Zimbabwe

Mugabe's fear of naming successor 'stems from deep sense of fear'

2016-06-06 15:09
Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

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Harare - Expelled Zanu-PF youth leader Godfrey Tsenengamu has claimed that President Robert Mugabe’s fears of naming his successor stem from a deep sense of mistrust and fear that the chosen heir-apparent could persecute him, a report said on Monday.

According to NewsDay, the former Mashonaland Central youth leader reportedly posted on his Facebook page that it was in Mugabe’s interest to deal with the succession issue while he was still around.

He claimed that, should Mugabe fail to deal with the succession issue now, the ruling party was "doomed".

"…My President (Mugabe) should preside over this matter while he is still around and it is in his best interests to do so. We must understand that the succession issue is being fuelled by the insecurity that a lot of people are feeling. There is lack of trust and that is dangerous," Tsenengamu was quoted as saying.

Tsenengamu’s call came just a few days after the country's former liberation fighters officially endorsed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe.

The former freedom fighters claimed that Mnangagwa was the next in line to take over the presidency.

They maintained that their decision to endorse Mnangagwa was irreversible.

Reports indicated that Zanu-PF was riddled with warring factions, as party leaders positioned themselves to eventually succeed the nonagenarian.

Among the possible names in the looming battle to take over were Mugabe's wife Grace, 50, and his two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Mnangagwa.

A new group of Young Turks, Generation 40, was pushing for Grace to be the next deputy president, thus, positioning her to eventually succeed the ailing president.

This had reportedly further widened the party's succession factional wars.

Mugabe recently accused potential successors of wishing him dead and told supporters to unite against foreign enemies he said wanted to destroy the southern African nation.

Mugabe has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980.  He has repeatedly said that that his heir must be chosen democratically.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  phekezela mphoko  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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