Mugabe racing against time

via Mugabe racing against time — analysts April 7, 2014 in NewsDay by Everson Mushava

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s recent repeated calls for unity in Zanu PF is an indication that the 90-year-old leader is now in panic mode and racing against time to stitch together the warring factions before he quits active politics, political analysts have said.

Of late, Mugabe has bared his soul and named some of the alleged faction leaders in a bid to kowtow them into a united Zanu PF family and ensured the party survived after he was gone.

However, the internal fights have since increased, giving the nonagenarian sleepless nights, analysts said.

“The way factionalism is spilling into Parliament, the media and everywhere else, Mugabe can no longer afford to ignore it at this stage. He wants to leave a legacy,” analyst Alexander Rusero said.

“Mugabe has never condoned factionalism, although it was working well for him in the past.

“But now, at 90, and sure that he would not seek another term in office, he definitely has to do something about it or his party will go with him.”

On the eve of his 90th birthday celebrations, Mugabe pleaded for unity among party supporters and chastised party bigwigs angling to take over the reins. He said he wanted to leave Zanu PF a solidified party.

Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa were believed to be the two leading faction leaders, but they have publicly denied harbouring presidential ambitions.

Mugabe on Friday, told members of his Gushungo clan at Murombedzi Growth Point, that he still had unfinished business which he did not elaborate.

“But it will be a tall order because due to his age, it was only natural for party officials to jostle for positions,” Rusero said.

He added Mugabe’s biggest challenge was that factionalism was being perpetrated from the top by people who at a certain stage contributed to his long hold on power, making it difficult for him to punish them.

“Remember Mujuru’s husband, the late General Solomon Mujuru, was the one who helped him become the leader of Zanu PF,” Rusero said.

“On the other hand, Mnangagwa has helped him remain in power after the March 2008 loss to Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe has been good at balancing power between these factions.”

Another political analyst Ernest Mudzengi said: “Yes, he has said he wants to leave Zanu PF as a solid party. He is worried about the developments.”

Regional think-tank, Sapes Trust, director Ibbo Mandaza said Mugabe contributed to the factional fights in Zanu PF by procrastinating on appointing a successor.

“It is within his power to stop it. He should simply declare the constitutional position, in both the party and government. Why is he hesitant to say the obvious?” Mandaza queried.

On possibilities that Zanu PF would disintegrate after Mugabe, Mandaza said: “People should not care about his (Mugabe’s) ranting. Zanu PF is bigger than him, so is the country.

“He should be more careful and understand the mood within Zimbabwe.”


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    Fallenz 9 years ago

    Mugabe’s biggest challenge is having a bowel movement. Those waiting in the wings are simply biding their time like vultures… each with visions of sugarplums in their dreams, or in this case, the carcass of what was once a great nation. There’s still wealth to steal, and power to usurp… all they have to do is make nice with the West, and investments will roll in for them to squander and continue their highlife.

    As long as personal interest is the motivator for the leadership, Zim will never again be restored. Zim needs heros, not crooks.

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      reader 9 years ago


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      reader 9 years ago


      Legacy is already there, Destroyer of Land, People, Animals and Families.

      Thats his legacy and it cannot be changed EVER, Same legacy as Hitler, Amin, Gengis Khan,Julius Ceaser GENOCIDE against the people of his country, THATS THE ONLY LEGACY THAT WILL REMAIN, and like those mentioned above will be spoken about forever. NEVER in a good way but always as an evil, Very evil person.

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        Swagman 9 years ago

        “The Mugarbage Legacy”.

        The new President of Zimbabwe inherits Africa’s greatest Country in 1980.

        Wealthy, literate, employed and blessed with agricultural exports, manufacturing International goods, a currency stronger than the USA and a chance at multi-racialism.

        The new President starts out OK, but soon eyes the wealth, and salivates, as do his family and friends.

        Nationalize, Indigenize, Patronize, Seize, Murder, Destroy, Alienate, Divide and Rule.

        The ‘Jewel’ succumbs to ZANU-PF’s ‘cutting’ into small, worthless chips of it’s former Beuaty.

        Mugarbage has set his Legacy in Stone, it will be thus, for all to remember. May there never be another as he!

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    Roving Eagle 9 years ago

    Why should be worry about what happens after he is gone? The idea of wanting to leave a united party is simply stupid. Once he is gone he is gone and there will be Zimbabwe many many years after he is gone so why worry about things one has no control over when there is plenty to worry about that one has control over.

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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    He is living his dream,to be President for life. Nothing else matters to him. He does not care about ZANU,its just a vehicle to achieve the objective. He does not care about Zimbabwe ,its just a vessel
    To achieve the objective.
    Treasonous malcontents

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    Chaka 9 years ago

    Factionalism in Zpf and split in Mdc. Its all due to clinging to power. As for Zpf let it disappear w its leader. Since ’80 what has it done?

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    “You have destroyed your nation and slain your people.”

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    munzwa 9 years ago

    and then we will have to endure those statues that will be dotted all over the place!!

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      Parangeta 9 years ago

      We will tear them down immediately!

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      Swagman 9 years ago

      We will tear them down as we did with Saddam Hussein’s statue, believe me!

      That’s after the pigeons have sh*#t all over him!

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    reader 9 years ago

    Statues will be banned. Too Costly and to what end.

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    MikeH 9 years ago

    The only legacy mugabe will leave behind is one of CORRUPTION AND DISASTER and, quite frankly, the sooner it happens the better.

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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    Uncle Robert has done a Good job. The ideas which he stood for have all been thoroughly discredited, by him. Zimbabwe has been inoculated against socialism and dictatorship by Mugabe. Everything he has ever stood for is rejected. His disgrace is complete. It could not have been planned better even by his worst enemy which is exactly as it should be, for at the heart of all of Mugabe’s actions is a massive self hatred. This self hatred is the key to all of his actions even now. Why else does continually go ut of his way to humiliate himself.

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    Who destroyed their nation other than EU’s who always intervene what we call other nations, why Africans intervene EU’s issues because African are sitting pretty haven lands, rich and resources, the EU’s are hungry they need to cover their starve in Africa!

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      Swagman 9 years ago

      USA GDP $16.7 TRILLION
      EU GDP $15.8 TRILLION

      ‘ALL AFRICA’ GDP $2 trillion.

      Who is hungry and who is starving here?
      You need re-education before posting here…..