By Watmore Makokoba
As news about the political drama unfolds here in Zimbabwe, a lot might be wondering who or what is G40, here is a snapshot of what the grouping is all about in case people are curious.
G40 (Generation 40) firstly is the culprit faction within the ruling party Zanu PF that is today at the receiving end of the long held fights within the party. The Zanu PF faction had enjoyed defacto power and wielded power to hire and fire anyone especially opposed to the ascendance to power by its leader, the First Lady Grace Mugabe.
G40 is a group of Zanu PF politicians believed to (have been) working against the possibility of Emerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding President Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.
Lacoste is the name of another faction believed to be aligned to Mnangagwa, the name having been derived from nickname (Garwe) or crocodile.
According to events that took place up to this day, there are indications G40 have been lobbying for Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe to take over from her husband as President
The name G40 is said to have been coined by Jonathan Moyo, who is also been labeled as the brains behind the outfit, although he denies its identity as a faction.
The group is believed to be characterized by the younger Zanu-PF members some of them who are in the top richest politicians in the country. G40 had been spearheading a leadership renewal within the party and leading the purge of the Zanu PF old guard.
Jonathan Moyo and Zanu-PF Political Commissar, Savior Kasukuwere have been touted as the brains behind the group, but it emerged during the course of the year that the group is fronted by the first lady, Grace Mugabe.
Refuting the allegations that he is one of the leaders of the faction Jonathan Moyo once posted on Twitter handle saying “The so called Generation 40 or G40 can’t be a Zanu PF faction save for open mouths & shut minds. G40 is a demographic reality across parties!”
The term Generation 40 was reported to have been derived from a constitutional provision in Zimbabwe’s supreme law allowing anyone above the age of 40 to be a presidential candidate.
The list of some of the G40 top brass includes : Grace Mugabe, Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Joseph Chinotimba, Makhosini Hlongwane, Mandi Chimene, Sarah Mahoka, Samuel Undenge, Keith Guzah, Mduduzi Mathuthu, Jim Kunaka, Agnatious Chombo
By Watmore Makokoba