Stressed Mugabe fears losing by-elections

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF party are now desperately moving to block any further anarchy within the former liberation movement by clamping down on planned new suspensions of party officials and Members of Parliament across the country.

Analysts told the Daily News last night that the party’s move was a strategy to avoid by-elections at a time the Zanu PF membership was sharply divided between supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his fired predecessor Joice Mujuru.

Zanu PF national secretary for the commissariat, Savior Kasukuwere, ordered all of the party’s 10 provinces at the weekend not to suspend officials, emphasising further that only structures that existed at the time of the party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare early this month would be recognised.

Kasukuwere’s order came as the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial coordinating committee adopted a motion on Saturday imposing five-year suspensions on party officials who were slapped with votes of no confidence ahead of the congress.

Bulawayo province was also reported to have taken a similar move, amid fears that this would result in all bigwigs accused of being close to Mujuru being booted out of the party.

Lapdog State media quoted Kasukuwere yesterday declaring that the suspension of officials in Manicaland province on Saturday was “null and void”.

“The commissariat department would like to advise all provinces and the entire membership that any changes to the existing structures of the party after congress will not be accepted without the following procedures and guidelines to be released by the department with the authority of the politburo and central committee under the guidance of the President and First Secretary.

“I am, therefore, informing all the provinces that no changes will be entertained without approval and sanction by the department.

“This is meant to avoid confusion and disturbances in the provinces and structures of the party. The recognised structures are those that attended the congress and any other changes thereafter are null and void. All provinces should, therefore, be guided accordingly,” Kasukuwere told The Herald.

Mugabe, at the instigation of his influential wife Grace — who is now telling the nonagenarian what to do — dismissed the popular Mujuru last week, replacing her with the secretive Mnangagwa, amid untested claims that the widowed liberation war heroine wanted to assassinate him.

In the process, Mugabe ostracised nearly 100 MPs and scores of Cabinet ministers who if they are chased out of the party altogether would create a mammoth political headache for Zanu PF as by-elections would be neccessitated, with no guarantees that a dived Zanu PF would win them.

The party’s anxiety is currently at roof level as it also emerges that former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa has appealed to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to put pressure on Mugabe to reverse his controversial grab of powers in the warring party.

Analysts contacted by the Daily News yesterday said Mugabe was being haunted by his actions.

Shakespear Hamauswa, a political scientist based in Zambia said the ongoing bloodletting within the party was not conducive for Zanu PF to go to any elections as aggrieved cadres would likely agitate for revenge.

“By-elections cannot be ruled out, because it is highly possible for the ousted Zanu PF cadres to resign from Parliament. While there are some benefits to be lost, I think these people have known frustrations and therefore they can easily take political risks.

“From another angle, the situation at hand confirms what Machiavelli warned to the New Prince that he should not think his problems are over because the old prince has been killed or has fled because it is only then that his problems as a leader begin.

“Thus while Mnangagwa’s rival Mujuru seems to be down and out, Ngwena and team are faced with problems not as factional leaders but as leaders of their party and the country. Thus in their moment of victory, they are bound to make human mistakes,” Hamauswa said.

Gladys Hlatswayo, a Hubert Humpfrey fellow at Minnesota University in the United States of America said Zanu PF was concerned about dynamics within the party.

“The recent communication from the commissariat for provinces to stop purging people might reveal that while Mujuru was successfully ousted, there are a sizeable number of disgruntled people within Zanu PF structures who can cause anarchy in the party hence this directive to stop expulsions,” Hlatswayo said.

Another political analyst, Maxwell Saungweme concurred with Hlatswayo adding that Zanu PF was scared that the elections could result in the ousted candidates trouncing party-sponsored candidates in by-elections.

“That art of fear has nothing to do with the State, but everything to do with Mugabe’s paranoia and insecurity that led him to purge Mujuru and her sympathisers.

“This is one of the many cases where the entire country is being held at ransom because of Mugabe’s insecurity. He failed to put in place a proper succession plan way back, and he is now trying to do it in a chaotic manner but in the process, costing every Zimbabwean,” Saungweme said.

“What investors will put their money in a country where a VP is fired for no good reason or where the Constitution is trampled upon by one man?” he asked.

Mcdonald Lewanika, director of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said avoiding by-elections would only be useful to save face in light of the possible and looming disintegration of the party.

“After the kind of re-organisation that has taken place, it would be in the interest of Zanu PF to create an impression that the centre is holding and there is a very real danger that during by-elections, if those who were expelled contest, may show the extent of the cracks that Zanu PF has been trying to paper over.

“However, let us remember that ‘rebels’ in Zanu PF are not known for their bravery, preferring to operate in the shadows. So, the extent of the fissures will be clear during by-elections,” Lewanika said.

Lewanika added that the disaffected members of the party were most likely going to embrace the winners for now and wait for an opportune time to strike back.

However, Dewa Mavhinga, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch said the possibility of anarchy within Zanu PF was exaggerated because the party was run like a military machine, leaving little room for dissent.

“President Mugabe can deploy State security forces to enforce order and loyalty within Zanu PF. The only real possibility of anarchy and disintegration of Zanu PF will come if there is discontent and disobedience within the security forces.

“If the security forces remain loyal to Mugabe and his preferred faction, then the party will stay intact,’ he said.

Comments (36)

Dewa has the correct observation. during the just ended zpf congress if you ever met any of the zpf members you could see the fear in them. Gumbo actually made mention of it and since its critical for the survival of zpf he was automatically fired. Gumbo was advocating for the removal of this fear which has dogged zpf. its the principle adopted since 2008 against opposition activities but its now being applied within zpf.

gwabu - 16 December 2014

Rubbish, if it was a damp squib congress as this extremely idiotic journal wants us to believe, then why do you keep reporting about it. Its a sign of sour grapes, zanu pf chiwororo.

reason - 16 December 2014

musatukane please this platform is fo sharing facts kana usina contribution woverenga zwevamwe

thando - 16 December 2014

Reason mwana wehure. Kana uchifunga kuti ndiwe wega unogona kutukirira wairasa. The congress was a damp squib finish and klarr. We were there. We were not allowed to vote for candidates of our choice. The Central Committee made a decision, to give the limping donkey powers to appoint its deputies, on our behalf without consulting us. We were/are not impressed at all. Ndizvo zvinokonzera bhora musango izvozvo. Mati maonei. Isu vamwe taiveko mitumbi asi mwoyo yedu yaive na amai Mujuru. Ndizvo zvamunofanira kuziva izvozvo. Musanyengerana kuti zvinhu zviri bhoo. Hazvisi zvachose.

Chipoto Vhaivhai - 16 December 2014

primitive language from the person who loves to read the daily news endlessly despite his/her dislike of the way they cover these stories. chiwororo pakurova vanhu here kana kuti pakugadzirisa economy yenyika. lets desist from applauding people who use violence on one another and applaud those who contribute to the development of the country. zanu is revolutionary party which should have been known for demonstrating good gevernance as opposed to cheerleading factional fights. that will as a matter of fact destroy the country. those who celebrate zanu as chiwororo must learn that we are all suffering whether zanu or mdc. we all have no access to clean water and many essential basics. there is no reason yet reason for us to celebrate our party as a chowororo unless we are moking the less fortunate that zanu yaka kuwororai. nothing to show as of now. lets wait and see what the new presidium will do.

taurai - 16 December 2014

Chipoto you are dead right. We went there to eat and drink otherwise vanhu Havana kufara nezvakaitika. The only people who were happy are those who were appointed into the gravy train. For the rest of us its SUFFER CONTINUE. We expected to vote for our preferred candidates but mudhara and his central committee manipulated the system to their advantage. Ndicho chokwadi ichocho.

Jongwe - 16 December 2014

Great to hear it from those who were at the congress.One could read the body language of some delegates who did not smile or ululate to the silly remarks that have characterized previous congresses, only a few overzealous youths who cheered in order to be captured by cameras.The party is now in full destructive mode and people like reason continue to be in denial by reciting the old political cliches 'dzekuti Zanu chiororo'.What a farce while citizens of this nation continue to languish in poverty with no basic supplies like clean water, good roads, decent accommodation and health facilities.NXAAA

tongesai - 16 December 2014

Please don't generalise about peoples' displeasure coz kusafara kwako doesn't mean that everyone is unhappy. Waivepi pamakariga ED in 2004? Why cry foul now-what goes round comes round. ED has been anointed by GOD to restore economic stability in the country and he deserves support from all progress people of Zimbabwe. Mai Mujuru was imposed on the people in 2004 saka MWARI akagumbuka

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dr - 16 December 2014

"Lapdog state media" is a bit unwieldy characterisation. Don't you have a more creative way of characterizing them?

Observer - 16 December 2014

Of course, as much as like Ngwena cdes....asi Josian Hungwe is just very dull. He can't go to that extent of praising Ngwena to that extent.....No its not acceptable guys...These are boot lickers by definition. No, lets shame these politicians at costs. He is just too and shoo shallow mentally....... We are all supporters of the same party but for him its a mockery.......to the Party which ZANU PF.......come on guys we must not have boot lickers or soothsayers for Ngwena. Hope Ngwena will not sup that

clemence tashaya - 16 December 2014

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green masvingo - 17 December 2014

I go with Dewa - there is no Zanu PF as an institution of the people and by the people for them. There is a Zanu PF-Mugabe-Institution which he controls using the the entire security forces - Chibhakera chake - as he has always said. Any body who joins Zanu PF, joins a Mugabe institution where nobody says a thing but 'Yes' to Mugabe instructions.

clement moyo - 17 December 2014

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green masvingo - 17 December 2014

Jongwe and Chipoto when are you going to learn? Your future does not lie with ZPF but with the Lord God. They have had 35 years to do something and look at Zimbabwe! look! What do you see. Chief Charumbira talks diddlysquat. Annointed of God???? Puleeze. If Mnangagwa were to truly repent and seek God's face Zimbabwe's forgiveness and then we could talk. And behind the Jesuits lie Free masonary and then the deep dark illuminate! One world order! Wake up church and read your bibles and know prophecy. Better still know Christ Jesus who is our only hope! Repent and pray for the battle is the Lord's.

Righteous Justice - 17 December 2014

Mugabe cannot be stressed or gripped by fear of losing elections. As log as mugabe is alive he has election results in his hand all the time. Mugabe is definately gripped by fear of dying and leaving his beloved Clan zanu pf. Time is running out for mugabe. Politiburo , congress and even mapostori cannot extend his life stay on this planet. His days are numbered, mother nature will strike.

X-MAN IV - 17 December 2014

The tactic of keeping your friends close and your enemies even closer is the one dufty Kasukuwere and co. are trying to apply, but they are not as clever as they would like to portray themselves as. As if to add salt onto wounds, those that were ousted were thrown away again when they tried to gate crush at Mnangagwa's bash. It's a little too late for such an action, those disgruntled ousted persons obviously have a plan which we will be hearing about soon.

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mccart - 18 December 2014

Zanu PF government is lame, incompetent, inconsiderate, heartless, visionless, corrupt, evil, satanic, greedy and slavish. What do you have to say to failing to pay civil servants just 18 months after resoundingly Nukiving the elections. You can rig the elections but not the economy, the heart and minds of the people.

Chando - 18 December 2014

If elections are rigged by Nikuv as people always say, why would ZANU PF fear elections . They will just engage Nikuv and do an even better job using the experience gained during the last election. It also means that those members in Mujuru 's camp did not win but got their seats through the rigging. Saka they can also be rigged out. You see the double standards you employ in your analysis. If the elections are rigged regularly surely Zanu PF will not fear them even if they are held every day. We will just run around for money to pay NIKUV. Food for thought.No one fears elections

Zanu we - 19 December 2014

the recent muppet show that we have seen right up to the zpf congress tells us of the self distruct mode that pf has engaged. its rotting within and soon it will spread outside for all to see. Mugabe will not give up power to any one who has alternative policies. imagine if they work and zim prospers again while he is alive. he cant fathom that reality. Zimbabweans happy and prospering in a good economy and all credit going to some one other than him. so he rather keep bringing up revolutions that are meaningless such as land, industry etc just to impoverish and dominate us. all in the guise that he is fighting for our total economic empowerment yet in reality he is prolonging his illegitimate stay. mai mujuru had alternative ideas, engaging progressive nations and consulting the opposition. this wider engagement of stake holders could have seen our country taking a steady and certain path to economic prosperity and glory. for this to happen while he (bob) is alive is unfathomable. so that settled mai mujuri's demise. we zimbos are long tied of Mugabe' regime. even all other progressive nations have long forgotten about Mugabe. they only pause momentarily to glance at him when he banters and confers blame, for his repeated failures to Britain and u.s.a only to shrug off the hogwash and go on with the honourable business of serving their nation. surely zimbos are not stupid that despite the suffering they still continue to vote for zanu. zim is not the only country that struggled for independence. other like countries have shed their revolutionary leaders and they are moving on ahead with newer and more dynamic ideas. why has zim failed to follow suit. the explanation is simple. Mugabe is brutal. he deals with descent ruthlessly. we zimbos are terrified.

boy 10 - 20 December 2014

the recent muppet show that we have seen right up to the zpf congress tells us of the self distruct mode that pf has engaged. its rotting within and soon it will spread outside for all to see. Mugabe will not give up power to any one who has alternative policies. imagine if they work and zim prospers again while he is alive. he cant fathom that reality. Zimbabweans happy and prospering in a good economy and all credit going to some one other than him. so he rather keep bringing up revolutions that are meaningless such as land, industry etc just to impoverish and dominate us. all in the guise that he is fighting for our total economic empowerment yet in reality he is prolonging his illegitimate stay. mai mujuru had alternative ideas, engaging progressive nations and consulting the opposition. this wider engagement of stake holders could have seen our country taking a steady and certain path to economic prosperity and glory. for this to happen while he (bob) is alive is unfathomable. so that settled mai mujuri's demise. we zimbos are long tied of Mugabe' regime. even all other progressive nations have long forgotten about Mugabe. they only pause momentarily to glance at him when he banters and confers blame, for his repeated failures to Britain and u.s.a only to shrug off the hogwash and go on with the honourable business of serving their nations. surely zimbos are not stupid that despite the suffering they still continue to vote for zanu. zim is not the only country that struggled for independence. other like countries have shed their revolutionary leaders and they are moving on ahead with newer and more dynamic ideas. why has zim failed to follow suit. the explanation is simple. Mugabe is brutal. he deals with descent ruthlessly. we zimbos are terrified.

boy 10 - 20 December 2014

Let the by-elections come. Zimbabweans will not again be hoodwinked by Tsvangirai on the directives of his master (Mugabe), i.e. going into elections without the required reforms. Also, they will be watching for rigging (Zanu PF''s chief election tool), as used in the July 31, 2013 polls when the people were made to go for the polls without: (i) the required elections and political reforms having been implemented. Look how Mugabe is still thanking Tsvangirai by letting live in a Mansion in Highlands and driving a CMED saloon, chauffeured, Mercedes Benz free of charge, a year after those elections. (ii) Going against the SADC advice on the elections. (iii) Unilaterally changing the MDC Constitution so that he can stay in power like his paymaster Mugabe. (vi) Marrying only Zanu PF women for his wife. Wondering what Tsvangirai and his new Secretary have under their sleeves for the people of Zimbabwe?

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