Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe’s heir apparent, vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, has suffered a major setback after the Zanu PF Midlands provincial executive passed ‘no confidence’ votes on several of his key allies Friday.
Midlands province party administrator and acting chairman Tapiwa Matangaidze confirmed the negative votes against Mnangagwa’s right hand man July Moyo and Owen ‘Mudha Mugabe’ Ncube, his chief of security, war veterans national secretary general Victor Matemadanda, provincial treasurer John Holder, spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri, Goodwill Shiri, Chigaba and the vice president’s nephew Justice Mayor Wadyajena. Top aide Kizito Chivamba has already been suspended and awaits a decision from the party’s Soviet-style politburo.
The move was orchestrated by members of the so-called G 40 faction, which is backing Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe to take over from her 92 year-old husband. It comes after members of the Mnangagwa faction earlier on passed votes of no confidence against Matangaidze, Annastacia Ndhlovu and others two weeks ago. The votes were nullified by the Zanu PF politburo.
Control of the Midlands province executive has become a major priority for members of Grace Mugabe’s G 40 faction and Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste factions angling to succeed ageing and ailing dictator Robert Mugabe, the leader of the deeply divided party.
Mupereri dismissed the votes of no confidence as ‘null and void’.
“The provincial coordinating committee or whatever they want to call that gathering has no mandate to do that because it’s not an executive council,” Mupereri said.
National party administrator appeared to nullify the no-confidence votes at the weekend.
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