Diana Zimbudzana, project coordinator at the Zim Exiles Forum, is warning SADC leaders not to emulate President Mugabe’s empowerment policies, particularly land reform, which she says has been a disaster. Zimbudzana says this after foreign affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi indicated that Zimbabwe would use the SADC chairmanship, which it assumes next weekend, to promote Mugabe’s policies.
President Mugabe’s son, Robert Junior, is reportedly being earmarked for a political career, following weekend reports that some ZANU PF youth members are lobbying for his nomination to an influential position in the Youth League. This development comes after First Lady Grace was endorsed to lead the Women’s League two weeks ago, under the guise of ending factionalism in the party. Political commentator Mutsa Murenje says the elevation of Mugabe’s wife and son into party structures will raise tensions in the party.