Generation 40

The Zanu-PF Generation 40, or G40 for short, is a group of Zanu PF politicians believed to be working against the possibility of Emmerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding President Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.It is not clear exactly who they are backing to do so in his place but suggestions have been made it may be Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe.

The notion of G40 is said to have been coined by Jonathan Moyo, who is apparently the brains behind the outfit, although he denies its identity as a faction.[1]

The group is characterized of younger Zanu-PF members who are savvy and educated. The group is said to be led by Jonathan Moyo and Zanu-PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere but is fronted by the first lady, Grace Mugabe.

Alleged Members

Kasukuwere denial of G40 Existence

In October 2015, Kasukuwere denied the existence of a Generation 40 group saying "“G40 was a creation of Rugare Gumbo and his clique and anyone who regurgitates that is in agreement with him,”[2]

Jonathan Moyo on the G40 Existence

In May 2015, Jonathan Moyo Tweeted that a generation of young people was a reality in all political parties

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! [3]

Source of Name

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.


  1. Alex Magaisa, The Moyo-Charamba debate in Zanu PF’s succession drama, Alex Magaisa, Published: 29 January 2016, Retrieved: 30 Jan 2016
  2. Kasukuwere reads riot act, The Herald, Published:12 Oct 2015, Retrieved: 9 Dec 2015
  3. Generation 40, Twitter, Published: 9 May 2015, Retrieved: 9 Dec 2015