'Zanu PF will die with Mugabe'

HARARE - As Zanu PF continues to be ravaged by its seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars — amidst Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown which is blamed on the ruling party’s misrule — a former close confidante to President Robert Mugabe, Didymus Mutasa, says the party will implode completely when the nonagenarian leaves office or dies.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday as the country’s decades-long political and economic crises escalate, the former Presidential Affairs minister also said the only thing that could save the country from dying with Mugabe and Zanu PF was if the embattled nonagenarian passed on the leadership baton now.

“The situation in the country is dire, and the economy is in the intensive care. You can hardly find a bank that will lend you money these days. I know this as a new farmer myself. How then are people supposed to prepare for the new farming season, for example?

“In the meantime, we hear all the time that the VPs are fighting among themselves, and we hear that this one and that one are also fighting. They (post-congress Zanu PF leaders) accused us of plotting to destroy the party. Now, who is destroying the party?

“Of course, they were lying when they expelled us from the party and they know that. We were expelled from our party by mafikizolos. The President was misled and now we all fear that the party will not last long,” Mutasa said.

The softly-outspoken politician added that since he had committed his life to politics and fighting for democracy, he — along with former Vice President Joice Mujuru and “other like-minded people” — were dedicating their time to building the rival “original Zanu PF to fast-track the end of the post-congress Zanu PF”.

Asked why it was taking so long to get the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan People First going, Mutasa said “even a baby takes nine months, after being conceived, to be born”.

“Because they destroyed our party, we are now starting something new. As people who have politics in their blood, hamumire muchitarisa mahumbwe atiri kuona aya (we won’t entertain the nonsensical shenanigans taking place in the post-congress Zanu PF). A child takes nine months and we are going to make the announcement (about the People First movement) soon.

“Zanu PF is going to go. Musangano unosimbiswa nemukuru wawo. Panoenda mukuru ndipo panoenda musangano wacho. VaMugabe vachaenda neZanu PF (A party is made strong by its leader. When the leader goes the party also goes. Mugabe will go with Zanu PF). This is because he is refusing to pass on the baton,” Mutasa said.

Asked further if his expulsion from the ruling party together with other party stalwarts, on untested allegations of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe, as well as fanning factionalism had healed the post-congress Zanu PF, Mutasa said things had, to the contrary, worsened.

Mutasa spoke as a new war has broken out in the strife-torn ruling Zanu PF over the frail nonagenarian’s state of health and his capacity to remain at the helm of the party and the country.

This follows typically off-colour utterances by Mugabe’s controversial wife, Grace, at a recent rally in Mashonaland West, as well as ill-judged comments by the embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa that he made to a London-based magazine and over which he is receiving factional stick.

Speaking at Murombedzi Growth Point, the gaffe-prone Grace said, “Don’t criticise me because you hate my husband. Time will come when president Mugabe is gone, (and at that point) you will regret and wish that the president was around” — in remarks that some in Zanu PF interpreted as meaning that all was not well with Mugabe.

On his part, Mnangagwa — answering a seemingly innocuous New African magazine question on the post-Mugabe scenario — said, “We shall miss him (Mugabe) dearly (when he leaves). He is an outstanding leader and human being” — in comments that have placed him in the eye of a humongous storm in the ruling party which is wracked by deadly factional and succession wars.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said the hullabaloo about the well-being of Mugabe reflected the ugly divisions that continue to devour the ruling party, and how many ambitious bigwigs were already thinking about life after the nonagenarian who is increasingly showing his advanced age and declining health.

During the recent burial of High Court judge Andrew Mutema at the Heroes Acre, Mugabe moved around with the assistance of Grace, taking brief rests as he followed the undertakers.

And during official opening of the Harare Agricultural Show, Mugabe moved around with the assistance of Mozambique president Filipe Nyusi, and the nonagenarian has also lately cut down on the length of his speeches as calls for his retirement or resignation grow.

Mnangagwa’s remarks on the post-Mugabe future were publicly criticised by the minister of Higher Education, Jonathan Moyo, on Twitter — who went on to say the sentiments were “premature”.

“This (latest Zanu PF) war is about the health of the president and how this impacts on the multi-layered quests by various interested parties to succeed him, even as they all pretend that they are engaging in this fight for him and that they don’t want him to pass on,” a central committee member said bluntly.

The Daily News first broached the sensitive subject of whether Mugabe was still fit to rule in its relaunch issue in March 2011 — following nearly eight years of its forced and unjust closure by the nonagenarian’s government.

In addition to his advanced age and increasingly poor health, which is commensurate with people of his age, and which often sees the nonagenarian making frequent and costly State-funded visits to the Far East for medical attention, Mugabe is also having to contend with arguably his biggest political challenge since Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in April 1980 — an open rebellion by many senior members of his ruling Zanu PF party who are impatient to see him leave office.

Analysts and spokespersons for opposition political parties who have previously spoken to the Daily News have said that it is time the nonagenarian stepped down as he had also allegedly now become a “lame duck” and “absentee” president who was often travelling outside the country on “frivolous” missions or for medical attention than actually governing the country.

Comments (22)

Dear Jornalist dont create identity for others Mozambique President is Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and not Nyasu as you put it.Now going to Cde Mutasa sentiments about the current situation in Zanu Pf he is just as wrong as anybody else.You can never foretell the future especially in politics because we do not know who is going to suceed the President and what capacities dose he or she possess.The same was said even during the liberation struggle when we lost Chairman Cde H.Chitepo there was panic,J.Z Moyo and Tongo and Nikita Mangena but there are always replacements because noone is indispensable.

carson macate - 4 September 2015

Mugabe binds Zanu PF and the moment he is gone there is no more binding force. At the moment everyone in Zanu PF rallies around Mugabe and remove him there is no more rallying point and that will be the end of Zanu as we know it. I think its better that way.

Inyika - 4 September 2015

Nxaa Mutasa wapfidza. Zera rako iroro kutoti I am a new farmer kkkkkkkkkk and finally you admit that you were expelled kkkkkkiest no wonder why you are a young father kkkkk. Maiti hazviperi ka muchionesa mhomho yeZimbabwe ndondo nayo Zanu zvino warumwa nechokuchera kana wekuchema naye hauna old madhala kkkkkkk

Manex - 4 September 2015

The name ZANU PF might die soon after Mugabe retires or meets his creator but let me absolutely guarantee you that the Jongwe culture is here to stay, be it under a different name and flag. Everyone just has to realize that the ZANU PF culture is now so deeply entrenched in our society but especially in Government and the Military and Intelligence. Until such time as we remove every stain of this sick archaic culture from our society I will absolutely guarantee you that absolutely nothing, other than perhaps names, will change. Asia will ensure it never happens.

Toxic Juice - 4 September 2015

Vana Mutasa M avakunze ndokuti zanu

Davy - 4 September 2015

Zimbabwean problems is two fold. Its because both Zanu PF and Opposition are dummies. Neither Zanu PF nor the opposition has any clue. Democratic change doesn't necessarily mean change through VOTING. How does the opposition expect to change a system that doesn't respect people's votes through voting? You cannot expect change through the same methods that have been tried and failed many times? Until there is change in the mind set of the opposition nothing will change. Its well known that Zanu PF as a party does not tolerate opposition because they are an incompetent morons and this include Mujuru and her supporters. Since 1980 how many people were murdered because they opposed Zanu PF. They never understood simple life principles, champions are champions because of the presence of great opposition. Mandela is Mandela because of Apartheid, USA is a great nation today because of its opponents. Can we say the same to Mugabe and his ponies. A weak nation is a result of a weaker opposition and clueless and coward citizens.

Christ In Me - 4 September 2015

No amount of sour grapes Gamatox utterances will create political space for the disgraced Mutasa. He can waffle into political oblivion. He served in government since 1980 until his demise. A year ago he defended ZANUPF and its leader. Today only fools can accept him for naked lies entertainment of the naive.

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 4 September 2015

l am just happy kuti Mugabe fired all these useless and cruel members of his party. Hapana chinondifadza kudarika apa kunyanya paakadzinga Didimasi Mutasa naRugare Gumbo. Zvichatevera handinei nazvo. Mudhara wakagona zvako iwe usamateerera zvaanotaura madinga aya.Kkkkkkkk!!! Good work mudhara. Wezhira.

Sultan - 4 September 2015

Zanu PF was always going to imploding; as long as there was loot for everyone Mugabe could hold the party together. Looters by nature are very wasteful so it was not going to take longer before loot started to run out. By the year 2000 the regime was running out of loot has the reason Mugabe invaded the white owned farms but still the fighting for loot continued. By the time of the 2014 Zanu PF elective congress it was clear the war was on, it was a matter of kicking someone out of the party or be kicked out! Mujuru's faction got kicked out! Mujuru and her faction are finished politically, they can dream of a comeback but that will never happen. The remaining faction will stay in power because they are able to rig elections, something Mujuru cannot do.

Wilbert Mukori - 4 September 2015

ZANUis already dead what is left is burial . ALL what we are witnessing are dying kicks very soon the kicks will come to stand a still and that will be game over .

Diibulaanyika - 4 September 2015

zvakwana vakuru

Patrick - 4 September 2015

Comrade @dave mfana kithi, there is always Dead BC and other propaganda mouthpieces like Herald and Chronicle when you are tired of the truth, or is it more of when you don't want to be told the truth.

Khumalo - 4 September 2015

One thing for certain is, Mugabe will not take economically dead country into the grave with him, but zanu pf will go down six feet with him. Zanu pf over the years failed to renew itself and has now reached a point of no return. It can't sustain itself. It chose a path of ONE lifespan and its coming to an end. Zanu pf is dying a slow cheap natural death.

X-MAN IV - 4 September 2015

Now pple r doing their kicks to appease Bob, if this madhala goes dwn who wl they fight to appease, ma1 akusumuka.

team penge - 4 September 2015

Knowing the extent of their unpopularity now, as a tactic to secure their positions and remain in control, it is likely that they will form new parties shouting different slogans....but in effect the same old corrupt and inefficient ZANU PF culture will remain. Let us not be fooled like lambs being led to the slaughter house...time to wake up. Not so?

Festus Patel - 5 September 2015

Grapes are sour. Mutasa there is nothing like original zanu pf which is not the one led by vaMugabe. Anything aside is a copy cat.

liberty shungu - 5 September 2015

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