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Vol 55 No 9

Published 1st May 2014


Zimbabwe

Scramble for the top

President Mugabe’s refusal to favour anyone for the party succession is leading not only to uncertainty but to a free-for-all for the top job

President Robert Mugabe’s continued stonewalling on the leadership succession threatens chaos as increasing numbers of politicians from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front throw their hats into the ring – or at least appear to. The established rival senior factions, those of Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, are unable to operate openly and have to rely on proxies to gain advantage before the ZANU-PF elective congress in December. As a result, some have spotted an opportunity and are setting out their stalls for the 2018 election in the hope that the leadership will skip a generation.

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