Stephen Chan, author and Professor of World Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London says that there are three main reasons why things are going wrong for President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Firstly, the leadership is divided at the top of the pyramid. This is because no-one in the ruling ZANU party knows how to extricate Zimbabwe from its economic quagmire. That’s why there are rumours of a coup plot by Chiwenga. However, Chiwenga cannot move against Mnangagwa as long as Cyril Ramaphosa it President of South Africa.
Secondly, Mnangagwa has not been able to gauge the mood of the general population who have been greatly affected by economic malfunction. The ruling oligarchy has no clue of what lack means.
Thirdly, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is totally out of his depth. Ncube’s decision to tax electronic money transfers hit the majority of the people hard especially with the shortage of liquidity in the economy. Ncube also showed naivety in hiking the price of fuel.