Is Mugabe losing control?

In yesterday’s issue of NewsDay, we reported that security ministers — Ignatius Chombo (Home Affairs) and Sydney Sekeramayi (Defence) — were reportedly advised of the aborted meeting by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) members in Harare last Thursday.

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Regrettably, the meeting was violently put down by the police, on whose instruction no one knows.

Yet, when President Robert Mugabe addressed the nation, he claimed Chombo and Sekeramayi had indicated to him that they had no clue of the meeting. He added State Intelligence minister Kembo Mohadi was also clueless.

President Robert Mugabe on edge etched President Robert Mugabe

But the ZNLWVA are adamant they met Chombo and Sekeramayi minus Mohadi ahead of the meeting, which was to discuss their membership’s welfare.

The disclosures will no doubt leave Mugabe, who turned 92 on Sunday, with egg on his face. This shows that Mugabe is no longer in control of Zanu PF, especially if the recent fracas is anything to go by.

The most worrying trend is that if the President cannot effectively deal with the fissures threatening to rip Zanu PF apart, how will he succeed in resolving the myriad of challenges confronting Zimbabwe as a whole? If Chombo and Sekeramayi knew about the war veterans’ meeting, why did they withhold the critical information from their principal? Was their decision to withhold such information from the President informed by their understanding of the Zanu PF power matrix or the lack of invincibility of the sole centre of power?

The fact that the war veterans have vowed to stick with War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, even after Mugabe’s public rebuke, is yet another testimony that the centre can no longer hold.

At his prime, before advanced age and ill-health set in, no one would have defied Mugabe in that manner. His word was law.

In what was supposed to be a “State of Zanu PF Address” on Friday night, Mugabe admitted he was in the dark about the war vets’ gathering.

It appears there are more people and not just Mutsvangwa bringing the name of Zanu PF into disrepute. The Zanu PF chaos clearly stems from Mugabe’s failure to know when to leave, which is why Zimbabwe is in an economic morass. Evidently, Mugabe no longer has firm control of Zanu PF affairs because he would have been alerted to such critical developments that have national significance.

It is disastrous that all the upheavals in the party emanated from First Lady Grace Mugabe’s whirlwind entry into politics and regrettably she has virtually stepped on everyone’s toes.

To say the party is in a mess is an understatement, but the sooner the issues are resolved, the better.

Sadly, at the moment we do not see that happening, as Mugabe has been firmly eclipsed. The most tragic thing about it all is that this may have far-reaching negative impacts not only on Zanu PF, but the nation as well.

It is also tragic that all the focus and attention has been drawn away from government business, as the power games are played out by egocentric politicians, who appear to be hungry for power as an end in itself.

Little thought now goes on how to resolve the socio-economic maladies that have rendered the majority of the population paupers. Zanu PF needs to wake up and do the right things. It’s never too late to do something right.

32 Responses to Is Mugabe losing control?

  1. Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Our revolutionary Leader is the best that the African Continent has had so far.He has given the native people land and is on his way to Economically Empower Africans.No African Leader dead or alive has ever provided that for his / her people.Many Africans admire this African State Man. In 2014 I went to Kenya…and a certain friend of mine said”We have had want Zimbabwe is going thru bt we wld have wanted to borrow your President to sort out the Land issue that has caused civil strife in our country”.Those words still echo in my ears even today. As a Zimbabwean I am very proud of what the President has done so far, that is why South African EFF and ANC is now advocating for Land Redistribution and Black Empowerment. Long live His Excellence, R.Magabe…a Legendary Leader and African Icon!!!!!

    • Sendai February 23, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      What is your comment on the current state of affairs in your party?

      • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:14 am #

        The Party is in a Self Cleansing State…Getting rid of Bad Elements before 2018 elections.

    • Tendai February 23, 2016 at 10:06 am #

      Whoever brainwashed you is the best in the business. In any case how old are you little boy, 8 years, I guess? Its always a good thing to be ignorant and keep it to yourself rather telling the whole world.

      • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:17 am #

        I am a normal Patriotic Adult who is well aware of the current state of the Revolutionary Party and the Goverment

    • soxman 44 February 23, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      Do you have a stand, or a plot ……do you own a piece of land……who controls the land ,,,,at what price if you are Zimbabwean can you get the land…is it accessible………please we didi not fought for land but for the elite to have land…..tangoti tikuonesewo!!!! how come you own country sales land for profit to citizens.

      • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:32 am #

        You are a sociopathic liar.I own a single piece of Land.Govt does not sell land. Not in Zimbabwe maybe somewhere!!!!!!!!!

        • mangundu February 23, 2016 at 11:46 am #

          please,you guys,bear in mind that Hapana chisingapere.

    • Jiba February 23, 2016 at 10:44 am #

      Mugabe is currently a liability to Zimbabwe,stop lying to yourself Cde Humba!

      • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 11:00 am #

        You should read between the line.You are very very ignorant of what is taking place….open your eyes, ears and brains to reality in politics and policies

  2. Chipo February 23, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    I know this Cde Humba, he has done it before. Last week he posted some silly messages praising this dictator of his. I think he belongs to a some nameless organisation which he claims its prepared to die for Matibili. I don’t know where he comes from but what I can deduce from his messages is that he is not normal and he needs some help, I suggest psychiatrist.

    • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      You need a psychiatrist more than I do as seen by your silly utterances.

  3. Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    You need a psychiatrist more than I do as seen by your silly utterances.

    • tinashe February 23, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      The Zanu PF regime has brain-damaged a lot of people in Zimbabwe and it will take a long time for them to recover, like this Humba chap.

      • Takawira February 23, 2016 at 10:32 am #

        No Humba damaged himself by believing all the nonsense from his ruling party. He should blame himself

  4. tinashe February 23, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    This moron is just trolling and he must be ignored. Waste of time.

    • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:36 am #

      You to must be ignored…Don’t insult any Zimbabwean.We have no room for morons. Instead join the media Dialogue that will benefit voters or Zimbabweans at large.Insulting fellow Zimbabweans is WASTING TIME….

  5. Monica February 23, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    It looks like today we have got another lunatic who goes by the name of Cde Humba. Yesterday we had a similar character who wanted to get a constable dismissed. Humba is paid to confuse people.

    • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 10:40 am #

      Good morning Monica. Thats a nice name and also try be be nice to fellow Nationals(that is healthy) for you & I.

      • nehanda nyakasikana February 23, 2016 at 11:31 am #

        @ Cde Humba certainly has never been to Kenya because if indeed had been there he would understand very well that the land issues in Kenya have nothing to do with the colonialists but with their very own kenyatta family. our president has no moral standing to resolve that issue because here in zimbabwe he parceled out the vast majority of the land to himself his family and cronies and has thwarted any possiblity of a land audit ever since land reform exercise was completed…why

        • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 11:56 am #

          I know the History very well. Where President Kenyatta was given money by the colonisers by instead bought the land for his family. In comparison to Zimbabwe our President is honest.

        • Maria February 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

          Are you paying for this internet or its part of your Zanu PF benefits? Either way it will catch up with you. All good things come to n end, even Zanu PF benefits.

  6. nehanda nyakasikana February 23, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    but as concerning this article in particular..it is now quite clear that the president has lost control of the party and government and he is trying to compensate for that by creating anarchy in the party and government through divide and rule tactics using his wife and Gay40’s diverting the nation’s attention from his failures.

  7. Munya Chikato February 23, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    True Story: When I was growing up there was a husband who was very quiet. He was a very good carpenter and whenever he drank beer he used to do it on his own. He was very respected in the community. However as it turned out something happened to his wife, a teacher at the local village school, when they were in their late 50s, some said ingozi but there definitely was a mental mutation of some sort. The teacher wife could wake up on any day from as early as 5am ranting and raving about everyone and everything adding some obscene phrases in the process. This would last a couple hours or so. The husband was not able to control or seemed not to be bothered too much about these goingzons. For some reason we started making fun of HIM and to this day I do not know why we made jokes of him instead of his looney wife.

  8. Newako February 23, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Nothing new here, Mugabe lost control a long time ago. What do you expect from an 92 year old?
    Ideally like judges, the president must be below 70 years old.

    • Cde Humba February 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      But the President you are talking about won a resounding solid election on the 31st of July 2013, thus the majority of the registered VOTERS..placed him in that position and have confidence in that man.Afters so many years Zimbabwean reaffirmed their choice of a Leader and the minority must shut up

      • Maria February 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

        Maybe you should check ‘resounding’ before you make unwarranted noises. Mugabe rigs elections and he know it.

  9. sssss February 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    @cde humba, mudede who has two voters rolls in his office won the elections for zanu and zanu is hoping he does not die before 2018 to play the same trick. he is a genious with numbers especially when it comes to numbers for elections. remember all the zanu guys were surprised at how the party won and even the president was. everyone was told not to ask anymore questions in case it licks and the oppositions gets to know it. remember the president once said there are a thousand ways of winning an elections. in this case to cheat in an election. after violence was seen by the whole world, it was dropped, after the police and the solders became untrustworthy the system was dropped and then enter mudede with the latest trick. and now that, this one is still not known by the world and the opposition or even the president himself, it will be used in 2018. and you will say the president won resound solid election. its not true cde humba. anyway almost all the presidents in africa cheat that is why they cant challenge each other.

  10. Tjingababili February 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    INTERESTING! THANK GOD AM UNIVERSITY EDUCATED AND CAN WORK ANYWHERE IN THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD. NEED NO SUCH GARBAGE TO WORSHIP S THIEF!

  11. mufudzi February 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    cde humba you need help your comments are full of little knowledge this is not the zimbabwe we are living in noone is against mugabe we are against his way of doing things ……wats special has he done on land reform arent you ashamed of yourself to say it was done the right way …………………we need grown ups on this platfoam not dogs that eats its waste ……… we need fresh blood here there is nothing special Mugabe has done so far besides to make us burgers in our own country
    yours
    mufudzi

  12. Musa February 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    Mugabe is surely not in control, he has lost it. I don’t think he even knows what is happening. Grace is in control and is taking zanu pf down the drain at list she has done a good thing for Zimbabwe goodbye zanupf.

  13. Cde Humba February 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    mufudzi that not nice & constructive …try to be nice pple with that mentality belong to the WEST not Africa

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