By John Chimunhu|
Now Daily News Analysis|
The rebellion against Robert Mugabe started in earnest in 2008 when Simba Makoni and Dumiso Dabengwa led others to form Mavambo Kusile Dawn political party.
General Solomon Mujuru had been expected to move a motion at the Zanu PF congress in December 2007 nominating Makoni as the party’s candidate in the 2008 elections. It was obvious to party strategists that Mugabe would lose to Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC.
Mujuru’s plans were forestalled when then party commissar Elliot Manyika declared Robert Mugabe the sole candidate without any elections as required by the Zanu PF constitution.
There was widespread consternation over this lack of internal party democracy, resulting in the so-called ‘bhora musango’ initiative, where top Zanu PF officials decampaigned Mugabe in the hope of forming a post-election alliance with a victorious MDC led by Tsvangirai.
The rift has widened amid recriminations. Mugabe has fired nearly half his cabinet and could yet fire the majority of parliamentarians if he persists with the witch hunt against perceived supporters of Joice Mujuru.
Half of Mugabe’s public speeches and a substantial amount of public resources are directed at his internal party enemies and the MDC or white farmers, not national priorities. This is no way to govern the nation, Mr President.
This has been a year of confusion, marked by utter failure of the economy to bring joy and comfort to lives of the people. Companies are closing. Except for the few, such as Mugabe’s own Alpha Omega Dairies, that are oiled regularly with unlimited funds from pliant state banks like CBZ and IBDZ, many businesses are going down.
The issue is, are Zimbabweans going to watch their fate being decided by a group of men and women blighted by factional madness, fear, hatred and grudges? The Zanu PF kind that takes on murderous and destructive proportions?
It is fairly obvious that sooner rather than later, Mugabe would have to swallow his pride and negotiate with the Zanu PF rebels and the external opposition. But by then, irreparable damage could have been done, with Mugabe having started amending the country’s constitution to give himself sweeping powers over the economy and the country’s fractured politics.
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