Grace Mugabe key in succession

via Grace Mugabe key in succession – DailyNews Live 25 August 2014 by Guthrie Munyuki

HARARE – Zanu PF succession is cryptic. Let no one tell you conclusively how it is going to end.

We can only speculate because the players in this convoluted game have and continue to keep all the cards close to their chests.

But one thing is certain: President Robert Mugabe’s succession issue is now reaching boiling point and the homestretch.

Events of the past month suggest that ,while the issue is cryptic, at least there is a sneak peek into what’s likely to happen after the party’s elective congress which is due December.

And this is a no brainer; everything is centred on Mugabe, who, himself, is showing signs of publicly entangling in the divisive factionalism which has the potential to split his party.

Firstly, the emergence of Grace Mugabe from the political wilderness to assume the top post as secretary for women despite stringent party rules which had just been tightened a week before her entrance, is a sign of the change of script from the one that we have been reading since 1998.

It is foolish to dismiss Grace as it is also laughable to think that she has no significant influence in the succession battle.

Secondly, Mugabe’s lack of protection for Vice President Joice Mujuru from her rivals in the party during an emergency meeting at the State House 10 days ago, characterises a man who is slowly but surely getting publicly irritated to the extent he can act without diplomacy.

Mugabe has always acted with decorum, chastising his colleagues privately while acting nonchalantly publicly.

At the State House, he allowed disgruntled youths to air their grievances in full view of his ministers and Mujuru in the aftermath of the shambolic elections which were marred by
vote buying and bribery.

Mugabe ‘‘witnessed’’ these firsthand.

More tellingly, Mugabe did not stop the youths from attacking Mujuru, party national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, Webster Shamu and Didymus Mutasa.

He even asked Mujuru to respond to allegations made by one of the losing youth candidates, in full view of juniors.

Thirdly, the emergence of Grace Mugabe brings two minded groups together who also share the same interests.

The military, over the years has always influenced things in Zanu PF, though quietly, to maximum effect.

It is also not in dispute that over the years some in the middle and top echelons of the military have amassed wealth and would want to secure their economic interests.

How the wealth was amassed is not an issue!

Mugabe and his family have businesses and would also, just like those in the echelons mentioned earlier, want to secure their economic interests.

It makes sense for Grace and some in the military to have a common a goal and that being defined by their wealth and economic interests.

They are like minded!

Lastly, it is in their interests to have an aspiring president (Mugabe successor) who shows beyond doubt that he or she is capable of protecting these economic interests and offer

On paper, it looks like Emmerson Mnangagwa fits the bill.

This is especially so considering the statement by Grace at her orphanage in Mazowe where she revealed they were others who promised kundizvizvurudza mutara kana vaMugabe vaenda.

And the vituperative attack on Mujuru and her allies afterwards, especially during the provincial central committee nominee meetings, were telling.

Mnangagwa himself is revitalised exactly 10 years after he had been humiliated and humbled after the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration in 2004.

From a minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities to a strong contender to succeed Mugabe, Ngwena as Mnangagwa is known, could be within striking distance.

But there is a brooding feeling within those who prefer Mujuru that perhaps Mugabe could play his last card in December.

One thing that is certain though, is that Grace Mugabe will have a huge say on who secures her family’s economic interests and   this has resonance in the military corridors!


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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    Zimbos are cowardly just letting zpf to carry on with impunity

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    Succession race bunkum! Emmerson was appointed years ago just you wait and see and unless God intervenes the Crocodile will be wielding a big stick!

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    Frankly I think she is toast either way. Mujuru will burn her (excuse the pun) before Bob is cold. Mnangagwa will use her then toss her into the wilderness. Her value currently lies in her being a conduit for many scroungers and worshipers to Bob’s table. She mistakes these for friends. She is vile and her tongue attracts more enemies by the day than a pangolin attracts termites.Once Bob is gone tell me what value does she have? She is not indispensible.I don’t see her presiding over Mazoe onve Bob is gone. Many want a piece of it but while Bob is alive they cant say boo because he will drown them (excuse the pun).

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    Mena Bona 8 years ago

    The article says it all. This succession battle is nothing more than ZANU PF billionaires protecting their stolen loot. Properly ruling that country is not part of their agenda. Zimbabwe as seen decades of self enrichment amongst the political elite and it seems they have got used to it, but then again difficult to do much about it when the thieves own all the guns and they use them.
    How the hell does this kleptocracy ever be given the chairmanship of SADAC? They have slaughtered their people, bulldozed hundreds of thousands of their believed oppositions houses to the ground and destroyed the country. In Africa this deserves to be rewarded? With one exception, this continent believes that political power means the right to wealth through theft and corruption.

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    Panodya 8 years ago

    Can someone please enlighten me on this one; I have heard people talk about an “elective December congress”. May be I may be wrong due to ignorance, but I thought people will be “appointed by Mugabe ” into the Politiburo. Will Grace for instance be challenged for the Women’s secretary role, or Mugabe will appoint her, just as he will appoint Vava Absolom Sikhosana?

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    We have boringly heard much about the succession issue, a guise for the protection of ill gotten wealth of the zpf few elite. Those fighting for the leadership of zpf greatly lack leadership qualities let alone leading the whole nation of Zimbabwe. They are more self centered than selfless. Such people will be a disaster if chosen to lead the nation. My advice to them is that they should be concerned about the populace completely immersed into poverty and diseases.

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    Straight Shooter 8 years ago

    They can kill each other for all I care. I dont give a damn of the blood letting in the gukurahundi party. They will learn the hard way what democracy is all about!!

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    bruce koffe 8 years ago

    Leaders are not decided by man, if that was so Mugabe would have long gone, how many people like Mugabe even the world over does not want him even a second but he is still in place. However being there because God allows him does not mean he is good, Pharaoh was King of Egypt because God allowed him to reign in the process God hardened his heart and then set free his people by a might hand. He is like Valdir Putin of Russia but their time will come according to God’s plan. They seem to scheme and succeeding, but they will eventually scheme and fail when their time comes. However like all human beings we also try to scheme for their downfall, it will be one day known to God that they will fail and man will succeed.

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    Parangeta 8 years ago

    What succession – ZANU-PF is history!

    Does anyone believe Zimbabweans would
    allow4 more years of Gukurahundi rule!

    So this dis-Grace BS is academic!

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    Brace yourselfs for another 15years of pain….the worst kind of pain ever known to man.