Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeramayi has been accused of being a “born-coward” by former cabinet minister turned anti-Mugabe activist Christopher Mutsvangwa. This comes as Sekeramayi has called for Zanu-PF structures not to interact with the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association leadership which is led by Christopher Mutsvangwa. The Mutsvangwa led executive has been highly critical of President Mugabe and has called for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed him.
However, Mugabe who is believed to be against Mnangagwa’s aspirations is reported to be favouring Sekeramayi and the G40 Faction to take over from him. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mutsvangwa launched a scathing attack on Sydney Sekeremayi saying:
We are going to pit that impeccable record of organisation against the upstarts of the G40. This is the mother of all battles in politics
This is the A-team. We gave him [Mugabe] victory in 1979 with [late Vice-President] Joshua Nkomo. In 2008, he was defeated by [MDC-T leader Morgan] Tsvangirai until the run-up. This A-team together with other stakeholders went back to the drawing board. We rescued the man who was in the jaws of defeat. The MDC crocodiles were chewing up.
And do you know who had run away when he [Mugabe] was being chewed up and had to be rescued by the technicality. Sekeramayi, as one of the G40, was already in Beitbridge looking for exile in South Africa.
We had to call him back. Now he’s strutting around as a puppet of the G40.
Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi is a former Zimbabwean liberation war fighter and politician who is the current Minister of Defence. He is a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) political party. Read More
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a politician and member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). He was appointed as the country's Vice president in December 2014. He had been a cabinet Minister since Zimbabwe attained independence in 1980. He is also the Minister of Justice for Zimbabwe. On 12 August 2017 he was rushed to hospital during a Zanu-PF rally in Gwanda. Private and online media reported that Mnangagwa had been poisoned but Government representative David Parirenyatwa dismissed the reports three days after the incident stating that he had had a severe bout of vomiting and diarrhoea. On 16 August 2017, Christopher Mushohwe said that doctors in South Africa said that Mnangagwa had eaten stale food. Read More
Christopher Mutsvangwa, commonly referred to as just Chris Mutsvangwa is a Zimbabwean politician, businessman and member of the ZANU PF party. He is however under suspension from the party for 3 years for gross misconduct and disloyalty a result of apparently fanning factionalism in the party. Mutsvangwa is also former welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister, a position from which he was dismissed in March 2016. He started his political career during the Second Chimurenga and has also served both government and party in various capacities in independent Zimbabwe. He is the former leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, a position he was nominated to in November 2014 after former leader Jabulani Sibanda was ousted as part of the Zanu-PF and kicked out in December 2015. Read More