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Mutsvangwa says succession not on Mnangagwa or ZANU PF’s agenda

ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa has said succession was not on President Emmerson Mnangagwa or the party’s agenda.

Mutsvangwa was addressing journalists after the party’s secretary general Obert Mpofu had announced a reshuffle of the Politburo by Mnangagwa.

The Politburo reshuffle is viewed by some people as Mnangagwa’s attempt to manage succession within the party ahead of the 2028 general election when his second and final term as the State President ends.

However, Mutsvangwa said that succession was not currently an issue, as Mnangagwa was granted a five-year mandate to govern the country just last year. He said (via NewsDay):

I want to repeat, the President just won an election, last year in August, he won a term for five years, the next election is in 2028.

Right now he is occupied in fulfilling the mandate of the manifesto of the past election which he is doing excellently in many ways than one.

These are the issues that are preoccupying our President not this wish to compress four, five years of an election into a succession issue right now.

Succession is not the primary purpose of why he was elected, he was elected for building the mandate of prosperity…

If the President wants anything he comes and brings it to this building, to his politburo, to his central committee, and eventually to his congress, that’s what the President does.

We have not discussed that issue at that level so we have no reason to fan the flames of something which is not on the agenda of the party.

Mutsvangwa, who accused some of his ZANU PF colleagues of orchestrating the recent arrest of his son, Neville, denied that he was under fire from Mnangagwa, saying he had survived before and will continue to survive. He said:

Do you see any flames around me, I am not under any fire, I am here, I am a son of the revolution and I will always be here.

Earlier during the press conference, Mpofu announced that Mnangagwa had removed Mike Bimha from the political commissar post, but kept him as a politburo member.

He said Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of the National Assembly, had been re-assigned to be the Party’s Treasurer General, taking over from Patrick Chinamasa, who is now ZANU PF’s Secretary for Legal Affairs.

Munyaradzi Machacha, who was the Principal of the Chitepo School of Ideology, replaced Bimha as the ZANU PF Political Commissar.

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