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A controversial Zanu PF youth member Energy Mutodi has described the hatred that the G40 faction believed to be led by First Lady Grace Mugabe for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as tribal oriented.
In an article he posted on Facebook Mutodi said a faction in Zanu PF known by the name Generation 40 (G40) has continued its media onslaught on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with some of its kingpins openly showing tribal hate against the Vice President and even going further by declaring that they will not support his bid to succeed President Mugabe (92) whenever he retires from office.
“This comes in the face of other nationalists of President Robert Mugabe’s time having passed on the baton to their deputies; the latest being Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who has announced that he will not stand for re-election in 2018 and has endorsed his deputy as his successor.
Others who voluntarily left office by peacefully relinquishing power to their deputies include Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Seretse Khama of Botswana and Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya just to mention a few,” he said.
“In contrast to his peers, President Mugabe is reluctant to come out clearly about who he will endorse as his successor, a situation that puts him at risk of being removed from office by force. With endless infighting within his ruling ZANU PF party and a poor performing economy marked by unprecedented joblessness, company closures, corruption and high levels of poverty; anger against President Mugabe’s government is heating up and recently the military has voiced its displeasure over his government’s interference with the judiciary that has seen some ministers going scot-free in-spite of their corrupt activities.”
He said the War veterans have also warned that any resolution against Mnangagwa will result in bloodshed and their views have wide acceptance in the security forces.
“Even more telling of the serious consequences that may obtain if Mnangagwa’s bid to succeed President Mugabe is blocked is the recent failure by Mashonaland Central provincial chairman Dickson Mafios to railroad a G40 faction resolution intending to remove Mnangagwa from office under the guise of wanting to achieve gender parity in the presidium,” Mutodi said.
“While the notorious resolution has been rumored to be emanating from President Mugabe himself who feel that his life presidency is under threat if Mnangagwa remains in the presidium, it has betrayed a wanton constitutional flip flop behavior that leaves the party vulnerable to short-sighted decisions and adverse absence of the rule of law.”
He said the Zanu PF party introduced a constitutional amendment to accommodate a female Vice President in the year 2004 so as to block Mnangagwa and pave way for Joice Mujuru.
He said the same provision was amended again in 2014 when a one-center-of-power clause was introduced to allow the dismissal of Joice Mujuru and the elevation of Mnangagwa.
“This time again, the now famously termed Mafios declaration is proposing to scrap the one-center-of-power clause and revert back to the 2004 constitution again to do another blow to Mnangagwa who has stood by the side of the President for more than 52 years. It is in view of the unfairness of these constitutional changes that war veterans who are a reserve force and are closely linked to the military have warned that any declaration against Mnangagwa will have serious consequences,” he said.
“The war veterans have refused to be regarded as a mere affiliate organization to Zanu PF, claiming they were the ones who popularized Mugabe and entrusted him with the leadership of the party when the late nationalist Ndabaningi Sithole’s leadership faltered. They have demanded that Mugabe reconfigures his politburo and appoint one of their own to be political commissar; arguing that the current political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere is thuggish and has divisive tendencies that have led to the party’s disintegration in the recent years.”
Mutodi said a close look at the war veterans statements that are suspected to be the same views as those of the military imply that while President Mugabe may have been tempted to listen to flip floppers and political cowards who deserted the liberation struggle for their own selfish educational pursuits, he may have in the process lost the confidence of the military who at any time are capable of removing him from office by force.
“Already, a cartel of sinior military and police officers has attained doctorates from KwaZulu Natal University and other institutes of higher learning and remain optimistic that a Mnangagwa presidency will open up chances for them into cabinet and the presidium. In addition, a number of Karanga professionals who feel that President Mugabe’s rule has mainly promoted members of his Zezuru tribe while ignoring all other tribes is itching to see Mugabe out of power so that their time can also come obviously through one of their own; Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” he said.
“In the wake of the current uncertainties confronting the party and the continued economic decline that has resulted in numerous demonstrations and poor government approval by citizens, it may be clever for President Mugabe to use the forthcoming December conference to announce his retirement from active politics; having been in power for more than three decades. It may be a time to say thank you to the Zanu PF family that has given him a long time to rule. Alternatively, he may announce that he will no longer be standing for re-election in 2018, a gesture that will serve his image as a revolutionary.”
Mutodi said he has been accused by opposition figures as a man who built a handsome legacy of liberation and nationalism based on Marxist ideologies but went on to destroy the same through poor policies that have ruined the country’s once vibrant economy.
Source – Byo24News