Mnangagwa offers to resign but Mugabe says no

Weekly private publication, The Independent has revealed that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa offered to tender his resignation. Mnangagwa is reported to have cited the public humiliation and attacks from First Lady Grace Mugabe. He said that he did not want to respond to the public attacks out of respect for the first family. The source who spoke to the Independent said,

Following recent events and political developments, Mnangagwa on Monday last week offered to resign.

He sought to resign in writing from his two posts as state vice-president and Zanu PF second secretary at an impromptu meeting, where Mugabe declined the letter and resignation.

The vice-president gave mainly two reasons for seeking to quit. First, he cited public attacks and humiliation by Grace at the Zanu PF headquarters on July 27 and the same thing two days later, on July 29, in Chinhoyi.

Second, Mnangagwa said he now believes there is a plot against him by the system, given recent developments and allegedly false intelligence reports which on many issues made him think Mugabe wanted him to be his successor.

The vice-president had newspaper articles which he presented to Mugabe, saying Grace has launched a character assassination campaign against him. He said he has the capacity to respond, but has been quiet because he respects the First Family.

Mnangagwa is reported to be the leader of Team Lacoste, which is aiming to succeed President Mugabe.  First Lady Grace Mugabe is reported to be part of the G40 Faction which is opposed to Mnangagwa taking over!

More: The Independent

The Zanu-PF Generation 40, or G40 for short, is a group of Zanu PF politicians believed to be working against the possibility of Emmerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding President Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.It is not clear exactly who they are backing to do so in his place but suggestions have been made it may be Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe.
The notion of G40 is said to have been coined by Jonathan Moyo, who is apparently the brains behind the outfit, although he denies its identity as a faction.The group is characterized of younger Zanu-PF members who are savvy and educated. The group is said to be led by Jonathan Moyo and Zanu-PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere but is fronted by the first lady, Grace Mugabe. Read More

Grace Mugabe is the Zimbabwean first lady; wife to President Robert Mugabe of the ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). She is also the Secretary of the ZANU- PF Women’s League after her nomination and subsequent election in 2014. She is also an established philanthropist who owns an orphanage in the Mazowe area of Mashonaland Central province. Read More

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a politician and member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). He was appointed as the country’s Vice president in December 2014. He had been a cabinet Minister since Zimbabwe attained independence in 1980.

He is also the Minister of Justice for Zimbabwe. Read More

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