With less than two months before the December Zanu (PF) congress Robert Mugabe certainly has his hands full. The Bulawayo Province of his party, including his trusted Politburo members, are in a mini rebellion over his unilateral reinstatement of Jabulani Sibanda. And now Gordon Brown, supported by Nordic countries is demanding that he allow in a human rights envoy from the EU.
The Sibanda case itself shows how much Mugabe is losing control of the party that he used to have an iron grip around. The Matabeleland leadership, including his own vice, Joseph Msika, national chairman John Nkomo, Information Minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and politburo member, Dumiso Dabengwa, are opposing Sibanda's campaign for Mugabe’s candidacy at the December Congress.