Mugabe is the master of deception - Zim political analyst

On Tuesday, 14 November 2017 a convoy of tanks was seen moving on the outskirts of the Zimbabwean capital and an announcement was made the following day by the military confirming President Robert Mugabe was under house arrest and an operation had begun to arrest "criminals" around him, said to have harmed the economy.

These events sparked speculations that the military would overthrow Mugabe's government.

While a cloud of uncertainty hung over Zimbabwe, its citizens took to the streets on Saturday to protest against Mugabe who has been at the helm of the country's leadership since 1980.

On Sunday evening, the world and Zimbabweans waited with bated breath for Mugabe to announce his resignation on during a speech on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and an unexpected twist of events, the moment everyone anticipated did not happen.

So what happens now?

Lecturer at the University of Kent and political analyst, Alex Magaisa says despite having high expectations he is not surprised that Mugabe did not resign.

We had an assessment that this was a Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) family fight. I guess a lot of us got on to the bandwagon thinking this was done in the national interest.

Alex Magaisa, Lecturer at the University of Kent and political analyst

I think the speech reflects that the military intervention was to enable a faction within Zanu-PF, adds Brian Kagoro, Zimbabwean political analyst.

I suspect that he is going to go. I suspect he insists they follow the party line and party code.

Brian Kagoro, Zimbabwean political analyst.

Kagoro goes on to say there is also an implied reference in Mugabe's speech that perhaps the provincial committees that recommended his recall may not be properly constituted.

If an impeachment is pursued, several things will need to be proven which do not relate to the Zanu-PF constitution but relate to the national constitution. These involve proving mental and physical incapacity and failure to defend the constitution, he explains.

You have layers of illegalities.

Brian Kagoro, Zimbabwean political analyst.

One of the key challenges about these processes is that when the military intervened, they carried out a coup that isn't a coup, performing an illegal act to make it look legal, explains Magaisa.

It is difficult to explain why they tried to make it look legal. One can say they were trying to buy legitimacy from the international community because they understand a coup is a no-no in this day and age.

Alex Magaisa, Lecturer at the University of Kent and political analyst

Magaisa states that right now, even though Mugabe appears to have forgiven the military, they need to watch over themselves because the Zimbabwean president is the master of deception.

Listen to the audio clip below for more analysis on the situation in Zimbabwe:


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