via ‘Zanu PF devouring itself’ – DailyNews Live Tendai Kamhungira • 21 February 2016
HARARE – People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti says the current debilitating factional fights within President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF are a sign of an exhausted regime — which is now devouring itself.
Biti said this while speaking at a discussion organised by the Southern African Political and Economic Series (Sapes) Trust, dubbed the Sapes Trust Policy Dialogue Forum, which reflected on the effects of Zanu PF’s factional fights.
“…anything that moves has been on the rack, but the spaces are narrow now, the nationalist mode that does not have energies directed at the national agenda focuses its energy on internal cannibalisation but it eats everything, when it has eaten everything, it starts eating its own-self now, its internal bowels and intestines.
“Post 2013…there begins a wave of internal cannibalisation, which is not new. The history of Zanu PF has always been the history of these contradictions,” Biti said.
He said the Zanu PF factional fights were a turning point in the country’s history.
“The entire establishment knows that we are now in a transition, Mugabe is 92 years for Christ’s sake, the war veterans generation is reaching the end …it is in its late summer.
“So everyone knows we are in a transition, so the old order is fighting to continue reproducing itself even beyond its demographic limitations,” Biti said.
He added that there are still some people in Zanu PF who still want to continue with the looting spree.
“So those that have been representing it and the archbishop of this, is Robert Mugabe.
“He has guaranteed the looting, he has guaranteed the stealing, he has guaranteed the emasculation of the citizenship, but they know he is on his way out. The struggle for succession is not a struggle for an individual, it is a struggle for ensuring the system continues reproducing itself irrespective of the demise of the current headmaster, so that whoever comes continues reproducing itself,” he said.
Biti said the country was on the verge of a civil war or a coup, considering the continued infighting within Zanu PF.
“What we see in Zanu PF right now, is a state of decay, a state of decomposition in the ruling Zanu PF. The ruling nationalist party, has failed to adapt, has failed to evolve…,” he said.