Has Mugabe shut the door on Mujuru and Mnangagwa?

Mugabe castigated ‘selfish people’ who were only interested in the party leadership

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
21 February 2014

President Robert Mugabe has admonished factional leaders in ZANU PF, insinuating the rivalry between Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has divided the party.

Speaking to the ZBC on the eve of his 90th birthday on Thursday Mugabe, without mentioning names, castigated ‘selfish people’ who were only interested in the party leadership for personal interests.

‘This is … and that’s why some of us never campaigned for that leadership or for any position at all. We left it to the party to decide.

‘It’s terrible even to have your name mentioned as leader of a faction. It’s shameful. You must go beyond that and say you belong to the people as a whole,’ Mugabe said.

His comments have been seen as a direct attack on Mujuru and Mnangagwa, the two party stalwarts who have been involved in a bitter and divisive battle to succeed Mugabe when he steps down.

Other sections of the media believe that Mugabe’s remarks spell the end of Mujuru and Mnangagwa’s political ambitions of becoming leader of ZANU PF and eventually president of Zimbabwe.

But political analyst Bekithemba Mhlanga told SW Radio Africa’s that Mugabe’s comments on the succession battle do not in any way shut the door on the two leading contenders.

Mhlanga emphasized that the ageing president was simply dousing the firestorms triggered by the factional infighting.

‘Mugabe knows the debate has become highly emotional and charged up, so he was telling the groups to approach the leadership debate with tact and strategy and not engage in open warfare that leaves the party in tatters,’ Mhlanga said.

The political analyst said he doubts Mugabe has the capacity or the means to shut the door on both Mujuru and Mnangagwa, individuals who have invested heavily and each have a legion of strong supporters.

In the same interview Mugabe made it very clear how he feels about any discussion on succession while he is alive: “But why should it (succession) be discussed when it is not due? Is it due?” he queried. “The leadership still exists that runs the country. In other words, I am still there.”



6 Responsesto “Has Mugabe shut the door on Mujuru and Mnangagwa?”

  1. THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

    “Speaking to the ZBC on the eve of his 90th birthday on Thursday Mugabe, without mentioning names, castigated ‘selfish people’ who were only interested in the party leadership for personal interests.”

    Said multi billionaire and Africa’s eighth richest man Mugabe, who somehow shamelessly obtained his outrageous wealth while earning a presidential salary of just $1,750 a month !

    Who says crime doesn’t pay!

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    I listened carefully to every word that came from the mouth of President Robert Mugabe and I felt the pain and agony he must be going through that those he has trusted most from the time of our liberation war are betraying the very tenets and ideals of the liberation struggle. During the war, it was not an issue where combatants came from. We had combatants from Matebeland, Masvingo, the Midlands, Manicaland and Mashonaland then, but there were no dissenting voices bordering on regionalism or tribalism. We fought the war as Zimbabweans with a common vision, ideals and beliefs that our common enemy was Ian Smith, the illegal ruler of our country we wanted to fight and remove from the citadel of power.

    I have no doubt, both Vice President Mujuru and Minister Mnangagwa took heed of the warning by the President of this country not to cause unnecessary squabbles that have a potential in dividing a once united party, ZANU PF. They have both made it politically and financially to be involved in playing tribal games that will only help the enemies of this country whose agenda is to tear this country apart. They are both seasoned politicians who have seen it all and should work hand in glove with the President as they have done in the past with distinction and dedication to the cause. I am too junior to be proffering advice to these politicians but I am sure they will take time to read my article and act accordingly. It is unnecessary to be involved in such petty issues for senior politicians who should know better.

    • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

      ‘I am too junior to be proffering advice to these politicians but I am sure they will take time to read my article and act accordingly.’

      What planet did you just fly in from ?

      This is what living on benefits for years does to people, particularly phoney Brits like you – it results in a loss of oxygen to the brain, causing temporary disorientation and eventual madness.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Why do you behave like that always? Is it that you have a monopoly of views and opinions? Do you think I have hold personal views that should be respected by you? Please give me your honest response as you are opposed to everything that comes out of my mouth as if I should consult you before I compile my articles. What is going on? Are you policing Chimbwido Warvet?

  3. david taylor says:

    “But why should it (succession) be discussed when it is not due? Is it due?” he queried. “The leadership still exists that runs the country. In other words, I am still there.”

    I am surprised that this man has been able to stay in power without being assassinated. Incredible.

    Note to the CIO – I am not saying this man should be assassinated, I am saying I am surprised that he has not been.

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