'Zanu PF bigwigs cowards'

HARARE - Analysts say Zanu PF bigs are “too docile” to ever contemplate challenging President Robert Mugabe or move to force the nonagenarian to retire.

The sentiments come despite the growing pressure from some supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the ruling party holds an extraordinary congress to deal specifically with Mugabe’s succession.

Vocal Mnangagwa backer, Energy Mutodi, is among the people who have openly raised the question of the extraordinary congress, telling the Daily News earlier this week that Mugabe had to go as he allegedly stood no chance against the opposition in next year’s much-awaited elections.

However, political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya said Mutodi’s suggestion was not feasible, considering how Zanu PF regarded Mugabe as the “alpha and omega” of the ruling party.

“This is because Mugabe in Zanu PF is not just a human being, he is a political structure, Mugabe is a political institution, Mugabe is a political culture and Mugabe is a political system.

“So, any attempt to dismantle this system constructed by the president over the past 40 years or so is not a walk in the park.

“My general sense is that...Mugabe will be taken from the State House to the National Heroes Acre when the time comes. Succession will be through death not Mutodi’s hallucinations, dreams and delusions,” Ruhanya said.

“...Mugabe is also not an ordinary member of Zanu PF, but epitomises the political culture of that party. And those who want him to go unprocedurally should know that he who wields the sword against the prince will not get the crown,” he added.

Human rights activist Gladys Hlatywayo said at Zanu PF’s recent annual conference, the only thing that had come out was “the usual singing of praises” for Mugabe.

“It is therefore hypocritical and outright cowardice for characters like Mutodi to suggest whatever they are talking about ... they are as scared as a mouse,” she said.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme also said what Mutodi had articulated was the wish of many Zanu PF members, although this would not happen.

Meanwhile, the ruling party’s succession wars are intensifying at a time that calls are increasing, particularly from war veterans, for Mugabe to retire — citing his old age and poor health.

The party is embroiled in a bitter wrangle to succeed Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, with Mnangagwa’s alleged Team Lacoste locking horns with a party faction known as Generation 40 (G40) which is rabidly opposed to the Midlands godfather.

Comments (10)

I am the presidential candidate for zanu pf 2018 and beyond

Gushungo - 14 January 2017

I am the presidential candidate for zanu pf 2018 and beyond

Gushungo - 14 January 2017

Basically it is not only people who are in ZANU PF who are afraid of Mugabe but all the 14 million people cannot demonstrate in the streets for Mugabe to retire. Looking at numbers of CIOs trained and released in preparation for 2018, Mugabe is preparing to even rule from the grave. If people do not build courage and begin to talk in the radios, combis and public places that Mugabe must go his clan will rule for centuries.

Gwizhimbi - 14 January 2017

Power is too sweet sure. Mugabe has been leading ZANU PF since 1975 but to him it still seems as if it was yesterday. He is ever reinforcing security forces and intelligence officers for him to remain in power. At his burial many people will only come to confirm if he will be actually dead. For if Zimbabwe happens to have yet another person like him that will be the end of the nation.

Netsai Manjonjo - 14 January 2017

The problem is people are too lazy to research. Mugabe modelled this country along North Korean lines. He nearly succeeded in making this country a one party state, even now he is not far off. If you do your research North Korea has two dead presidents.....who are still in office....they are "Eternal Presidents." Their bodies are kept in glass in a hall. This is exactly what Mugabe wants, forget that he will retire......Kana Grace akataura wani kuti baba vachatonga kubva muguva

The Boy - 14 January 2017

Iye Mutodi uyu munofunga kuti angangotaura zvinokuvadzisa kudaro zvatagara tichiziva muZimbabwe kuti zvinouraisa asina akamutsigira? I don't believe that!!

nhemacena - 15 January 2017

I think anybody who comes from zanu pf, if it happens, after mugabe he/she will never allow free and fair elections in Zimbabwe because its not about the plight of the nation but about protecting their ugly and corrupt legacy. Opportunists do not care for anyone,never!

nhemacena - 15 January 2017

Gwizhimbi - you are absolutely correct.

Homo Erectus - 15 January 2017

Gwizimbi ,get it into your thick skull that only people in zanu pf are afraid of Mugabe.Why i say so is because those who are not in zanu pf have been bold enough to exercise their constitutional right by voting the nonagenarian out pf office ,only to be reinstated through the back door by his stupid and stupid supporters.They have raped ,killed ,maimed and displaced innocent citizens in their quest to retain the cruel dictator at the helm.To be unafraid of Mugabe is not to walk straight to Mugabe's office and threaten to shoot him is he does not resign,but to use all constitutional avenues available to to push the old frail dictator out

Janana wa Bikaz - 16 January 2017

They are protecting their loot of 36 years.Its difficult to talk when your mouth is full.

Bongoman - 16 January 2017

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