CIO chief warns Mugabe that Grace’s bid will be opposed by the military and may cause political violence

Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe is alleged to have warned President Mugabe that a bid for the presidency by his wife Grace Mugabe will be opposed by the military and could lead to political violence.

As a result, Mugabe is reported to have asked the First Lady to tone down her criticism of the war veterans and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. According to Bloomberg, Bonyongwe told the Joint Operations Command that serving soldiers are opposed to the G40 Faction and are firmly behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is the alleged head of the Team Lacoste Faction.  The G40 Faction which is opposed to the succession of President Mugabe by Vice President Mnangagwa is reportedly backing the first lady for the presidency.

More: Bloomberg


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The Central Intelligence Organisation otherwise known as the CIO is an arm of the Zimbabwe security sector whose line of work is inherently classified. For a very long time the organisation and its operations have ignited public debate and fueled speculation. Read More About Central Intelligence Organisation

Team Lacoste, which unofficially gets its name from the Lacoste clothing label and even uses its crocodile symbol is a group of Zanu PF politicians in Zimbabwe who, from 2015, were believed to be working to ensure that one of the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe,... Read More About Lacoste Faction

The Zanu-PF Generation 40, or G40 for short, was a group of Zanu-PF politicians that was believed to be working against the possibility of Emmerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding former president Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. Tentative evidence indicates that the group at one... Read More About G40 Faction

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