I however believe the changes are not yet complete. Mugabe is more ruthless than that. He knows very well that Emmerson Mnangagwa will not be stopped by executive changes as long as he has key allies in key state institutions. We should brace ourselves for another wave of changes that will further extend into the securocrats. If the reason for the changes in the executive were to completely immobilise Emmerson Mnangagwa and limit all access to the levers of power, it then makes sense that Mugabe will seek to make corresponding changes in the securocrats.
He is why.
Grace Mugabe is on record of having said, her children were not safe and could be killed by the army and that there is a real and credible threat of a military coup in Zimbabwe by Mnangagwa faithful's. She is of the opinion that should anything happen to President Mugabe, right now, the securocrats as currently composed will not protect her. In fact, in a leaked document Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to have authored as a defence against accusations of state capture by Professor Jonathan Moyo, it refers to concerns by Professor Jonathan Moyo trying to interfere with the army. The army leadership as currently composed is believed to be aligned to Emmerson Mnangagwa. It therefore is not possible for Mugabe to make such far reaching changes in the executive, side-lining all of Emmerson Mnangagwa's people and fail to make corresponding changes in the military, after all there is no love lost between the war veterans, army and the G40 faction.
The G40 now dominate the executive and the vacancy created in the Joint operations command by the elevation of Happyton Bonyongwe has to be filled. It will not be filled by an individual who is loyal to Emmerson Mnangagwa.The person who replaces Happyton Bonyongwe has to be able to work with the other Generals. This makes the case for change. In fact, the fear is, if something suddenly happens to Robert Mugabe. The enforcers of constitutional order will be the securocrats. And depending on their allegiances It does not make sense for Mugabe to fill up the executive with pro Grace Mugabe bureaucrats and not make provisions for changes in the military establishment in case something happens to him. In fact, the biggest wave of change maybe very well be in the army, the police and the intelligence. The current leadership as composed will not enforce the takeover of a pro Grace Mugabe executive if Mugabe suddenly dies. In fact, the current crop of army leaders is record of having said they will not endorse anyone who has not fought on the war of liberation. It is a game of chess indeed. Changes in the military are therefore inevitable, after all they have from time to time made utterances speaking into the succession debate.
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