The real crisis in ZANU-PF that no one wants to talk about


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The suggestion of another coup seems so far-fetched that its only aim can be to cause confusion, especially when things are so bad in the country.

If Chiwenga wanted so desperately to rule, why did he simply not take office when Mugabe stepped down because Mnangagwa was not in the country at the time?

Some might argue that this was meant to give the take-over some credence as no one wanted it to be seen as a “coup”. These critics grossly under-estimate Mnangagwa. He promised when he was fired that he would be back in two weeks, and he was.

Indeed, Mnangagwa might not be as popular a leader of ZANU-PF as Mugabe was, but Zimbabweans do not seem to understand how ZANU-PF operates. It is quite different from the Movement for Democratic Change where the leader is more powerful than the party.

MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai was always more powerful than the party. That is why he survived every split, and seems to have become stronger after every split. This seems to have passed on to Chamisa who, it appears, is even more popular than the party than Tsvangirai was.

Mugabe, on the other hand, despite the public perception, was never more popular than ZANU-PF. The same goes for Mnangagwa.

Everyone in ZANU-PF, however, knows that there is no life outside the party, no matter how popular you might be. One only has to look at how politicians have fallen after leaving or being expelled from the party.

Is there, therefore, anyone who is prepared to take the risk to upset the cart within ZANU-PF?

Indeed, in politics, anything can happen, but it is better for Zimbabweans to start thinking about reviving the economy than to be in perpetual political mood as it is economics that brings food to the table and not politics unless it is one’s career.

 

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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