Hardliners Sabotaging Mnangagwa’s Reform Agenda – Report Claims

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is being defied by members of his ruling party who are at the helm of an elaborate violent crackdown against demonstrators according to a Bloomberg report.

Mnangagwa has spoken several times against the violent crackdown on protestors by security services only for the brutality to continue.


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Mnangagwa has been preaching a reform agenda since he was propelled into the hot seat by a military coup in November 2017, and again in August 2018 after the Constitutional Court upheld his slender victory in the July polls.

Piers Pigou, senior consultant for Southern Africa at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said:

The reform agenda is being opposed by hard-line elements within Zanu-PF and the state.

They say it’s a liberal agenda that will not provide a broad-based solution for Zimbabweans.

Part of the Bloomberg report reads as follows:

Mnangagwa’s problem stems from his obligation to Zanu-PF and the military backers who supported his ascension to power.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, a retired general, commanded the Zimbabwe Defence Forces that placed Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest and helped force his resignation before an emergency sitting of parliament in 2017. Chiwenga was made vice president almost immediately after Mnangagwa took over.

The officials said a climate of mutual wariness exists between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga. While Chiwenga sees no reason for Zanu-PF’s hold on power to change, Mnangagwa can’t see how he can rescue a crippled economy without liberalizing it and wooing foreign investment.

Those who are defying Mnangagwa to know that he will take the blame, either directly or because he’s failing to rein them in, the officials said. The president’s only hope is to persuade them to accept harsh economic reality — or fire them, they said.

More: Bloomberg

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