A ZimLive Reports Claims that ZANU PF renegades are plotting to recall President Emmerson Mnangagwa and replace him with one of his two Deputies Constantino Chiwenga or Kembo Mohadi.
The plot was reportedly hatched by at least 35 ZANU PF MPs who met at the party’s headquarters on Friday. War Veterans chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa is said to be part of the cabal.
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The renegades are allegedly backed by Zanu PF heavyweights who were sidelined by Mnangagwa from his Cabinet, among them former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Zanu PF chair Oppah Muchinguri and Obert Mpofu, the former Home Affairs Minister. A Zimlive source had this to say:
The calculation by the rebels is pre-emptive. Mnangagwa is quite clearly mortally wounded and the two Zanu PF factions know they will follow him to his political grave if they don’t act. So, what you might have, if they succeed, is a mercy killing where Mnangagwa is put out of his misery for a new leader that they hope can haul Zanu PF back from the impending precipice.
The key grievance is how he has led the party and the country since the coup in November 2017. Things have become worse, not better. Many comrades are disgruntled that he has elected to surround himself with people from his village, side-lining those who secured him the presidency.
They want to first present him with the numbers (of disaffected MPs), symbolically and urge him to resign. If he doesn’t, they will take it a step further and attempt to impeach him – but that may need the support of the MDC to go through because Mnangagwa has his own loyalists who would whittle down the Zanu PF majority.
ZANU PF has been in the throes of internecine factional fights in recent years. In 2014, the then Vice President Joyce Mujuru was booted out of the party, her successor current President Emmerson Mnangagwa suffered the same fate in November 2017, resulting in a military coup which deposed long-serving President Robert Mugabe and replaced him with Mnangagwa.
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