Zanu PF is a mad-house and you can tell the party’s congress is round the corner because the tempo of the drum to which they all dance to goes into overdrive!
All the ten provinces have now confirmed that they want Robert Mugabe as the party’s presidential candidate for 2018 elections. Usually this endorsement comes early and is routine but not anymore. Ever since those war veterans told him to his face that they “were the stockholders of Zanu PF and Zimbabwe” and he and the other leaders “were stakeholders who come and go”! His self-assured arrogance and confidence have been shaken to the core.
There is talk of asking the party congress next month to pass a resolution demanding that there should be properly election to fill the two VP positions. In 2014 it was Mugabe who appointed the two with no elections.
The call for member to have a meaningful say in who holds the office of VP brings into focus on why the party members have never ever been granted the free vote in deciding who is president. No one has ever elected Mugabe in all his over 50 years as party leader. been granted Who has ever voted for Mugabe?
Mugabe has always bullied each province into make sure that ahead of any elective congress there is only one name in the hat to contest the top job – his name. But even securing his own position was not good enough, he used all his trickery to usurp the members to elect the other posts in the presidium so that he ended up appointing whoever he pleased. This made the appointees beholden to him. So none of the appointees have ever dared become their own man/woman, not when you are beholden to a control freak like him!
“A SURPRISE resolution by the ruling Zanu-PF party's Mashonaland Central province is seen giving President Robert Mugabe the ammunition he has been desperately looking for to end factionalism, which has left his party extremely vulnerable with only less than two years before the make-or-break polls in 2018,” reported the Financial Gazette.
Yes, if VP Mnangagwa was to be replace with one of the G40 faction members that will go a long way in helping to secure his wife Grace’s political future. But in a secret free, fair and credible election; it may not be so easy for Mugabe to rig this congress electoral process at such short notice considering Mnangagwa is no novice at how the tyrant has rigged past elections; Mnangagwa may will win.
VP Mphoko has never had any real support and his grovelling to Grace during her rallies lost him whatever little respect he had. A Mnangagwa loyalist in the former PF Zapu side could end up being elected; leaving the G40 faction out in the cold.
An elected Mnangagwa will know he has even more legitimacy than Mugabe has ever had. Mnangagwa has lived all his political life in Mugabe’s shadow, he would now want to emerge and stamp his own authority and the electoral victory would provide the launch platform he has been waiting for all these years!
At his advanced age Mugabe should not be playing with guns; he drops off to sleep at the drop of a hat, what a time to have a titchy finger because the business end of the gun may well be pointing at him!