ZANU PF MP for Goromonzi West and a perceived close ally of President Mnangagwa said that it is not proper to compare ZANU PF and MDC scenarios when it comes to how they handled succession.
Energy Mutodi told the Newsday that it is wrong to liken MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s ascendancy to that of President Emmerson Mnangagwa who came to power on the back of a military coup in 2017.
While Chamisa was chosen by the party’s National Council in 2018 after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, Mnangagwa took over the reins in ZANU PF after Mugabe resigned under duress.
Ironically, the High Court ruled that “Operation Restore Legacy” (a euphemism for the coup) was legitimate while ruling that Chamisa is illegitimate.
Mutodi claimed that the process to remove Mugabe was not a ZANU PF process. He said:
That was not a Zanu PF process; that was certainly not Zanu PF. Zanu PF had to come in after the (former) President had been earmarked for removal by the military.
There was military intervention, there was no way Zanu PF could have intervened in that and there was no way Zanu PF could remain without a leader because Mugabe had been removed by the military.
Mutodi went on further to legitimise Mugabe’s removal, saying that the central committee chose Mnangagwa to fill a power vacuum that had been left after former’s demise. He added:
For Zanu PF, I can assure you that this is not the same issue because there were intervening issues. First of all, the President of the Republic, then Robert Mugabe was facing impeachment for allegations for having given his wife certain executive powers and Parliament taking measures to impeach him.
The military had intervened in the process of government on a very clear issue that the status quo had broken down so that is why the central committee had to sit in a formally-constituted meeting to determine who would be elected as the leader or interim leader of Zanu PF and then substantive leader.
That is how Mnangagwa’s name emerged. So this cannot be the same or some kind of replication or similarity of what is happening in the MDC.