- Published: 12 January 2015
- Written by The Telescope
In what appears to be a well-orchestrated secret plan to stone and short-live Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa's likely presidential ascendancy this year, former Vice President Joice Mujuru has allegedly sealed a deal with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, to become prime minister in 2016, amid reports that the two politicians have joined hands to force elections next year, come rain or shine, The Telescope News, has unpacked.
President Robert Mugabe, due to a plethora of ills, such as his mounting health woes and old age at 91 next month, is increasing likely to call it a day this year, with Mnangagwa possibly succeeding him as the second executive president of the country.
However Mnangagwa in the wake of growing resistance from new factional faults and fights in Zanu PF, will most certainly go down in history as Zimbabwe's shortest serving VP and president.
A stubborn confederacy calling itself G4, comprising of offended ministers now opposing Mnangagwa after getting breadcrumbs from his rise, are leaving no stone unturned in casting political concrete in his way, as they bid to blockade his presidency. Another Mugabe family faction, has also sprung up and it is believed to be headed by local government minister, Ignatius Chombo, who doubles as the new Zanu PF secretary for administration. Chombo is a close relative and confidant of the first family.
Interestingly the minister has previously been linked to Mujuru's camp.
Insiders in both Zanu PF and the MDC-T during briefings with The Telescope News, last week predicted political mayhem and chaos during Mnangagwa's anticipated tenure, thus top officials and legislators from both sides are said to be plotting a shocker against him, including resigning en masse from parliament, therefore forcing Mugabe to call a fresh election.
According to the new Constitution Mugabe has no choice but to call for a another round of presidential and parliamentary elections, if more than two thirds of the legislators quit.
"Things are happening fast, but in an invisible manner," said a former minister fired from cabinet for backing Mujuru. "We knew they would clampdown on us, but we are steps ahead. Amai Mujuru will soon be our new prime minister, if Tsvangirai becomes president, that is a deal long concluded. A shadow government is already in place."
It has further been reported that Mujuru and Tsvangirai, much to the distate of Mugabe had wanted the Government of National Unity (GNU), to be extended by another four years to 2017.
"Actually the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation), put both Mujuru and Tsvangirai under 24-hour surveillance and intercepted some of their communications, therefore Mugabe knew what was going on, and what they were planning. State intelligence also determined that the coalition government had to be done away with, as Mujuru faction backers had anticipated to catch Mugabe unaware during the 2014 congress, by passing a vote of no confidence on his leadership," said a senior government official with the home affairs ministry.
"Mujuru would then assume full executive powers as president, while Mugabe was to be relegated to lead Zanu PF business only. The ultimate plan was to have the GNU running until 2021, with Mujuru at the helm, while Tsvangirai was going to get fairly more powers as prime minister. Now the tables have turned and Mujuru is out. Their Plan B, is make Zimbabwe ungovernable when Mugabe steps down. Tsvangirai needs Mujuru's support for a landslide victory if new elections are announced, thus explaining why Mujuru has demanded the prime minister's job, as a reward. They plan to make constitutional amendments, for the provision of the prime minister's office if the country falls under a coalition administration, which is a very simple exercise as their parliamentarians will rubber stamp it."
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, has been quoted by online media denying that his party was interested in forming a coalition with Mujuru.
"We are not bothered in anyway by what is happening in Zanu PF and we are not talking about Mujuru," Gutu said.
"The MDC is a political party on its own and we are concentrating on strengthening our party structures, making sure that we are ready to take over in free and fair elections."