Generation 40

Generation 40 (G40) is a faction of the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The G40 is an informal group of ZANU-PF politicians working on generation change by replacing the older officials of the party. The group promoted itself as the younger, savvy, and well educated ZANU-PF members. It is said to be led by Jonathan Moyo and ZANU-PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere but is fronted by Grace Mugabe,[1][2][3][4] the former First Lady of Zimbabwe.[5]

Moyo has claimed he coined the term that was now wrongly used to refer to a ZANU-PF faction. He stated that he first used it in the state-controlled Sunday Mail in August 2011 for the first time. He stated that he was referring to younger generation of all political affiliations and gender.[6]

Among some of those believed to be linked to the group are the nephew of Robert Mugabe and the Youth and Indigenisation Minister Patrick Zhuwao,[7] Sports Minister Makhosini Hlongwane, Deputy Minister of Public Service Tapiwa Matangaidze, Deputy Minister of Tourism Annastacia Ndhlovu,[8] Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka, Manicaland former Provincial Affairs Minister and war veteran Mandiitawepi Chimene,[9] Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, Minister of Finance Ignatius Chombo, Foreign Minister Walter Mzembi, Minister of Energy and Power Development Samuel Undenge,[10] ZANU-PF's Mashonaland West chairman Keith Guzah,[11] Commissioner General of the Police Augustine Chihuri,[12] Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Paul Chimedza, Minister of State for Bulawayo Eunice Sandi Moyo, former ZANU-PF Youth League leader Kudzai Chipanga,[13] Youth League financial secretary Tongai Kasukuwere, political commissar Innocent Hamandishe, secretary for external affairs Mphehlabayo Malinga[14] and women's league secretary for administration Letina Undenge.[15]

By 19 November 2017, many members of the G40 were expelled from ZANU-PF.[16] This was a result of the coup d'état which also led to the resignation of Robert Mugabe as President on 21 November 2017.[17] Godwin Matanga replaced Augustine Chihuri as the Commissioner-General of Police, with Chihuri retiring.[18] Generation 40 is rivaled with the Lacoste group within the ZANU-PF which is allied with current President Emmerson Mnangagwa.


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  7. ^ Ncube, Xolisani (4 December 2016). "Mugabe's nephew mauls VP". The Standard. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ Mambo, Elias (8 January 2016). "Ministers face Zanu PF axe". Zimbabwe Independent. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ Ncube, Xolisani (31 July 2016). "Chimene: Why I attacked Mnangagwa". The Standard. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ Manyowa, Maynard (19 November 2017). "Newsflash: Mugabe removed as party leader, wife Grace banned for life". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Croc rocked as ally minister gets the boot". New Zimbabwe. 14 December 2015. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Cropley, Ed (15 November 2017). "FACT BOX: Key figures in Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe's 'G40' faction". Reuters Africa. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "List of people expelled by Zanu-PF". Nehanda Radio. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "Zanu-PF youths jostle for Chipanga's post". Harare24. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ Frykberg, Mel (17 November 2017). "Zimbabwe military continues purge of 'criminal elements'". Independent Online. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Named: Just who got expelled from Zanu PF?". eNCA. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
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  18. ^ "Zimbabwe military chief looks set for vice presidency". Reuters. 

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