Whistleblower Prisca Mutema has alleged that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been isolated by his colleagues in the Politiburo due to his reformist stance. She claims that a strong group of hardliners including Patrick Chinamasa, Obert Mpofu and George Charamba are resistance to change because they believe that the West is still on a regime change agenda.
Mutema further President Mnangagwa has plans up his sleeve to deal with the military renegades who committed atrocities against citizens.
Read her full statement below:
George Charamba has aligned himself with the hawks in ZANU PF, so you know.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is largely isolated right now within the party, which sadly, also has its claws deep within the 2nd and 3rd tier of command within the armed forces. Here’s how it is developing:
Mnangagwa’s push to reposition of ZANU PF (engagement with the West, opening of democratic space etc) is now supported only by Chiwenga, surprisingly. The hawks have ringleaders: Chinamasa, Obert Mpofu.
Their narrative is that nothing has changed, the West still wants ZANU PF out of power (regime change), any ground given by Mnagagwa, according to the hawks, will be seen as a retreat by the West. They’ll keep pushing ZANU back until it falls off the cliff.
Chiwenga’s reason for silence in all this is for the following reason: he believes the hawks have ZANU PF firmly in their claws. He intends to take over from Mnagagwa and be next President of Zimbabwe. He will need the hawks in ZANU to elect him president of the party first.
Charamba’s hawkishness is actually deeply ideological. He subscribes to the Mugabe school of thought: sovereignty, anti-west etc. The Old Guard hawks at ZANU HQ, though have a different objection:
Their objection is because they’re convinced reforms by any ZANU PF government will be used to topple it and obliterate ZANU PF, what Prof Jonathan Moyo referred to as “legislating ourselves out of power.” ED was told at Politburo yesterday “you could be Zimbabwe’s Gorbachev”.
Charamba is a serious hawk. He has joined the ranks that say no moves have been made by the West in response to what ED has done so far (observers at elections and other reforms), which strengthens their case that the West wants to use ED to destroy ZANU PF.
It’s what stalling action on the military guys ED wants to punish. But, it appears after Politburo yesterday, ED decided to go for broke: you will see some action being taken before the end of this month, which will throw all of us, opposition and ZANU off balance for a while.byo