Bitter Mugabe goes after ED

HARARE - The country’s sulking former leader, Robert Mugabe — together with his restless wife, Grace — is said to be stepping up his efforts to get back at his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, despite last week’s reports that a number of people and organisations are working hard behind the scenes to try and reconcile the two men.

At the same time, analysts have savaged Mugabe for being a shameless hypocrite after more of his skeletons were revealed by State media at the weekend — showing that far from being a principled and caring leader, the former president was mostly working for his personal benefit in his nearly four decades in power.

“He (Mugabe) is a very bitter man. Contrary to what you have been told that he is open to reconciling with ED, Mugabe and Grace are working tirelessly to derail the new dispensation.

“This is why, as strange as it seems, he is even reaching out to elements within the MDC, as well as to some businesspeople, all in the vain hope that his silly plans will work.

“But to be honest, and despite enlisting the services of many soldiers of fortune in politics and communications, ari kungovukura zvake sembwa (his is a hopeless mission),” a senior Zanu PF official who claims to be privy to Mugabe’s political manoeuvring told the Daily News yesterday.

Mugabe resigned from the top office on November 21 last year, a few hours after Parliament had initiated proceedings to impeach him.

This happened after he had refused to leave office during eight tense days that began with the military intervening in the governance of the country.

But the 94-year-old has stunned both the authorities and ordinary Zimbabweans alike in recent weeks by re-entering the political arena and holding several meetings with opposition leaders and some former Zanu PF bigwigs — including openly lending his support to the newly-formed National Patriotic Front (NPF) led by retired brigadier general Ambrose Mutinhiri who quit the ruling party a fortnight ago.

The NPF has since revealed that Mugabe had endorsed the party after he met Mutinhiri at his “Blue Roof” mansion in Harare.

Apart from hosting former Cabinet ministers, Mugabe has also held meetings with former vice president Joice Mujuru, whom he sacked in 2014 over untested allegations that she and a host of other senior Zanu PF figures wanted to topple him from power.

It has now also been claimed that when Mugabe went to South Africa last week under the pretext of flying there to see his son Robert Junior — who is said to have impregnated a South African woman — he had in fact gone there to hold high level talks with some Generation 40 (G40) members and other potential allies in his mission to destroy Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile, both analysts and prominent political figures told the Daily News yesterday that Mugabe was “playing a dangerous game” with his latest foray into politics — saying this also had the potential to destabilise the country.

“It’s now clear that the Mugabes would rather have anyone else in charge of the country after the forthcoming elections than leave Ngwena (Mnangagwa) at the helm.

“It is an interesting time for Zimbabwe. But the danger is that the current goings on put Zimbabwe on the edge and carry the potential for strife that can destabilise the country,” analyst Maxwell Saungweme said.

Businessman-cum-politician Energy Mutodi also warned that Mugabe was “taking matters too faf” by dabbling in politics — when Mnangagwa’s government had “treated him with respect”.

“Mugabe has so many skeletons in his cupboard … and can therefore be tried for various crimes, including crimes against humanity.

“If he keeps trying to re-launch himself in politics and to fight against President Emmerson Mnangagwa this may end badly for him,” Mutodi told the Daily News.

University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure said while Mnangagwa had tried to assist Mugabe, the former president was seemingly not reciprocating this goodwill.

“However, he (Mnangagwa) has to tread carefully. He has to manoeuvre his way in such a way that will not only appease his supporters, but also appease Mugabe’s.

“There is also a need not to alienate the Zezurus ... and he (Mnangagwa) must appear to be taking care not only of Mugabe, but also his legacy.

“But these things require reciprocity. If the ED government is taking care of Mugabe, he should also likewise reciprocate,” Masunungure said.

“He (Mugabe) has not been acting in good faith thus far ... and now we have revelations of Mugabe demanding money in cash. That is a warning sign,” he added.

Academic Stephen Chan, who is a professor of world politics in London, also said Mnangagwa should not be drawn into a war with someone “who has nothing to lose”.

“I think Mnangagwa can safely allow Mugabe to vent his spleen. It is the sounding off of a disappointed man. But even those people who still admire Mugabe understand that he allowed the country to decline economically, to a depth still being uncovered.

“Mnangagwa should concentrate on these economic issues and show a respectful disdain towards the former president,” Chan said.

During his appearance at the African Union’s annual meeting in Ethiopia in January, Mnangagwa told the continental leaders that there was no need to worry about Mugabe and his family’s security, as they were well-looked after.

The government has since gone on to give Mugabe an eye-watering exit package which includes benefits commensurate with those of a sitting head of State.

Details of the frail nonagenarian’s massive handshake were announced in the Government Gazette at the end of last year under Presidential Pension and Retirement Packages Notice 2017.

Still, Mugabe has been moaning about being ill-treated by the government, to the extent of telling an AU mission that met with him at his palatial Borrowdale mansion last month that he was being denied his benefits.

Over the weekend, more of Mugabe’s dirty linen tumbled out. After State media accused him of externalising millions of dollars and owning a staggering 21 farms last week, government newspapers revealed yesterday that the nonagenarian was getting his salary and benefits in cash all along.

Mugabe’s critics said this was hardly surprising given that at one time, when he was still president, he had revealed that he kept his money under his bed.

Comments (9)

Mugabe's coming back into politics is no coincidence. he has come so that the job is completed. zanu pf in all its forms must be vanquished!! its not over until its over!

Zanu Pf will not survive coming election - 12 March 2018

Did Masunungure really say Mnangagwa must not alienate Zezurus? There are more Zezurus in Mnangagwa's cabinet than Karangas. There are more Manyikas in Mnangagwa's cabinet than Karangas. Does the term Zezuru now only refer to Robert Mugabe? Ironically most Zimbabweans think Mugabe's father was not Zezuru but of foreign origin. Robert's surname, Mugabe is actually Karanga and not Zezuru. Examples of Zezurus in the cabinet include VP Chiwenga, Shiri, Parirenyatwa, Mupfumira, Ziyambe etc. These ministers are real Zezurus not fake Zezurus like Mugabe. There are only five Karangas in ED's cabinet and that number includes ED himself.

B. Maricho - 12 March 2018

What a wast of time for this lunatic old and bitter Mugabe. I don't understand Mugabe at 95 years of age? What is he fighting for? The answer is one,that he is a tribalist wanting to foment strife and doing this for Grace his wife. His ignorance is that he thinks only the Mugabes can rule. Well President Munangagwa must trade careful as Mugabe got nothing to loose all he has to do is watch this despot for his next move. Zimbabweans are of the ideia that Mugabe must be charged for his past crimes because Zimbabwe is not his private property. Giving Mugabe lot of money is also dangerous as he can finance barbaric acts. Kanopenga kadhara aka asi kufunga kwangu zvese izvi ndi Grace. Well he is ready to loose all and I see Grace dying in exile for that sake

Syd Chiwambu - 12 March 2018

please be serious.why is someone given such an amount in cash.mangudya usadaro musharukwa

seka memo - 12 March 2018

This is Ken Sharpe. I am the chairman of West Property and Augur investments. My companies have built the most amaising Harare airport road. Mnangagwa is an illegal president. He came to power in a military coup. We need to rise against this military cabal and restore the democracy in Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe is our democratically elected president and Grace Mugabe our First Lady. Down with Mnangagwa regime.

Ken Sharpe - 12 March 2018

@Ken Sharpe You don't sound Zimbabwean,indeed you enriched yourself through yourself through Mugabe Connecticuts now we zimbos will ask you to take your business somewhere else. You do not deserve our business.Zimbabwe is at this state because of Mugabe and you dare to tell Zimbabwe people that Mugabe must come back and rule? Who do you think you are? Sir before I loose my temper go advise Mugabe to bring back all stole and stashed in Dubai

Syd Chiwambu - 12 March 2018

Syd Chiwambu, you a delusional peasant who knows nothing. Get yourself a life or better still get a job. Don't speak for all Zimbabweans. You are just an ignorant person.

Ken Sharpe - 13 March 2018

What I can predict is NPF is going to lose dismally. Mutinhiri is not a brand having done absolutely nothing in Mash East and moreover he does not have the popular appeal despite his decorated liberation struggle history. Mugabe at the time of military intervention he was not popular in his rural home, Zimbabwe in general and the whole world and I therefore I do not see how he can launch a meaningful come back. Most of the perceived G40 members where people aligned to Mujuru who sought refuge to G40 to avoid political purges then. The people behind the NPF are none other than Jonso, Patrick, Grace and Saviour is only doing it because he messed up by following Jonso. Most people who used to attend interface rallies only did so out fear of violence which had become the DNA of Mugabe. I hope and trust that those who had narrow escape when Mujuru and allies were being purged will join this outfit because their chances of losing parliamentary elections are very high in the absence of state machinery. My prediction is Mujuru will do better than NPF in all Mashonaland provinces. Grace might pour as much as she stole from National purse but that will not bring any votes to NPF.

2018 - 13 March 2018

Thank you Mugabe for showing the world that you are a very selfish man. I was tired of hearing idiots say that you were tired of ruling but the military and ED compelled you to cling to power. I had a hard time proving to them that you were always selfish but now i'm relieved coz you are now proving your true colours to all.

ptk - 16 March 2018

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