Who is really behind G40?

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe and her Chief political strategist and ally former Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo

When people talk about G40, four names usually crop up. Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Mike Bimha. The group, it is alleged, is fighting to stop Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa from succeeding President Robert Mugabe and is pushing for First Lady Grace Mugabe instead.

But who is really behind G40?

It is not clear yet, but whispers say Saviour Kasukuwere is the force behind the outfit, and he will be methodically outmaneuvering and sidelining everyone in the group until he is left to confront whoever is still vying to succeed Mugabe.

The story goes. First Kasukuwere convinced Oppah Muchinguri to step down as Chair of the Women’s League to pave way for Grace because she was the one who could handle then Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

Muchinguri would be elevated to Vice-President at the party congress. For good measure, Kasukuwere is reported to have even urged Muchinguri to get married to gain the dignity required of a vice-president.

Muchinguri is reported to have complied. Grace came in. Mujuru was kicked out. But Muchinguri did not get the VPs post. It went to Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko.

It was one down for Kasukuwere, or perhaps two down counting Mujuru.

Bimha has, somehow, fallen by the wayside. It is not clear why or how. So it’s three left – Moyo, Zhuwao and Grace. Yes, Grace. The whispers say Kasukuwere is just using her but wants the post for himself.

Zhuwao seems out of G40, or wants the nation to think he is out. He announced in February that he did not belong to any faction but to the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

“There has never been a declaration or statement by myself that there is or that I belong to the so-called G40.  The only reality is that in my entire political career I have been a member of ZANU-PF during which entire period I have remained loyal to the party. It can only be concluded that to associate me with any faction is a mischievous attempt by certain divisive individuals to bring into disrepute my position as a member of the party and as a minister in the ZANU-PF government.”

But Zhuwawo literally sold himself out as a member of G40 when he said that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa must also publicly announce that he does not lead a faction. It appears no one bought the story because the kingpins, Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo, have argued that there is no organisation or faction called G40.

Zhuwao is a political lightweight hanging onto the coattails of his uncle, Bob.

Grace, the person the G40 claims to be backing, literally shot herself in the foot when she got carried away at a rally in Chiweshe last month. Grace blasted war veterans and the security forces and this immediately backfired with reports that the security chiefs, all war veterans, demanded that Mugabe rein in his errant wife. She has not addressed a rally since.

This now leaves Jonathan Moyo and Kasukuwere himself. But they have been under so much flak that their plan might have been scuttled. War veterans have called on the party to expel the two and five others, including Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, from the party.

Mugabe is holding a crucial meeting with war veterans this week- 7 April. The crunch meeting could signal the end of factional fighting within ZANU-PF as it is now abundantly clear that war veterans will have nothing to do with the factionalism ripping the party apart and might even ask for Mugabe to step down, or at least set a date when he plans to step down.

The party now has less than two years to prepare for the 2018 elections and faces strong opposition from Joice Mujuru’s People First and Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change. – The Insider

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