We desperately needed to camouflage the military force behind the resignation of Robert Mugabe with a convincing semblance of legitimacy, knowing too well that a mere push by the party’s Central Committee would stand on broken legs constitutionally.
So we decided to gamble on two other fronts, both hinging strongly on the opposition MDC’s desperation to get rid of Robert Mugabe.
We asked war veterans to approach the opposition leadership so as to borrow their Harare supporters in order to provide a convincing artificial mass protest that Sadc could easily nationalise by extrapolation so the word coup could be avoided.
Number two we requested opposition support in Parliament so we could start a coverup impeachment process.
The constitution gives no room for military actions to initiate parliamentary impeachment, but we knew the international community would accept the process at face value anyway.
The desperate opposition did not seek to leverage on the request and to demand a participating face at the front of this historic event, even a mere address to the marching masses by its leader.
Faced with marching masses, an impeaching parliament and an expulsion from Zanu PF by a manipulated makeshift Central Commitee, plus of course the behind the scenes squeezing by the military, the poor 94 year old leader had all his survival options shattered.
As soon as the ousting goal was achieved, it was each to where you came from and let the stockholders share chinhu chavo.
Maybe a lesson to be learnt is if you are going to violate a whole constitution because you are desperate to win a war against a 94 year old man, you probably deserve to be urinated upon by the very system to whom you render your desperate support.
You take off the march by Harareans and the impeachment process at Parliament you have a 100% coup supported by an unconstitutionally gathered group of Zanu PF members that masqueraded as the party’s Central Committee.
That would have given Sadc a headache. The UN too would have to boot us out.
An illegitimate government would force an interim inclusive government of national unity, and the opposition would have benefited.
What a bunch of noisy thoughtless busybodies!
Think! You are in politics.
- Reason Wafawarova is a Zimbabwean political commentator based in Australia.