Zanu-PF activist and former chairperson of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Communications Taskforce Acie Lumumba has claimed that there are two new factions forming in the ruling Zanu-PF party. The ruling party has been stressing unity since the Generation 40 (G40) Faction was vanquished last year after a bruising fight to succeed former President Robert Mugabe. According to Lumumba, who has made a name revealing previously unknown information, the ruling party is going to deny the existence of the two factions and present a picture of a united front until one faction gets crushed, similar to what happened in the succession battles between the G40 and (then) Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste Faction. Said Lumumba,
Less than a year after Mugabe was kicked out of power, Zanu PF has 2 new factions forming. We will deny this vehemently until one obliterates the other of course. One faction is captured by Queen Bee, the other is captured by legacy! Stay woke on these streets.
Former G40 kingpin Professor Jonathan Moyo who fled into exile after the fall of former President Robert Mugabe disputed that any new factions had been created saying that the factions had always been there. According to Moyo, the two factions which had been united in the fight against the G40 Faction are President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste and the military’s Cosleg faction. Said Moyo responding to Lumumba,
For the record, there are no two new post-coup factions. LACOSTE & COSLEG are not new. The #QueenBeeSaga does not change or create factions. It only exposes them in the context of the ongoing economic meltdown with specific reference to currency manipulation & fuel chicanery!
Cosleg is a combination of two military investments Comiex Congo and Osleg. Osleg is the commercial arm of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces whose full name is Operation Sovereign Legitimacy. According to the Daily News, the war veterans and other civilians who were part of the fight against Mugabe and the G40 feel that they are being sidelined with the military taking most of the power. In January, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (Znlwva), chairperson for Mashonaland Central, Sam Parirenyatwa said
There is a strong feeling among war veterans that their contributions in removing Mugabe were not rewarded. Yes, we are being sidelined. Those who were benefiting under the Mugabe regime are the same people who are benefiting now…Right now, there are efforts to engage government. In fact, there are calls for a war veterans’ indaba so that we reflect (on these developments). We did not get into party structures. For instance, in Mashonaland Central, all the positions were given to bystanders. We also lost the commissariat post to the military.
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