Mnangagwa deny Mugabe succession deal

Defence minister and ZANU (PF) Legal Affairs Secretary Emmerson Mnangagwa today denied reports that he entered into a “gentleman’s deal” with President Robert Mugabe which would see him succeeding the octogenarian leader.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Emmerson Mnangagwa

Media reports became rife during Mugabe’s recent absence in the country after he travelled to Singapore for a week that the two had arrived on a plan which would see Mnangagwa taking over leadership of the party in case of an eventuality.

Mnangagwa who leads a faction of hardliners in the revolutionary party, is understood to be a confidante of President Mugabe. His faction which is rivalry to another led by the Joice Mujuru family, include spin doctor Jonathan Moyo and a youthful squad of party cadres known as Generation 40.

Mnangagwa who was delivering a public lecture at Midlands State University, blamed ZANU (PF) enemies of influencing the origins of the reports in order to weaken the party.

“These are efforts by our detractors to cause mistrust within our leadership. However I think people are so mature as to know these mechanisations,” said Mnangagwa.

He added: “The reports are also a product manufactured by the media.”

During the inconclusive 2008 elections, the defence minister was Mugabe’s chief campaigning agent. He tabled Mugabe’s nomination papers before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for him to stand as a presidential candidate.

However, people outside ZANU (PF) despise Mnangagwa for his alleged culture of violence following his reported involvement in the Gukurahundi massacres and the bloody pre-2008 polls era.

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