Coffee mug saga deepens: Mnangagwa accused of 'plotting a coup' to topple Mugabe

2017-01-09 10:40
Emmerson Mnangagwa. (File: AFP)

Emmerson Mnangagwa. (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been accused of plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe after reports emerged that he allegedly hosted Zanu-PF renegades and suspended party officials at his home in Zvishavane.

Mnangagwa recently appeared in a picture on social media, in which he held a coffee mug inscribed "I am the boss".

Following the release of the picture featuring him and a pro-Zanu-PF musician and businessman Energy Mutodi, the Minister of Higher Education Jonathan Moyo took to his Twitter account lambasting the vice president.

"...Everybody knows that the Boss is Gushungo (Mugabe). One Boss at a time, please! Kumhanya hakusi kusvika veduwe (There is no need to rush). 

Mnangwagwa, however, rubbished the insinuations that he wanted to take over from his boss, saying in a statement last week, that there were individuals within Zanu-PF who sought to cause tension between him and Mugabe. 

State media said that the mug was part of the numerous presents that Mnangagwa received from Christmas and "took to his rural home unopened".

'Mug Declaration'

However, according to reports over the weekend, it had since emerged that the vice president in fact held an event at his home village in Zvishavane, where he hosted at least "two dozen activists who were either suspended or expelled by Zanu-PF".

A report by the privately owned Standard newspaper said that some unnamed commanders from the security forces were also in attendance at the party.

A source close to the development was quoted as saying that the "secret" meeting now dubbed the "Mug-declaration" was called to "coronate Mnangagwa as the new boss in Zanu-PF, who will succeed President Mugabe".

Mnangagwa is currently acting president in the absence of Mugabe who is on holiday with his family in the Far East.

The new pictures of the event showed a smiling Mnangagwa clasping hands with ex-Zanu-PF youth leader Vengai Musengi.

Musengi was expelled from the ruling party for attacking First Lady Grace Mugabe, according to New Zimbabwe.

"It turns out there was in fact a Mug Declaration! It’s worse than the Tsholotsho Declaration. The evidence is overwhelming," a Zanu-PF politburo member was quoted as saying.

The report said that the 2004 Tsholotsho Declaration again featured Mnangagwa and was also claimed to have involved a clandestine plot to engineer his take-over of power from Mugabe. 

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.