Sunday Mail newspaper in Harare said that EFF leader, Julius Malema is in a deal with Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to topple President Robert Mugabe, 93, and that their plot was backed by a former British ambassador to South Africa, Robin Renwick.

The Sunday Mail name the collision “unholy alliance”.

The pepper said Renwick met Malema in London in 2015 “after which the Economic Freedom Fighters leader apparently dumped his economic nationalisation mantra and started rabidly pursuing President Jacob Zuma’s ouster”.

Kasukuwere is allegedly involved in a faction within Zanu-PF known as G40 which appears to be opposed to vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, 74, widely tipped to succeed Mugabe when he dies or retires.

Martin Dinha, a provincial governor said he was “ready to prove the collusion….I submitted the allegation that Cde Kasukuwere is working with Julius Malema because they both share the ambition to take over power from Presidents Mugabe and Zuma respectively”. He said Kasukuwere brought Malema to Zimbabwe in 2010 and that many suspect Malema is funding G40.

It is not clear whether the so-called G40 faction wants Kasukuwere to succeed Mugabe or if it is backing first lady Grace Mugabe to take over when her husband dies, or if this faction is just trying to stop Mnangagwa inheriting the job.