Bid to lure Mugabe back into active politics exposed

Bid to lure Mugabe back into active politics exposed
Published: 25 April 2019
A MOOTED grand national union concept document compiled just before last year's harmonised elections has exposed a bid to return former president Robert Mugabe into active politics by his allies.

Mugabe resigned from power in November 2017, following an army intervention, which saw his former deputy who had been fired from government, Emmerson Mnangagwa, emerging as the country's new leader.

According  to the grand national union concept document - believed to have been compiled by exiled former Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo - Mugabe was supposed to assume an active political role that would have seen him involved in various engagements.

"It should be noted that whereas, Nelson Chamisa and the MDC that he leads will bring a considerable and strategic electoral base, there is need for that base to be complemented by Mugabe's decisive influence over the traditional Zanu-PF electoral base. In particular but not limited to these areas, Mugabe remains the leading voice in the electoral strongholds of Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East provinces without which it is impossible for anyone Zanu-PF to win a presidential election in Zimbabwe," the document reads.

Asked on micro blogging site Twitter if the document was legitimate, Moyo said, "The leaked parts appear legitimate but parts of a document are not the document. Meanwhile, no prize for guessing the informant who gave the document to CIO & junta operatives who have leaked parts of the document. The illiterate interpretations of the leaked parts are hilarious!"  

The document further said Mugabe still had influence with traditional leaders across the country as well as in communities of people that benefitted from the land reform programme.

It also said the deposed leader, who presided over the country for 37 years, before his untimely departure from office, also had support of beneficiaries of the economic empowerment programme, veterans of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle, the police, president's department and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

The document further alluded to the need for a pre-election pact with at least three principals.
- dailynews


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