Succession stalling economy, Mutsvangwa

via Succession stalling economy, Mutsvangwa 11 September 2014

OUTSPOKEN Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa has lashed out at his ruling Zanu PF party for being preoccupied with President Robert Mugabe’s succession while the economy unravels.

Mutsvangwa, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s bush war against the Ian Smith settler regime who is well known for his forthrightness, said the government had a moral duty to fulfill its election promises it made last year.

Mutsvangwa told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview that it was critical for Zanu PF to “spend more time discussing economics than we spend on defining on who is going to be the next ruler within Zanu PF. After all, the president is there anyway”.

Mugabe’s succession issue has split Zanu PF in the middle with two factions, one led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru and the other by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, battling to succeed the 90-year-old president.

Mutsvangwa is said to be backing the Mnangagwa-led faction.

Last month, Mutsvangwa launched a vitriolic attack on Mujuru casting doubts on her liberation war credentials in what analysts said was part of a fierce behind the scenes battle over the succession issue.

He suggested that stories of gallantry concerning Mujuru shooting down a Rhodesian helicopter during the war were all a hoax. He said the stories were all made up by Zanu PF to build up Mujuru’s political profile.

Mutsvangwa said Zanu PF was now so preoccupied with Mugabe’s succession issue at the expense of the economy which is in a free-fall.

“Pre-occupation with politics to the detriment of lack of forward planning about our economy is a recipe for disaster.

“The most important thing facing Zimbabweans is their economy, how it can deliver prosperity to ordinary Zimbabweans,” Mutsvangwa said.

He said officials within Zanu PF “are pre-occupied with political gimmickry than any other issue which is of national importance”.

However, a political analyst, Takura Zhangazha, said contrary to Mutsvangwa’s assertions, it was critical for Zanu PF to resolve the Mugabe succession issue since it was closely tied to the economy.

“Economic recovery requires certainty as who is in charge of government,” Zhangazha said.

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    Zhangazha is right in a way that he did not mean. When he states that, “Economic recovery requires certainty as who is in charge of government,” he is indirectly corroborating what Mutsvangwa says; because both internal and foreign investors are looking for a stable and secure environment to invest their money, and these endless factional fights distract from any serious economic activity. So the people are paying the price.

    Mugabe is the president for another four years, if he lives that long, and the constitution spells out who takes over if he does not. So we know who is currently in charge, but ZANU-PF doesn’t care about achieving anything until they figure out how much of the pie they will each get once Bob kicks off to meet the devil. That is the crux of it, the people running ZANU care more about their personal situations then they care about the people who supposedly elected them. In fact, if the last four general elections were stolen as we are told, then perhaps that also feeds their delusion that the people don’t matter anyway because ZANU will always win and get to decide how the pie is sliced up.

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    Mapingu 7 years ago

    “Pre-occupation with politics to the detriment of lack of forward planning about our economy is a recipe for disaster.

    …..“The most important thing facing Zimbabweans is their economy, how it can deliver prosperity to ordinary Zimbabweans,” Mutsvangwa said.

    He said officials within Zanu PF “are pre-occupied with political gimmickry than any other issue which is of national importance”……..

    These appear to be wise words from a fool-of-all-fools. But closer look at zanu pf rule since 1980 will tell it all; for it can only lead to anyone in their normal senses to ask dozens of questions; including:
    1) Has at any point the Zanu pf-Mugabe worked for the general good; which point is that? Most of us who were alive & awake don’t know about that point.
    2) Is this Mutsvanga now some king of a biblical ‘Soul’ who has meet met God on his doomed tripped to ‘Damascus’? We don’t see that either.
    3) Can a leader who has never cared about the general good except the consolidation of power for all his reign (stretching over a generation) suddenly be expected to change because one buffoon by the name Chris Mutsva… has said so? Any normal person cant see it happening, so why is this clown asking for the impossible, assuming he even means what he says?
    4) Is it now possible to teach old dogs new tricks? Impssible isn’t it? So, how ironic is it that someone endorses a selfish 94-old guy as their candidate for any election & then ask the same old guy to change their selfish ways & work for the good of the people?
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    tapiwa 7 years ago

    The economics of how to get Zimbabwe back on track has been discussed and discussed and discussed to the extent that everyone knows what needs to be done which I think is the implementation of the right policies by whoever Mugabe, Mujuru, Munangagwa or whoever is leading the government. Why waste more resources discussing for you will do for the next 5 years?

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    Rwendo 7 years ago

    There is no mystery here Mr Mutsvangwa. It is ZANU PF (its leaders and their policies) that is stalling an economy they have mismanaged not just in 2014 but for decades. The people recognised this long ago and have tried for the last 10-15 years to remove your party from power but your party has used methods fair and foul to subvert the will of the people.

    You know this, unless your have eyes but cannot see. So what is your real objective in all this ‘comrade?’

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    Atheist 7 years ago

    Thats what happens when you man a “god” when he is just a mere mortal. He fails spectacularly.

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    Sonofngwazi 7 years ago

    DONT LOOK NO FURTHER, GRACE IS IN CHARGE.
    Kkkkkkkkk

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    YOU ARE RIGHT MR MAN.

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    Godobori 7 years ago

    “Mutsvangwa launched a vitriolic attack on Mujuru casting doubts on her liberation war credentials in what analysts said was part of a fierce behind the scenes battle over the succession issue.

    He suggested that stories of gallantry concerning Mujuru shooting down a Rhodesian helicopter during the war were all a hoax. He said the stories were all made up by Zanu PF to build up Mujuru’s political profile.”

    Hear that? In Zanu PF leadership comes from those who shoot, not the brainy ones. We now need a new type of hero, not gun slingers please!