Mugabe must be decisive

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s inordinate delay in naming a new Zanu PF presidium is fuelling speculation about the candidates that will be chosen to the top posts.

In the week since Mugabe, 90, surprised the 6th Zanu PF congress by announcing he will not immediately name the presidium, he has provided little clarity on Vice President Joice Mujuru’s successor.

Mugabe said he is studying the names of people in the central committee before making his final decision on the key posts, possibly by Wednesday.

The presidium comprises himself as the first secretary, and has already been re-elected unopposed, two second secretaries and the party chairman. These positions, which have over the years been filled through party elections, normally translate into national state posts. The previous presidium comprised Mugabe, Mujuru and Simon Khaya Moyo.

The inordinate delay in the announcement of a new presidium is very bad for the economy. It increasingly creates the impression that Mugabe is not ready to name a successor.

While Emmerson Mnangagwa has emerged as a hot favourite to succeed Mujuru, local pundits have speculated that Mugabe may choose an ex-Zapu cadre with stronger ties to the armed wing Zipra to take up the second, second-secretary post.

Khaya Moyo or Phelekezela Mphoko may be potential candidates for the other second secretary’s post.

We would have preferred for this to be done in a different way, where Mujuru’s successor was announced at the close of congress. This hold-up is adding to unnecessary uncertainty.

Of course Mugabe is not under pressure to name Mujuru’s successor as she remains in her position in government. Mugabe’s excuse that the process is already underway and it’s not going to be rushed is not convincing because he had the period preceding the congress to make that key decision.

The lack of clarity from Mugabe’s office has fuelled speculation. And the longer we wait, the more the uncertainty builds up. The last thing this country needs at the moment is uncertainty.

The fact that Mugabe is keeping quiet and not announcing a solution that the market would like is also reflected in the trajectory the economy is taking.

There are sufficient skills within the new-look central committee to find a suitable replacement for Mujuru. At the same time, Mugabe has added 10 candidates into the central committee whom he feels have the appropriate abilities to do the job.

We hope the new presidium he announces will have the requisite experience and gravitas to do the job.

The optimal situation would be to get an appointment as soon as possible. The longer the president waits, the more unnecessary speculation we will see.

Comments (2)

Guys, guys, guys, VOTES of no confident in this man. one day he says MDC won the election by 73%, the other he said pasi neZanu. 2 FATAL "slips of the tongue. If surely it has become this slippery then it should be served with a VOTE of NO confidence. Surely if in Zanu PF there is no one to supersede this man @ the age of 90 then here is my VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE for ZANUPF. Come on guys!

allofus - 9 December 2014

They are not slips of tongue. Its the truth and thats what his conscience keep reminding him even if he would love to lie a bit more!

Perekedza Bob kuguva - 10 December 2014

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