleland the Gukurahundi issue remains his Achilles heel. So if Mnangagwa finds himself interim president one of these mornings when Mugabe dies in his sleep, will he not entrench himself using State machinery in perpetuity during those first 90 days – Food for thought – #Msipasaidit

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  • Mthwakazi Restoration Movement

    Shona Gukurahundi Mnangagwa is wasting his time. Take it from me, Shona Gukurahundi Mugabe always listens to and follows the skirts of his wife. He is now too old at 92 to even dare disagree with her.

    Now they have started dealing with these so called war veterans – Mnangwa will be next, but at the right time. Once the dust has settled and they have been totally neutralised to not cause a threat to the Gukurahundi family’s continued stay in power; they will turn their guns on Mnangagwa.

    Mark my words – that guy will never be President. Mugabe knows that he has been silent and not openly distancing himself from those war veterans because he supports them; he wants to be President. His denials mean nothing. Its just that the time is not yet right – when the right time comes; Mnangagwa will be shown the door, when he is no longer strong enough to influence anything.

    Dealing with war veterans first is like starting by withdrawing the ladder; after which you then deal with that man on the roof who can no longer do anything to you!!

  • Mthwakazi Restoration Movement

    Shona Gukurahundi Mnangagwa is wasting his time. Take it from me, Shona Gukurahundi Mugabe always listens to and follows the skirts of his wife. He is now too old at 92 to even dare disagree with her.

    Now they have started dealing with these so called war veterans – Mnangwa will be next, but at the right time. Once the dust has settled and they have been totally neutralised to not cause a threat to the Gukurahundi family’s continued stay in power; they will turn their guns on Mnangagwa.

    Mark my words – that guy will never be President. Mugabe knows that he has been silent and not openly distancing himself from those war veterans because he supports them; he wants to be President. His denials mean nothing. Its just that the time is not yet right – when the right time comes; Mnangagwa will be shown the door, when he is no longer strong enough to influence anything.

    Dealing with war veterans first is like starting by withdrawing the ladder; after which you then deal with that man on the roof who can no longer do anything to you!!

  • Wimbo

    Mthwakazi Restoration Movem you are just barking what you dont know l can see you are a Ndebele who doesn’t like Ngwena but let me inform YOU that whether you like it or not Mnangagwa is the next PRESIDENT of Zimbabwe thats the TRUTH. Thats why he is so Much Marked. Ane bhora ndoanomakwa!!!! EM has the Ball hence he is MARKED

  • Tanganeropa

    Gukurahundi was very unjust , but do you guys know of Hondo yemaDzviti when the Ndebeles were raiding Shona tribes now and then killing and plundering . Its a pity the so called tribalist are not only short sighted but also ignorant . Mtwakazi is bullshit guess what the great Monomutapa ruled 3/4 of Central and Southen Africa mind yu he was a Shona Emperor but we don’t even talk of that . Mtwakazi is a dream that will die with you tribalist . I don’t mind a Ndebele being president of Zimbabwe I just don’t like the idea of a tribalist Shona , White , / red in power . Zimbabwe is for its citizens period

  • Tanganeropa

    Gukurahundi was very unjust , but do you guys know of Hondo yemaDzviti when the Ndebeles were raiding Shona tribes now and then killing and plundering . Its a pity the so called tribalist are not only short sighted but also ignorant . Mtwakazi is bullshit guess what the great Monomutapa ruled 3/4 of Central and Southen Africa mind yu he was a Shona Emperor but we don’t even talk of that . Mtwakazi is a dream that will die with you tribalist . I don’t mind a Ndebele being president of Zimbabwe I just don’t like the idea of a tribalist Shona , White , / red in power . Zimbabwe is for its citizens period

  • SHONA HATER

    Stop narrating history selectively. To hell with you Grandmother evening fire-place stories.

    You Shonas grow up being too heavily indoctrinated culturally against the Ndebele by your parents. This is further consolidated by the conveniently revised Mugabe history that your children are taught at school, that is meant to keep you people either permanently captive voters or sympathisers.

    That is why you are so obsessed with the so-called Ndebele, despite their small population.

    What about the decimation of the San people in the land between the two rivers, by the people we now call Shonas after they took their land following the Bantu migration to the South from the north?

    Why do you conveniently leave that out and only emphasise what the Ndebeles did to the Shonas? You bloody self centred Shonas!!

  • SHONA HATER

    Stop narrating history selectively. To hell with you Grandmother evening fire-place stories.

    You Shonas grow up being too heavily indoctrinated culturally against the Ndebele by your parents. This is further consolidated by the conveniently revised Mugabe history that your children are taught at school, that is meant to keep you people either permanently captive voters or sympathisers.

    That is why you are so obsessed with the so-called Ndebele, despite their small population.

    What about the decimation of the San people in the land between the two rivers, by the people we now call Shonas after they took their land following the Bantu migration to the South from the north?

    Why do you conveniently leave that out and only emphasise what the Ndebeles did to the Shonas? You bloody self centred Shonas!!

  • Mthwakazi Restoration Movement

    If wishes were horse, even begfars would ride!

  • Mthwakazi Restoration Movement

    If wishes were horse, even begfars would ride!

  • Mthwakazi Restoration Movement

    …..even beggars would ride.