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‘Mugabe afraid of being prosecuted’

By Jeffrey Muvundusi

Former Home Affairs minister and leader of Zapu, Dumiso Dabengwa, says President Robert Mugabe does not want to retire because he fears possible prosecution for the country’s dark past which is blamed on him and Zanu PF.

Speaking to the Daily News On Sunday in an exclusive interview yesterday, the revered and softly-spoken liberation struggle stalwart said as a result, Mugabe was probably planning to create a dynastic rule to protect himself from all the acts of human rights violations in the country, including the Gukurahundi massacres of the early 1980s.

“It is unfortunate that the old man lost a glorious time to retire and take a good rest before his end. He is scared of retiring because of the history of human rights violations stretching from the Gukurahundi genocide to Murambatsvina, right up to the total economic destruction.

“So now he seeks to establish a Mugabe dynasty to protect him, his legacy and his family from the law should change take place while he is still alive.

“Resistance to the dynasty from within Zanu PF and the greater Zimbabwe society now makes it impossible for him to retire,” Dabengwa said.

“Today, Mugabe is at the forefront inciting Africa to pull out of the ICC (International Criminal Court). He is doing this for his own personal reasons, not for the good of a continent that has been at the mercy of ruthless dictators such as him.

“His fear is to face justice for his dark human rights violations in the event he loses power, which is inevitable. Such are the fears of a dictator whose hands drip of the blood of innocent Zimbabweans from all facets of life,” Dabengwa charged further.

Analysts have previously said Mugabe’s failure to resolve Zanu PF’s succession riddle is fuelling the infighting which is devouring the troubled former liberation movement.

The party’s ugly tribal, factional and succession wars have got worse over the past weeks, with Zanu PF split between two bitterly opposed groups — Team Lacoste, which is rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations, and the Generation 40 (G40) camp which is rabidly opposed to the Midlands godfather succeeding Mugabe.

The two factions have escalated their fights ever since Mugabe gave his traditional birthday interview to the ZBC, on the eve of his 93rd birthday last month, in which he rubbished all his lieutenants’ leadership credentials and their chances of succeeding him.

He also said he would soldier on in power — notwithstanding his advanced age and declining health — and would only step down if Zanu PF asked him to do so.

“The call to step down must come from my party, my party at congress, my party at central committee … I will step down.

“But then what do you see? It’s the opposite. They want me to stand for elections. They want me to stand for elections everywhere in the party.

“Of course, if I feel that I can’t do it anymore, I will say so to my party so that they relieve me. But for now I think I can’t say so … The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement, a successor who to them is acceptable, as acceptable as I am,” Mugabe said. Daily News

  • Batai munhu arimo muoffice imomo tione kuti munosara hhere nemi woo pamakati bhururu mhaa ipapo

  • He is already saving jail term in the name of head of state.

    • True Nelson he should be on retirement peacefully resting at home koZwimba running around with his nephews telling them folktales now he can’t because of his many crimes, truly he is in jail now.

  • True… and is also afraid of losing ill-gotten assets

  • It could be one of the reasons and his Chinese relationship noone can handle.

  • Period!!!!exactly.

  • Tinokusungai Mese ,

  • Dabengwa just shut up some of the things happened while you were the Minister of Home Affairs . Among other responsibilities you had was to protect him …just shut up . Everything you have in your life you benefited them from your association with him. Imbonyarara this time

  • Talk of skeletons in the cabinet,zvakusvika kumagumo izvi

  • Mugabe haatyi kusiya chigaro asikuti anosiira ani sure ingadzi nyika kusiira vana Tsvangison kungaakupenga kusina marivhesi

    • wakaenda ku chikoro

    • Pamhata pako shaa vadii save uridizvi

    • Uridako iwe

    • imbwa yemunhu

    • kutuka dai kwaiwinisa maelection mungadai mwakutonga nyika manje muri mapenzi mashomanana wanotunga mirirwazve nebenzi

    • Thick headed person just shut ur big ass and let the wise speak

    • Stingray

      I don’t think you understand very well,Dabengwa is talking about succession in ZANU PF in which Mugabe couldn’t see any one suitable to take over the Presidium so where is Tsvangirai coming from? You sound like another Zanu PF idiot.

  • Ngaabve timwe tese masese kumatapi mumbare hatinazvatomuita

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  • kusweronetsana neguva iroro ngaabve asatye zvake akuzvifira ega uyu mutongo ku pedza nguva

  • Nonsense

  • yiqiniso elimsulwa lelo isalukazi sexhegu leso sabulala abantu abaningi izandla zakhe zigcwele igazi ngeke afa akuthola ukuphumula

  • Nomusa Garikai

    He would have been forced to retire if MDC had implemented the democratic reforms stopping Zanu PF rigging elections!

  • Chikiti

    If he is afraid, why not secretly go into exile ?

  • Sekuru ngavachizorora kwakabviwa kwave kure, hapana chisingaperi vakuru vakataura

  • Who would punish an ancestor

  • Dabengwa you were a dissident, so shut up

  • don’t prosecutie him he should be free in Zim bt with reasonable wealth or nothing

  • Apa wataura chokwadi

  • clement moyo

    People talk about Dabengwa’s skeletons but nobody has ever told us or shown us any evidence of wrong doing. Where are these skeletons we keep asking. NADA!!!!!!

  • Stingray

    PETER MBEREZENGA to all the comments l have read,you are the dullest idiot,the most stupid fool.your contributions disturbs people with good facts and yours always divert them into fighting using abussive words.from my own judgement you are a Mugabe fanatic