Opinion

Mugabe continues to trouble ED even in death

OPINION

By Wisdom Mumera

Since his removal from power, Robert Mugabe remained a strong political voice and figure, even after his death he has connived to remain an awkward point for the new administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa with his alleged refusal to a Heroes Acre burial.

Mugabe’s nephew Leo Mugabe had been quoted in the media stating that Mugabe will be buried in Zvimba and this created an awkward scenario for the Mnangagwa government which seriously needed this funeral to recoup some vestige of control and project a picture of unity with the fallen leader.

That picture would be useful in the long run, acting as a cathartic purge to the shady historical legacy of unfaithful juniors that Mnangagwa and his supporters currently have.

The new admin has been intent on rewriting the narrative pertaining to Mugabe’s last days with CIO boss Isaac Moyo stating that Mugabe had later reversed his decision to vote for MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa in the2018 election.

Moyo was quoted saying “what then emerged was that he (Mugabe) said despite having threatened to vote for Chamisa, he actually did not vote for Chamisa and I was told how on the eve of the elections, he had agonized, he could not sleep.

“According to the former First Lady, he had woken up around 2 am somewhere and he said he could not sleep and the idea that he would go and vote for Chamisa was rebuffed, he could not do that”.

This pained quest to feed the public with a convenient narrative different from the public truth of Mugabe coming out in support of Chamisa in 2018 has only served to reveal a government lacking confidence in its own standing and still very much keen on the symbolic support of Mugabe’s cultic figure.

Even after the powerful entrance into power, backed by the army, the latest puny actions smack of an admin still lacking the strong mass support which Mugabe had.

The new admin has the muscle but seriously lacks the moral support of the masses that Mugabe commanded through his own panoply of tricks and abilities.

This has created the need to recruit Mugabe into the Lacoste faction by feeding the public with suspect narratives about cordiality between him and President Mnangagwa.

According to the Sunday Mail, DG Moyo said he could hear from the tone of the President that the “news of his former boss had devastated him given the fact that the two had mutually agreed to meet upon Cde Mugabe’s return”

“The former President hoped he was going to come back home and that he wished to see the former President upon his return. We had told him that the President looked forward to seeing him upon his return and he had also expressed similar sentiments that he would be delighted to meet the President,” he said.

The narrative is a sorry try at rewriting the factual narrative of the relationship between Mugabe and his erstwhile comrades.

Now that Mugabe reportedly refused a Heroes burial and his family has come out saying the same that narrative of cordiality can no longer stand.

Neither will the scheme to belatedly recruit Mugabe into back into the fold of comradeship stand the scrutinisation of facts.

A burial away from the Heroes Acre, where the new admin may wrest back control of the narrative, will become a political debt that they have to carry eternally and never be able to repay

Mugabe buried at Kutama, and not at Heroes Acre, will weigh heavily upon the annals of history as the gavel stamp finally and fatally disenfranchising Mnangagwa as the true Zanu PF successor to Mugabe and placing his rise as the negative hijack of power that it has always been.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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