Mugabe is intolerant


THE brutal purge in Zanu PF that has taken a comical turn with reports that Vice-President Joice Mujuru was linked to a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe further exposes the party leader as intolerant.

 Vice-President Joice Mujuru
Vice-President Joice Mujuru

Zanu PF is preparing for an elective congress early next month and all those suspected to be against the ascendancy of First Lady Grace Mugabe are being targeted in a smear campaign being waged through the

Mujuru appears to be the ultimate target, but some have suffered collateral damage along the way as indicated by the unexpected lengthy suspension of party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo last Thursday.

Grace began the onslaught against Mujuru during her controversial rallies held across the country.

First Lady Grace Mugabe
First Lady Grace Mugabe

Mugabe appeared to be siding with his wife when he addressed Zanu PF supporters who demonstrated against the VP and spoke of a divorce.

The fresh allegations against Mujuru put her in the same league as Joshua Nkomo, Morgan Tsvangirai, Ndabaningi Sithole, Welshman Ncube, Dumiso Dabengwa, Renson Gasela and Paul Siwela, among others.

All these politicians were hauled before the courts on spurious charges of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

There is a strong likelihood the claims against Mujuru are nothing but hot air.

Mugabe is simply intolerant to divergent views and loathes anyone who seeks to challenge his life presidency.

The stifling of democracy in Zanu PF cannot be celebrated because it says a lot about how Zimbabwe is governed.

Mugabe often claims that accusations he is a dictator are part of propaganda by the West, but there is no better way of demonstrating his lack of democratic credentials than what is happening in Zanu PF right now.

The president and his hangers on appear prepared to leave no stone unturned in their effort to dispense with their perceived enemies ahead of congress. Once again democracy would be the loser.