- Published on 20 October 2014
- Written by New Zim
VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru is set to be challenged at the forthcoming Zanu PF elective congress in December amid suggestions First Lady Grace Mugabe could be encouraged to run for the post.
Gokwe-Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, told party supporters, traditional leaders and headmen at the weekend that no one is guaranteed a return to their current posts at the congress. Political observers said Mujuru could be the biggest casualty of the shake-up.
Wadyajena, who was hosting traditional leaders to thank them for backing his ascendency to parliament, told the gathering that according to the party's constitution, every Zanu PF member has a right to contest for any post including the vice-presidency.
He said President Robert Mugabe had already been endorsed by the majority in the party.
"The president said that everyone in the central committee is going to resign before the December congress and President Mugabe is the one who will appoint people to sit in the politburo and some people are going to mourn. This is a warning to those who are supporting 'Gamatox' (Didymus Mutasa) that sooner than later, the day of reckoning is coming. The people who are working with the opposition will be exposed at the congress," Wadyajena said.
Zanu PF is set to hold its elective congress in December where a new leadership is set to be ushered. All posts, except Mugabe's, will be up for grabs.
"People will be shocked when they are left out," the youthful lawmaker, who is said to be in the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction, said.
Wadyajena's statement comes after the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, tore into Mujuru last week for allegedly plotting against her husband.
"In the constitution of Zanu PF, don't be fooled and don't, mislead others, it is very clear that every member of the party shall have the right to be elected to any office in the party," Wadyajena said.
"So far, it is the president who is safe. Let those who are dreaming continue doing so but the truth is, real Zanu PF supporters will conquer. We know some are thinking that they can take over from the president, but let me say it here, it will never happen. No one has a monopoly of a post in the party. Even the president is very clear that anyone who wants to challenge him should come forward," he said.
"Don't be excited fooling yourself that the president is old and he must go, if you think that he is old, come and challenge him and see what you are going to get at the end of the day. No post is sacred in Zanu PF even the vice-president's post is not sacred, anyone who wants can contest as long as he/she meets the set guidelines, you can contest," Wadyajena said.
The MP said even the First Lady can contest for the vice-presidency.
"It is up to her, she is a member of Zanu PF and if she contests and wins, she would have won it. If she loses, she would have lost, she will still remain a Zanu PF member. If the VP losses, she will be assigned somewhere in the party or go back to the cell structures," he said.
Two factions are said to be angling against each other to replace Mugabe with Mujuru said to be leading the other group while Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa is also said to be leading another group.