THAT President Mugabe wants to hang on until 2010 is indisputable (Zimbabwe Independent, May 5). The situation is however becoming desperate for him now.
Those who have had the guts to indicate that he should have gone by
2008 are now growing in numbers.
His new argument is that Zimbabwe is in an economic difficulty that will make it unwise to hold two major elections in two years. Certainly, Zanu PF will not afford it and the combined elections are better off held in 2008 or 2010.
Typical of his manipulative tactics, he is banking on MPs (the term refers to both houses) being selfish and voting for serving their full terms.
Insiders have suggested to him that there is really only a year to go to the presidential election. Both the party and the government need to mobilise resources and time is running out.
Mugabe has put everything on hold, hoping that the decision to go in 2010 will be “natural” in view of the problems of holding a presidential election in 2008.
The senators in particular stand to lose if 2008 is election year for all. It would also mean that Mugabe will have to stand because time will be too short to sell a new candidate.
Meanwhile, Mugabe has started warming up to Emmerson Mnangagwa again, rather openly.
It is thought this is his way of sending a message to the Vice-President Joice Mujuru camp that they don’t have it in the bag as yet, and that he still has a say in what happens in the end.
The Mujuru camp is not lying idle either. The general has been doing his rounds, mobilising resources for the 2008 presidential election.
In her corner, among others, are Attorney-General Sobusa Gula-Ndebele and governors of Mashonaland Central, East and several ministers.
She has a grip on the central committee and an evenly split politburo.