Mugabe Wife Praise Recipe For Civil War: PDP

Thursday, 23 February 2017  Radio VOP

HARARE – Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s party has warned President Robert Mugabe’s recent show of contempt against his lieutenants while praising his wife could worsen the volatile situation within Zanu PF and expose the entire country to a civil war.

“The People’s Democratic Party notes with concern that Mugabe and Zanu PF are determined to drag ZIMBABWE into a civil war,” said the party in a statement on Wednesday.

In his interview with the State media on his 93rd birthday, President Mugabe said he saw none among his lieutenants with enough leadership qualities to become his successor.

During the same interview, he praised his “matured” wife saying she was now acceptable among the Zanu PF faithful.

But PDP said this was “not only reckless but must not be said at a volatile stage which if not managed; the delicate issue of transition will result into the unfolding of chaos”.

“The fact that Mugabe criticized everyone while heaping praise on his wife shows that he has already made up his mind, anointing his wife and recklessly choosing to impose a dynastic arrangement on the citizens of Zimbabwe,” said PDP.

“Grace lacks the capacity to lead and has no defendable stature, even at least respect from any corner of society.

“Any reasonable individual will obviously oppose a move which is aimed at her taking over the reins and sadly this includes the Lacoste faction.”

Team Lacoste is a term used to refer to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp which is involved in a fierce tussle for party control with the G40 faction thought to be headed by President Mugabe and his wife ahead of his much anticipated exit from power.

At 93, Mugabe is seen starring imminent exit from a political office he has strongly defended for 37 years.

His inevitable exit, it is strongly felt, could come through an electoral loss, incapacitation or death.

Said PDP: “The fact that the Lacoste faction includes the military junta makes it dangerous for Mugabe to try and impose his wife in a process which must normally be determined by a democratic election.

“Mugabe has always deprived the people of Zimbabwe their right to freely choose.”

PDP said the recent rants against Mugabe and his wife by axed Zanu PF Mashonaland Central youth chair, Godfrey Tsenengamu, a Mnangagwa ally, are evidence that the succession wars in Zanu PF are a danger to many Zimbabwean lives.

“...His utterances must be taken seriously.

“The current environment is volatile; it has many ingredients for a civil war. The toxic hate speech exchanged everyday across the Zanu PF factions is at the same level with that witnessed before the Genocide in Rwanda.”

“It is our strong view that the political fighting mode that Zimbabwe has been exposed to for a very long time is a recipe for war and bloodshed.

“Experience has taught us that once a country plunges into civil unrest and a war erupts it is very hard to recover; the case of Libya is one example which must give us lessons and demand that an NTA be established to avoid our nation being plunged into war by Mugabe who lacks any care for the Zimbabwean people.”

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