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'''Team Lacoste'', ''which unofficially gets its name from the [http://global.lacoste.com/en/lacoste Lacoste clothing label] and even uses its crocodile symbol'' is a group of Zanu PF politicians in Zimbabwe who, from 2015, were believed to be working to ensure that one of the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe, [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]] succeeds  President [[Robert Mugabe]] as president of Zimbabwe. The faction was also working to frustrate the efforts of a rival faction called [[G40 (Zanu-PF Faction) | G40]] which was believed to be fronting the First Lady, [[Grace Mugabe]], for succession.
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'''Team Lacoste''', which unofficially gets its name from the [http://global.lacoste.com/en/lacoste Lacoste clothing label] and even uses its crocodile symbol'' is a group of Zanu PF politicians in Zimbabwe who, from 2015, were believed to be working to ensure that one of the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe, [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]] succeeds  President [[Robert Mugabe]] as president of Zimbabwe. The faction was also working to frustrate the efforts of a rival faction called [[G40 (Zanu-PF Faction) | G40]] which was believed to be fronting the First Lady, [[Grace Mugabe]], for succession.
 
 
 
As the question of Mugabe's succession heated in 2016, party members believed to supporting Mnangagwa in the succession race were seen at events posing for pictures wearing T-shirts labelled “Team Lacoste” in January 2016. Their T-shirts had a crocodile emblem painted in national colours — a move that reportedly indicated that the faction now had its own symbols outside of the usual party wear.<ref name="dailynewsjan16"> [https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2016/01/26/team-lacoste-goes-for-broke Team Lacoste goes for broke ], ''Daily News , Published:26 January 2016, Retrieved: 19 February 2016''</ref>
 
As the question of Mugabe's succession heated in 2016, party members believed to supporting Mnangagwa in the succession race were seen at events posing for pictures wearing T-shirts labelled “Team Lacoste” in January 2016. Their T-shirts had a crocodile emblem painted in national colours — a move that reportedly indicated that the faction now had its own symbols outside of the usual party wear.<ref name="dailynewsjan16"> [https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2016/01/26/team-lacoste-goes-for-broke Team Lacoste goes for broke ], ''Daily News , Published:26 January 2016, Retrieved: 19 February 2016''</ref>
  

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Lacoste

Team Lacoste, which unofficially gets its name from the Lacoste clothing label and even uses its crocodile symbol is a group of Zanu PF politicians in Zimbabwe who, from 2015, were believed to be working to ensure that one of the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeds President Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. The faction was also working to frustrate the efforts of a rival faction called G40 which was believed to be fronting the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, for succession. As the question of Mugabe's succession heated in 2016, party members believed to supporting Mnangagwa in the succession race were seen at events posing for pictures wearing T-shirts labelled “Team Lacoste” in January 2016. Their T-shirts had a crocodile emblem painted in national colours — a move that reportedly indicated that the faction now had its own symbols outside of the usual party wear.[1]

Source of Name

It is not clear who started with the use of the clothing label Lacoste or the crocodile trademark to refer to the Mnangagwa faction. It was chosen however because of the crocodile symbol because Mnangagwa is referred as the Crocodile in Zimbabwe apparently due to his involvement with the crocodile gang during Zimbabwe's Liberation war. The Shona word ngwena is usually used to refer to him.

Mnangagwa has said himself about his nickname:

“You know the trait of a crocodile, don’t you? It never hunts outside water. It always goes into the water to catch its prey. It never goes in the villages or in the bush looking for food. It strikes at the appropriate time. So a good guerrilla leader strikes at the appropriate time. That’s the import of the nicknames we give each other”[2]

Prominent Individuals Linked to Team Lacoste

References

  1. Team Lacoste goes for broke , Daily News , Published:26 January 2016, Retrieved: 19 February 2016
  2. Alex Magaisa, Interview with “The Crocodile”: Insights from Mnangagwa’s recent interview , AlexMagaisa.com , Published:4 September 2015 , Retrieved: 19 February 2016