By Kalabash Contributor
One of the online magazines once did top 10 things Robert Mugabe owns and one baffling expensive thing Mugabe owned was Zanu PF. Come to think of it, who owns Zanu PF if not Mugabe. All events leading to this day would suggest so.
Countless roads across the nation are named after the man, his birthday 21st February was declared a national holiday not long ago. The Harare International Airport has not been spared; soon it will be renamed after him in honour of his legacy. To add on to that 1 billion dollars of the Tax Payer’s money will be channelled towards the construction of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University. The Herald reported that the university is being built, “in honour of President Mugabe’s visionary leadership and indelible mark in the development of the country’s education system”.
Now back to our main rhetoric on who really owns Zanu PF, looking into the history of the party. Some members whose political ideologies did not sync with that of their veteran leader has not fared well in the party structures. The youth league and other wings of the party have continuously called for Mugabe’s continued long reign.
While there may be some truth in such an analysis, one thing we cannot overlook is how President Mugabe with the help of his loyalists have propelled his wife first lady Grace Mugabe into the political scene. His party is set to host an extraordinary congress that will create another post for a female vice president making it 3 vice presidents.
Critics who have closely followed these developments unravel suggest that this is Mugabe’s way of creating a legacy that lives one after he has departed from office but I would say it’s more than that rather it’s about a dynasty in its inception.