via ‘Mugabe papers over Zanu PF cracks’ – Southern Eye February 25, 2016
THE opposition MDC-T yesterday said President Robert Mugabe should have taken advantage of his impromptu State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Friday to name his successor or at least announce his succession plan to end the current fights within his ruling Zanu PF party.
MDC-T organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe, said the ongoing Zanu PF factional wars were a security threat which could trigger civil unrest if Mugabe remains mum on his preferred successor.
“One would have expected Mugabe to use the Sona to be clear on who will succeed him, or to lay out his succession plan and not being selfish and try to impose (First Lady) Grace (Mugabe) on Zimbabweans,” he said.
“Berating (War Veterans minister Christopher) Mutsvangwa, calling other Zanu PF members to order will not stop the factional wars to succeed him.
“What Mugabe did in his Sona is to paper over the Zanu PF cracks with dangerous consequences to the nation should he be incapacitated today because of his advanced age. The way police violently broke up the war veterans’ meeting is a pointer to the dangerous levels that Zimbabwe is entangled in as a result of Mugabe’s refusal to go and his attempt to impose Grace as his successor.”
Mugabe, in his address last Friday, chose to attack Mutsvangwa, for mobilising ex-combatants countrywide to rise against the party leadership.
This was after Mutsvangwa had organised a war veterans meeting to discuss their welfare.
“It is clear Mugabe’s attempt to ride roughshod over his Zanu PF colleagues and the State in a bid to impose his wife on the party and the country is heading towards potentially dangerous grounds,” Bhebhe said.
“One shudders to think what would happen today should Mugabe be incapacitated for whatever reason in view of the Zanu PF factional wars.”