The Oasis Reporters

November 26, 2017

Deposed Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe (left), new Acting president, Emmerson Mnnangagwa (top right) and General Constantine Chiwenga, head of the Zimbabwean Military (bottom left).

Robert Gabriel Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the head of the Zimbabwean Military and Emmerson  Mnangagwa the then sacked Vice President of Zimbabwe are all friends, very good friends, and they are comrades.
The three men were in their 20’s when they entered the bushes and took part in the liberation struggle to free Zimbabwe from white minority rule. Mugabe who was initially the Secretary General of ZANU PF, became the head of state, the other two men were equally given plum positions of power and have continued as the 3 musketeers presiding over the destiny of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

Joshua Nkomo, then president of the PF was eased out and as someone from the lesser Ndebele tribe, was sooner forgotten until he died.

Sometime in the 90’s – Mugabe, the first musketeer fell in love with his personal secretary who happened to be another man’s wife at the time and the lady’s name was Grace. She became his mistress.
While Mugabe was still married, Grace had children for him. In 1996 they became man and wife after the death of Mugabe’s first spouse.

But Grace was no ordinary mistress turned wife, she was not ready to take a backseat, then turned herself into Mugabe’s political confidant, who used the bed and made her way to the very centre of Zimbabwean politics straining the relationship between Mugabe and his two comrades.

Mnangagwa the 2nd musketeer after many years of loyalty became Mugabe’s Vice President in 2014, paving the way for his eventual hold on power should Mugabe retire, resign or die.
But Grace had other ideas so she wangled her way into ZANU PF’s politburo and began her move to take out Mnangagwa and take power from her ailing husband.

In August 2017 Mnangagwa accused certain persons in the party of trying to poison him and made references to Grace. This didn’t go down well with Mugabe.
How could anyone accuse his beautiful harmless rose flower without the thorn?
He thought.

What Mugabe forgot was that boys are allowed to fight but the brotherhood must stay strong and united. In a move that shocked everyone (but didn’t shock his beloved Grace), he removed Mnangagwa from the position of Vice President, Mnangagwa not sure of what Grace would do to him, fled to South Africa.

Now, in comes the 3rd musketeer Constantine Chiwenga head of the Zimbabwaean military, a friend and brother of both Mugabe and Mnangagwa, “this is all the fault of one woman”, he probably thought in his mind, “we were one until this woman came. I trust Mnangagwa to takeover, I don’t know this woman; by the way, where was she when we were sleeping in the bushes before the liberation”?

Chiwenga sends a warning to Mugabe advising him to put his house in order, the first time he has ever spoken this way to his senior comrade. Thinking Mugabe will take the signal, call him, negotiate and talk things over a cup of tea.
Mugabe does the exact opposite, he sends his Minister of Information to tell the Army General to stay out of State matters, Mugabe then finalises plans to sack Chiwenga. The military chief at this point knows his brother and comrade in arms has drunk deep from the strange woman’s bosom, it’s not him speaking anymore, so he rolls out his tanks early one morning. He was therefore right when he said “this is not a coup” ; when one really looks at it, 3 friends only fell out over the ambitions of a woman.

Reports later said Mnangagwa the 2nd musketeers was on his way back from South Africa. Soon afterwards, he was installed interim President.
The 1st Musketeer, Mugabe came under house arrest. The 3rd Musketeer is in the saddle promising calm and quick elections. The 3 men have held Zimbabwe under lock and key for 37 years , which is nothing but a change of baton.

Zimbabwe needs a real revolution out of the hands of the veterans of the liberation struggle. In the 21st century Zimbabwe is the frozen out Animal Farm in George Orwells celebrated work.

Meanwhile the woman Grace, who started the whole trouble has fallen out of grace and is now in disgrace.

16 million Zimbabweans could not remove Mugabe, but a woman did.

Mama was right when she always told me, “son – be careful who you fall in love with and eventually marry”.

A lesson to all men.

Written by Ata Ikiddeh

Post script : Robert Mugabe has been retired with a generous severance package and pension.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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