Relations between President Robert Mugabe and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa have soured dramatically in recent weeks, according to impeccable sources from State House, UK based The Zimbabwean has claimed.
Mugabe is said to have deserted his former close ally, once touted as his successor, and is now promoting the presidential ambitions of a surprise candidate – Dr. Dzepasi Innocent Tizora, who is, the director of State House
"Mugabe always surprises everyone in the party. Of late he has been avoiding Mnangagwa and suddenly talking positively of the man running his presidential palace, Tizora, whom he calls the special one," said the source on condition of anonymity.
"Mugabe has chosen Tizora as the man to succeed him and do not be shocked if he hand-picks him as his deputy. Of late they are spending a lot of time together. This is shocking considering that we all believed that Mnangagwa was sailing smoothly to state house, but we were wrong. In a meeting held recently at state house Mugabe said he was aware that Mnangagwa was using his wife Grace to out-smart his rivals. He unveiled Tizora as his chosen candidate, saying he had been grooming him all these years."
Another source confirmed this, saying "He is the most trusted and runs everything for the president. Some of us have known this for years, but the president had to wait to create a situation where both Mujuru and Mnangagwa were discredited for fanning factionalism and dividing the party. Tizora is a good administrator, but I wonder if he will be received by masses. His track record is very good considering he has never been implicated in any scandals, but he is a very strict man," added another source who is a presidential secretary.
A close Mnangagwa ally also confirmed the development and blamed Jonathan Moyo, Oppah Muchinguri and Saviour Kasukuwere for turning the president against his trusted lieutenants.
Relations between Mnangagwa, Muchinguri and Moyo are reported to have deteriorated so badly that the three are not even speaking to each other.
Political analyst Masimba Dube believes Mugabe and his trusted lieutenants are under immense attack from Moyo. "Moyo has managed to destroy Mugabe. This was his idea all along to avenge himself after the old man dismissed him from the party after the Tsholotsho saga. Mugabe is now isolated and can be removed by an independent presidential candidate. Moyo knew that Mugabe loved power and would do anything to hold on, so he set him up against his own trusted people and as a result his party is being destroyed with no solution. Nobody trusts anyone," he said.