'42pc tip Mnangagwa for presidency'

HARARE - The majority of Zimbabweans believe Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa will not take over from President Robert Mugabe, an opinion poll has shown.

Econometer Global Capital (Econometer) 2015 report, showed that only 42 percent of Zimbabweans believed Mnangagwa was poised to take over from the incumbent leader.

“When asked if they believed Mr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (current vice president of Zimbabwe) was going to takeover leadership of Zimbabwe after president Mugabe, 42 percent of Zimbabweans believed Mr Mnangagwa was poised to take over from the incumbent, the report by Econometer, a local research institute, said.

“However, 53 percent were of the feeling that he will remain a vice president even if Mr Mugabe steps down and five percent have a feeling the other vice president, Mr Phelekezela Mphoko will be entrusted with presidency after the incumbent.”

While there have been sensational claims by musician-cum-politician Energy Mutodi that Mnangagwa would succeed Mugabe in March this year, the survey dispelled those claims. 

Reports indicate that party bigwigs are not happy with Mnangagwa at the moment.

He is said to have made enemies within the very circle that helped him with his meteoric rise to the vice presidency.

The Daily News reported last week that among Mnangagwa’s most rabid critics were erstwhile colleagues who played a critical role in decimating former vice president Joice Mujuru and her perceived sympathisers, a development that paved the way for his Phoenix-like rise from the political ashes to the presidium.

The sources said Mnangagwa’s former supporters were not just “peeved by his meteoric rise to the VP position” while they had to “make-do with scraps”, they were also upset that he had seemingly forgotten them and was allegedly acting as if he was now “the substantive head of State” while Mugabe is on holiday in the Far East.

As a result, some within the then anti-Mujuru grouping — particularly the so-called “Gang of Four”comprising former women’s league boss Oppah Muchinguri, Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo — now wanted the tail of the party strongman cut forthwith.

Econometer’s poll showed that most Zimbabweans did not believe Mugabe would be stepping down any time soon.

“Only 2,4 percent of Zimbabweans are of the belief that the current Zimbabwean leader will step down before his term ends with the remaining 97,6 percent are of the belief that he will see his term through,” the report said.

The report also showed that the majority of Zimbabweans believe the country was headed in the wrong direction.

“68 percent of Zimbabweans believe the nation is heading in the wrong direction,” the report says.

“Of the remaining 32 percent, it was strange that five percent are not even sure of whether it is a wrong or right direction with the remaining 27 percent convinced the nation is heading in the right direction.”

Comments (13)

chinokosha kushandira budiriro yenyika yedu. it does not bother me who the president is as long as the person allows for proper economic development. people know how to run their businesses. many of them are waiting for the right environment.

taurai - 9 January 2015

For me It matters most who the president is for the success of the country. My president should be the one who lays his policies clear and guarantees them against his sacking. Then i can vote for him & he gets into work "not power". If it does not matter who he is then how do we vote for him and how do we identify dictators , suppressors from True leaders. SO PLEASE KNOW YOU PRESIDENT BEFORE & PLEASE DONT PUT HIM IN POWER BUT PUT HIM TO WORK!

springboard - 9 January 2015

What is the point of this poll? We know that Zanu does not listen or follow polls...so what is the point?

Lt General - 9 January 2015

va mugabe vachatorwa namwari vachingori pachigaro. watch this space, ndinopika nevakaenda kare

kumabharaima - 9 January 2015

Whether we choose to like it not, acknowledge it or not, the stubborn fact still remains that Mnangagwa is now the de facto President with Grace behind the scenes as the de facto Prime Minister. Mugabe will just nod his fossil head to anything Grace barks out of her mouth and he did tell us as much himself. The true fact however is that Mnangagwa would never be elected to be President by the majority of this nation. He was so unpopular in his powerbase Kwekwe central and after a series of embarrassing defeats from little known Chebundo of MDC, he clumsily stitched up another constituency in rural Kwekwe to merge with Mvuma where he was guaranteed the vote from the ever threatened resettled farmers.

Dr Know - 9 January 2015

He can take over as leader of a faction not as leader of the country. He is an idiot, how could he salute Grace a toddler in ZanuPF so to speak? It shows clearly that Mnangagwa was chosen in order to perpetuate our misery under ZanuPF undemocratic rule. ZanuPF belongs to Mugabe and as such he will drag it into his grave .

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 9 January 2015

I for one wants Mnangagwa to become President one day. I remember fondly his budgets 1995-1996 after Chidzero fell ill. That time stabilised the ravaging effects of ESAP on my temporary teaching salary while awaiting to go to UZ. I see a leader who is very strategic and futuristic in Mnangagwa!!!!

Majuru - 9 January 2015

At 90+ years Mugabe will die in office and that will mark the end of zanu pf. Zanu pf have one life span and mugabe has consumed it up. If Mugabe dies Munangagwa's problems will become worse. This VP post is his best shot. One of the probable zanu pf final battle is still yet to come.

X-MAN IV - 9 January 2015

thank you dr know very good observation

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Rodney - 10 January 2015

Its a fact that the current president has to finish his term of office he can also contest the 2018 elections if he wants under the Zanu pf ticket, even akaenda pa wheel chair he can do that. However if he decides to retire then automatically the first vice president will then take over thats a fact and if mdc contest against zanu pf they will surely loose coz havana kurongeka

Thando - 10 January 2015

Tavakumbodavo mukaranga panyanga,mazezuru hamuguti makaita sei

Mapombwa Kennedy - 10 January 2015

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