Will they have the guts?

Elsewhere in this newspaper we carry a story about Mugabe throwing his toys because of a very frank self-assessment document on Zanu (PF) put together at the request of the politburo by justice minister Patrick Chinamasa.
We understand that the document is very candid and clearly identifies a


number of problems within Zanu that are common knowledge, such as the ascendancy of all those related to the Zezuru clan – to the increasing consternation of other Shona-speakers, the marginalisation of the Ndebeles and the personality cult surrounding certain individuals – notably the president himself and Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono.
According to inside sources, the report also highlights the strategic mistakes make by Zanu (PF) during the 90s, particularly the misreading of the political temperature in the country and the missed opportunity of negotiations with the MDC.
We, among many other commentators and new sources, have articulated all these problems in the past. They have fallen on deaf ears. Now that the criticism comes from within his own party, Mugabe has flown into a rage – demanding that all copies of the report be withdrawn from circulation and returned to him.
Herein lies the fundamental problem. We had long suspected that Mugabe was being ill-informed by his lieutenants. “Living in cloud cuckooland” was the oft-repeated phrase. Now we know it is all true. His reaction to being told the truth at last makes their initial reluctance somewhat understandable. I suppose we should applaud them for biting the bullet at long last.
Until now Mugabe, one man, has decreed truth for everyone else. His opinion alone has become the party line and everyone else has toed it – in order to protect their ill-gotten gains of course. But now the chips are really down. Cloud cuckoo-land is not cutting it any more. Hence the “bravery” of the many senior politicians who rushed to leak the story of the report.
Mugabe’s policy of smashing the mirror because he doesn’t like his reflection has not improved his image. Refusing to accept the facts doesn’t change anything. The question now is whether those surrounding him will be able to summon the guts to force the old dodderer to face reality. We live in hope.
Word for Today : “Now listen you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days … the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.” – James 5 Vs 1-4

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