Mugabe has lost control: Dabengwa

BULAWAYO - Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa has revealed that he warned President Robert Mugabe to step down almost a decade ago but he allegedly threw caution to the wind.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, Dabengwa said the current ugly factional fights devouring the governing party were signalling the end of an era.

The soft-spoken war veteran — who walked out of Zanu PF in disgust in 2008 to revive Zapu — said Mugabe was a victim of his own arrogance.

“It has come to that extent that it’s clear that Mugabe has completely lost control of his warring party,” Dabengwa said.

“This is what some of us tried to warn the president (Mugabe) about way back in 2007 that this is the best time for you to step down and allow for any other person in Zanu PF to take over.

“We told him then, ‘you have done what you needed to do, obviously you made mistakes along the way of which that had to be expected, you are a human being after all, but don’t allow the situation to get to a stage where you will have lost control because at that stage, everybody will be turning away from you and say we think this man must go.’

“When we finally decided to back him upon it for the presidential thing, that was the idea but when we failed to persuade him to leave the party to someone who could take over from him, he completely resisted that.”

The Zapu leader claimed it was one of the reasons he was forced to abandon the governing party.

He attributed Mugabe’s continued stay in power to “bad influence” from some senior Zanu PF hardliners who thrive on his presence as the president.

Dabengwa said he felt sorry for the nonagenarian, averring that he has no legacy to leave behind despite his role in the liberation struggle as well as President of Zimbabwe.

“But it’s unfortunate that as it is, he does not leave any legacy to the nation. With what is happening in the party, he certainly has no control whatsoever and that’s sad for somebody like him,” the former Home Affairs minister said.

Dabengwa — who last weekend was forced to call an emergency Zipra meeting following the battering of war veterans by police, prompting an apology from Mugabe — described the presidential act of contrition as bizarre.

“It’s very strange, it is the first time I have heard him say that. He has not made an apology on anything; maybe again it’s the issue of age that has taken its toll. Mugabe has never apologised for anything in his whole life,” said Dabengwa, pointing to a number of cases of gruesome State-sponsored violence against Zimbabwean nationals.

The Zapu leader said during his meeting with the ex-Zipra forces, they agreed that they need to be on the lookout for a possible civil war.

Comments (9)

This was not apology, but a strategic statement to isolate and eventually destroy both Mnangagwa and Mustwanga,

Mordicai Gumbo - 23 February 2016

Yes, RG Mugabe was long known for a sick man suffering from NPDS. Known as Narcisist Personality Disorder Syndrome. This established, then it is up the people around the patient to manage him. Alas! The patient managed, the supposedly normal people, till today. The strength or the weakness of a narcisist is a crave to be hero worshiped. Zanu PF ministers instead exploited that by showering him with praises and he in turn looked after them by allowing them to loot the country. So, who is the problem? I say the people around RG Mugabe are much sicker than him. We are a sick nation.

Mbareboy - 23 February 2016

The Black Russian,,,Dabengwa,,,now that's a true Soldier of freedom. a General, not the Drunken RamboHeroes like Mutsvangwa1

Rasta Hero - 23 February 2016

too little too late

nelson ndlovu - 24 February 2016

too little too late

nelson ndlovu - 24 February 2016

Dumiso Dabengwa, Sidney Sekeramayi, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Tshinga Dube, Joice Mujuru, Oppah Muchinguri, Pelekezela Mphoko, Angeline Masiku, George Rutanhire, Gibson Mashingaidze, Didymus Mutasa, Ambrose Mutinhiri and others of similar rank and seniority should come together and take Zanu PF back from those jonathans and other late-comers who have stolen the party. That's probably the only survival path for Zanu PF. Ndakuudzai.

machakachaka - 24 February 2016

The First Family (Dr. Grace Mugabe and Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe), I am appealing to you to ask why the Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri is letting Constable Hove continuing to denigrate the First Family like that. Constable Hove has some clue on the failed bombing of the Gushungo Dairy Farm. He is also saying that something will happen at the 21srt anniversary in Masvingo if everything goes according to plan. I don't know why such people who do not have the First Family at heart should continue to serve in the country's security department. He has some materials for the People First under his custody. I know definitely that they are not at his home but he knows where those IEC materials are hidden. He is stationed at Makamba police station in Hwedza under Goto Rusape. It's unfortunate that the police do not display their force numbers otherwise i could have disclosed them. Urgent investigation for him to come out clear is requested. He brushed the essence of splashing close to USD 1 million ($1000 000.00) in sponsoring such barbaric occasion of a dictator. He wished if that money was given to him he would have used the money in a better sense that the Masvongo event

Kamba - 24 February 2016

@mr or mrs kamba; please report your matter to zrp not here. we are not going to do anything about this! otherwise you are diverting our focus on the story under review.

SaManyika Chaiye - 24 February 2016

Why are people worried about ZANU PF and not the people of Zimbabwe who are suffering @ the hands of ZANU PF. Let Jona destroy it completely with Amai. Munhu wese kunaAmai zvemusangano hazvishandi.

Tasiyana - 25 February 2016

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