Mugabe political return muddies waters

Politics in this country is getting murkier, uglier, funnier and very interesting. There have never been such interesting times since the meteoric rise of a strong opposition at the turn of the new millennium.

Robert Sigauke

The dynamics are changing, alliances formed and broken, political bases reduced to ashes, men and women of high esteem exposed and left naked.
Such are the times.

The entry of New Patriotic Front (NPF) into the fray has muddied the waters, further necessitating the realignment of political alliances.

What is particularly interesting is the emergence of the Mugabes as power brokers in the opposition divide.

Nobody would have thought that the same former President Robert Mugabe, who ignored calls for electoral reforms for almost two decades, is now set to demand the same.
The tide has changed, indeed the donkeys have grown horns. His authoritative voice commandeered almost everything in the country since 1980, now his own NPF project will sulk: “We urge the President Emmerson Mnangagwa government to implement electoral reforms to create a conducive environment for free and fair elections.”

How the mighty have fallen.

NPF fully knows that they will not gain significant ground going alone into the elections.

However, given that the G40 had a number of legislators and their respective constituencies, it holds sway to soon emerge as the new power brokers.

Hands down they will not beat MDC Alliance. Hands down, they will not beat Zanu PF. What is the game plan then?

The reluctance of National People’s Party and Rainbow Coalition Mujuru to join the MDC Alliance is both telling and has never come at a more opportune time for the NPF.
Ideologically, NPF would be nearer to NPP than MDC and its partners.


What is left is convincing Mujuru that the political dynamics prevailing in the country do not favour the feminine, at least not in the near future.

The disgraceful fall of Grace from grace is still fresh in everyone’s mind.

Mujuru’s recent refusal to join the MDC Alliance is a sure shift towards this convenient convergence. Her meeting with former President Robert Mugabe last month cannot be discounted, especially realising how the pieces are falling into place.

Although Mujuru herself only divulged that the meeting was called by the old man to apologise for her misfortunes in Zanu PF, her lieutenants went even further, saying Mugabe had, indeed, endorsed her presidential bid.

This, however, was not corroborated by Mujuru herself. Accepting that this claim of Mugabe endorsing Mujuru’s presidential bid was the spin craft of these overzealous NPP understudies, at best it exposes the thinking, aspirations and exploration avenues being considered within the NPP itself.

That approach pays in politics. If one is not sure of a move, send overtures first and watch the reaction.

As funny as it may sound that the opposition’s mantra has been that of creating a conducive environment for free and fair elections, Mugabe being an engineer of the new opposition outfit, the NPF, he too will see the need and ultimately demand electoral reforms for credible elections.

It is quite clear that the opposition agenda mainly fought in the last two decades, has won. Zanu PF itself, finally agreed with the opposition that Mugabe must go on November 15, 2017.

Mugabe himself, secondly, is soon to agree that no credible elections can be held without sound reforms.

Forget the elections outcome, the opposition agenda has eventually won.

Going towards elections, the stakes will be very high. A militarised and illegitimate Zanu PF government that will leave nothing to chance to secure victory and sanitise itself.

Then you have its offshoot opposition (NPF) that consists of architects of some of the well-oiled rigging machineries that kept Zanu PF in power for so long, watching like hawks at every turn to see which one is being pulled this time.

Then you have a fractured opposition failing to contain itself because of power struggles.

It is rather disconcerting, however, that traditional opposition voters will not vote Zanu PF because MDC-T is in disarray. They will rather abstain from the process altogether.

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30 Comments

  1. I think its Graces political return as the old man is no longer in control of his faculties but being used by an evil woman and if all women are likes this then we have a problem in this world.

  2. #EDHASMYVOTE. YOUTH

    ‘””‘Going towards elections, the stakes will be very high. A militarised and illegitimate Zanu PF government that will leave nothing to chance to secure victory and sanitise itself.”””HOW CAN YOU SAY THE GOVT IS ILLEGITIMATE WHILE HE WAS APPOINTED BY THE RULING PARTY AFTER THE FORMER RESIGNED AFTER PRESSURE FROM THE PARLIAMENT, HIS OWN PARTY ZANU PF AND ARMY. PLEASE REPORT CORRECTLY

    1. WHAT WAS THE ARMY DOING IN THE STREETS?
      WHAT EVENT TRIGGERED THE OUSTER OF R.GOBLIN?

      1. #EDHASMYVOTE. YOUTH.

        the army was protecting the public against Chihuri and his corrupt force which brutalised people led by THE G40 which were the criminals targeted who used old granny mugabe as their shield in thier criminal activities. THE ARMY NEED NO DEPLOYMENT FROM THE HARAHWA SINCE THEY WERE JUST AROUND THEIR PERIMETERS AND THE PRESIDENT ONLY DEPLOYS ARMY IN CASE OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT OR IN AN ARMED CONFLICT WITH AN ILLEGITIMATE ORGANISATION OTHER THAN POLICE WHCH WAS THE CORRUPT TARGET ITSELF.

  3. #EDHASMYVOTE YOUTH

    EVEN SAYING MILLITARISED IS SO STUPID. WCAN ONE POINT OUT AN ACTIVE MILLITARY PERSONNEL IN ZANU PF…ARENT THEY ALL RETIRED . IF YOU RETIRE FROM BEING A CIVIL SERVANT ,ARE YOU STILL A CIVIL SERVANT..ANYWHERE HOW MANY OF THESE RETIRED ARMY PPLE ARE THERE IN GOVT…3 ?? OUT OF HOW MANY 30 ?…MILLITARISED? BY RETIRED??….COME TO YOUR SENSES.

  4. #EDHASMYVOTE ..YOUTH

    EVEN SAYING MILLITARISED IS SO STUPID. WCAN ONE POINT OUT AN ACTIVE MILLITARY PERSONNEL IN ZANU PF…ARENT THEY ALL RETIRED . IF YOU RETIRE FROM BEING A CIVIL SERVANT ,ARE YOU STILL A CIVIL SERVANT..ANYWHERE HOW MANY OF THESE RETIRED ARMY PPLE ARE THERE IN GOVT…3 ?? OUT OF HOW MANY 30 ?…MILLITARISED? BY RETIRED??….COME TO YOUR SENSES.

  5. Mugabe shud jst shut up wen it cmes to electoral reforms in other words he is admitting that he indeed ws a dictator

  6. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwi Mazivazvangu

    Comment…Ndaifunga kuti tsumo nemadimikira adzina zvirevo.
    1. Chisingapere chinoshura.
    2. Chinobhururuka chinomhara.
    3. Aive madziva ave mazambuko.
    4. Aive mazambuko ave madziva.
    5. Chaitemura chavekuseva.
    6. Chaiseva chavakutemura.
    **Chokwadi vakakuru vakati, “ZVIUYA ZVIRIMBERI” vakanga vazviona.

  7. Mugabe is a clueless lead and the country was on auto cruise for the last 37 years. He should never be seen anywhere n ear the corridors of power. He is a glorified, wishful thinking Headmaster who ran Zimbabwe like a back-yard, dilapidated rural primary school.

  8. The point here, is that, our current President extended a forgiving hand to Mugabe and his cabal rather too soon, perhaps to give himself a good international image. The truth is that there’s no forgiveness without justice. Mugabe and his extended family must face the music for all the crimes they perpetrated against the people of Zimbabwe.
    The current economic decay is as a result of Mugabe’s failed policies, corrupt activities, disregard for the constitution, His anger toward everyone, an undisciplined wife, no interest in economic development, poor people skills, iron first dictatorship methodology, the love for everything white including his tea cups and the lack of initiative and innovative thinking. I think that sums up Mugabe’s rule.
    The current administration MUST arrest all criminals and not just pay lip service to doing the right thing. Its these political criminals who will come back and create problems for them. Lets imagine for a second here… If Jonathan Moyo, kasukuwere, Zhuwawo, Grace, chombo etc bounced back tmw would they extend a hand of forgiveness. Sometimes firmness is in order. The people cry out for justice, hear them.

    1. I agree with you Mugabe was a selfish two timing snake it is now becoming clear that he never walked the talk instead he took our hard working fathers for fools wasting almost four decades of our lives with lies and living a legacy of hatred now it is almost difficult for us madhara echiduku to trust white people the damage is done Mugabe should answer for this psychological damage or better be silent and let the wheel role on

    2. Vana John Snow tibvirei kumhepo. Mugabe couldn’t have committed those crimes without accomplices. You can’t spare one of the armed robbers from among a gang that has terrorised and killed many just because he managed to defeat the rest in a fight over the spoils. Such thinking reflects mental disorder.

      1. VANA JAMES GUNIKE TIBVIREI A CHAIRMAN OF A COMMITTEE , PRESIDENT OF A COUNTRY & CABINET , CHIEF OF A VILLAGE , FATHER OF A FAMILY , COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF AN ARMY , ETC IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE UNIT HE/SHE LEADS SO MUGABE IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF HIS CABINET, GOVERNMENT , ARMY , WIFE DOKTOR ETC, thinking otherwise will send wrong messages to future leaders of zimbabwe.

  9. Comment…l Would rather think that ED could be more positive in his ideologies than that former old man.At least we got some fresh air at the moment!!!

  10. Mugabe,do you think that we are fools and happy with what you have done to the people of zimbabwe? What values do you and ED have in today today running of our country which you and your party has totally destroyed? You don’t feel shame, but the ghost spirits shall see you red in the coming days with what you have done to those deceased people and the living.

  11. captain jack sparrow

    john snow, l kind lyk buy your point buddy. this old man must be dragged to court to answer for all the atrocities he committed during his tym in office

    1. AGREED, GET “M” INTO PARLIAMENT TO ANSWER THE 15BIL DIAMOND QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. AT LEAST “ED” SEEMS TO HAVE GOT RID OF “M” CONSTITUTION (COMMUNIST)

  12. captain jack sparrow

    or else he must be reminded to trace back his fathers roots and go back to Malawi, Chatunga

  13. Love destroy hate

    Comment…Mr john snow if mugabe is to be arrested, then the current regime has to be arrested also. Ask yourself, who was JOC chairman in 2008 after march elections. Who was spearheading ‘operation mavhotera papi’? How can justice be selective? The people of zimbabwe know what happened, they know who are responsible for the violence that happened. Do not blame mr mugabe alone, the current regime are the chief architects of the 2008 violence. The regime knows it, and you mr john snow, knows it too.

  14. KANOFANIRWA KU HEN’WA KASATAN AKA …KAKAURAYA VANHU VAKAWANDA APA KAAKUTO ONERERWA,,,,ED IS TOO KIND. KAKAURAYA VANHU ZVIURU ZVINE MAKUMI NEMAKUMI,,ANACDE TONGO, ANA CDE CHITEPO,,ANACDE MUJURU VESE VARIPASI..AIVASHANDISA IKO HAKAZIVI KANA KUBATA GIDI…XCA..XCA XCA….

  15. Gamba Ranhasi

    Uncle Bob must just ask himself who is responsible for unfair electoral laws, and when he gets the answer, he must just SHUT UP!

  16. Let him return so that we can get hold of him as he goes around campaigning.This time there will be no ZRP to protect him from the crowd.

    1. TAURA ZVAKO IWE , POVO INOPEDZA NAYE , ED ANE MA FILES AVO THATS WHY THEY WANTED TO ELIMINATE HIM .

  17. captain jack sparrow

    casting your vote on a 94 year old granny, visit the nearest hospital and consult a doctor

  18. shilling chinheya

    Even if mngangagwa aivharidzire huipi hwake or not I will not vote for him handikanganwe chegore ra2008 vanhu vachipiswa namaplastic izvezvi zimbabwe yava like a dump area all because of zanu pf, even if dai ian smith aimuka aifa futi kepiri aona kufa kwaita zimbabwe, handikanganwe vanhu vachimbunyikidzwa kunzi vhoterai zanu pf, handikanganwe vanhu vakauraiwa veMDC muna2002 veMDC mota yavo ikapiswa zvose izvi mnangagwa aivepo hanzi mhembwe rudzi inozvara mwana ane kazhumu uye shiri dzine mambava mamwechete dzinobhururuka pamwechete so I will rather vote for opposition than zanu pf yakaita zvakawanda that I will never forget and forgive haasi mugabe chete akauraya nyika but all zanu pf including those who are ruling today pretending like sheeps outwardly but inwardly they are voracious wolves

  19. GRACE NGASIYE SEKURU VAZORORE WE, KO HU PRESIDENT NDEHWEDZINZA HERE KANA KUTI NDEHWENYIKA

  20. mugabe must go before the courts for his crimes during and after libetation war. hakafaniri kuenda pa heroes acre

  21. mugabe must go before the courts for his crimes during and after liberation war. hakafaniri kuenda pa heroes acre

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