A United Kingdom-based constitutional law expert and political commentator, Alex Magaisa warned the Zimbabweans should be wary of the anti-ED narrative which claims that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has failed to run the country, as the same narrative was used to overthrow Mugabe. Writes Magaisa:
The 2017 Coup narrative isolated Robert Mugabe via the facade of targeting criminals around him. The narrative presented ED and the military cabal as saviours. Desperate for change, millions were persuaded. That project has failed dismally and the similar narrative is being spun again.
In terms of this narrative, only ED is a failure. Sure, as the leader, the buck stops with him. But like Mugabe before him, ED is the head of a system. When Mugabe was isolated and ousted, that system remained. No wonder things only got worse. This time people should be wary.
The mess won’t be sorted just because one man is substituted. Some got into government with great credentials but they have completely and utterly lost it. It’s the system – which includes practices and mentalities of greed, authoritarianism and self-entitlement.
Therefore, treat with great caution the narratives being generated from within the ruling party. ED’s sympathisers present him as a victim of ambitious subordinates. His opponents within present him as the only problem and they can do better. Both are self-serving narratives.