Headache for Mugabe over party factions
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News), ZIMBABWE’S ruling ZANU PF is faster disintegrating due to warring political factions caused by President Robert Mugabe’s refusal to pass on the button to the next generation, a move that has grounded the country’s economy.
Mugabe has been clinging to power since 1980 when Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain, but the nonagenarian keeps holding on to power even in the forthcoming presidential elections set for 2018.
The development has seen the country’s war veterans defy Mugabe, who is seen to be attempting to stand again in the next elections for 2018 despite his age as a nonagenarian.
Attempts to push his wife, Grace Mugabe as a possible replacement for him backfired when some war veterans in the country, including the military, police and intelligence vehemently rejected such a move.
Tough talking former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda, insisted: “power is not sexually transmitted” referring to Mugabe’s grooming of his wife Grace as the next president of Zimbabwe.
As a result, Mugabe embarked on suspending and expelling war veterans leader, 15 government ministers including his deputy, Joice Mujuru for questioning his prolonged stay in power.
An emergency meeting for war veterans was called last week, but nothing concrete came out of it hence calling yet another hurried Zanu PF’s Central Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday in a bid to calm the disgruntled veterans of liberation.
Speaking in his shona langauge, Mugabe said: “Haungave nhengo yemusangano isingade kutevera gwara remusangano. Kana uchiyenda nerweseri uchida kuputsa musangano, uchiri nhengo here?
“Uchinekodzero here? Saka hatizvide izvozvo. Saka musangano ndiwo unotara gwara, musangano ndiwo unechinangwa.
“Vanosungirwa kuuya nezvinangwa zvavanazvo mumaorgans eparty zvotambirwa ikoko hapana associoation inemvumo yekuti imire uko yoti inoda kuti party iyite zvakati. Hapana!,” which literally means:
“No association of freedom fighters has the right to do as it pleases or impose its will upon the ruling party because it is the mother body. If war veterans have grievances, they should come forward,” said a shaken Mugabe.
The veteran leader turned dictator said he was ready to tell the war veterans his mind when he meets them at the Harare City Sports Centre this coming Wednesday regarding the chaos that has threatened to tear apart Zanu PF and its structures.
Worsening the situation, Mugabe expelled 15 government ministers, including recently appointed War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, who is now secretly mobilizing all freedom fighters to disintegrate from the ruling Zanu PF.
Expelled former deputy president, Joice Mujuru formed her new party called Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) with a promise to revive Zimbabwe’s toxic economy by repairing ties severed with the West, as infighting threatens to consume the nation’s political elite.
Mujuru is a respected war veteran of quality, who down a Rhodesian plane during the liberation struggle while her husband, Solomon Mujuru was the first defence Commander of Zimbabwe National Army.
Her husband later died a mysterious death widely believed was the in-house power struggle within Zanu PF.
War veterans vow to join opposition if Mugabe continues to abuse his power while allowing wife Grace to insult them at willy-nilly.
– CAJ News
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