Mnangagwa to pick new ‘surprise’ Zanu PF Politburo; Constitution rejigged to create additional portfolios

President Mnangagwa


There is gnashing of teeth within Zanu PF amid the impending announcement of a new Politburo expected to usher fresh blood and relegate the old guard to the peripheries.

The current Politburo will be dissolved during congress.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will today preside over a crucial party Central Committee (CC) meeting in Harare, where constitutional amendments would be made in order to create additional Politburo portfolios to reward both loyalists and workhorses.

Fresh faces, as well as returnees, to the powerful Politburo are expected to be named on the final day of congress, Saturday. Mnangagwa has reportedly kept the list a closely guarded secret.

Zanu PF insiders told NewZimbabwe.com the octogenarian leader wanted to ring changes to his inner circle in a power preservation matrix, which would result in purging of some of his contemporaries, and replacing them with ‘Young Turks.’

The 80-year-old Zanu PF leader Wednesday hinted of the surprise omissions of traditional holders of key posts, who will be shunted to an obsure body to be known as “Council of Elders.”

Zanu PF bigwigs must adjust to life as ordinary card-carrying members following announcement of a new Politburo, he said.

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