Mnangagwa In Secret Gimmick To Consolidate Power
18 March 2024
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By A Correspondent

As Zimbabwe grapples with mounting crises, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent manoeuvers to consolidate power have sparked concern among observers, who warn of a potential third term bid amidst political intrigue and factional rivalries within the ruling Zanu PF party.

In a move perceived as a bid to tighten his grip on authority, Mnangagwa convened a meeting with Zanu PF provincial youth chairpersons over the weekend. The gathering, ostensibly aimed at discussing party matters, is viewed by many as a calculated tactic to bolster his support base and assert dominance within the party hierarchy.

Observers suggest that Mnangagwa’s strategic engagements with party officials signify a broader agenda to prolong his tenure in office, potentially seeking a controversial third term.

Such a move would not only defy constitutional norms but also exacerbate existing tensions within the country’s political landscape.

“Emmerson Mnangagwa has already begun manoeuvers to gun for a third term of office,” remarked one observer, highlighting the president’s apparent ambitions to extend his rule beyond the confines of the current term limit.

Moreover, Mnangagwa’s efforts to consolidate power extend beyond mere political posturing.

Reports indicate a systematic purge of individuals perceived to be aligned with his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, who harbors presidential aspirations of his own.

By pruning elements sympathetic to Chiwenga within the party ranks, Mnangagwa seeks to eliminate potential challenges to his authority and solidify his position as the undisputed leader of Zanu PF.

A Zanu PF source shed light on Mnangagwa’s strategic maneuvering, stating, “Zanu PF Provincial Youth Chairpersons meets President and 1st Secretary of the Party Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa ahead of the planned Provincial Interdistricts.”

This gathering serves as a testament to Mnangagwa’s concerted efforts to shore up support at the grassroots level, crucial for maintaining control amidst growing discontent and dissent.

The implications of Mnangagwa’s power consolidation efforts are far-reaching, with ramifications for Zimbabwe’s democratic future and stability.

Critics warn that an unchecked extension of Mnangagwa’s presidency could further erode the country’s already fragile democratic institutions and exacerbate socio-economic challenges facing ordinary citizens.

As Zimbabwe navigates through a period of uncertainty and turmoil, Mnangagwa’s maneuvers to consolidate power underscore the delicate balance of power within the ruling party and the broader implications for the nation’s political trajectory.

Whether Mnangagwa’s bid for extended rule materializes remains to be seen, but the specter of a potential third term looms large, casting a shadow of uncertainty over Zimbabwe’s political landscape.