'Writing on the wall for Mugabe'

HARARE - Some Zanu PF insiders and former party bigwigs say it could now be “only a matter of time” before President Robert Mugabe bites the dust, after restless war veterans became the latest key constituency in the country to call for his immediate departure.

The disaffected insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said unless there were dramatic developments within the ruling party in the next few days that could turn things “180 degrees”, it would be difficult for the increasingly-isolated nonagenarian to continue holding on to power.

“I have said to you before that things are not looking good and I think they took a turn for the worse over the past few days. Many comrades are noting the fact that whereas previously, people pointed fingers elsewhere and found scapegoats among Gushungo’s (Mugabe’s) lieutenants for Zimbabwe’s problems, now they are looking squarely at him.

“Indeed, this current crisis is very different from anything that Zanu PF has had to deal with since Herbert Chitepo was murdered in Zambia and (Ndabaningi) Sithole was kicked out of the party in the 1970s.

“In fact, many people fear that Gushungo now faces more or less the same challenge that Ndabaningi faced in the 1970s. This is why some comrades believe it could be ‘mene, mene, tekel, parsin’,” one of the sources said.

The biblical quote “mene, mene, tekel, parsin” is found in the Old Testament where words appeared on the wall during Belshazzar’s Feast (Daniel 5:25), and which were interpreted by the prophet Daniel to mean that God had doomed the kingdom of Belshazzar.

Former Zanu PF stalwarts and senior ministers — Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti — who were expelled from the warring ruling party in 2014 together with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, and are now with the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) also believe that it is a matter of time before Mugabe falls.

This dire prognosis for Mugabe, a political grandmaster who has outsmarted and outmuscled his opponents over the past six decades, comes as both Zanu PF and the increasingly frail nonagenarian are at sixes and sevens about how to deal with the stunning fall-out with former freedom fighters, which many analysts also say marks the beginning of the end for one of the world’s longest rulers.

“People are now angry. Kunyangwe Mwari haachamude munhu uyu. Kunyangwe Satan chaiye haachamudewo (Even God and Satan no longer want Mugabe),” Bhasikiti told thousands of supporters who attended Mujuru’s rally at Marondera’s Rudhaka stadium on Saturday. “We are now ready to send Mugabe to his rural home,” he added.

Before Bhasikiti was sacked as provincial minister for Masvingo, Mugabe accused him of belonging to the “wrong basket (Zanu PF faction)” at an explosive politburo meeting in 2014.

On Saturday, Bhasikiti shot back with interest, saying being with the people as he was now meant that he was in the right basket.

Former State security minister, Mutasa, said the deepening economic crisis in the country, as well as the general populace’s rising anger against Mugabe and Zanu PF, which recently led to protests and violent riots, were a sign that the nonagenariant and his ruling party would not last until 2018.

“For Zanu PF I don’t think they can reach 2018. Very soon Mujuru will be going to State House. Zanu PF is now clueless. They do not know how to solve the current economic woes. You must not be afraid of confronting Mugabe peacefully. We need to be united as opposition parties to push Mugabe out,” Mutasa said while speaking at the same Mujuru rally.

On his part, prominent liberation struggle stalwart, Gumbo, said it was important for Zimbabweans to support ongoing protests against Mugabe because people had grown tired of the nonagenarian’s and Zanu PF’s misrule.

“We need regime change like yesterday. But we need to be united as opposition parties to remove this evil regime. We need to support the likes of Sten Zvorwadza, Tajamuka, and #This Flag among others.

“Don’t fear victimisation. Freedom doesn’t come easily, even during the liberation war we were arrested and victimised but we remained resolute,” the former Zanu PF information tsar said at the same rally.

Mugabe and Zanu PF got a rude shock last Thursday when war veterans served divorce papers on the nonagenarian after growing frustrated with their worsening lot, 36 years into the country’s independence.

Analysts say war veterans have been one of Mugabe’s strongest pillars of support, playing particularly significant roles to keep the nonagenarian in power in the hotly disputed 2000 and 2008 elections which were both marred by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters.

The fall-out between Mugabe and war veterans also comes as the 92-year-old is battling swelling public anger against him and Zanu PF, which has seen strikes and riots hurting the already dying economy further.

Earlier this month teachers, nurses and doctors went on strike after the government failed to pay them their June salaries on time, and there are growing doubts about the capacity of the cash-strapped government to pay civil servants their July salaries on time.

Mujuru also told her supporters on Saturday that the government should resign after failing to steer the country well and to pay civil servants on time.

The former Zanu PF deputy also warned that Mugabe was skating on thin ice by paying the military way after their due salary dates

“The Zimbabwe situation is now bad. Our soldiers are now getting their salaries on the 47th day of the month. We heard that some ministers celebrated that this month they had improved on paying civil servants by paying people on the 37th day of the month,” she said.

United Kingdom-based lawyer and academic, Alex Magaisa, also tended to agree with those people that Mugabe’s end could be nigh, citing the government’s struggle to pay the civil service on time as a stark example of this.

“When a government is unable to pay wages to its civil service, as well as the uniformed forces, there is a serious problem. Such a situation is unsustainable and could lead to chaos.

“In fact, government’s inability to pay soldiers is a significant risk to national security,” he said.

Many analysts say that the government’s dwindling revenue base, as well as the country’s dying economy, are signs that Zanu PF has reached “a fiscal dead end”.

Mugabe, in power since Zimbabwe’s attainment of independence from Britain in April 1980, is accused of running down the once prosperous country through bad policies and gross misgovernance.

Sithole was kicked out of the party in the 1970s.

“In fact, many people fear that Gushungo now faces more or less the same challenge that Ndabaningi faced in the 1970s. This is why some comrades believe it could be ‘mene, mene, tekel, parsin’,” one of the sources said.

The biblical quote “mene, mene, tekel, parsin” is found in the Old Testament where words appeared on the wall during Belshazzar’s Feast (Daniel 5:25), and which were interpreted by the prophet Daniel to mean that God had doomed the kingdom of Belshazzar.

Former Zanu PF stalwarts and senior ministers — Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti — who were expelled from the warring ruling party in 2014 together with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, and are now with the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) also believe that it is a matter of time before Mugabe falls.

This dire prognosis for Mugabe, a political grandmaster who has outsmarted and outmuscled his opponents over the past six decades, comes as both Zanu PF and the increasingly frail nonagenarian are at sixes and sevens about how to deal with the stunning fall-out with former freedom fighters, which many analysts also say marks the beginning of the end for one of the world’s longest rulers.

“People are now angry. Kunyangwe Mwari haachamude munhu uyu. Kunyangwe Satan chaiye haachamudewo (Even God and Satan no longer want Mugabe),” Bhasikiti told thousands of supporters who attended Mujuru’s rally at Marondera’s Rudhaka stadium on Saturday. “We are now ready to send Mugabe to his rural home,” he added.

Before Bhasikiti was sacked as provincial minister for Masvingo, Mugabe accused him of belonging to the “wrong basket (Zanu PF faction)” at an explosive politburo meeting in 2014.

On Saturday, Bhasikiti shot back with interest, saying being with the people as he was now meant that he was in the right basket.

Former State security minister, Mutasa, said the deepening economic crisis in the country, as well as the general populace’s rising anger against Mugabe and Zanu PF, which recently led to protests and violent riots, were a sign that the nonagenariant and his ruling party would not last until 2018.

“For Zanu PF I don’t think they can reach 2018. Very soon Mujuru will be going to State House. Zanu PF is now clueless. They do not know how to solve the current economic woes. You must not be afraid of confronting Mugabe peacefully. We need to be united as opposition parties to push Mugabe out,” Mutasa said while speaking at the same Mujuru rally.

On his part, prominent liberation struggle stalwart, Gumbo, said it was important for Zimbabweans to support ongoing protests against Mugabe because people had grown tired of the nonagenarian’s and Zanu PF’s misrule.

“We need regime change like yesterday. But we need to be united as opposition parties to remove this evil regime. We need to support the likes of Sten Zvorwadza, Tajamuka, and #This Flag among others.

“Don’t fear victimisation. Freedom doesn’t come easily, even during the liberation war we were arrested and victimised but we remained resolute,” the former Zanu PF information tsar said at the same rally.

Mugabe and Zanu PF got a rude shock last Thursday when war veterans served divorce papers on the nonagenarian after growing frustrated with their worsening lot, 36 years into the country’s independence.

Analysts say war veterans have been one of Mugabe’s strongest pillars of support, playing particularly significant roles to keep the nonagenarian in power in the hotly disputed 2000 and 2008 elections which were both marred by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters.

The fall-out between Mugabe and war veterans also comes as the 92-year-old is battling swelling public anger against him and Zanu PF, which has seen strikes and riots hurting the already dying economy further.

Earlier this month teachers, nurses and doctors went on strike after the government failed to pay them their June salaries on time, and there are growing doubts about the capacity of the cash-strapped government to pay civil servants their July salaries on time.

Mujuru also told her supporters on Saturday that the government should resign after failing to steer the country well and to pay civil servants on time.

The former Zanu PF deputy also warned that Mugabe was skating on thin ice by paying the military way after their due salary dates

“The Zimbabwe situation is now bad. Our soldiers are now getting their salaries on the 47th day of the month. We heard that some ministers celebrated that this month they had improved on paying civil servants by paying people on the 37th day of the month,” she said.

United Kingdom-based lawyer and academic, Alex Magaisa, also tended to agree with those people that Mugabe’s end could be nigh, citing the government’s struggle to pay the civil service on time as a stark example of this.

“When a government is unable to pay wages to its civil service, as well as the uniformed forces, there is a serious problem. Such a situation is unsustainable and could lead to chaos.

“In fact, government’s inability to pay soldiers is a significant risk to national security,” he said.

Many analysts say that the government’s dwindling revenue base, as well as the country’s dying economy, are signs that Zanu PF has reached “a fiscal dead end”.

Mugabe, in power since Zimbabwe’s attainment of independence from Britain in April 1980, is accused of running down the once prosperous country through bad policies and gross misgovernance.

Comments (20)

mene, mene, tekel, parsin. KKkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 25 July 2016

with four million zimbos mentally ill,people must not pay attention to the hullucinations of the likes of bhasikithi,gumbo,didmus mutasa as their mental illness has now taken the better of them as they now start thinking that they can replace the great leader who only yesterday multitudes of zimbos voted for in record numbers,yes the writing is on the wall and its that tsvangison,people first will never be at state house,these ten percent loving people should keep their dreams to themselves as we may mistake them for mad people

truth - 25 July 2016

Please tell this milk smelling kid Chipanga that tichakadashura. Mache;nde anenge a hwiza. Wakarwa Hondo ipi iwe? Wakamborara musango iwe? Ndiwe wakaunza independence iwe?

Gondongwe - 25 July 2016

Truth my brother. I have never seen so many people face the truth. You can go on telling your bosses that everything is fine and that the authentic consistent leader is more popular than ever. That is your job and you do it well. But when you go home you can tell our folks that Zizi harisisina nyanga, nyika yaparara, vanhu havachada uye havachatya. Long leave the people of Zimbabwe!.

Tekere - 25 July 2016

Yes the writing on the wall is very loud and in capital letters but unfortunately those who are supposed to read it has eyes problem as we all know he has been flying to Asia for eye sickness treatment hence he can not read the writing comprehensively and has no ears to listen as a result of age which is normal at 92 But with 4m insane zimbos bassopo he mighty be among that lot . But as of this pikinini leading other insane pikinins in zanu youngsters he must know that he can be f..........ked around anytime like any other person he must shut up his beak .

Diibulaanyika - 25 July 2016

Truth!! wake up!! still singing in a drum, the dawn is nigh.

Mukanya - 25 July 2016

Iyo mari yekubhadhara macivil servants ichbvepi because iye zvino business at Beitbridge is at its lowest, industries that pay vat and paye are closing daily saka anoti mari yacho ichabvepi. Dai ari mumwe asiya zvichakanaka kuitira kuti Gire nevana vagogara munyika muno zvakanaka. iye paanenge ava mudzimu.But the problem is this man is so stuborn zvekuti anofunga kuti he can still change the course of history.

chimuti - 25 July 2016

Mugabe's podium tantrums will contribute positively to the endgame execution. The 92 years old Mugabe cannot think, he should have picked it up that the other ZANU PF thugs are using him. Unfortunately he is like a used condom which can not be removed, as they want him to be finished completely.

Zvichapera - 25 July 2016

Trying to engage in any meaningful debate with @truth is a waste of time. His/her sentiments are a clear reflection of zanu pf leaders who continue to lie about sanctions etc. Mugabe himself uses the heroes acre as a place to lie, fabricate, insult and mislead Zimbabweans about Pastor Mawarire's this flag movement. Iwe truth, Mugabe akati Mawarire is advocating for violence, can you show us anywhere in his videos or speeches where he ever mentions violonce? RGM does not want to be challenged by facts, if you do so, he lashes out. He has done so systematically from Sithole, Nkomo, Dabengwa,Tekere, Tsvangirayi, Mujuru and now Mawarire. All of these people have been accused by Mugabe or his lieutenants at one point or the other of trying to subvert the will of the "people" and yet none has been convicted. Shame on you @truth. What a disgrace you are.

gudo - 25 July 2016

so, let me get this, it seems it a heavy assumption that Amai Mujuru will be the next prez.... i don't think so. deciding on the next president is going to be more difficult, considering the pressures involved, like undoing what His Excellency did, not everything he did was bad and there will be more divisions then. right now, saying farewell to our Uncle unites us, will be as united when this is achieved? lets think ahead!!! and remember, some of these people where happy with the prez not many years ago when he did what he did and only turned against him when they it seems he started giving them the short end of the stick.

ndiani - 25 July 2016

It will be so disheatening and total failure to reach 2018 with his cruel solution-less regime assumimg status-quo. All Zimbos even without substantial leadership should be guided by one urge to remove the regime with more citizen-pressures indefinitely until true heros offer to resign. Every result-orientated revolution is never easy thus strikes should mean closing every meaningful contribution to normal run meaning civils servants should take heed, council should close business even if taps are to run dry, same for zesa switch-off main grid let's go for candles or moto, hospitals close (switch to traditional medication), park cars and cripple toll gates ......

mwanawevhu - 25 July 2016

In Zanla n Zipra there is no shortage of leaders.If we are lucky to get to 2018, we will present our leader.But for now its Forward Mach,no missing steps.

viola gwena - 26 July 2016

This is a very big lesson zimbos and we have learnt that our future leaders must be civilians who have nothing to do with this thing war of the 70 s . We need a president who will not hid behind war when he makes mistakes like what is happening now . This thing of zipra and zanla is now a nonsense and it is the causer of this rot and rubbish in this country .Our next president must be from among us the majority the civilians finish and klaa

Diibulaanyika - 26 July 2016

Is the so-called president and his ministers getting their salaries? When, and is it in $100 instalments? Just curious....

Sagitarr - 26 July 2016

We are being forced to sink to the level of these yuths .We are way above these clowns.We have been calling for a united Zanu Pf.We are traied to know that divisions bring chaos.These G40 s prefer divisions .They will want to push us out,reasoning that its there time,we are old.Fine and good,but thats axactly what we want as warvets,us to step aside and retire but we differ on one thing n thats President Mugabe is also old and the oldest,it starts wth him 1st.Pass on the stick to a you ger person as G40 is saying.If retirement age is 65, why start wth 50 yr olds or 60,when there is 90 yr olds.We are in agreement bt 1st things 1st.Last things last.dont confuse the 2.

viola gwena - 26 July 2016

ALL THE CRIMINALS LIKE CHOMBO, KASUKUWERE, CHIYANGWA, SEKERAMAYI, MUNANGAGWA ETC WATCH OUT THE NET IS GETTING CLOSER. ALL YOUR CORRUPT ACTIVITIES WILL LEAVE EVEN YOUR CHICKENS BIHIND BARS. DONT BE FOOLED BY THESE THUGS THAT HEE WE FOUGHT WAR AND SO WHAT

chidhomoro - 26 July 2016

Zimbabwean people don't know what they want and how to get it.At the Height of these so called antiMugabe and Zanupf campains,This weekend [23/07/2016],Dinha of zanupf thiefs won 12000 votes in Mash Central MP byelections,and the opposition got 600.So,my fellow zimbabweans,what do you want,munogumbura??

patriotic zibabwean - 26 July 2016

all opposition parties are working for the imperialists...they forget that we are in this state by claiming our birthright land.Our forefathers were murdered by these imperialists in cold blood you hate your own.Bloody fools

nxumalo - 26 July 2016

Mawarire you are fake, God did not send you but your friends the imperialists.Once you serve their interests you will be thrown away as a scaffold. Wake up idiot

nxumalo - 26 July 2016

Daniel 5:5 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall at state house, opposite the Harrod's lampstand. And the president saw the hand as it wrote. Then the president's color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. The president called loudly to the n'angas, false prophets, cio, police, jonathan moyo, kasukuwere, army and all deceived zanu pf liars. The king declared to all Zimbabweans," Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall have electricity, water, food, a job and real money in his wallet." Then all the zanu pf hangers on came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the president the interpretation. Then President Mugabe was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.......... (to be continued)

Daniel - 26 July 2016

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