‘Mugabe will die in office’

Source: ‘Mugabe will die in office’ – DailyNews Live

Mugove Tafirenyika      28 February 2017

HARARE – The Zanu PF youth league has warned that it will block any
attempts within the warring ruling party to force President Robert Mugabe
to retire – insisting that he should die in office despite the
nonagenarian hinting at the weekend that the party could hold an
extra-ordinary congress to choose his successor should he opt to take a

“The youth league, in conjunction with the women’s league, cannot imagine
voting for any other elder who is not Mugabe, unless nature takes its toll
on him.

“So, even if the president were to say I am tired, let us go for a special
congress, we will persuade him to still lead us,” a fired-up Zanu PF youth
league leader, Kudzanai Chipanga, told the Daily News yesterday.

“Anyone who wants to take over from him in Zanu PF will have to make do
with a party without two crucial party wings because the youths and women
will not follow him,” he added ominously as the former liberation
movement’s seemingly unstoppable tribal, factional and succession wars
continue to escalate.

Insiders have previously told the Daily News that the key youth and
women’s leagues are working with a party faction going by the name
Generation 40 (G40), which is rabidly opposed to Vice President Emmerson
Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

The G40 has also been supporting calls for Zanu PF to hold an
extra-ordinary congress, in line with a women’s league resolution that was
first put on the table two years ago, to have one of Mugabe’s two deputies
pave the way for a woman – in what analysts widely agree is a move
targeted at crushing Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations.

But speaking at his 93rd birthday celebrations in Matobo, in Matabeleland
South on Saturday, a tired-looking Mugabe said Zanu PF could stage an
extraordinary congress to choose his successor if he decided to retire.

“If Zanu PF says I should go, I will … For your own information, I never
canvassed for any position, I rose up to my position … let the people
judge for themselves … We don’t want imposition (of leaders) at all.

“People have said that I should choose a successor but that is what is
called imposition. I don’t want and will never impose. This is the job of
congress to choose those who will then come up and the party will elect.

“Whatever position you seek must be a position you get upon a proper
election by the people … People who are busy forming their own groupings
saying VaMugabe must go I ask myself where should I go,” Mugabe said.

However, disgruntled war veterans, who had a nasty fallout with the
increasingly frail nonagenarian last year say if Mugabe wants a smooth
power transition, debate around succession should not be muzzled.

“We have always known that he (Mugabe) indicates right and turns left and
on this one we know he is speaking with a forked tongue again.

“He does not intend to make the extra-ordinary congress a democratic one
if it is called, because there won’t be a secret ballot as he will be
openly endorsed by crazy people like Chipanga who are taking advantage of
his advanced age, lying to him that he is still popular with the people
when the opposite is true.

“He wants his wife (Grace) to succeed him, then his son and other
relatives including (Patrick) Zhuwao and others, and that is why you hear
them saying `you can’t do that to my uncle, my husband cannot be
succeeded’ and other stupid stuff they say,” the secretary-general of the
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), Victor
Matemadanda, said.

“They think Mugabe is more important than anyone else because he fought
against the whites. But we know that he came to war when we were already
there and he never fired a gun.

“If he thinks he is popular, then he should call for a secret ballot
within his party, or a referendum, then he will appreciate that
Zimbabweans are fed up with him.

“That he has failed them is evidenced by the state of the economy and the
people’s general standard of living,” the forthright Matemadanda added.

Meanwhile, many other allies of Mnangagwa have in recent months also been
at the forefront demanding an extra-ordinary party congress to install the
Midlands godfather as the former liberation movement’s presidential
candidate for 2018.

Last month, highly-opinionated businessman-cum-politician and an avowed
Mnangagwa supporter, Energy Mutodi, claimed that Mugabe had become so
unpopular in Zanu PF that “99 percent” of the party’s members now wanted
him to resign before the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, as
there was allegedly no way that the nonagenarian could win elections
against popular opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“Mugabe must retire. What we must be discussing now is how we share power
in Zanu PF post-Mugabe,” he said, adding that it will be very embarrassing
for Mugabe if he stood for election again and lost.

“Mnangagwa is too loyal to Mugabe, to the extent that he cannot even
express his own views for his boss to retire. It’s up to Mugabe himself to
be really thankful to his loyalists who have helped him to remain in power
for this long and not the opportunists who praise him during the day and
denigrate him during the night.

“This is what the man (Mnangagwa) is made of and he has shown total
loyalty and obedience to the president,” Mutodi told the Daily News then.

He was also emphatic that he was “even prepared to die” for his views and
personal beliefs, adding that the ongoing demand by the Zanu PF women’s
league to push a woman back into the presidium, at Mnangagwa’s expense,
would come to nought as this would not be entertained.

“I don’t think that one deserves to be a VP simply because one is a woman.
You must be deserving not because of your sex. We are not going to be
entertaining that resolution,” Mutodi said.

Another vociferous Mnangagwa supporter, former Cabinet minister and war
veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa, was also emphatic in an interview
with UK publication, the New Statesman, that the VP would “100 percent”
soon be Zimbabwe’s next president.

Mugabe has studiously refused to name a successor, arguing that his party
should rather follow what he sees as a more democratic process, to manage
his succession via a congress.

Speaking in his annual interview with the ZBC last week, ahead of his 93rd
birthday, Mugabe appeared to rule out the chances of Mnangagwa succeeding
him when he said he would soldier on in power – notwithstanding his
advanced age and declining health – and that he would only step down if
Zanu PF asked him to do so.

Soon afterwards, Mnangagwa’s angry allies, including sacked Mashonaland
Central youth leader Godfrey Tsenengamu came out guns blazing, warning the
nonagenarian that he faced a big fight if he continued to thwart the
Midlands godfather’s mooted presidential aspirations.

Tsenengamu also said that they would now openly campaign for Mnangagwa as
Mugabe’s successor, raising the stakes high in the succession saga.

He was subsequently nabbed by detectives, a day after he held his press
conference in the capital where he let rip at Mugabe and Grace.

Tsenengamu has since appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts where he
was denied bail.

He is facing three charges: violating provisions of the draconian Public
Order and Security Act (Posa) for holding his press conference without
clearance, undermining the authority of the president and subverting a
constitutionally-elected government.


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    Chatham House 5 years ago

    Mugabe’s cousin told everybody that over 30 years ago. “The only way Mugabe will leave State House will be in a box” said James Chikerema. Thus for progress in Zimbabwe – we can look forward to that day.

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      TJINGABABILI 5 years ago


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    Piankhi 5 years ago

    Yes Mugabe will die in office. Only a fitting end to a coward’s rule. His legacy will be fitting that of a spaded dog. And he will be remembered as a Con Artist, that deceived his people for 37 years that he was their President. But in fact was nothing more than a common criminal. Yes he will die in office. Now he question is, will he make it to the next election? Bob what you have put out in the universe has come back on you. You will get what you so deserving of a cowards send off.

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    Whether he croaks in office or not, wait and see how many African Heads of State who will come to his funeral. All of them, except maybe Khama from Botswana. The rest are just like Mugabe -dictators and thieves.