Mnangagwa Is Mugabe Mark II And His Rule May Not Last Long - Political Analyst
A political commentator, Peter Godwin, is of the view that President Mnangagwa’s reign will not last as much as that of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe who was in power for 37 years until he was removed through a popular military coup in November 2017.
In an opinion piece for The Spectator, Godwin writes that Mnangagwa has none of Mugabe’s undeniable charisma. His past as head of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation during the Gukurahundi massacres makes him a loathed figure.
Another factor that may determine Mnangagwa’s longevity is his ambitious deputy, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. Said Godwin:
So what happens next? Rumours circulating in Harare are that Mnangagwa will be pushed aside by his deputy, General Chiwenga, who led the coup which elevated him. The truth is, Mnangagwa has never seemed entirely at ease as President.
He cuts a dreary, uninspiring figure, with the heavy-lidded eyes of a somnambulist. But the time for Chiwenga’s move, surely, would have been when Mnangagwa was still eating cake on a Kazakh runway? And Chiwenga is no spring chicken himself.
As the country’s economy continues to nosedive, the ruling party may be forced to enter into a Government of National Unity with the opposition MDC, as happened in 2013.