Harare – BONA Mugabe-Chikore should advise her father, President Robert Mugabe, to “see reason” and resign as demanded by fed-up Zimbabweans who have lately been staging protests around the country, a Zanu PF youth leader expelled this week has said.
Godfrey Tsenengamu is one of the ruling party activists expelled recently as turmoil and recriminations continue in the deeply divided Zanu PF over President Mugabe’s succession.
Tsenengamu, who claims to have been coached by Mugabe at State House on how to attack former vice president Joice Mujuru before her ouster in 2014, was party youth chairman for Mashonaland Central province.
Addressing the media in Harare on Thursday, Tsenengamu appealed to Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, who hardly speaks in public and has largely stayed away from the country’s increasingly perilous politics.
“Bona, some of us look at you as the most reasonable and reserved member of your father’s family and I am sorry to drag you into these political issues but I have no option,” said Tsenengamu.
“Please, engage daddy and make him see basis for resigning. If he cannot realise this truth that he has passed his best-before-date and that has played it wrong this time as things are falling apart around him, then he will have no one else to blame as he faces an embarrassment in the coming polls.”
While the row in Zanu PF over Mugabe’s succession continues relentlessly – pitting a faction led by his wife, Grace, against a group backing vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa – outside the ruling party, anger is also growing.
Zimbabweans have recently staged protests within and outside the country against a deepening economic crisis which the regime appears unable to address with many demanding Mugabe’s ouster from power.
Tsenengamu warned Mugabe that he would have a hard time getting a final resting place at the Heroes Acre in Harare where he has regularly president over the burial of top ruling party allies.
He said the veteran leader, now aged 92 and reportedly struggling with failing health, had trashed his own legacy.
Not helping matters is the inelegant and divisive role being played by Mugabe’s wife, Grace, as she desperately tries to ensure her personal and material security when her husband departs the political stage.
Warned Tsenengamu: “Bona, you were in China and had the opportunity to learn how Chairman Mao’s legacy almost went to nothing because of his second and younger wife who was then working in collaboration with the Gang of Four like Dr Mama (Grace Mugabe) is doing with the Generation 40 and I do not think you would want to see dad (your father) going the same way.
He added: “Advise Dr Mama to become sober and calm down.
“She (Grace) needs to mend relations for we may end up, at some point, asking her to explain the source of her monies which she is using to construct properties in Mazowe when government cannot afford to pay civil servants.”