Critics forecast end of Mugabe in 2018

president-robert-mugabeFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – POLITICAL analysts believe opposition parties can capitalise on the endorsement of President Robert Mugabe by his
faction-riddled Zanu (PF) for the next presidential election.
Mugabe will be aged 94 at the watershed poll in 2018.
Ahead of the just-ended Zanu PF conference in Masvingo, 300 kilometres from Harare, it was anticipated he would step aside and pave way for his
first deputy, Emmerson Mnangwagwa, but he chose to stay on after fierce power struggles within his party.
A faction supports Mnangagwa while another backs First Lady, Grace Mugabe.
Analysts believe Mugabe’s endorsement will be to the advantage of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai and former deputy
president Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First.
They are believed to be finalising a coalition to unseat the veteran leader.
“If ever there was ever a time to dislodge Mugabe and Zanu PF, It is now,” said Runesu Chikwekwe, a political commentator, in an interview.
He said Zanu PF was disjointed as a result of factions while Mugabe was aged and a huge liability for the nation.
Analyst Vivid Gwede projected a defeat for Mugabe, citing events in Gambia where a coalition ended President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-old tyrannical
“There is urgent need to cultivate trust and respect among the coalition partners. There must be limited gamesmanship and scheming that breeds
mistrust,” said Gwede.
Mugabe, blamed for a deepening economic crisis, has been in power since independence in 1980 partly due to a disjointed opposition.

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