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'ZANU PF's succession battle a threat to Zim economy'

by Ndou Paul
01 Oct 2014 at 13:50hrs | Views
ZANU-PF's succession battle between its two factions fronted by VP Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and the entrance of Grace Mugabe into politics, could sling the country into an economic crisis, a recent research by Crisis International Group has warned.

According to the report gleaned by Bulawayo24 news today, the country's declining economy is being exacerbated by the infighting within the ruling party.

Zanu-PF, the report states, is concerned with addressing internal struggles over who will succeed the 90-year-old leader without focus on social and economic reforms.

"Zimbabwe's growing instability is exacerbated by dire economic decline, endemic governance failures, and tensions over ruling party succession; without major political and economic reforms, the country could slide into being a failed state."

"Rather than addressing the corroding social and economic fabric, both the ruling party and the opposition are embroiled in internal power struggles," states the report titled Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future.

According to the briefing, the country's woes will only end if the Zanu PF administration addresses the leadership wrangle in the party by clarifying the succession debate which has taken away the ruling party's focus on addressing the country's development issues.

"Political and economic insecurity is exacerbated by mounting tensions over the succession within ZANU-PF, and further complicated by the entry of the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, into the political arena," recommends the report.

"ZANU-PF should use the December National People's congress to decide who will replace 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe were he to be incapacitated or decide not to seek re-election in 2018."

 "Zimbabwe is an insolvent and failing state, its politics zero sum, its institutions hollowing out, and its once vibrant economy moribund", Comfort Ero, ICG Africa Program Director said, adding:

 "A major culture change is needed among political elites, as well as commitment to national as opposed to partisan and personal interests".

Source - Byo24News