Lloyd Msipa |The escalation of factional political fights in ZANU PF to a point of reckless abandon is premised on the realisation that Zimbabwe may wake up one day and Mnagangwa is constitutional positioned to take over from Mugabe. This fear has also introduced a tribal dimension to the contest. Mandi Chimene a Manyika and most of the G40 members, zezuru can not fathom a State president drawn from the karanga. And of course there is the square plug in a round hole Jonathan Moyo who paid heavily for Mnagangwa’s intransigence in the infamous Tsholotsho debacle. In what was the first real attempt to democratise the choosing of leaders in ZANU PF , Mnangagwa again left his colleagues in a larch. Jonathan Moyo, Chinamasa, Mudenda, July Moyo and a few others paid a heavy price over that meeting at Dinyane Secondary school in Tsholotsho. In his latest interview, which gave him his first real chance to speak to the Zimbabwean people and maybe correct or shed light into some of the alleged skeletons in his closet, a presidential blessed “go ahead to respond” if you like.
He failed to do so. He was mercurial in his response. He denied the undeniable? Does he really think Zimbabweans are so naive and will allow him to bury the Lacoste image with a simple denial.Mai Mujuru’s dismissal was premised on the fact the she was leading one of two factions. So, now Mnagangwa would have us believe Lacoste was a figment of our imagination. So Mai Mujuru’s dismissal was a nullity, was it not if there was never a Lacoste. Mnagangwa’s attempts at ‘smokes and mirrors ‘ falls flat on its face. He is a novice at it. What happens to the war veterans he sacrificed on the altar of expedience. He has disowned them and everything they stand for. The war veterans say they stand with the people and they want him to stand with them and succeed Mugabe. He runs for cover. Who does Mnagangwa stand for. Can he be trusted with the highest office in the land when he does not attempt to defend his own. Examples abound -Tomana. Are we not at risk of jumping ” from the frying pan into the fire” There is also another Constituency that need to hear his side of the story…the Gukurahundi victims…their children and grandchildren who are told of this ‘evil’ man who directed Gukurahundi operations : this feared man,”Ngwena” the crocodile. His ability or lack thereof to deal with this matter has long term implications for him being accepted as a State president in General and in the Midlands and Matebeleland region in particular.
So in essence Manicaland and Mashonaland are doing everything legal and extralegal to frustrate his ascension…Midlands and Matebeleland are indifferent to him because he has done nothing to cleanse his image there. Fear is not acceptance. Blessing Chebundo trounced him twice in elections in kwekwe until the party had to create a rural constituency for him -Churumanzu- Zibagwe. That is how bad his image is.The image of a feared gangstar is the perception the Midlanders have of him. ..” Musamubate anozivana na ED”….should a State president be feared or respected. In Matebeleland the Gukurahundi issue remains his Achilles heel. So if Mnangagwa finds himself interim president one of these mornings when Mugabe dies in his sleep, will he not entrench himself using State machinery in perpetuity during those first 90 days – Food for thought – #Msipasaidit