Mnangagwa’s top ally suspended in factional infighting

Manicaland provincial chairman Mike Madiro

By Tichaona Sibanda
11 February 2013

The decision by ZANU PF to suspend its Manicaland provincial chairman, Mike Madiro, is being viewed by some as a plot engineered to weaken Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions.

Madiro is a lifelong ally of Mnangagwa who worked under the ZANU PF strongman for 15 years as Director of Finance, at the party headquarters in Harare.

Mnangagwa served for many years as the Secretary for Finance. Until now Mnangagwa has been a powerful figure leading the race to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

The provincial chairman was suspended last week, together with four other senior members from the party, following allegations of fraud, corruption, theft, embezzlement and dishonesty.

The five are alleged to have misappropriated $700,000 collected from diamond mining companies at Chiadzwa, on the pretext it was meant for party activities.

A source told us this could yet be another plan to block Mnangagwa from succeeding Mugabe by plotting to get rid of provincial chairs who are behind the defence minister. There have been several attempts over the years to
stop Mnangagwa in his tracks but with little success.

Last year the party plunged into political turmoil when the politburo disbanded the District Coordinating Committees, after Mnangagwa’s camp had captured the majority of the countrywide structures.

The politburo charged that he had used his wealth to buy votes, but Mnangagwa’s faction saw this as a plot to block him from using the structures to have a run at the Presidency.

In 2009, just as it seemed Mnangagwa had garnered enough support to win the Vice-Presidency of the party, a ZANU PF congress resolution stated that one of the party’s two deputy presidents had to be a woman. This cleared the way for Mujuru to be elected to that post.



3 Responsesto “Mnangagwa’s top ally suspended in factional infighting”

  1. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    Tichaona Sibanda has given us two contradictory statements but I am inclined to take the following statement as the true reflection of what could have been the reason for the suspension:-

    ”The provincial chairman was suspended last week, together with four other senior members from the party, following allegations of fraud, corruption, theft, embezzlement and dishonesty. The five are alleged to have misappropriated $700,000 collected from diamond mining companies at Chiadzwa, on the pretext it was meant for party activities”

    Quite frankly, anything else said by Tichaona Sibanda is a figment of his imagination is pure speculation. You see, these guys at SW Radio Africa are so desperate and so ineffective journalists as they rely heavily on hearsay journalism, which is not very helpful for a proper assessment of the correct position in Zimbabwe. For a journalist who reports from the corridors of London and very keen to please his rhodie audience, what is picked from a beer-garden from someone whose credentials are questionable, becomes instant news.

  2. super mondo says:

    i wonder how high the new hangman will suspend them

  3. Anonymous says:

    Now this is the time to track those ZANU(PF) wounded buffalos who robbed the Zimbabweans their diamond moneys.These diamonds thieves need to be tracked closely until they are all netted. The first is Obert Mpofu then Chombo Igno,then the majority to follow.

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