When ZANU-PF backbenchers refused to ratify the $957 million loan for the new Harare International Airport at a party caucus meeting addressed by vice- President Simon Muzenda who had to take a break from the Organisation of African Unity summit after three earlier attempts had failed, Zimbabweans must be forgiven for having believed that Parliament was, for a change, becoming the watchdog it should be.
There is nothing about “Never in a thousand years” (Former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith’s vow that blacks would never be allowed to rule the country now named Zimbabwe in the next 1 000 years), or baboon climb the mountain (his message to black students at the University of Rhodesia when they demonstrated against his government), or Chifambausiku (the plot by jailed African nationalist Ndabaningi Sithole to assassinate Smith).
President Robert Mugabe seems to have a knack for making blunders whenever the country seems to be steering towards greater democracy and accountability.
The next general elections may be some time away but the Catholic Church seems to have made an early start to conscientise people on the need to vote.
One of the things that could see the diminution of ZANU-PF’s power is a breakup of the current leadership of the party, particularly if President Robert Mugabe should disappear from the scene, according to a report by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
Rumours about the death of Finance Minister Bernard Chidzero sparked more debate about his successor than whether they were true or not.