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Zimbabwe stuck with Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe has discarded plans to retire and Zimbabwe will be stuck with him at least for 2015, Zanu PF insiders and analysts have said.


The President is in fact said to have already had his presidential diary prepared for the entire 2015 including major events, trips and other obligations.

This comes in the wake of swirling speculation that the veteran leader who turns 91 next month will quit politics and allow newly appointed Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over.

Mugabe last month appointed his long time security man, Mnangagwa to deputise him after he threw out former Vice-President Joice Mujuru who had been his deputy for the past 10 years. The move gave rise to speculation that he had chosen Mnangagwa as his heir apparent.

At 91 and after running the country for the past 35 years, most Zimbabweans thought it was time Mugabe passed on the baton to a trusted lieutenant this year.

But Zanu PF and government insiders last week said Mugabe was not showing any signs of relinquishing power even given failing health and advanced age.

“Mugabe’s aides have already prepared his diary for the whole year. Some of the major activities and events he is going to attend are already known and from the look of things, he has quite a busy year,” said the insider.

He said Mugabe, as soon-to-be leader of the African Union, would this year be busy with regional and continental politics as he was desperate to leave a legacy in Africa.

Another insider said Mugabe still wanted to assess Mnangagwa and other potential candidates before making it clear who he really wanted to succeed him.

Political analyst Takura Zha-ngazha yesterday said the thinking that Mugabe would retire this year was a fallacy.

He said Mugabe, who currently chairs Sadc, was also set take chairmanship of African Union later this month and would definitely not relinquish power.

“At the just ended congress, he (Mugabe) did not state his intention to retire. There is no way he is going to relinquish power,” Zhangazha said.

He said Mugabe was likely to go on until his term ended in 2018 or even beyond.

Another analyst Alexander Rusero also said Mugabe was unlikely to step down this year.

“Mugabe will actually amass more power,” Rusero said.
Last year was characterised by twists and turns in Zimbabwe’s political landscape, particularly in Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF party.

Succession politics that had rocked Zanu PF for the past decade took an ugly turn in June when Mugabe’s 49-year-old wife, Grace entered politics to take charge of the women’s league.

Speculation then grew that Mugabe would leave office soon, and the appointment of Mnangagwa had suggested that Mugabe would finally leave office to the Justice minister.

But information minister Jonathan Moyo and Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao dismissed the thought saying Mnangagwa’s appointment to the VP post did not mean he was heir to the throne.
“Mugabe will actually consolidate more power although he will at times allow Mnangagwa and the First Lady to be more active,” Zhangazha said.

When Grace entered politics, she did not only become leader of the women’s arm, but turned out to be the apparent kingmaker in the revolutionary party.

With the help of Moyo, environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, former women’s league boss Oppah Muchinguri and Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwawo, Grace swiftly decimated a faction led by former VP Mujuru.

To date, 16 ministers and deputies have been axed while more are expected to be booted out upon Mugabe’s return from the Far East, where he is holidaying.

During the better part of last year, the First Lady seemed to have been running the country behind the scenes and Mugabe himself seemed to confirm it while addressing last year’s December congress before his “Pasi NeZanu PF” gaffe.
“Mugabe will very likely give Grace more power this year as he gets older,” Rusero said.

He said factional fighting would continue in Zanu PF and 2015 would see the continued purge of Mujuru loyalists.
He said opposition parties were not likely to emerge any stronger as they were disintegrated.

“The MDC is as good as dead,” Rusero said.

Another analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya wrote on his Facebook page. “Whereas Zanu PF appears to be losing the battle of rule by consent (consensual hegemony), the same cannot be said about its coercive hold on the state (coercive hegemony).

“The idea that the fractions in Zanu PF are ever fighting makes it weak but the weaknesses of Zanu PF do not translate into the strengths of the opposition. The opposition could actually be much weaker.

Unless Zanu PF and Mugabe are disabused of their control of the State; it could be fallacious to posit that the regime is disintegrating. What appears less contestable is that there is no longer elite cohesion/elite consensus in the leadership of Zanu PF.”

22 Responses to Zimbabwe stuck with Mugabe

  1. Safa Ngograce January 4, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    I think we Zimbabweans deserve this Mugabe fellow. We have been voting for the fellow since 1980 without fail. I dont buy the rigging claims especially for the 2013 elections . let him rule until he is 115 if possible that is what the “bhora mugedhe ” brigade wanted.

    For those Zimbabweans with skills just pack your backs and leave .The “majority” will always vote for this man.Let the majority enjoy bthe spoils of their folly. I am angry and have opted for foreign citizenship down south

    • Cde January 4, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      Countries and societies all over the world get leaders they deserve. This is our collective harvest. Unfortunately, we have to reap what we have sowed unless yet again we collectively decide otherwise because collectively this the way we have chosen to go. Many of our kith and kin have run away to societies who chose their leaders differently. Remember this, when you look in the mirror, what you see in Zimbabwe today is essentially a collective reflection of who you are and what you have become.

    • gonawapotera January 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

      Uhambe Kahle Mfowethu. But ungakohlwi ugogo e khaya.

    • gonawapotera January 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      Uhambe Kahle Mfowethu. But ungakohlwi ugogo e khaya. Tina siyabe singapha sivhotela ubaba uMugabe.

    • bra short January 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      not many have the chance to leave zim, the only way out is to fight the demon

  2. loyd mhika January 4, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    The mdhara told us the economy is improving in june last year. that was the joke of the year

  3. vision January 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    Everything happens for a reason

  4. tafanenhamo January 4, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Am just excited.At least SADC and Africa Union will experience what SENILE DEMENTIA is as the good president chairs their meetings.KKKK.

  5. Roell January 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thats the unfortunate scenario that most African countries face. People having to be led by leaders that they love to hate. Mugabe only enjoys support in rural constituencies and from the downtrodden. Most people who, otherwise would have voted the man out are scattered all over the diaspora. It will continue to be a love hate relationship until the old man chooses when he wants to retire.

  6. De Komoyo January 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    I’m afraid that if the opposition wins, zanu thugs will come for us guns blazing and smoke us all. I remember in 2008 when a hellish helicopter hovered Mutare city centre with a soldier holding out an AK47. Nobody ever talked about…

  7. Ndini ndadaro January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    achafira pachigaro

  8. Sally Joshua January 5, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    after the mugabe dynasty we are going to have another zanu pf dynasty

  9. misoro yeshori January 5, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    Zanu PF inherited structures and failed to maintain them, its long overdue!

  10. Gbeh Salinto Montgomery January 5, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Mr. Mugbe you rule for such a long time now. U took power before I was born when will you allow an other Zambaween to demostrate their talent ?

    Are there no other person qualify to serve as president?

    Great Grand Father Mugabe, please do the honorable thing by retiring now. It’s Montgomery from Liberia

  11. Gbeh Salinto Montgomery January 5, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Mugabe, too much of one thing is good for nothing. We as Africans love n respect you, hence, please try to resign this year or prolong stay in office may lead to being unproductive. An advise for your consideration.

  12. Nhuku January 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Too many complaints! You got what you wanted. You pissed on Cecil Rhodes statue. You collectively destroyed the economy so now I suggest you shut up and live with it because no matter who takes over it ain’t going to get better. Regrettably not one of you has the capability of fixing a bent paper clip.

  13. captain January 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    retrenchment is okay only if the package is okay. to cut on the big civil service is noble idea. let them look @ veterinary department and livestock production and development there is duplication of duties between the two. one department must be abolished APA

  14. loyd mhika January 6, 2015 at 4:53 am #

    Time will tell. You know you are no longer wanted. remember 2008. now they tell you in your party you manipulate ma process

  15. mukono wezimbabwe January 6, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    There is need for us to revolt and fight.Even if blood is spilled thre is need for that coz peaceful waiting for miracles has costed us for 35 years!Now zim is just a country without a future coz of these guyz.Iam only 18 years old but lam ready to die for my country but l cannot do it along lets join hands and FIGHT!

  16. gudo January 6, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    fanofa vega vaunoda kuti afe newe mwana vaani

  17. chigutsa January 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    mugabe haasiye nyanga kusvika 2018 vanhu vasazvinyepere zvavo riva rake richadhinguka rega.Munangagwa haana kupihwa chigaro chehuvice president nemoyo wese asi kuti amboonawo kuti nyika yakabroker inorema sei kutonga uye kuti pane pane zvazoitika pahupenyu hwaMugabe tisati tasvika pa2018 Grace achachengetedzwa negarwe kuti pfuma yaainayo isatorwe.

  18. Hope4Zim January 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    He must just go. I don’t subscribe to just upping and leaving our country. What is wrong with us??? This evil needs to be challenged. The battle is the Lord’s. we pray and we trust Him. And then find out what we are supposed to do: peacefully! But unequivocally.

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