EXPELLED Zanu PF politician Didymus Mutasa could be bargaining for something different by defiantly filing a court challenge against Zanu PF’s December congress, political analysts have said.

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The former cabinet minister has ignored persistent threats of dire consequences by President Robert Mugabe if the former went ahead seeking court determination on party affairs.

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Mugabe further warned judges against entertaining Mutasa’s court challenge.

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“We would want to see which magistrate would sit to hear that case. Then we will question their educational qualifications,” Mugabe told his followers in Midlands weekend.

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He has further hinted on the possible arrest of his former aide over allegations of embezzling funds donated towards the Zanu PF congress.

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But political analysts said Mutasa was well aware he was flogging a dead horse by approaching the courts to try and overturn the outcome of controversial Zanu PF congress.

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Charles Mangongera said by going to court, Mutasa and the entire group linked to ousted vice president Joice Mujuru were eyeing opportunities beyond the current political terrain.

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“They are setting a record for a post-Mugabe fight,” he said.

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“Their fight right now is not to overturn things now. They are calculating; they know that Mugabe is very old and the probability of his dying soon is very high.”

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Mangongera predicted a more bruising Zanu PF fight in a post Mugabe political era.

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“When Mugabe dies, it becomes a bare knuckles fight,” he said.

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“These guys are many anyway. Some are still in cabinet; the likes of SK Moyo, the likes of Ignatius Chombo who all belong to the Mujuru camp.

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“What they are doing is to say that when Mugabe dies, we will come out in our numbers. Once he is gone, the gloves are off and this would be a very brutal fight.”

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Kudzayi Kwangwari, another political analyst, said Mutasa was merely trying to perforate a few holes in the Zanu PF’s claim to legitimacy.

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“I don’t think he is expecting to win any court case; l think he is only trying to embarrass the Zanu PF leadership. I doubt if this would be successful whichever way he goes about it,” Kwangwari said.

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Similarly, Rejoice Ngwenya, another Harare based analyst said Mutasa was not targeting anything close to a favourable court ruling but simply trying to whip up a lot of emotion and likely generate enough sympathy around his case from observers to back up an eventual comeback strategy by him and the entire pro-Mujuru group.

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“Even if the courts were to be brave and say the current Zanu PF leadership was not legitimate, l don’t see Zanu PF dismantling and reconvening another congress.

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“He cannot go back to Zanu PF with tail tucked between his legs asking for forgiveness. He has now opened a non-return political valve,” Ngwenya said, adding that the court action would likely buttress a bid by the disgruntled group to pursue alternative political avenues.