Plot to oust Mnangagwa from power uncovered

 Plot to oust Mnangagwa from power uncovered
Published: 25 August 2019 (239 Views)
AS PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa and his under-fire government continue to battle to turn around the country's dying economy, it has emerged that there is a new plot within the faction-torn ruling Zanu-PF to oust him from power through impeachment, the Daily News on Sunday reported.

The putsch against Mnangagwa - being mooted a mere 12 months after he led Zanu-PF to victory in the hotly-disputed 2018 national elections - comes as there are growing suspicions within his camp that some government and ruling party officials are working to sabotage his re-engagement efforts with Western powers.

Zanu-PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday last week said the worsening economic rot and the looming starvation in many parts of the country were providing fertile ground for "a few" disgruntled ruling party Members of Parliament to entertain the impeachment idea.

"Things are very bad in the country and when they are like that, it is normal to hear disharmony and rumblings in the party and among a few MPs.

"Some comrades think that we are going in the wrong direction economically, and that it's now a matter of time before 2008 comes back ... and so, they are wrongly entertaining this impeachment talk, which is not helpful," a ruling party bigwig said.

Confirming the impeachment fears in an exclusive interview, Zanu-PF national political commissar, Victor Matemadanda - who is also deputy Defence minister and secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) - described the alleged "plotters" against Mnangagwa as "witches operating in the dark".

"We have heard about this impeachment story, and at one time it was attributed to me after it was said that I knew the people involved.

"To be clear, I said at the time that I was hearing that there are people working on impeachment and that if they were there, they must be warned.

"Of course, this is not to say there are no people with such thoughts. There are individuals who operate like witches in the dark," Matemadanda said.

This comes after the tough-talking war veteran recently read the riot act to Mashonaland Central members of the ruling party's provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) - following suspicions that at least five legislators from there were allegedly working with the MDC to impeach Mnangagwa.

Matemadanda made it clear then that Zanu-PF would not hesitate to deal with the legislators in question, whom he described as remnants of former vice president Joice Mujuru's backers.

The five MPs who have not been named, are alleged to have attended caucus meetings with some MDC legislators to deliberate on a clear road map regarding the mooted impeachment.
But Matemadanda dismissed notions that the mooted impeachment plans against Mnangagwa were a sign of the return of rampant factionalism and succession wars in Zanu-PF - which ultimately led to former president Robert Mugabe's stunning ouster from power in November 2017.

"I don't believe that only a year after fighting Mugabe that people may want to fight again. It doesn't augur well for those who want development. You cannot develop in fights, it (Zanu-PF) needs peace.

"That is the agenda of this administration, to raise the standards of living of all our people," he said.

Mnangagwa, who swept to power through a popular coup in November 2017, also warned mid last year about a plan to impeach him by disgruntled party MPs, following the 2018 national polls.

Addressing Zanu-PF supporters after the party's chaotic primary elections on May 30 last year, Mnangagwa also warned the supposed plotters that it would not be easy to impeach him.
"I got intelligence that some of those who have won these primary elections have two minds.

"They have gone to join the Zanu-PF wagon using various tricks, money included, to be elected  with a possible view that once in Parliament, they will band together and move a motion of impeachment.

"There are two things I would want you to know. First, you must realise that the Constitution provides the basis of impeachment and such basis must be fulfilled before impeachment proceedings begin.

"Secondly, our Constitution provides a tool, an instrument to chuck out from Parliament any member, who we think is not Zanu-PF anymore," Mnangagwa said then.

Under the country's jurisprudence, impeachment is a process that may be used to charge and to remove from office public officials accused of serious misconduct.

Section 97 of the Constitution says the Senate and the National Assembly, by a joint resolution passed by at least one-half of their total membership, can deal with the question of whether the president or a vice president should be removed from office for various reasons.

But a president can only be removed from office if he or she is found to have engaged in acts of serious misconduct, has failed to obey, uphold or defend the Constitution, and wilfully violates the Constitution or is unable to perform the functions of the highest office in the land because of physical or mental incapacity.

In January, one of Mnangagwa's fiercest lieutenants and MP for Gokwe Nembudziya, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, threw the cat among the pigeons when he also made sensational claims that some Zanu-PF legislators were planning to impeach their leader.

"They threatened to kill me & harm my family. I stand by @edmnangagwa & wish they knew ours isn't just a political relationship.

"However they try, we'll never quit nor be intimidated. The plot is foiled, they lack numbers for impeachment & the devil isn't @ProfJNMoyo but amongst us!" Wadyajena said on Twitter.
Speaking earlier this month in Manicaland, Defence and War Veterans Affairs minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri - who is also Zanu-PF's national chairperson - also warned her fellow party members that there were ‘no vacancies' for Mnangagwa's and his deputies' jobs.

"For 37 years we were in the old dispensation and you know how it ended. Some elements in the old dispensation had captured the State and we were being insulted and slandered.
"War veterans were mistreated and abused publicly, but we united with our security sectors and embarked on Operation Restore Legacy, and in the process restored our dignity that had been stolen," she told a war veterans' inter-district conference at Bezel Bridge.

"We still have ambitious individuals that are angling for posts in the presidium. Be warned. It is not that easy.
"We should lead by example as war veterans and check the direction that the nation is taking.

"We must not think about ourselves but the majority of Zimbabweans. Some people want the presidency. There is no vacancy. There is no vacancy. There is no vacancy. Make sure you are playing your role where you are. We do not want divisions," Muchinguri-Kashiri added cryptically.

Zanu-PF's brutal factional, tribal and succession wars that had for long ravaged the ruling party were ended in dramatic fashion by the military which rolled its tanks into Harare on November 15, 2017- after deciding that they had had enough of Mugabe's rule.

- dailynews

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