Provinces will decide Mugabe’s fate: Mutasa

President Robert Mugabe’s political fate will be decided by Zanu (PF) provincial structures and not Congress, says Didymus Mutasa, the party’s secretary for administration.

Mutasa told The Zimbabwean in an exclusive interview that as Mugabe was a “popular people chosen leader” his successor would also be chosen by the people

As factionalism and in- fighting threaten to tear the party apart, Mutasa said it was the responsibility of Zimbabweans to stop these power struggles, and expressed optimism that the disbanded party District Coordinating Committees, would resurface soon.

Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed that tensions were high as members at provincial level wanted power, but dismissed Mutasa’s hopes, saying the disbanded DCCs were “dead and buried and would not rise from the dead”.

“Power is everything,” Gumbo told The Zimbabwean. “If the succession issue crops up at the Congress and those in provincial structures take advantage of their positions of influence, that would be something else.”

The faction that dominates the provincial leadership will have the upper hand in deciding who will succeed Mugabe when the time comes. That is why provincial elections have been marred by chaos, violence, postponements, alleged imposition of candidates and other irregularities. In Mashonaland West the elections were postponed reportedly at the behest of Mugabe and Ignatius Chombo.

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