Mugabe riding hungry tiger

HARARE - Robert Mugabe has unleashed a Frankenstein which he will not be able to control!

He is behaving like a man riding on the back of a hungry tiger!

These were startling but very serious warnings delivered to the President by the late professor of politics at the University of Zimbabwe — Masipula Sithole.

Sithole’s warning came on the back of violent farm seizures by war veterans and Mugabe’s approval of their demands which were at odds with the fragile Zimbabwean economy.

While Sithole lies quietly in his grave in Chipinge, his words are very much alive.

The Zimbabwean economy collapsed and is still battling to reverse the debilitating effects of politics of patronage and reckless decisions.

Sithole’s warnings had a ring of truth and now it is coming to pass when one zooms in on the murky and increasingly dangerous Zanu PF succession politics.

By not solving the succession issue in Zanu PF and failing to end factionalism — Mugabe, indeed, has “unleashed a Frankenstein which he has not been able to control”.

Zanu PF is at the brink as a result of the internecine fighting caused by the absence of a clear plan on who should succeed him.

And this is exacerbated by the entrance of his wife — Grace — into mainstream politics.

Grace has been trashing Mugabe’s loyalists without restraint in her so called ‘thank you’ provincial rallies when most people expected her to justify why her entrance in Zanu PF politics is good for the party and by extension Zimbabwe.

Instead, there are pangs of pain amongst Mugabe’s aides and lieutenants who quietly watch as the party hurtles towards the precipice.

It is even jarring news to Zimbabweans that Mugabe did not agree with those aides such as Cephas Msipa that he had to come up with a clear succession plan yet this galling delay has pushed Zanu PF to the brink of a split.

Msipa, an influential figure in the signing of the Unity Accord between Zanu PF and PF Zapu, warns if Mugabe does not intervene, his party will rupture.

How Mugabe expects the factionalism and dogfight to end is anybody’s guess, especially that his wife is complicit in the escalating feud(ing) in Zanu PF.

Mugabe needs to listen and avert a potential bloodletting situation in Zanu PF.

Signs are that the party is gravitating towards that.

And surely he wouldn’t want to be remembered for letting that happen!

Comments (3)

Does anybody out there know at what stage are we with regard to ZIMASSET implementation?

Lutendo - 15 October 2014

The chinese construction deals, the russian mineral deals are evidence we are still looking for funding and that we have taken strides in implementation of ZIMASSET. So is the pressure we are giving anglo american and implats to build a platinum processing plant is towards benefication. so don't dherera we moving.

muzimbo - 15 October 2014

'a creature of frankenstein' refers to a creationof one latin man Frankenstein, which however turned against its creator and devoured him. Mr staff writer kindly illucidate and justify your use of this term in this story.

fairtalk - 16 October 2014

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