By Wisdom Mumera
Any sincere obituary of President Mnangagwa’s political life should read that, ’he passed away due to his own failures”.
The leader has simply failed to reignite whatever else he may have dreamed of as he schemed of taking over from an aged Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe's Second Coup – The Changed Politics & Talks
1/6 A sudden consolidation of competing and once Zanu PF players with a General in a faction whose objective is to form Transitional Authority (with a besieged opposition party in parliament), in order to force a soft Coup.
— Dr Daniel Shumba – President (@shumba327) June 1, 2020
Coming to power on the back of cross-party goodwill the President rode one of the largest positive political waves to ever carry any politician in this land.
The scene was made even more dramatic by the fact that he managed to even supplant Western support from the opposition to his side if only for a moment.
Today he stands on the cusp of an ignominious fall weighted down by a country which he has failed to provide any significant leadership to.
Inflation is increasing, now at over 760%; employment is non-existent, industry was dead even before Covid19 and corruption, supposedly his hallmark campaign agenda, has grown a face.
His and his sons’.
Mnangagwa is running a PERSONALIST dictatorship where power resides in ONE person.
That is why his relatives are able to abuse the tender processes, getting multi-million dollar contacts & people thought to be professionals like @GGuvamatanga & @MthuliNcube reduced to enablers. pic.twitter.com/r21lasm1Vn
— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) June 1, 2020
Multiple taskforces and commissions have been created allegedly to fight corruption but the sum total of their resultant efforts have not been worth any self-respecting media publication’s front page.
They have devised to indulge in games of smokes and mirrors.
In the instances that they do catch anything, the anti-corruption units only catch those who have a larger political benefit to the government’s schemes.
The Open for Business mantra, project, policy or slogan faded as soon as the new regime felt safe in the power seats.
Since then much of the action in power has served to reinforce the fact that nothing is ready for business in the country.
No respect for private property. Policy inconsistencies. A captured Central Bank. Cartels all over. Corrupt deals.
The Covid19 fight has simply provided another front for primitive accumulation of wealth by a bunch of connected individuals name-dropping the Mnangagwa name in every high office.
The national Covid19 strategy has been one big porous and dirty net allowing the criminal to escape, the obedient to suffer in isolation centres and the public to travail in despair waiting for assistance and leadership.
None has been forthcoming.
In the whole fiasco, ED has remained true to his model-self; self-assured in wrong moves, darkly comical and relentless in pursuing a tragic fall through strange own goals.