By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Monday came under fire for allegedly abusing his powers to convene a Zanu PF extra-ordinary politburo meeting at State House.
Until the controversial Monday decision, the Zanu PF private function was being held at the party’s headquarters.
But for unknown reasons, the Zimbabwean leader did the unthinkable, inviting strong rebuke from opponents who accused him of conflating the State and his party.
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said Zanu PF meetings should be held far from State institutions and buildings.
“Mugabe should take his violent and divided party to party offices not government offices,” he said.
PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said President Mugabe’s conflation of the State and his party has reached “alarming levels”.
“We condemn this one party state mentality that is in Zanu PF,” he said.
“The State has to confine itself to state business unless they running from someone at the party.”
NPP spokesperson Methuseli Moyo said this was evidence President Mugabe had collapsed both State and his party.
“Whatever reason he might have, the net effect of this is that it confirms that Zanu PF has collapsed the state into the party, while the party has been collapsed into Mugabe the person,” he said.
“In such scenario, there is no more State to talk about.”
Moyo said President Mugabe was also trying to use his State power to intimidate opponents.
“The other effect is that Mugabe wants to use the State House, the seat of State power, to intimidate internal opposition by hosting a party meeting at State House.
“These are critical but interesting times of his rule. Clearly, he is in an offensive mood as he feels his power is being questioned and eroded daily by members of his own party, by the opposition, and the population at large.
“In as much as he wants to appear powerful and intimidating, he is at his weakest and most vulnerable. The polls in 2018 will prove we are saying.”
It is not the first time the Zimbabwean leader has been accused of mixing both party and State affairs.
President Mugabe’s wife, Grace, a non State official, once said that State Vice Presidents took notes when she talked to them.
The Zimbabwean leader was once seen with his daughter, Bona during a high profile meeting with Japanese government officials when he had visited the Asian country.