Mugabe reigns in rebels

HARARE - After a lot of speculation, anticipation and anxiety over a perceived revolt against Robert Mugabe in Zanu (PF), everything stultified into a non-event last week after a reportedly stormy Zanu (PF) politburo meeting during which it is said the individuals linked to the revolt openly distanced themselves from any such plans.

Mugabe, increasingly getting paranoid and jittery in the face of prospects for an end to his stranglehold on power, hastily returned home from his holiday and convened the politburo meeting which had on the agenda the issue of “sell-outs and rebellious elements”.

Former finance minister, Simba Makoni, former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa and retired army general are said by sources to have been forced to comment on the sustained media reports linking them to a revolt, and they all re-affirmed their loyalty or fear of Mugabe. Sources say they went further to put it on the record that they were ready to campaign for the aged dictator in the upcoming presidential elections.

“Everything has come to an end because all of them were made to speak on the matter and they said all the reports were a figmentation of the media,” a politburo member said. “Although it appears true that they have been planning something, the latest developments put an end to their project.”

Mugabe is said to have emerged out of the meeting invigorated and relieved after a real scare caused by the reports of a revolt in his party.- Staff reporter

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