By Leonard Koni.
Harare, Zimbabwe. (News of The South) As the Zimbabwe political circus keeps on hogging the limelight, we have noticed the real kingpin of a powerful faction who in this case is non other than President Robert Mugabe himself who is the master mind of a faction under the moniker name G40
The faction is cruising and annihilating it’s opponent faction namely Team Lacoste. It is now crystal clear that all other players were just pawns.
In as much as Mugabe refuses that there is no factionalism in his party Zanu PF some of the evidence has been laid bare for everybody to see that factionalism in the ruling party is a reality not a media making as espoused by other sections of the media.
In Bulawayo the Zmbabwean President Robert Mugabe openly pilloried his deputy and possible successor Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday 4th of November at White City stadium where he was addressing a Youth Interface rally.
He said he might sack him, in a combative speech at the rally where his wife Grace was booed by some in the crowd. It is believed that Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has hired a local business man to boo the first lady.
As the succession debate hots up in the ruling ZANU-PF to succeed Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, it has become increasingly fatal and detrimental to the public life in what many say that a civil war could erupt when the two factions fail to agree and if no prompt action is taken. Dr Grace Mugabe is aiming for the position of a Vice President and the process through campaigns to help her eventually take the top job.
Mnangagwa has been accused by Mugabe loyalists of undermining the president and of fanning factionalism in ZANU-PF, which has already named the incumbent as its candidate for next year’s presidential election. Some rally goers heckled Grace Mugabe, chanting at her “you know nothing” and “you are too junior” as the first lady spoke before a section of the crowd that broke into a popular local song “oyenzayo siyaizonda” which translates to “we hate what you do.”
The drama has caused a big damage and has dented the already battered image of the country especially when the Ministry of Tourism is trying to sprouce up its international image globally.
In another Church Interface rally held at Rufaro Stadium in Harare where the Vice President was again undressed by the First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe where she told the gathering that Emmerson Mnangagwa planned way back in 1980 to topple the President.
As this takes the centre stage and the lust to pursue power , the country has been left willowing in poverty and painting a gloomy picture to the nation.
The escalation of the power struggle in a country where we have plenty of challenges, surely attending such rallies truly speaking will not improve the ailing economy of the country.
The percentage of job creation has been dwindling each and every year and prices of basic commodities have been shooting upwards. We have even created more hawkers and vendors in our communities as a means of survival. Access to clean water is a dream come true hence the proliferation of diseases such as typhoid.
That money being used to finance such rallies could be channeled to improving our poor road network, acquiring cheap agricultural inputs, building the infrastructer and access to sound health medical care.
Curently we don’t have any strong economic model in place to develop the country that has suffered from the economic brutality for a long time.
It is unfortunate that the government has wasted time and resources on rallies for the purpose of fanning and scoring factional goals to safeguard their interests. It is not intelligent to plant seeds of tribalism and enermity amongst ourselves on the expense of development. Cheap politicking has been prevalent whenever these rallies are held and with empty promises being delivered.
We have been engrossed in political disorder and grandstanding on the expense of tackling real issues bedevelling the country’s economic growth. It appears as if some of staunch and extreem supporters of Zanu PF are so much obsessed with having the biggest number of people coming to attend these so called interface rallies than looking at where we are going as a nation.
Getting a big number or filling up the stadium to the brim does not lure investment to come and invest in the country.
We should get it right that President Robert Mugabe has reached his political climax and that his revolutionary party is no longer sellable to the large young population of the country and that Zanu PF’s popularlity has been wanning gradually.
People are living in squalid conditions and are looking for a government that will be ready to change the political outlook of the nation. The battered economy must be resuscitated.
Even if President Robert Mugabe wins next year’s election through intimidation and whatever means as long as the majority are not happy the economy will always suffer. The majority no longer have confidence with the nonagenarian leader because of his lack of action to punish members of his cabal who have been accused of corruption for several times.
Mugabe has lost the international appeal which he used to command and enjoy for a long time. Its not about winning an election only.There is more to it.
In 2013 election Presudent Mugabe won it resoundingly but that didn’t improve or found the economic answer. There was no investor confidence as business lost trust in the goverment. The business community support is very important in every country and the government must instill discipline to whoever disturbs it.
Unilaterally changing of economic policies has a negative impact on economic growth. There must be sound economic policies. All these factors matter.
We are engulfed in cult politics and bootlicking the leadership instead of pointing to the wrong doings of our politicians.
The ruling party has overstayed in power and there is need to carry out a complete overhaul and reshuffle it to meet the new challenges.
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