The Mugabe dynasty

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe’s endorsement to take over the leadership of the Zanu PF Women’s League and the push by Mashonaland provinces for her son Robert Junior to be nominated for an influential position in the party’s National Youth League has raised fears of a political dynasty.

The two are wife and son respectively to President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for the past three decades.

Mugabe is the country’s sole leader since it gained independence from the British colonisers in 1980.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in February and retained power last July, after a largely-contested landslide victory.

The main opposition party MDC, claims Mugabe rigged the elections.

Notwithstanding his advanced age, coupled with ill-health reports, Mugabe has however, not showed any signs of slowing down.

The nonagenarian leader has not nominated any successor from his party and now his family has been thrown into the political fray, with an anticipation of grabbing top positions, a move seen as a political game changer.

This has further brought to the fore the succession dispute and widening the cracks that already exist in the revolutionary party.

Political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya told the Daily News that Mugabe’s move is aimed at safeguarding the family’s economic interests after his demise.

“The Mugabe family has realised that Mugabe’s political life has reached its sunset. What is happening now is an attempt by the first family to protect the economic interestS of Mugabe after his demise which is imminent, inevitable and inescapable. It’s irreversible at his age,” Ruhanya said.

His succession has remained a closely-guarded aspect, but some analysts believe, the possible elevation of his wife and son is a move to promote a culture of political dynasty.

However, Ruhanya said he did not know whether Mugabe and his family were going to achieve the desired outcome, because of the succession dispute currently bedevilling the revolutionary party.

He said the country was hit by a serious economic free fall soon after Zanu PF won the elections last year. He said the party is clueless on how to avert the situation.

“The question will be why should Zimbabweans continue to give a mandate to a clueless and failed regime. He (Mugabe) is losing grip from the national political economy of the state because of old age”.

With the coming in of Robert Jnr, another piece has been added to the country’s political “chess board”, casting it as a long-term plan aimed at maintaining the country’s leadership trail within the Mugabe family.

The net has been cast wide and it is free for all in the revolutionary party as the current political developments involving first Mugabe’s wife and now his son, have kept people guessing.

Grace’s election to the post at the party’s congress to be held in December means she will take her place in Zanu PF’s politburo — further tightening her husband’s octopus-like grip on power.

Though the selection of the first family members is seen in some political circles as a way of bridging the gap between warring factions that are threatening to tear the party apart ahead of the congress, some feel this is a strategic move aimed at perpetuating the Mugabe hegemony.

The latest developments could be seen as a way of neutralising the bigger political fight pitting Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s factions who are allegedly seen as the leading contenders to succeed Mugabe.

But both Mnangagwa and Mujuru have publicly denied leading any factions.

Some insiders fear Grace’s involvement in the equation is strategically meant to convert her into a personal political power base, possibly eyeing the presidency although some see this as a long shot.

The First Lady helped fire up an overflow crowd that nominated her at her 49th birthday party at her farm in Mazowe over a week ago.

She was serenaded by throngs of supporters in her northern stronghold.

The event came as days for the Women’s League elective congress draw closer. Following Grace’s nomination, University of Zimbabwe political scientist Eldred Masunungure told our sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday this week that it was a momentous development, which will likely reconfigure lines of factionalism in Zanu PF.

Masunungure said Grace had not taken power for herself.

“She has been given power on a silver platter.

“She does not qualify for that position given the stringent rules the party has set for itself. It may be part of the dynamics that she wants to be closer considering that the president might not hang around for much longer and if he does, he will not have the stamina to continue to rule,” he said.

Comments (13)

Neither Grace nor her son will save Mugabe.The two are nothing in ZANU PF unless the party has degenerated into a personal property.Okay ZANU PF may have become personal property but not ZIMBABWE as a country.We don't need an Imelda Marcos or a Joseph Kabila in Zimbabwe.

Cde.KUNAKIRWA - 4 August 2014

If Mugabe wants to create a monster which will destroy any small history which He contributed to this country, good or bad. He is not the first to come up these ideas, Saddam Hussein of Iraq tried it, Gadaffi of Libya tried it, Hosni El Sayed Mubarak of Egypt tried it. Their ends should be a learn to all politicians. All dogs have their days, at presents, its Zanu-Pf Officials and Mugabe cutting their cake. It will not continue, as we also have a right in Zimbabwe as Citizens to rule.

themba - 4 August 2014

All dogs have their days, Kkkkkkk.

hamadziripi - 4 August 2014

Lets apply rule of the jungle on this one. Vashumba

J Maliseni - 4 August 2014

what ever way politics is not a easy game

nhubutx - 4 August 2014

Ahh wakomana Chatunga futi alongside mbuya gire???? Ahh these two people know nothing other than bling bling. chatunga ndechefodya mbuya ahh at 49 as any other woman she is at her peak yekuhwa kuda murume yet kumba fire haziko???

Takaz - 5 August 2014

khama did it, his friend kabila did, so what is surprising here. zanu is mugabe's wife and he can do anything with it. the truth the man has seen that in that party akula madoda sibili and therefore deciding to give it to his wife who is at least stronger than most of those man. check what she did in the last election campaign. she even managed to tell morgan that he is ugly and everyone in zanu appluaded that. what a woman. jabulani sibanda says she is the mother of the nation and the zanu people cant say no

see - 5 August 2014

By the way ''SIMBA YOU ARE A WONDERFUL MAN.'' Ava nda ambuya varikutaurira mukuwasha neruzhinji rweZimbabwe. Remember Simba had also to be told by ambuya that his wife was a virgin. One wonders whether Simba was not man enough to see for himself. Anyway,ambuya will soon be our president jointly with her son Robert Jnr.

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Robert Jnr has not been active in Zanu pf for the stipulated period. How can he lead when he has never followed?

machakachaka - 5 August 2014

Talk of a "Mugabe dynasty" is just a public display of IGNORANCE!! Was the late Sally Mugabe not active in the party's Women's League; so what's the hullaballoo about with Grace??!! Isn't Hillary Clinton interested in being President despite Bill having been in that position before??!! Isn't the current Malawi president a brother to a former [late] president??!! Didn't Laurent Kabila take over after his father's death??!! SAKA CHINONYANYOSHAMISIRA CHII ABOUT A MUGABE DYNASTY WHICH MIGHT NOT EVEN MATERIALISE??!!

ZVOKWADI - 5 August 2014

ZVOKWADI - Zimbabwe is misfiring as is because of the Voodoo Magic from Zvimba through Mugabe and his comrades. This will not happen here, as we all know very well that Mugabe was in Mozambique for less than 5 years, as he came out of Prison in 1975, and 1979, cease fire and when did the Lancaster House talks start? So these guys cannot talk as if they were firing for 20 years in the bush, others were, and not these ruling now. Mnangwagwa, Sekeramayi, Mutasa, Mpofu, Gumbo, and the list is endless. Leaders who never lead by example, lack vision and direction, just look at the economy. From 1980- 1999, the economy was in free fall, because the real managers were sidelined and the criminals took over. Not a single water reticulation plant was developed, not a single asphalt plant was developed, yet they want to build roads, using what? Taking over companies that were started by others, is what they are good at. Leadership is born, its not appointed on family connections, and in Zanu-Pf there isn't anyone there to call a Leader. Sorry those are just facts. Whether Robert Mugabe Jnr takes over, it will just be the signal of the blind, deaf and the brain dead scenario. The protection team protecting their interests, at the expense of the majority. Not when some of us are still alive, they can do what they want in Zanu-Pf but not in Zimbabwe.

themba - 5 August 2014

Hahahahaha. Baba Chatunga vacharamba vachitona nyika ino. ANd to be honest he thinks better than all of us commenting here. Baba Chatunga has shown he isn capable. If the man can go and deliver a speech at UN and other International platforms what makes u think he is losing his grip. Shame regai zvinzi tinoona but tirimapofu. Cz in all honesty President Mugabe yes he is old, but, one thing is certain he knows what he is doing. Zanu PF is a revolutionary party and their systems are well defined since 1963 so whatever happens is for their good. Because had they wanted Grace would have in power back then.. But already she wielded much power cz she stays with the President himself she knows more than many people already.

King - 7 August 2014

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