#mugabe absence brews storm

via Mugabe absence brews storm – DailyNews Live by Lloyd Mbiba  21 MAY 2014

Mugabe’s Zanu PF is mired in confusion over a politburo meeting called today in the 90-year-old leader’s absence.

Top officials yesterday contradicted each other over the meeting as a fresh storm brews in the faction-riddled party.

With Mugabe away in Singapore for a “routine eye check-up”, today’s politburo meeting, which was scheduled to be chaired by vice president Joice Mujuru, widened divisions in the party, with officials in the rival Emmerson Mnangagwa faction reportedly questioning the motive of administration secretary Didymus Mutasa to convene such a meeting in the absence of the veteran Zanu PF leader without urgent business to discuss.

Mutasa is believed to be loyal to Mujuru.

Usually the politburo only sits in the absence of Mugabe if it is considering conferring hero(oine) status on fallen comrades.

Today’s scheduled meeting has irked hawks in the Mnangagwa faction, who accuse acting president Mujuru of trying to show off her “temporary command”.

Justice and Legal Affairs minister Mnangagwa, a 66-year-old guerrilla war veteran and Mugabe’s key ally and enforcer, is widely seen as a succession contender, along with Mujuru, 59, another liberation war veteran whose nom de guerre was Teurai Ropa and is leading the stakes to succeed the long serving ruler.

Both have been members of Mugabe’s Cabinet since 1980, and played a major role in Zanu PF’s re-election machine, and are looking to strategically position themselves ahead of the elective congress in December that is supposed to decide a successor to Mugabe.

Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo yesterday told the Daily News that the Politburo meeting was on today, and in the absence of Mugabe, who was expected back last weekend, Mujuru would chair the meeting.

“I am not sure who will chair the meeting but if the president is not available the vice president will chair,” Gumbo told the Daily News. “The president might come back tonight or early in the morning tomorrow. If he is not there it means the acting president will chair.”

In a statement issued on Monday, Mutasa urged all Politburo members to attend today’s meeting.

“The secretary for administration is advising all members of the Politburo that there is going to be a Politburo meeting on Wednesday, 21 May at Zanu PF headquarters,” Mutasa’s statement said.

He said all members “should be seated by 9am”, with the time decree betraying fears that some rival faction members could abscond.

While Gumbo was saying the meeting is proceeding, Mutasa yesterday backtracked, saying the meeting had been called off.

Asked why the Politburo was sitting in the absence of Mugabe and who would be chairing the meeting, Mutasa said: “Why do you like to ask too many questions? I told you that the Politburo meeting has been cancelled and what more do you want?”

Asked when the Politburo will sit next, Mutasa said:  “It is none of your business, we will inform you when the next Politburo meeting will be.”

It was not immediately clear if the cancellation had been communicated to all politburo members.

Insiders say deadly infighting now makes it difficult for such crucial meetings to be held in the absence of Mugabe.

Authoritative sources linked to the Mnangagwa faction told the Daily News yesterday that they contested the holding of the politburo in the absence of Mugabe.

Mutasa has insisted that Mnangagwa is not in the running to succeed Mugabe, as the party’s succession politics becomes more convoluted.

This comes as the Presidential Affairs minister has — for the umpteenth time — tipped Mujuru to take over from the 90-year-old nonagenarian, but Mugabe himself has recently ruled out both “contenders”.

With the ex-Defence minister locked in a perpetual succession duel with Mujuru, the Chirimanzu-Zibagwe MP has emerged as one of the leading contenders to take over from Mugabe — but Mutasa recently said he was a distant number 14 and far beyond the perking order of making it into the presidium.

Although the country and ruling party’s constitution place the VP as the front runner, Mnangagwa has often been touted as the 90-year-old ruler and other hard-line elements’ choice or preferred candidate.

And with Mugabe flatly refusing to name anyone as his successor, other names have cropped up and these include ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, and Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi.

In a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Zanu PF leader hinted he may not contest the 2018 election and the people would have to choose his successor — although he had not made that decision yet.

“I have people in mind who would want to be,” Mugabe said in the documentary dubbed “Robert Mugabe @ 90”.

“But I have looked at them. I have not come to any conclusion as to which one, really, should be. I leave it to the choice of people,” he told Ghanaian-born British film-maker Roy Agyemang in the interview.

The decision not to contest the next elections has surprised many in the 51-year-old party  that has won successive elections since independence in 1980, albeit under controversial circumstances.

Mugabe’s views lacked clarity on what exactly he thought would happen at the elective December congress which is expected to choose his successor.

Mugabe’s continued stonewalling on leadership succession as the party gears up for an elective congress in December could create chaos, uncertainty and insecurity, analysts have warned.

Although Zanu PF officials have sworn loyalty and comradeship to Mugabe, behind-the-scenes they are upping the ante for a place on the high table — the presidium.

In recent months, the party’s members have openly challenged each other and threw all sorts of accusations around.

That is also what makes Mugabe’s eventual absence a riddle and, potentially, a ticking time bomb, observers say.



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    roving ambassador. 8 years ago

    They rigged the elections ,now they are still in shock and do not know what to do with their ill gotten power. tHE KNEE JACK REACTION IS TO LOOT ,LOOT AND LOOT.
    Hope they eliminate each other.
    treasonous malcontents.

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      publicprotector 8 years ago

      @roving ambassador- when your football team loses that was rigged as well, grow up, there is no evidence and the losers had more than enough chance to produce anything. You are a fool.
      everyone knows Trade Unions rip everyone off, there policy some dim fools think ids better, give workers all the shares as opposed tom 51% indigo9nisation. Give us a donation and we will get your farm back, in Harare south 91% of new farmers are MDC because the DA was in Seki an MDC constituency. hence a status quo on farms. They now want donation to run the party cant spend their loot, give them everything you have because they will take it one way or the other.

      sy for most to understand

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        John Thomas 8 years ago

        The election was rigged. This is beyond doubt and everybody knows it. To say otherwise means you are a CIO.

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        furedi 8 years ago

        @publicprotector I must must really thick because I failed to understand any part of your contribution here.What language is it that you wrote your article in.

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      John Steele 8 years ago

      Well said!!!!

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    They are starting to really panic, everything is falling apart and they don’t have a clue what to do

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    Roving Eagle 8 years ago

    This is the folly of concentrating power in one person. Head of State is lot of work in itself, the president should not have time to be leader of party as well.

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    Tinomunamataishe 8 years ago

    In this case its even worse than that Roving Eagle. You seriously cannot have somebody 90 years old being a head of state. This is 20 years past retirement age in most countries. That’s scandalous and should not be allowed however good the person thinks he is.

    Zimbabwe needs a more hands-on head of state who is fit and young is able to take go on with the rigours that goes with that job. Last time I checked Zimbabwe was not a monarchy and it shouldn’t be.

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      Don Cox 8 years ago

      90 is OK for a ceremonial Head of State such as the Queen of England, but not for an executive Head of State like the US President.

      Zimbabwe seems to have an executive Head of State.

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    If this is how this bunch of headless chickens behaves now, God help us when the dear Oppressor is gone.

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    Mandevu 8 years ago

    Now is the time for civil society to rise

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    How useless are we? These fools control us and we cannot seem to outsmart them. With a stroke of luck these ZANU’s will commence bumping each other off. That at least will cut down the numbers.

    It seems clear from the performance outlined in the article above that these ZANU’s will be forced to go cap in hand and beg for help from the west once uncle Nob dies and that will be their undoing since there will be no help without a free election.

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    Chaka 8 years ago

    I like all ur comments fellow zimbos. God save our beloved country like He saved Israelites from Egyptians.

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    Frankie Laine 8 years ago

    It is the military who are running the country and have been doing so for who knows how long.
    The military will decide who takes over from Mugabe and most probably have made that decision a long time ago. When it comes to survival and the lining of your pockets for the forseeable future, no effort is or will be spared.
    If the people of Zimbabwe rise up after Mugabe is gone, it will only play into the military plans, as they will then have an excuse to impose military rule until their lackey is placed into power. For a comparison of what I have just said, look no further tha the so-called Arab Spring and it’s results.
    Zimbabwe is entering a very dangerous time and it seems, a very bloody and heart-wrenching period for it’s abused citizens.
    Let us all pray for devine intervention in Zimbabwe and let Zimbabwe turn as a nation to their only hope. May Jesus Christ rule in the hearts of Zimbabweans and may Zimbabweans finally be able to rest from all the abuse it has suffered through the ages. I pray for this.

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    Zanu without Mugabe is zero! He created that confusion by clinging to power. So now to let go is a problem and to stick around is a bigger problem. Which ever way it goes Zanu is history.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    here we go, confusion reigns!!! best prop old uncle nob in the corner of the politburo meeting in his deep freeze and let the spirits take over….

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      MikeH 8 years ago

      I like it !!! Presumanly you are talking about bottled spirits taking over.

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    Kitsi-yatota 8 years ago

    finally, the chickens came home. lets do some small maths here. Mr Mugabe was supposed to come last week and he did not! now someone calls for a politburo meeting without agenda. Normally politiburo meeting are only for declaring heroes and not to fix economic and political problems in Zimbabwe, is that so?

    we are in a serious crisis, the big man is dead or has decided to retire in Malysia. Shame. So were do we start. A presidential election will cause more chaos. Tsvangison will win but policies will not pass through parliament.

    Mhai hwee zvangu, manje toita sei

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    Straight Shooter 8 years ago

    Yeyeni bantu – there goes the Zezuru and Karanga Gukurahundis at each others’ throats.

    Its a typical “Gukurahundi paradise” – full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing; only confusion.

    No direction, as the country grinds to a halt; a liquidity crisis; 100% unemployment; companies closing everyday and gukurahundis border-jumping River Ngulukudela/Limpopo into Mzansi/South Africa en masse.


    LOL! Bafowethu; LOL! Bafowethu; LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL Mthwakazi!!

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    ivor payne 8 years ago

    Correction. There is nothing in the ZANU PF constitution which makes Mujuru the front runner. The VP merely takes over temporarily in the absence of president and first secretary. The ZANU constitution sets out elaborate procedures by which the president is to be permanently replaced. The only question is whether ZANU PF will follow its own constitution.

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      Straight Shooter 8 years ago

      ivor payne
      The gukurahundi party constitution clearly states that its president should always be an ancestor. Therefore, it is not possible to replace an ancestor!!

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    Chigidi 8 years ago

    “- but Mutasa recently said he was a distant number 14 and far beyond the perking order of making it into the presidium.”
    So it is official – ZPF has an order for receiving perks!