The rumour that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is dying of prostate cancer in a Singaporean hospital was put to rest on Thursday morning when the 88-year-old leader returned home looking as healthy as ever. President Mugabe sneaked out of the country on March 31 and the rumour of his looming death threw the country into a fierce debate about who was to succeed him. Last year, the whistle-blower site “WikiLeaks” printed information from a cable in which a
Whether Mugabe has cancer or not, the truth is that the 88-year-old will have to hand over the wheels of power soon. The best person to ‘heal’ Zimbabwe and to take it back to its previous economic success is its vice president, Joyce Mujuru, a preacher of peace and unity and the only woman with a respected voice in the ruling Zanu-PF. Indeed, she is the only person who can reform the party.
Under normal circumstances, Mujuru would automatically succeed Mugabe, but the clear presidential choice is the defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of Africa’s most feared men.
Should Mugabe’s wish come true, Zimbabwe will be brought to its knees and it is civilians who are going to feel the pain of economical kneeling.
Munangagwa is nicknamed "crocodile," after he allegedly led a team of North-Korea trained soldiers that executed over 20,000 supporters of Mugabe’s rival, Joshua Nkomo, in what has come to be known as the Gukurahundi massacres in 1987.
He is also likely to receive a lot of support from Zanu-PF hooligans because their party thrives on violence.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, Mnangagwa is being groomed to take over both as party and state leader after the next polls, whose date is yet to be set.
Africa can only hope and pray that the realm of power lands in the hands of Amai Mujuru.