Former finance minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti has said that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is close to succeeding President Robert Mugabe.
In his contribution to an online magazine, The Gravitas, Biti wrote:
The one-self evident conclusion is that in the short-term, Zanu PF cannot be dislodged. That its control of the patronage economy and the new social base is absolute. “That despite its fractures, the opposition, even in a grand coalition, cannot dislodge Zanu PF. That a post-Mugabe candidate must be found who is, first of all, strong — but with an acceptable veneer of reform capacity. “Inevitably, this self-serving proselytising leads to destination (Emmerson) Mnangagwa.
In January this year, professor of international relations at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Stephen Chan told the Daily News that Mnangagwa was most likely to succeed Mugabe because the G40 faction did not have a candidate to rival him.
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