News Day guest columnist Paidamoyo Muzulu has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a true replica of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.
The writer opines that Mnangagwa has been imitating Mugabe and in some aspects, he has surpassed him. Muzulu writes:
This can be seen in having a bloated Cabinet, suppression of demonstrations, penchant for luxury travel and having a controlling spouse who loves the media and publicity.
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Mnangagwa appears to have “learnt nothing and forgotten nothing” about the manner he conducts his politics. Like Mugabe, Mnangagwa makes serious policy pronouncements at political rallies, taking everyone by surprise and would rather consolidate power to himself despite a commitment to devolution.
Muzulu also claims that Mnangagwa, like Mugabe, is pursuing popularity, the reason he is failing to deliver on his promises. The writer notes that on his inauguration day, Mnangagwa promised that he would implement decentralisation through devolution but nothing has happened since then. The writer said:
Devolution is the panacea to development, but to a man who loves power, that would deprive him of the power to be Father Christmas when it comes to dishing development for votes….
Devolution, as enshrined in Chapter 14 of the Constitution, would take away a tidy $2 billion from Zanu PF control in a stroke, including the patronage of youths who are drawing salaries for doing nothing in the cities. It would further expose the regime of its extreme incompetence if the opposition was in a position to efficiently and effectively administrate the urban centres.
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