Is the departure for real this time?
PRESIDENT Mugabe has set tongues wagging once again about his final departure from State House. There are genuine questions and anxieties. Does he really mean it this time or is he playing games again so that he can smo
ke out ambitious fellows in his party?
The last time he talked about succession he said people were free to discuss it openly. Then he came down like a ton of bricks on those who did!
Quite predictably, he said such an office needed somebody acceptable to the people, one who understood the values of the liberation struggle.
There were no enthusiastic takers at first. In fact Mugabe himself smothered the debate when he told a party congress in Masvingo in December 2003 that he would personally return to tell his supporters when he was ready to go. It’s been alleged that the so-called Dinyane meeting in Tsholotsho towards the end of last year sought to set the stage for Mugabe’s successor by those who didn’t want Joice Mujuru elevated to the presidium of Zanu PF. But whatever the case, the reaction it inspired demonstrated that there was no room for a free debate within Zanu PF.
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