Zanu-PF 'can't survive beyond Mugabe'
30 May 2013, 14:18
Cape Town - Former Zanu-PF member and cabinet minister Enos Nkala, says the party, which he helped establish cannot survive beyond the aged and veteran leader Robert Mugabe, according to a report.
Newsday reported on Thursday that Nkala, one of the founding fathers of Zanu-PF said that the party was already faced with internal squabbles which were damaging to its future.
"Zanu-PF is already fragmented, I am not sure if it will survive if Mugabe leaves, these factions will grow beyond what our present politics may take," he said.
"Zanu-PF is an old party, it has made many mistakes during the time it has been in power, and maybe that is what may cause its defeat in the next elections."
Mugabe’s succession has remained a hot issue, particularly at this time when Zanu-PF is allegedly riddled with factionalism with two factions loyal to Mujuru and Mnangagwa positioning themselves for Mugabe's succession.
Recent media reports, however, have shown that Mujuru was highly tipped to succeed Mugabe by virtue of her seniority in the party.
Nkala said Zanu-PF was more likely to lose to Movement for Democratic Change if Mugabe did not stand in the upcoming election.
"You know Mugabe is a good speaker and commands a lot of respect, if he leaves and someone takes over I do not know who that is, maybe Joice Mujuru, she may not be able to command the respect that Mugabe enjoys."
Zimbabwe is expected to hold harmonised elections later this year to end the country's shaky unity government formed between Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in 2009 following disputed 2008 elections.