By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, May 24, 2016 – CONTROVERSIAL Zanu PF activist and musician, Energy Mutodi has warned of a plot by a Zanu PF faction to exterminate party enemies linked to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp.
Mutodi made the sensational claims in a Facebook post this week.
Mnangagwa is seen as firming up to succeed the aging President Robert Mugabe, something that has landed him on a collision course with party hawks rooting for the First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over.
The so-called Generation 40 comprises cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere, who are seen as the masterminds of the succession plot.
The coincidental deaths of four war veterans and a businessman linked to Mnangagwa last week has ignited speculation around their deaths with some claiming the deaths could have been orchestrated by party rivals.
Mutodi, believed to be a Mnangagwa ally, has waded into the argument, claiming the VP’s allies were under attack.
“A gruesome hit squad is currently operating throughout the country targeting Zanu PF members perceived to be loyal to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and in support of his alleged presidential ambitions,” Mutodi said.
In apparent reference to flamboyant businessman Wicknell Chivayo, Mutodi claimed the youthful tycoon was funding the assassins on behalf of G40.
“Financed by a former convict and self proclaimed tycoon who has made headlines in the recent days for corruptly obtaining tenders, the hit squad that is reportedly loyal to Generation 40 faction has already carried out successful missions,” he added.
Mutodi claimed the recent deaths of suspended Zanu PF women’s league member Espinah Nhari and that of businessman Alexander Johnson through road accidents were both a result of the alleged acts.
“Espinah Nhari, a prominent Zanu PF women’s league member who was secretary for administration died in a mysterious accident, while an Indian businessman and some war veterans have also fallen victim according to reports,” he said.
The Chigorodanda hitmaker said that the operative holding on to the “hit list” had not been picking up his mobile phones when he tried to call them.
“An operative holding on to a list of targeted individuals has not responded to calls since morning,” Mutodi said.
“Be warned if you are a politician, activist or journalist belonging poor perceived to be loyal to an anti-G40 faction. Death or serious injury can occur at any time.
“Take measures to protect yourself by not hanging out in late hours, answering unknown calls, attending.”
Efforts to reach Mutodi via his mobile to confirm it he was the author of the posts as well as seek further clarification on the claims were fruitless as his phone was also not reachable.
It is not the first time however that the outspoken businessman has made sensational claims about recent events in the country.
He last year dismissed claims Itai Dzamara had been abducted by state agents insisting the missing firebrand pro-democracy activist was hiding in Botswana.