Please act now, Mr President!

HARARE - One outstanding scene from the tragic sinking of the Titanic ship was the orchestra band’s continued playing of the music oblivious to catastrophe which had visited the mammoth vessel.

Here in Zimbabwe, it is not hard to make comparisons with Titanic’s orchestra band and the rumblings in Zanu PF while the country is sinking.

In Zanu PF the warring party members are aware of the serious ramifications of their selfish and destructive deeds which have now reached boiling point.

Divisions and factionalism in Zanu PF have been intensifying over the years with President Robert Mugabe not showing any real appetite to correct the situation.

What Mugabe has done, with questionable success, has been to identify the problems and publicly rap the alleged faction leaders, but without stopping the quarrelling and bickering.

Not surprising since the infighting is a  direct result of his failure to groom a successor.

He has witnessed firsthand the dirty tactics and cheating by those seeking to position themselves to succeed him.

While Mugabe appears to have decided to let nature take its course with regards to his successor and judging by what is obtaining on the ground, he seems unfazed.

It is hard to see any winners in the long reported factions in Zanu PF because without cooperation from each other, there is no definitive end to succession saga.

As the ruling party the rift in Zanu PF is contagious to the already ailing economy and the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans.

Mugabe still has what it takes to bring order in Zanu PF and end the infighting.

Surely, Mugabe would not want to be remembered as the man who kept Zanu PF together and also who was responsible for its demise.

So far he has displayed the attitude of a father who enjoys his children fighting but failing to crack the whip to restrain them until things are beyond his control.

In the current political scenario it would be fair to conclude that Mugabe has lost control or he is simply enjoying the infighting oblivious of the consequences. That would be like committing a harakiri — a ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword, formerly practised in Japan by samurai as an honourable alternative to disgrace or execution.

For a party infamous of having “degrees in violence” we shudder to think what will happen to the majority of Zimbabweans when the now fragile centre gives in.

Mugabe must show real appetite to keep the centre together and nip the divisions. that have put his party towards the brink.

Zanu PF is edging towards the precipice.

And tick, tock, tick, tock, the clock is ticking. 

It can’t be business as usual; the Titanic’s orchestra band sank with that kind of attitude.

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