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Zimbabwe: David vs Goliath

“Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.”
Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

 

Evan Mawarire, the Zimbabwean pastor who led a popular protest movement last year against the current  President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe said on Friday that he might run in the 2018 General Election.

“If the need arises or if it becomes necessary for me to participate in the elections I really want to be available for that,” he told reporters outside court on Friday after he had fled the country in July in fear for his life, and was arrested on his return and released on bail.

“I believe it is my duty as a citizen to serve my nation in that way… I haven’t made that decision as yet but certainly I don’t want that door to be closed.”

However, in a recent clap back the Zimbabwean First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, insinuated that  her husband could fight the next election ‘as a corpse’ if God decides to take him. President R.G Mugabe, who happens to be the world’s oldest head of state turns 93 this coming Tuesday has been in power since white 1987 and has often said he wants to live until he is 100 and to rule for life.

“As long as the party says continue, I continue…If I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue.”

General elections are scheduled to be held in Zimbabwe on or before 31 July 2018 and the President announced that he is going to run again and if he is re-elected, he will only retire in 2023, when he turns 99. This is the first time he has actually mentioned a retirement in his whole career and the question that has been posed is who will replace him in the iron throne?

Will it be his First lady who often attends rallies without him and has often made utterances that suggested that she is eligible to be potential successor to the President even though she does not share the struggle credentials of other potential successors?

Or maybe the Lacoste, Emmerson Mnangagwa who happens to be Zimbabwe’s co-Vice President, justice minister, and one of the most powerful figures in the country?

Could it be the former vice president, Joice Mujuru, who was once seen as a potential successor to Mugabe, but faced increasing criticism (particularly from first lady Grace Mugabe) and was expelled in late 2014 from the Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party?

And not forgetting Zimbabwe’s former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who created the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party and is a longtime opposition leader?

And most importantly could David win against Goliath?

 

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