Blame over military action lies with ZANU-PF – analyst
The events in Zimbabwe are not the fault of the people of the country‚ but rather the blame lies with political leadership‚ according to analyst Takura Zhangazha.
Zhangazha was speaking at a Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum conference in Johannesburg.
On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning‚ reports began to surface of military vehicles in the capital Harare‚ and all indications are now that the military has now assumed power.
In an early morning statement on state television however‚ a spokesman for the army said it was not a coup but that the military was merely arresting those around President Robert Mugabe who have been seen to be committing crimes.
“There is no way‚ in any country that claims to be democratic‚ where these events are preferable. It is not preferable to have the military on our streets‚” Zangazha told the conference.
“The crisis around leadership and succession did not emerge in the villages‚ not in the townships. It comes from within the ZANU-PF politburo‚ the ZANU-PF central committee and in part in the first family and its involvement in ZANU-PF’s succession policies.”
“The key element here‚ because there were warning signs within the ruling party‚ the fundamental blame lies in the ruling party‚ no one else.
“And the solution will come for the ruling party.”
Zhangazha said it was entirely probably that the only alternative leader in the eyes of the Zimbabwean people‚ was the former vice president‚ Emmerson Mangangwa.
“There is a public perception that there is a possible solution in the action the military has taken. And it is a very dangerous precedent. These are not happy times for Zimbabwe.”