Mugabe to spend 3 weeks in Far East

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is reportedly set to leave the country on another trip to Southeast Asia this week — hardly a month after returning from Singapore where he had gone for a medical check-up and to pick up his wife recovering from a surgical operation, NewsDay has learnt.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The trip, that will apparently end with a State visit to Japan, is scheduled to last up to three weeks as Mugabe will pass through several countries in that region for his frequent medical check-ups.

He spent his annual leave in the region between December and January.

But analysts yesterday said Mugabe’s frequent absences from Zimbabwe could trigger a power vacuum in the country that could result in political instability.

Although Presidential spokesperson George Charamba would neither confirm nor deny the impending trip, government officials yesterday said Mugabe would make a stopover in Singapore for a medical check-up before proceeding to Japan.

Charamba said: “I am hearing it for the first time from you that the President will travel to the Far East.”

However, another senior official said: “The President will travel to the Far East on a State visit. Whether he will make a stopover, where and for what, I can’t tell you.”

Academic and political analyst Ibbo Mandaza warned that the rate at which Mugabe was leaving the country in the hands of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was “worrisome” as it would likely create a governance problem.

Mandaza said Mnangagwa would be hesitant to make and implement key decisions for fear of being viewed as plotting Mugabe’s ouster.
He said the frequent absence of the President would create a “politically dangerous” situation for Zimbabwe.

“He is aged, old and frail and normally as in other countries, he would have retired. What is not clear is why he is still clinging to power,” Mandaza queried.


“It is a dangerous situation. Politically, you cannot leave a person acting all the time.”

Political scientist Eldred Masunungure also said Mugabe’s frequent absences as the country’s chief executive would soon create a leadership vacuum.

Masunungure cited the case of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who was stripped of her government and party posts last December after allegations of creating another centre of power and plotting Mugabe’s assassination.

“Whoever will be acting will be very timid to take decisive action on policy issues and that will create a vacuum, unless he [Mugabe] invests requisite power and authority to act within the area that the Acting President is allowed within the Constitution,” Masunungure said.

“Whoever is Acting President will be too cautious even on the powers vested in him for fear that the steps will be misread as creating another centre of power.”

Another political analyst, Charles Mangongera, said Mugabe’s absence would affect the running of government as critical decisions would have to be put on hold.

He added Mugabe’s frequent absences would work in the favour of Mnangagwa, who is also working to consolidate power for himself.
“This will give Mnangagwa free rein to consolidate his power,” Mangongera said.

A United States think-tank last week warned that political instability and potential violence could threaten Zimbabwe in the coming 12 to 18 months.

The Council on Foreign Relation’s Centre for Preventive Action said the risk factors associated with political instability in Zimbabwe were growing fast, as doubts remained over how long Mugabe’s tight control would last.

The report was authored by Institute for Defence Analysis researcher George Ward, a former US envoy to Namibia.

“Although President Mugabe has moved to strengthen his already tight grip on the levers of power within both the government and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu PF), doubts remain as to how long tight discipline will last.”
The report stated: “Zimbabwe’s economy remains weak and vulnerable to potential shocks that might precipitate political instability as well.”

It added that Mugabe’s “guided democracy” had long been the decisive factor in resolving debates in Zanu PF, but he had lately taken his personal control to a new level.

“Significant opposition to Mugabe’s authoritarian rule would likely be met by repressive measures, but conceivably could trigger a crisis within the Zanu PF.”

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16 Comments

  1. I thought the retirement age in Zimbabwe was 65 and someone who has gone for more than 25 years beyond the stipulated age is still clamouring to power. This baffles the mind. As if that wasn’t enough, he complaints about his salary which he claims is little.
    We have a serious governance problem before us and a catastrophic leadership crisis. Time will tell but the signs are there for all to see and decipher.

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  2. No kamdara aka kakapedzisira kutonga kudara now its the Joint Operation Command in charge under the chairmanship of the General Chiwengwa (with questionable army credentials of course), who besides being there during the war his contributions are not known. So in as far as I am concerned there is no vacuum and there can never be.

  3. What Mugabe needs in Zimbabwe is a hotel and a house in Singapore because we can count our fingers the number of times he has occupied that house in Zimbabwe but has been more at home in Singapore enjoying their modern environment as we are chocked by his toxic policies back home.

  4. Imiwe hamudzidze ngei. Mugabe isimbi yebasa. Bva nyorai kusvika maneta. VaMugabe havaitirwe zvekumhanya.

    Meanwhile the public has noted with disgust the competition between Newsday and Daily news to denigrate and attack first family and by extension Zimbabwe. Nobody takes you seriously thats why the more you write the more Mugabe gets stronger and popular.The more Zimbabweans and whole World are showing affection to him publicly.

    Honestly you even make false headlines on items screened live on tv.

    1. Cde Ndinindega (the supreme leader)

    2. bingo wokwa Gutu

      Really, I hope you are getting paid for selling your conscience.

  5. “analysts yesterday said Mugabe’s frequent absences from Zimbabwe could trigger a power vacuum in the country that could result in political instability.”—-manyepo aya .varimo vasimo same difference handiti vamutasa vakamirira grace adzoke kwaanga ari kuti adzingwe.

  6. Mkoma wangu Gushungo, chisiyai basa iri muzorore. Mave kunyanya kubuda kuenda mhiri. A little rest will do blaz, toite focus kumabusiness. Will yedu yakachengeteka zvayo, handiti?

  7. No power vaccum.mungagwa is in charge of JOC.though they have no popular base and appeal to the grassroots.they have been running the country since 2008.

  8. NO POWER VACCUM.DAMBUDZO E MUNANGAHWA HAS IS CHARGE OF JOC WHICH HAS BEEN RUNNING SINCE 2008.MUDHARA NDEWEKUNGO TI KANA AMUKA MUHOPE OBVOTOMOKA NEKUVERENGA TUMAPEPA TWAANO NYORERWA ZVEKUTAURA.

    1. bingo wokwa Gutu

      Even grade one know that capitalization is conditional. Border Gezi graduate I presume, its understandable.

  9. why the old man cannot retire peacefully and be on vacation permenently boggles the mind.

  10. This is not news, news would be “President to spend 3 weeks in Zimbabwe”

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  12. So what if he leaves ?

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