PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s much awaited statement which he will make at the ZANU PF 6th Congress will have far reaching effects as it will deal with succession and expose false bidders for his position, the presidential spokesperson has said.
George Charamba, the President’s spokesperson, who is also the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services said the President’s speech will be far reaching; show people the critical dynamics behind the issue of succession; as well as expose "false gods".
The statement, Charamba said, will "distort events, prospects and personalities," as people have known them. "While I cannot pre-empt the President, I can tell you that he will make a far reaching statement and educate people on history — those aspects which create understanding around the issue of succession," Charamba said.
According to Charamba events that have unfolded in the past months have exposed that people did not understand a number of dynamics that would have a bearing on how the politics of the country would proceed.
"What has been happening over the past months has shown that people have not been appreciating some lessons in history and this had led them to worship false gods. It has shown that people have a poor grasp of their own history. The issue of succession is futuristic and it is informed by the past, which is consolidated by the present. So the President in making his far reaching statement, will take the opportunity to educate people of their own history," Charamba said.
The lack of appreciation of what really happened in history, Charamba said, had resulted in people naming their own successors; calling some people righteous and others villains, "without knowing an iota about the history that informs such things. For months, a presumptuous media has been recommending false gods to people," Charamba said indicating that this would be put to sleep after the President’s speech today.
Following a frenzied two months of ousters of party hawks in the party leadership, which has seen a barrage of votes on no confidence being cast on tens of supposed supporters of Vice President Joice Mujuru, who stands accused of plotting to oust the President, the ZANU-PF’s sixth People’s congress is expected to be the climax of unbridled tension and venom which has gushed out of the belly of the revolutionary movement like larva from a volcano.