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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
 Mugabe is actually showing them that he knows this game - Njabulo Ncube

Mugabe is actually showing them that he knows this game - Njabulo Ncube

Millions tuned for the Zimbabwean president's 'resignation' speech on Sunday night and instead called for unity in Zanu-PF.

Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

EWN reporter Hitekani Magwedze spoke to The Midday Report from Harare about the latest developments in Zimbabwe.

Words you will hear today:  Stubborn as a mule-gabe

Words you will hear today: Stubborn as a mule-gabe

702 producer Khabazela (Jonathan Fairbairn) shares the latest addition to his dictionary.

[LISTEN] Retired Zimbabwean colonel shares his perspective on current 'coup'

[LISTEN] Retired Zimbabwean colonel shares his perspective on current 'coup'

Stephen speaks to Retired Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rupiya .

LISTEN: Tendai Biti unhappy about SA envoy to Zimbabwe

LISTEN: Tendai Biti unhappy about SA envoy to Zimbabwe

Tendai Biti, former Zim finance minister, has condemned the envoys from SA sent to Zimbabwe to diffuse the political impasse.

‘People believe there’s going to be a rapid economic turnaround’

‘People believe there’s going to be a rapid economic turnaround’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews independent Africa analyst Ronak Gopaldas.

No evidence of Chinese influence on Zimbabwean 'coup' - expert

No evidence of Chinese influence on Zimbabwean 'coup' - expert

There has been speculation that Zimbabwe's General Constantine Chiwenga may have sought China's approval before taking over.

Words you will hear today: Amazing Grace (Mugabe)

Words you will hear today: Amazing Grace (Mugabe)

Developments unfolding in Zimbabwe have come into sharp focus after the army denied a military coup in Harare.

[LISTEN] Zanu-PF youth wing leader apologises to military

[LISTEN] Zanu-PF youth wing leader apologises to military

On Tuesday, the youth wing of the party strongly criticised Commander Constantine Chiwenga for his harsh statements.

Zim army is small but potent: Military expert

Zim army is small but potent: Military expert

Military and defence expert Helmoed Heitman says the situation in Zim certainly looks like a coup although the army is denying it.

‘SA is part of the political situation in Zimbabwe’

‘SA is part of the political situation in Zimbabwe’

Ibbo Mandaza, academic in Zimbabwe, says it's impossible for South Africa to not have known about the political situation in Zimbabwe before it happened.

The army should not impose another Mugabe on Zimbabweans - Marco Machona

The army should not impose another Mugabe on Zimbabweans - Marco Machona

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma, weighed in on the unfolding political situation in Zimbabwe, calling for calm and restraint.

'Zim military is endorsing its preferred presidential candidate'

'Zim military is endorsing its preferred presidential candidate'

Zimbabwean, Willie, a lecturer at Fort Hare University, provides an insightful critique of the military and apparent coup.

Words you will hear today:  To coup or not to coup?

Words you will hear today: To coup or not to coup?

The military in Zimbabwe has denied a takeover.

Zim coup puts Mnangagwa in the driver's seat - former advisor

Zim coup puts Mnangagwa in the driver's seat - former advisor

It is believed the sacking of former vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa prompted the army's actions.

I think we are going to witness a coup d'état in slow motion - Zim journalist

I think we are going to witness a coup d'état in slow motion - Zim journalist

According to reports in Zimbabwe, the military has taken over and has been making public announcement since Tuesday night.

Zim army appeals for restraint, says its targeting 'criminals' around Mugabe

Zim army appeals for restraint, says its targeting 'criminals' around Mugabe

An army spokesperson has assured citizens that President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe.

Popular articles
[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

How to pay up to 45% less tax (and save the SA economy while you’re at it)

How to pay up to 45% less tax (and save the SA economy while you’re at it)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Darryn Faulds, a fund manager at Grovest Group.

10-year-old maths whiz Sbahle Zwane gets a scholarship from Curro school

10-year-old maths whiz Sbahle Zwane gets a scholarship from Curro school

Azania Mosaka catches up with Sbahle Zwane's mother to hear about developments with his schooling.

Is the ANCYL still relevant and who is likely to take over the leadership reins?

Is the ANCYL still relevant and who is likely to take over the leadership reins?

Former ANCYL spokesperson and eNCA political reporter Samkele Maseko discuss who is up for the new ANCYL leadership.

'It's unacceptable that government officials pay R75 for luxury apartments'

'It's unacceptable that government officials pay R75 for luxury apartments'

IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the party is calling for a review of these rates that are a cost to taxpayers.

[WATCH] Sars boss confusing, evasive testimony at Nugent Commission

[WATCH] Sars boss confusing, evasive testimony at Nugent Commission

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

Getting drunk improves creative problem solving - Harvard Business School

Getting drunk improves creative problem solving - Harvard Business School

Bruce Whitfield asks branding and advertising expert Andy Rice about a peculiar study that has creatives reaching for the tequila.