At 89, Mugabe must surely rest

HARARE - Once again Zanu PF politicians gather in Gweru to do the obvious — stampede for their endorsement of President Robert Mugabe as their presidential candidate.

Whilst it is a pity for the so-called Young Turks who sincerely believe that by some divine miracle, their time to take over the reins of the party will come, the conference is another indicator that they should at least wait a little bit longer.

Such is the fallacies of Zanu PF democracy where behind the scenes we know that party members at provincial level are coerced to endorse Mugabe without questioning.

We don’t care much about how Zanu PF runs the affairs of their party, but we get concerned when the very same people come to us pretending as if they represent a formidable social democratic party.

The question is if a party jostles to endorse a leader, who in the next contest will be 89 years, is it a serious political party with a future to look forward to? Mugabe has had his time and should surely rest. Sadly, the other party stalwarts or is it weaklings are not courageous enough to tell him to step down and pave for new leadership.

Zanu PF has never displayed any keenness in learning from their counterparts. The Chinese have recently engaged in a massive leadership renewal.

A new youthful generation is taking over leadership but here it is a taboo to talk of leadership renewal.

Politics is all about change and constant leadership rekindling and for a party that has criminalised any attempts to debate leadership change, it baffles the mind why they waste resources in holding meaningless annual gatherings which come out with obvious predictable resolutions.

Why waste resources in preparing for the pomp and fun fair event instead of maybe channelling the money for the event to charity or the troubled health or education system?

They must hold their predictable conference in half a day.

We sincerely believe Zanu PF should declare Mugabe their life president because any conferences and congresses will solemnly declare him the ‘alpha and omega’ of the party.

Democracy which does not have choices in contests is a myth, and when people jostle from all provinces outdoing each other in endorsing Mugabe first, the whole charade becomes a smokescreen democracy and an exercise in futility.  

It’s the youths in Zanu PF whose time is being stolen by a crop of the old guard with nothing much to lose because they have had their time. - Staff Writer

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