Leadership Wrangle: ED, Chiwenga 'Power Feud Escalates'

Harare - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is being accused of causing divisions and instability in Zimbabwe government and the country’s military ranks.

Foreign news agents revealed that Chiwenga had to remind President Mnangagwa that it was he who had installed the president in power after last year’s coup against former President Robert Mugabe.

As tension mounted the day after elections, Mnangagwa, Chiwenga, and defense forces chief Philip Sibanda held crisis talks in the presidency offices in Harare, according to the two sources, one from the military and another from ZANU-PF.
Chiwengs and Mnangagwa Feud Escalates 

Several other senior officials were present.

“Chiwenga was unhappy. He said the election had been badly managed and stability needed to be restored. It got heated. Chiwenga said no one should forget who got rid of Mugabe,” said the military source.

Many analysts and diplomats in Harare believe Chiwenga’s ultimate ambition in removing Mugabe was to take his seat but he handed power to Mnangagwa to give the military intervention the veil of legitimacy.

“Chiwenga should not be underestimated. He will dig in. If Mnangagwa survives the court challenge, I still do not expect him to finish his term. I expect Chiwenga to take over before the next election,” said Alex Magaisa, a London-based political analyst.

Efforts to get response from VP Chiwenga were fruitless as his phone went unanswered. - Reuters


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