President Robert Mugabe has been briefed that senior Zanu PF officials in Masvingo are telling their supporters that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa fell ill after eating ice-cream from the first family’s dairy, an explosive report shedding light on the shocking extent of divisions in Zanu PF reveals.
Mugabe was given the intelligence report titled, Worrying developments, abuse and trends observed at the funeral of Hon. Shuvai Mahofa, at an impromptu Zanu PF politburo meeting that decided the late Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister’s hero status last Wednesday.
It details how Tourism minister Walter Mzembi and other Masvingo MPs aligned to the G40 faction were abused at Mahofa’s funeral wake with the alleged tacit approval of named senior Zanu PF officials aligned to Mnangagwa’s faction.
The dramatic events happened a few days after Mnangagwa was airlifted from a Gwanda rally addressed by Mugabe where the VP started vomiting and suffered from severe diarrhoea.
His supporters claim he ate poisoned food, with some alleging it was ice-cream.
The explosive report that warns of a potential revolt in Masvingo and Midlands provinces because of deepening factionalism is scathing against Mnangagwa’s top allies Josiah Hungwe, July Moyo, Zanu PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke, Masvingo provincial chairman Ezra Chadzamira, Zanu PF deputy secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana and
former Zanu PF secretary for youth affairs Pupurai Togarepi, among others.
The officials are accused being behind the coordinated attack against Mugabe at the funeral wake and keeping quiet when Zanu PF youths made statements insinuating that Mnangagwa and Mahofa were given poisoned ice cream from Gushungo Dairies.
According to the report, Mugabe’s Gushungo Dairies has become a target in the factional wars sparked by the dispute over 93 year-old ruler’s succession, which escalated in recent weeks. agencies