Leader of an anti-corruption pressure group, the Front for Economic Emancipation in Zimbabwe (FEEZ), Godfrey Tsenengamu, has advised President Emmerson Mnangagwa to learn from what happened to the late former president Robert Mugabe in 2017, that power is transient.
Tsenengamu, who was expelled from the ruling ZANU PF for ideological waywardness, said the government is risking a mass uprising by ignoring calls for political reforms. He said:
All I can say is that everything that has a beginning has an end. Mnangagwa must tread carefully. He must learn from history. The path he has chosen is not right, and I don’t think that it is sustainable.
Though at some point Ian Smith and (the late former president Robert) Mugabe thought that they were going to stay in power forever, their reigns came to an end.
Those who lied to Mugabe and gave him a false sense of security abandoned him and he was all by himself, and he died a bitter man.
He (Mnangagwa) seems to have forgotten this so quickly. This brutal system that he is using to purge others will be used against him in the same way it almost finished him off in 2017 (at the height of Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars).
Tsenengamu campaigned in favour of the failed 31 July anti-corruption protests which were called for by Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) leader Jacob Ngarivhume who is currently languishing in prison following his arrest for inciting public violence.
The firebrand political activist believes that some people in ZANU PF are realistic about the cause of the challenges the country is facing but are afraid of speaking out for fear of victimisation.