Ongoing attempts to elbow Vice President Joice Mujuru out of the Zanu (PF) succession race came as a result of Chinese influence.

Mujuru has, until recently, been seen as the stronger of the two front-runners for President Robert Mugabe's throne, as her faction is said to have the numbers to outvote her biggest challenger, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Zanu (PF) Congress slated for December 9-14.

Mujuru is also a darling of the moderates, who believe that her reformist faction could provide the best way forward for Zimbabwe.

A few months ago, Mugabe publicly declared that neither Mujuru nor Mnangagwa was a suitable candidate for the Presidency. But in the past few weeks his wife Grace has launched an offensive against the Vice President – while Mugabe remained silent.

Inside sources told The Zimbabwean this week that Mugabe was arm-twisted by the Chinese to support Mnangagwa as his successor.

"The President prefers Sydney Sekeramayi (Defence Minister) to be his successor because he is quiet and has not shown any signs that he belongs to a faction, but he came back from his recent trip to China a changed man," said one of the sources.

"All the things the First Lady said are part of a plot to soil the VP's image and give Mugabe the leeway to fire her and pave way for Mnangagwa to take over. The President used his wife because he still likes Mujuru and trusts her more than he trusts Mnangagwa, who has shown total disrespect for him a number of times," he added.

The Chinese are said to have pinned Mugabe down during his August trip to seek an economic bailout.

"They told him to first sort out the succession issue because they would not commit money to Zimbabwe without knowing that their interests would still be safeguarded after he leaves office," said another source.

"The Chinese like Mnangagwa - he has been their man since long back. The President knows that coming out to support Mnangagwa would tear the party apart and affect his own interests afterwards, as Mujuru, who also has the support of some military figures, could pull out of Zanu (PF) with her faction and start a new party that could unite all opposition and create problems for Zanu (PF).

"The other conditions given were that Zimbabwe should warm up to the West because China told him they would not be able to sustain Zimbabwe alone. They also told him that their trade partnership with the West had been affected by their relationship with Zimbabwe. The President was also told to put the economy back on track by either amending or repealing controversial legislation that could be used by subsequent governments to turn against Chinese business interests in the country."

The Zanu (PF) insiders maintain that Mujuru commands the numbers and could block attempts to have her fired before congress.

"The only way she could lose out is if she is expelled before congress, but legal amendments to the party's constitution that are being mooted could fail because she has the right people to block them in her camp," added the source.



0#pkb2014-10-31 09:27
if this is true it means we still under colonisation, this time not by the west but by the east.

Ishe Komborera Africa/God Bless Africa
Ishe komborera Africa/God Bless Africa
Ngaisimudzirwe zita rayo/May her name be exalted
Inzwai miteuro yedu/Hear our prayers and petitions,
Ishe komborera/God bless
Isu mhuri yayo/Us her offspring

Huya Mweya/Spirit Come
Huya Mweya weutsvene/Come Holy Spirit
Utikomborere/Co me and bless us
Isu mhuri yayo/Us her offspring
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-1#selele2014-10-31 11:00
Zvamunonyora munozviwana kupi? Ko isusu vacho tinenge tiri kupi?
So the barking Gucci Lady is a front for Mandarin interests?
They are pumping millions into a colony. Chinese build our security college, trained the stuff there and effectively see us as a subject.
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0#mukanya2014-11-03 15:17
what security, you say 'our'? including who coz i dont benefit anything, i dont eat that, i am starving, so my family too, yet you bark fart thru yo mouth telling me bulshit security training wat wat, nxaaa fuck you zanu pf murderer
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-1#Musa2014-10-31 11:53
Dreaming up stories
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0#Gandanga2014-10-31 12:16
Mugabe you are playing with fire because the nation is behind the proper Amai, Amai Mujuru. Kwete zvaana Grace zvekuzvidaidza kuti Amai. Ndikaita Amai vanenge Grace, ndinovapinyuris a kumakasa
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Mukoma Simba
0#Mukoma Simba2014-10-31 15:23
It goes on to show the irony of Zimbabwean politics.. They say MDC is the puppet of the west, Tsvangirai being a stooge for post colonial western imperial interest in Zimbabwe.. this article shows that ZANU PF is a puppet of the east, Mugabe being a stooge of post colonial oriental explotation in Zimbabwe.. Somebody tell me a real investment or infrastructure development that came from the east that has nothing to do with raw materials.. I thought they know better
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0#mancube2014-10-31 15:39
l love you always amai Mujuru.Makatiba tira party kuti itsige.Munhu akanaka haadiwi They will regret one day but no reverse.Nyarara i zvenyu
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0#clemz2014-11-01 05:29
This means Mugabe is a parpet of Chana
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0#Predicate.Logic2014-11-01 07:38
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Creig Kujio
0#Creig Kujio2014-12-09 10:56
we always behind you AMAI MUJURU even that the so called his exc. is afraid of u! Pls Amai take us foward
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jack knife
0#jack knife2015-01-07 10:43
Zvino kana votiza nebhora rataka kaka tose kubva Moza zvava zvipi .Tisarase tariro Mai Mujuru.Ngati kake redu dzva.Vakadzoka nejaru 2018 tokavira mudondo.Bhora mberi Mai Mujuru
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The Beast
0#The Beast2016-11-05 17:44
Zanu pf should stop stupidity.t shld stop reiterating e same wrong tingz fucken pussies mxm
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