Zimbabwes Biggest Daily Online Newspaper – Mugabe Revises Retirement Plans As Joice Mujuru Fails To Garner Support Zimbabwe Daily News

January 12, 2006 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Joyce MujuruPresident Robert Mugabe will run for another presidential term if his favoured successor, Vice President Joice Mujuru, fails to garner unanimous support within the ruling Zanu PF , authoritative official sources said this week.

They said Mugabe was keeping his options open on whether to run for another presidential term, preferring to make a decision by the end of the year after checking whether Mujuru had made progress in rallying solid support within Zanu PF and nationally to win presidential elections due in 2008. Although Mugabe has hinted that he wanted to retire at the end of his term, ruling party sources said he only wanted to relinquish power to a cadre he was sure would not hound him for various crimes he has committed against Zimbabweans, including genocide. The sources, within the government and the ruling party, said Mugabe had now acknowledged that there were difficulties in successfully selling Mujuru’s candidature in Zanu PF and to Zimbabweans in time for the presidential ballot. This factor could force the President to revise his retirement plans as well as his decision on which individuals could succeed him.

“President Mugabe has made clear he wants Mujuru to be the president after he retires,” a member of Zanu PF’s supreme Politburo organ said, preferring not to be named. “But if Mujuru fails to garner the party’s critical support by the time of our conference in December, Mugabe will contest the elections,” the official told Zimdaily.

Another Politburo member said: “The restructuring which is taking place in the party is to try to fortify Mujuru’s shaky candidature but if the plan fails Mugabe will go for another term.” Sources said Mugabe was worried that Mujuru would not win an election against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai hence his spirited manoeuvres to destablise the opposition before he relinquishes power. Zimdaily heard that Mugabe was eager to see Mujuru take over because he saw her as a strong-willed politician who could guarantee his security after retirement. But most senior Politburo members are unhappy with Mujuru taking over saying the former Water Affairs minister does not command solid support within Zanu PF and nationally to win a presidential election.

The members are instead pushing for former Finance Minister Simba Makoni to be at least a running mate for Mugabe if the President has to run for another term. The renewed power struggles within Zanu PF come amid growing resistance within the party over its fast-track restructuring of leaders running the provinces. Mujuru was imposed on Zanu PF stalwarts following the illfated Tsholotsho coup masterminded by Emmerson Mnangagwa. So far Mugabe has sunk more than Z$60 billion to destabilise the opposition MDC ahead of the presidential poll which Mugabe wants pushed to 2010 so as to make them coincide with legislative elections.

Zimbabwes Biggest Daily Online Newspaper – Mugabe Revises Retirement Plans As Joice Mujuru Fails To Garner Support Zimbabwe Daily News

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