Why Oppah is quitting


Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front women’s leader Oppah Muchinguri says she has decided to step down because of the nasty things that are being done by some of the party members.

Muchinguri who has proposed First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over said: ““President vari kuti mafarm ipai mayouths. Ivo vari kutora vachipa vana vavo. Migodhi ndeyavo, madiamonds ndeavo, fertiliser ndedzavo.  Mukaona ndasvikawo neWomen’s League kuti kwete nguva yatasvika iyi zvave kutoda Mai kuti vaone zvinhu zvaita musangano, mbavha dzakaitwa nursed naPresident dzakaba mamines, dzakaba mapurazi dzanakirwa zvino dzave nematumbu akadai . . . vave kuda zvino kuti dai President vachibva vachengete loot yavo.”

Though she did not name anyone her comments seemed to be targeted at Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who is believed to be one of the major contenders for president if ZANU-PF leader Robert Mugabe leaves office mid-term.

 Mujuru’s main rival is Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa who allegedly leads the hardliners. Mujuru allegedly leads the reformists who are prepared to bring in big business.

Though factionalism seems to have worsened as the race for succession hots up, this has always been a trend when ZANU-PF does not face a strong opposition.

 Minister for Provincial Affairs for Mashonaland East Simba Mudarikwa told United States officials nearly five years ago that ZANU-PF was like TNT but they quickly ganged up in the face of an enemy. 

He said ZANU-PF was like a troop of baboons “incessantly fighting among themselves but coming together to face an external threat”. 


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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