Cape Town – Zimbabwean analysts have reportedly warned that the country's economy would continue on a downward spiral unless President Robert Mugabe resolves the succession issue currently rocking his Zanu-PF party.
The analysts, according the Daily News, warned that Mugabe and his party’s increasingly violent factional and succession wars would sink Zimbabwe’s ailing economy to levels witnessed five years ago.
This comes as Zanu-PF continues to be embroiled in a succession battle that has torn the party apart, with two distinct factions allegedly being led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Munangagwa. The two are said to be locked in a bitter war to take over from Mugabe when he retires.
Mujuru and Mnagagwa have, however, rejected claims they are harbouring presidential ambitions.
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Infighting escalated following First Lady Grace Mugabe's surprise nomination to lead Zanu-PF's women's league, amid speculation she could be aiming to take over from her husband when he steps down or dies.
Mugabe is expected to be confirmed as the party's leader at the congress, but the fight for positions on the powerful politburo could be decisive for the campaign to succeed him.
Mugabe, aged 90 and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, has not indicated a preferred political heir, but his advanced age and rumours of ill health have escalated succession fights in the ruling Zanu-PF party.