‘Mugabe to blame for Zanu PF fights’

President Robert Mugabe’s failure to work out a clear succession plan in Zanu PF is to blame for the factionalism tearing the party, analysts have said.


Zanu PF has been gripped by infighting among rival factions led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The infighting within Zanu PF reached new highs when First Lady Grace Mugabe went on an offensive by saying Mujuru was unfit to occupy the Vice Presidency, alleging she was corrupt and plotting to oust Mugabe.

Political analyst, Ibbo Mandaza said Zanu PF was at war because Mugabe failed to work out his succession plan and had remained in power for too long.
“The way he is standing by his wife or trying to retain power shows that he is the most unpopular person,” Mandaza said.

“As we are, Mujuru is the most popular person in the country now. It goes back to the death of her husband Solomon Mujuru and the public turnout at the Heroes Acre will tell you that the public was angry at his death and that was sort of an endorsement of Joice as the next leader.”

Mandaza said “nothing can happen in this country until Mugabe goes, everybody is tired of Mugabe and he should have left a long time ago”.

Mandaza said those who were baying for Mujuru’s blood were not any better as they were also anti-Mugabe.

“They are all pledging loyalty but they don’t like him at all too,” he said.

Mandaza said Mugabe had created a negative perception domestically and internationally and his supporters appeared to be blind and oblivious to that.

He said Mugabe had defied the national mood which wanted him to leave office back in the 90s. He also defied the region, Mandaza said.

Mugabe is Africa’s oldest and one of the longest serving Presidents since coming to power 34 years ago.

Mandaza said the factional fights were secondary and as long as Mugabe was there, “there will always be a problem, and Mnangagwa knows that too”.

Another analyst Charles Mangongera concurred with Mandaza, adding that Mugabe was selfish and putting his own interests and that of his family first.

He said Mugabe was “even prepared to see a whole liberation movement being decimated by factional fights”.

“He is 90 and still wants to be seen as the most intelligent person in the party. He doesn’t want to see anyone with ambition succeed him. It’s regrettable and I don’t know if he ever looks around him, around the region. They have all had leadership succession but he is the only one who hasn’t been succeeded,” Mangongera said.

He accused Mugabe of propping up a faction and then crushing it when it threatened his interests.

“One thing that unsettles Mugabe is being told that someone wants to topple you and that is what the other faction has just done; that is why Mugabe is behaving like this.”

Another analyst who declined to be named said Mugabe had few supporters in the party.

“Everyone is against all that is happening in the Zanu PF party. Mugabe knows that many people in his party want him to go but he is still clinging on to power,” she said.

Sources within Zanu PF say Mujuru fell out of favour with Mugabe because of what they termed “soft spot for the West”.

“There is one thing that can never be traded for in this country and it is the revolution of this country. We do not want to go back to the pre-independence era and there is a feeling that if Mujuru takes over, that will take us back there because of her close ties with the Americans,” the source said.

Mujuru’s alleged ties with the West were revealed in the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks cables which suggested she clandestinely met with former US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray “under cover of darkness” on December 6 2009, after dodging her security and the Central Intelligence Organisation.

The whistleblower website also exposed that other senior Zanu PF officials such as Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo
and his Environment, Water and Climate counterpart Saviour Kasukuwere met with officials from the US Embassy.

18 Responses to ‘Mugabe to blame for Zanu PF fights’

  1. Musona November 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    To say Mugabe is to blame because he did not appoint a successor is nonsense. Was/Is Mugabe supposed to unilaterally appoint a successor or the party elects a successor? Who is to say they could not have been any conflict had Mugabe appointed a successor? There are many who would like to succeed Mugabe and as such conflict or factions are going to arise. What if Mugabe had appointed the successor but many in the party did not like that successor? There could still have been problems. He or she who wants to succeed Mugabe should fight like mad to succeed Mugabe. If this leads to the break up of ZanuPF the better for us all. History shows that succession battles in ZanuPF are indeed very bloody. Nothing new here. It has happened in MDC as well. We now take it as the norm.

    • Buffalojump November 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

      I agree. Mugabe should not be picking his successor. In a democracy that is done by the people. I’m not saying Zimbabwe is a successful democracy but it is based on democratic principles. Mugabe can certainly influence who will become the next President but that is normal in politics.

    • Garfield Gasva November 3, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Good point Musona. Leaders must never appoint their own successors. All leaders must be subjected to the democratic process of being voted into power. However, there should be a mechanism of limiting the period for which a single individual can lead. There also should be an age limit because any individual’s creative faculties will start diminishing during old age. At age 75 one should retire from political office.

      • Mhizvo November 3, 2014 at 11:56 am #

        That as you rightfully say is what should happen in true democracy. But look here gentlemen, who so ever brings about that democratic cause is automatically labelled a traitor, or planning a coup or anything else to make that person silent about the issue. Why does Mugabe himself not initiate the process of succession on a democratic platform? He openly says he will nominate a successor when the time is right, if he leaves now it will disintegrate the party bla bla bla,. The truth is that he is solely to blame for the infighting.

    • maita November 10, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Mugabe does not give the electorate that chance ko hondo idzi dziripo ndedzeiko handiti it is about who takes over and he does not want that debated saka toti dai akati nhingi will succeed me then toona what happens.

  2. Joseph Ndhlovu November 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    ive read continually about some fear of going back to the pre 1980 situation and some concern of looking West.
    Well since 1980 there has been a decline in Zimbabwe from being handed an organised modern country where the people had food, work, medical care, and education. There certainly were racial inequalities which one would have hoped had after 34 years been corrected.
    Isn’t it time now that everything should be done to return to a situation where the people can expect a reasonable life style and a future for their children. The Chinese and Russians sure aren’t helping so what’s the fear of working with the west to return to an acceptable situation that brings promise of a great future. The western governments are providing much more aid than the so called friends in the East!

  3. vashe November 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Mugabe please go. You have wasted enough of our time.
    Mapera Gushungo vana havachakudai

  4. Chimwango November 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    This is clear testmony that from the start ZanuPf never exercised democracy in the first place.If we are to look back some years ago we find out that Mugabe was advocating for a one party state idiology which suppresses freedom of expression.Yes Mugabe is to blame as a leader but a bigger blame goes to his supporters who have been pepetuating dictatorship all along.Disorganised things will entangle one another on trying to make some order on them.

    • maita November 10, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Chimwango read the story of Rugare Gumbo then you will know democracy is not in zanupf blood stream. Hazvisi mavari, zvitsva.

  5. SHIBOBO November 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    All you guys are being extremeley diplomatic about the truth. Mugabe does not deserve any diplomacy. He is just a fool and a despot who has ruined this country. He has used fear and intimidation to remain in power and divide and rule in his party.

    If anything, the people in Zanu are also to blame for allowing themselves to be used over all these years, and yet they claim to be men and women of integrity!!!!

    If at all they are MEN, it requires just one of them to stand up in the Politiburo to stand up and tell Mugabe straight in his face that he should go to hell, and walk out of that Politiburo meeting. Hopefully, othe MEN will stand up and walk out too.

    Its quite refreshing to hear at least one voice of reason coming out from all this insanity. Thanks Rugare Gumbo fpr being a MAN. Same to Jabulani Sibanda.

    Mugabe is so selfish that he wants to distroy both the party, Zanu Pf, and the country, Zimbabwe, so that it will be said he was the only person capable to run this country. Surprisingly, the Zanu Pf people are watching him get away with it.


    • maita November 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Men in zanupf? Ask Margret Dongo if ever there are men in ZanuPF. There are wives in zanupf.

  6. cash talk November 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Munhu haana kwake. When Mugabe seemed to side with Joyce the mantra was he needed to choose a successor…thinking it was obviously Joyce. When Mnangagwa was winning DCC party elections the mantra was “guided democracy”. When Joyce was openly buying votes, nothing was being said of bribery and circumvention of democracy.

    Well now obviously Mugabe is clearly against Joyce and seemingly choosing Emmerson you seem to be changing your mantra again.

    • Abbie November 3, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Cash talk you have missed the point. This article is not supporting either Mujuru or Mnangagwa. The gist of the argument is Mugabe has failed both the party and government and the mere fact that he vascilates between the two bears testimony to the fact that his actions are guided by self interest and nothing else. Leaders who want their countries to prosper groom competent successors just as successful organisations do. This self centered idiot called Mugabe doesn’t get that simple fact.

  7. hongorondo November 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Mugabe is selfish moron who has presided over the total collapse over zimbabwe over the past 40 years.Selfish x 10000!

  8. Dopori November 3, 2014 at 12:22 am #

    Methinks that the problem is exacerbated by senility but of course as we all know, people are always in denial.

  9. Jongwe November 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    People clap hands while Mugabe and wife are going astray.Thus why this man is still in power(we’re cowards)simple.

  10. Ndlovu M November 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    It is surprising how things go in this beautiful world. When others see danger at a distance some label them stupid, cowards, all sort of names. People of Beautiful Zimbabwe learn to study situations at an early stage. Do you remember Juashi (J. M.N. Nkomo). Yes you do. What did he say. Sorry to remind you of sorrowful past. ” I lizwe lithethwe ngumyanga, lizatshabalala”

  11. Bowero November 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Remember just after independence the helicopters dropping flyers with pictures of a chameleon with mugabe’s head? The flyer discouraged voting for this him saying “rwavhi ngozi mugabe” We should have taken heed!!
    Where are we 34 years after independence? ? What’s the difference between colonialism and the situation now?? Some zimbos have lived and died leaving these behind! A wasted lifetime indeed! ! The future of our children surely lies in zanu pf hands??? Zimbos need to fo something soon.

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