Mugabe old but has clear plan for Zim: Chinamasa

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will not leave power until he is satisfied that the country is on a firm footing towards a clear trajectory that will not be reversed even when he is gone, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said.

Source: Mugabe old but has clear plan for Zim: Chinamasa – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 6, 2016

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Chinamasa admitted in an interview on the BBC Hard Talk programme on Monday that the country’s health delivery system was in dire straits.

“Yes, the President is 92, but you must also know the long path he has travelled since 1958. He has definitive views about the destiny of the country. He remains in place to ensure that the trajectory he wants to set in place will be there even when he is gone,” he said.

Chinamasa is in Europe to shore up support for Zimbabwe’s Staff-Monitored Programme that seeks to return the country to the global financial system after years in the cold over rights abuses as well as political and social turmoil.

When his host indicated that Zimbabweans were beginning to call for Mugabe to resign and cited the vicious internal struggles for power currently rocking Zanu PF, Chinamasa, who doubles as Zanu PF legal secretary, instead ducked and said the former liberation movement was still intact.

“To be fair to us, Zanu PF remains a solid, cohesive and formidable political force in Zimbabwe. The instability you talk about is not in our party,” he said.

Asked if First Lady Grace Mugabe would succeed Mugabe and if her record-breaking time to earn a doctorate degree in five months was part of that plan, an angry Chinamasa retorted: “Please do not use this platform to insult our First Lady. She is not the subject of this conversation. We are talking about the President’s age.”

Grace has been fingered as a leading figure in the Zanu PF succession matrix and has become the subject of ridicule after she reportedly had her PhD fast-tracked by the University of Zimbabwe in 2014.

Chinamasa said Zimbabweans were happy with Mugabe even in the face of demonstrations threatening to tip the country over.

“As far as Zimbabwe is concerned, we are happy. As far as Zanu PF is concerned, we are happy. Essentially, the President wants to leave the country on a trajectory in terms of values, in terms of destiny which will not be reversible,” the Finance minister said.

While Mugabe has already been declared the ruling party’s candidate in general elections expected in 2018, Chinamasa claimed Zanu PF was open to internal contestation for Mugabe’s position as party leader.

“Zanu PF is saying anyone who wants to contest is free to do so and if the population agrees then the result will be otherwise, but we should not be dictated to in choosing our leader,” Chinamasa said.

Yesterday, Chinamasa was door-stepped by a group of United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean demonstrators who for the second time inside two days heckled him as he arrived for the fund-raising conference at Chatham House.

For nearly two hours, the protesters quizzed him over the missing $15 billion diamond revenue before British police intervened and escorted him away.

They were later joined by former Finance minister and opposition People’s Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti who is also attending the conference.

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    Zimbabwean Abroad 6 years ago

    This idiot must be suffering mental illness. In every country in this world people do not work past 70 years old. There is a reason for this, as you age you brain functions deteriorate. Godfather Bob (Zimbabwean Branch) should be in slippers & a gown chilling at home with Gucci cleaning up after him, the guy is just too old. His mafia better start running now because:

    THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!! LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!!

    Thank you brave Zimbabweans for standing up to Godfather Bob and his Zanu PF Mafia. It was inevitable. The b457476s have no money to pay the civil servants, just loads in their foreign bank accounts. Make sure they are planning their exit strategies, because in this revolution they will all fall, Zimbabweans have had enough, time to do what the Romanians did to Bobs best mate Nicolae Ceaușescu get rid of all of them and put them where they belong, that’s PRISON. Looks like even the Military have had enough, but don’t trust them Zimbabweans, I can see a coup d’etat ordered by the Ngwenya. Be brave fellow Zimbabweans.

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    Mugabe should realise that the country is already on a ‘trajectory that will not be reversed’ – unending poverty – until after he is gone, which, at the present rate, should hopefully be before Xmas, so long as no-one comes to his rescue with a financial bail-out.

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    mandevu 6 years ago

    of course he has a plan – strip the country of all its assets, get the money to a safe place outside the country, kill all of those who are trying hard to save this beautiful country

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    TJINGABABILI 6 years ago

    A PLAN TO RIP OFF THE COUNTRY! HE HAS ALREADY DONE THAT. TURNED ZIMBABWE INTO THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE RUINS!