By Nkanyiso Ncube
Manicaland Provincial Minister Mandi Chimene yesterday accused Vice President Emerson Mnangangwa of fanning factionalism in Zanu Pf alleging that he was the leader of the supposedly ‘Team Lacoste’.
Speaking at the war veterans’ meeting at Zanu-PF Headquarters in Harare Chimene said that Lacoste Faction exists and that it was created by Mnangagwa during the Tsholotsho showdown in 2008.
“What was known as Tsholotsho was led by Cde Mnangagwa, this Lacoste is now led by Cde Mnangagwa as you seat there you are now two Governments because some ministers are known to be supporters of Cde Mnangagwa,” she said.
Chimene acknowledged the existence of Team Lacoste as they have been t-shirts printed with the Lacoste logo.
Chimene was once linked to the notorious G40 grouping which was reported to have been aligned to First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, however, she denied the existence of G40 and said she didn’t know of its leader.
“They started way back when we heard of Tsholotsho. We have nurtured it, it’s now here again, if people are smart they create something that looks like his. The person who created Lacoste also created G40 I know of Lacoste and the leader. I’m accused of being a G40 member but I don’t know my leader.”
Mnangagwa is known as Ngwena/Garwe (Crocodile) which the lactose clothing label has a logo of a crocodile image.
She said those who wanted to associate themselves with the notorious grouping should instead stay in water as there were dangerous creatures to human beings.
“Zanu Pf now needs culling just like animal, crocodiles should go to the river, there cannot be in Zanu-PF because Zanu-PF is not a river. We don’t want animals in our party because there will harm us,” said an angry Chimene.
The utterance by Chimene follows an authored communiqué that was released to the media by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association denouncing President Robert Mugabe and withdrawing their support for him.
The hard-hitting and emotionally-charged communiqué characterized by lots of drama describing Mugabe as manipulative and the greatest beneficiary of the country’s war efforts against racial discrimination and segregation.
The war veterans said Mugabe, who promised 2,2 million jobs in the run-up to the 2013 general elections, had failed to use his mandate.
“We note with concern, shock and dismay the systematic entrenchment of dictatorial tendencies, personified by the President and his cohorts, which have slowly devoured the values of the liberation struggle in utter disregard of the Constitution, as demonstrated by (among other things) the deliberate neglect and abandonment by the party president of the masses, who are the foundation upon which the liberation war was fought and won,” the war veterans said.
They said they would not support Mugabe in 2018 and declared that their beleaguered chairman, Christopher Mutsvangwa, would remain their leader despite being fired from Cabinet, the ruling party and Parliament.