via Voice of reason The Zimbabwean 14 October 2014
Mugabe appears to have distanced himself from his wife’s campaign. Take out the attacks on the West and the homophobic rants, Robert Mugabe is not a bad public speaker. There is no evidence of his involvement in Grace’s dreadful speeches. Perhaps this is to give the impression that he had nothing to do with her Women’s League nomination.
Another theory is that while a seat on the politburo will be useful in protecting the President’s interests, post retirement, Grace is not Mugabe’s preferred successor. For Robert Mugabe, the point might be to let the succession wrangle continue, while he remains firmly glued to the presidential seat.
Amidst all the scheming and name-calling, there has only been one voice of reason within the ruling party. Cephas Msipa fears it may implode. He suggested to Mugabe, five years ago, that he should indicate his preferred successor. “Unfortunately he didn’t agree with me…. The key is in the President’s hands. He holds the key. This thing (factionalism) must be nipped in the bud and I hope one day the President will act on it,” said Mspia.
Under Mugabe, the industrial sites of Zimbabwe have become graveyards. The supermarkets are stocked with imports, which 15 years ago were produced locally. Urban dwellers carry bundles of firewood and water containers. In the countryside, forests are steadily vanishing beneath the pickaxes of mouse hunters, gold-panners and firewood vendors who, without the foggiest idea about agriculture, took over commercial farms. If Zanu (PF) were to implode, it would not be the first thing to have been ruined under Robert Mugabe’s watch.