Coup d’État possible au Zimbabwe?/ Possible “Coup d’État” in Zimbabwe

Mugabe, après avoir tenté d’éliminer l’opposition, s’en prend maintenant aux proches de son parti: la ZANU-PF. Le “camp des Mujurus” tenterait de l’éliminer. En effet, la vice-présidente du Zimbabwe, Joyce Mujuru, et son mari, Solomon, sont très populaires au sein de l’armée du Zimbabwe (voir article précédent). Tous deux sont des héros de la guerre de libération du pays et sont en opposition à Mugabe. Ce sont eux qui ont bloqué la tentative du président de repousser les élections de 2008 à 2010. Mugabe s’est alors tourné vers son chef de la sécurité nationale, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Il le destinerait à sa propre succession.

Cela explique pourquoi, une opposition existe entre les Mnangagwas et les Mujurus. Les premiers ayant la sympathie des services secrets et l’autre de l’armée. Cela explique les rumeurs voulant que Solomon Mujuru se constitue une armée privée dans son fief de Chikombe afin de renverser Mugabe si le besoin s’en ferait sentir. D’ailleurs, Mugabe a été furieux d’apprendre que des entretiens se sont tenus entre le clan Mujuru et des membres du personnel des ambassades britannique, française et américaine. Sont-ils aller chercher un blanc-seing?

Mugabe, after trying to eliminate his opposition, is going after dissidents within his own party: the ZANU-PF. It seems the “Mujuru camp” is trying to eliminate him. The Vice-president, Joyce Mujuru, and her husband, Solomon, are really popular within the national army (see previous post). Both are heroes from the liberation war and are in confrontation with Mugabe. They were the ones who stopped Mugabe from postponing the election date from 2008 to 2010. Mugabe turned to Emmerson Mnangagwa, his chief of national security, and prepares him for his own succession.

This explains why, an opposition exists between the Mujurus and the Mnangagwas. The firsts are favorite in the army, the others within the security services. It also explains the rumors saying that Solomon Mujuru is building a private army in his home area of Chikombe in order to topple Mugabe if he feels a need to it.

For Zimdaily:

Mugabe’s sentiments clearly show that he now dislikes the Mujurus to the marrow and can vow to soldier on without their support even in these trying times of his political career as the ZANU PF boat is sinking into abyss.

[…] because of irreconcilable differences that have gripped the faction ridden ZANU PF party along tribal lines, Mujuru has planned to build a private army from his province that is currently running the entire ideological state security apparatus holding Mugabe’s life on a thread.

As a matter of fact, Mugabe was furious to learn that meetings were held between the Mujurus and foreign ambassies (The Timesonline):

Solomon Mujuru, whose wife Joice is vice-president, has met the British, French and US ambassadors, provoking fury from Mugabe, who now believes that leading players in his own Zanu-PF party are scheming to overthrow him.

In an unprecedented attack on senior party figures, Mugabe claimed last Friday that there was “an insidious dimension where ambitious leaders have been cutting deals with the British and Americans”.

He said: “The whole succession debate has given imperialism hope for reentry. Since when have the British, the Americans, been friends of Zanu-PF?”

[…] the armed forces still seem loyal to the retired General Mujuru, whose contacts with foreign diplomats signify his ambition.

Sources close to the Foreign Office in London confirmed that Britain would be willing to work with any postMugabe leader to help restore both the economy and democracy in Zimbabwe.

Did the Mujurus get their “OK to proceed” signal from the foreign ambassies?