Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao who is the current deputy minister of Science and Technology, has been figured as a ring leader in a new plot to topple him.
But Zhuwao frantically denies that he was fighting his 84 year old uncle.
Sources say that on Tuesday Zhuwao was confronted by his Mashonaland
West provincial coordinating committee members at a meeting held at Orange Grove Motel in Chinhoyi.
Zhuwao’s plea, the sources said, angered Zanu’s provincial women’s league treasurer identified as Amai Mubi who interrupted the Zvimba East legislator and fired a barrage of accusations at him.
“Mubi said it was now common knowledge at the Mugabe family level that
Zhuwao was plotting to oust the president,” according to a source at the heated meeting. Zhuwao was stunned and stopped addressing the meeting, she added.
Zhuwao and his brother, former Makonde MP Leo Mugabe, both sons of Sabina, Mugabe’s sister, have fallen out of favour with the pro-Mugabe villagers in the Zvimba communal lands who alleged that the siblings were working against the 84-year-old veteran leader.
Mugabe hails from Zvimba.
The sources said Zhuwao was heard before the coordinating committee
meeting grumbling about Mugabe’s decision to allocate the Science and
Technology ministry to the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC under the power-sharing
agreement signed on September 15.
Zhuwao initially eyed the Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairmanship, but after the scene with Mubi, the legislator did not forward his name for the post.
Zhuwao backed John Mafa who went on to win the chairmanship on Wednesday against former Zimbabwe ambassador to China, Chris Mutsvangwa, in an election reportedly marred by vote buying.
Meanwhile, in a telephone conversation with Zhuwao, tge deputy minister of Science and Technology has denied there is bad blood between him and Mugabe.
“This whole talk of me lotting to unseat my beloved uncle is just but a dream. I have a good relationship with him”