The Zanu (PF) rebellion that never was

BY CHIEF REPORTER
HARARE
Information pieced together by The Zimbabwean suggest that reports linking Zanu (PF) Politburo member and former Finance minister, Simba Makoni, to a new opposition political party was a fabrication by elements of President Robert Mugabe's regime.


Captions: Retired General Mujuru – touted as Makoni’s Godfather.
Politburo member Simba Makoni – swears loyalty to Mugabe.

Investigations have revealed that the Zanu (PF) “rebellion” was a fake story involving bribed journalists and commentators. Slick propaganda was churned out to besmirch General Solomon Mujuru, touted as Makoni’s Godfather, revealing the high stakes in the intense succession war in Zanu (PF).
Top figures in State Security have told The Zimbabwean how a leading financial weekly was drawn into the false story with the simplistic presentation of Makoni as a top Zanu (PF) dissident who could topple the veteran 83-year-old at the March 29 poll. It has now emerged that nothing could be further from the truth.
Architects of the Makoni hoax, our source said, employed “viral news story marketing techniques” that reached out to ordinary citizens fast and actuated massive international interest in the supposed development.
Some of the falsehoods uncovered are: On Thursday last week, the day Makoni was reported to be planning the launch of his presidential bid at the Rainbow Towers, he was actually in his rural home in Mutasa.
A day after Makoni was supposed to form his political party, he addressed a Zanu (PF) district coordinating committee in Mutare where he spoke highly of Mugabe and defended the flawed delimitation process carried out by the corrupt Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
One of the alleged strategists behind Makoni’s bid, Retired Major Kudzai Mbudzi (who was quoted at confirming the development) has now told The Zimbabwean that there was no chance a new party would emerge, adding they were pushing for internal reforms, “that’s all”.  

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