Mugabe ought to name successor now

via Mugabe ought to name successor now – NewsDay Zimbabwe September 10, 2014

The recent political disturbances in Lesotho which saw Premier Tom Thabane fleeing to safety in South Africa after fears the military had staged a coup, may have gone completely unnoticed in Zimbabwe had there not been spurious claims in some sections of the media that President Robert Mugabe had intervened and solved the problem.

It turned out it was, in fact, South African President Jacob Zuma, as head of the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, who had brought temporary relief to the “Mountain Kingdom”.

Be that as it may, there are some lessons that Zimbabwe could derive from the Lesotho debacle, the most important of which is that Zimbabweans shouldn’t take for granted the stability obtaining in their country.

The situation in Zimbabwe is no different from that in Lesotho, which analysts say is a result of “a largely unchecked army and a complicated electoral system that lends itself to personal rivalry”.

The internecine fighting panning out in Zanu PF is caused mainly by a complex succession process and the role the military is playing therein, giving it the potential to explode into open war with dire consequences.

The recent extension of the terms of service of the so-called securocrats by another five years could have been informed by the wish to keep them out of the intra-party fighting. But their shadow continues to hover menacingly over the situation.

The succession process has not been properly defined, hence the fighting. Over the years, out of frustration that that their chance to rule has been thwarted by the incumbent’s longevity and unwillingness to pass the baton, ambitious leaders have formed themselves into factions waiting to pounce as soon as a vacancy obtains in the leadership.

But the whole thing is a recipe for disaster if not solved decisively and immediately, too.

It would seem Mugabe is reluctant to name a successor because he fears the consequences of any such move. The ruling party is so divided that any pronouncement to that effect might bring political mayhem and instability in the country.

But he is only postponing the problem. He now has to bite the bullet and name a successor, even before the party’s elective congress in December. This is not impossible considering what was done with the Women’s League where a totally unexpected event happened.

When Mugabe’s wife Grace was nominated for the post of Secretary for Women’s Affairs, everyone was taken by surprise. There were pockets of resistance, of course, but these were quelled mostly through coercion. After Mugabe himself gave the nod to the nomination, all the ducks fell into line; no one wants to be seen to be opposed to the “Dear Leader”.

Mugabe can do the same for the main wing of the party. The reality in Zanu PF politics is that Mugabe is the law; he can anoint anyone to any post and everyone will endorse the move. To wait until the December congress could be suicidal for both the party and the country.

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    If he had one iota or jot of decency and love for his nation he would do that. believe me there is no red carpet and inspection of the guard awaiting any one in heaven: just the judgment of God. Only those truly washed in the blood of the Lamb will escape that and their lives will bear that fruit whilst on earth. What fruit do we see in our leaders? It is only self. Self has never died. It is that hellish spirit of self that dominates in ZPF. Self will not have eternal life: for there is no ‘self’ in Christ Jesus. Only Him. I strongly urge you all to repent before it is too late.

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      protestor 8 years ago

      vamwe varikunakirwa nekutambudza vamwe i dont know shudnt pipo stand up and fight for themselves we Zimbabweans are guliible and docile even the Israelites stood up and fought for themselves we again think the Americans will bomb these idiots for us.They are busy fighting ISIS when shall Zimbos wake up??? Zpf shud rule till 2028 tiwone kuti when is our breaking point of Docility yem Zimbos.

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        ELVIS 6 years ago

        AHHHHHHH SHAME AND AS FOR U?WHAT HAVE U DONE SO FAR?U TALK LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAS STAGED SOME WAR INDIVIDUALLY WHILST OTHERS WATCHED! STOP BLAMIN NOBODY AND BETTER GET BUSY DEVISING THE POSSIBLE PROGRESS .

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    More NBS drivel

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      wensil 8 years ago

      @The Mind Boggles, just because you don’t agree with a comment doesn’t necessarily make it drivel. Everyone including NBS and yourself have a right to comment the way they like and if you don’t agree with a certain poster then please don’t read those comments.

      Nobody forces anybody to read any of comments on this site.

      If you have your own beliefs that you would like to espouse through your comments then by all means scribble them and I don’t think any right thinking and fair minded person will label them drivel.

      Internet bullying and harrassment have no place in today’s world. By being intolerant like this we will end up suppressing some thoughts that people would like to express on this and other sites.

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    tapiwa 8 years ago

    NBS please help me here . What if someone is not interested in internal life, the unknown what if they die they want to live in hell?

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      tapiwa 8 years ago

      apologies meant eternal life not internal

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      Tapiwa, there are many who do not even give a thought to where they will end up after dying. The bible describes hell well and it was originally created for the devil and his fallen angels: Not man. We ourselves elect to go there when we choose to reject God and His plan for salvation. Hell is a dark place: eternal separation from God and light and good and truth and all that is life. It is a place of eternal torment. Who would want to go there. Any one of us only needs to look around our crumbling world today: Zim is a good example: to see what sin and rebellion to God brings. Earth is temporal. The spirit is eternal. Why would anyone want to live in eternal torment. It would be like having Bob and ZPF in charge for millions of years?????

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        The bible tells us that it is appointed unto man to die once and then judgment! Those who have truly repented escape that judgment. God says He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He is a God of love. It is our choice. He gave us the freedom to choose; something ZPF do not!

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      protestor 8 years ago

      kkkkkkk

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    Chidumbu 8 years ago

    just tell us when you are going to die you old geriatric fart, the beers are on ice waiting to be drunk

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    Nyati 8 years ago

    Be tolerant Gobble.

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    Grace Mugabe 8 years ago

    Zvichapera chete

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    That’s easy to name Gucci lips Mugabe. First woman president of Zimbabwe. Chid you only got beers? Hell I got a case of champagne. I’ll be celebrating a while. Can’t wait for that day I recon there will be a complete day off for all Zimbabweans as we celebrate. Not much mourning I am afraid.

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    @Wensil , you are correct everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I hadn’t looked at it as internet bullying so apologies.

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      @Mind boggles. I have to admit that I don’t feel bullied. I KNOW where I stand. I understand that the TRUTH will always evoke an attack. Are we still fellow forum bloggers? Thanks to all the others for your support.

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      The Mind Boggles there are amazing the people on this forum.That includes you. Respect to you for being a big person because it is big people that apologize.