ZANU PF yesterday described its former leader and ex-President Robert Mugabe as the new enemy of the ruling party for his alleged hobnobbing with the National Patriotic Front (NPF) led by former Cabinet minister, Ambrose Mutinhiri.
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Speaking at a Zanu PF youth meeting, the party’s youth league secretary, Pupurai Togarepi ridiculed Mugabe, saying the former President was behaving like he was possessed.
“He seems like he has been taken by another spirit and we will not leave it like that, as has happened with our revolution when he was influenced by a clique of anti-revolutionaries to destroy Zanu PF,” he said.
“If he associates with new political parties or is influenced by those who influenced him before, we will lose respect for him and, as youth, we have made this decision, but we will stand guided if he withdraw that behaviour and started to work as a true Zanu PF member.
“We will not be happy if he takes what he is getting from the government to destroy our revolution, destroy your government, destroy the future of the youth.”
Mugabe was recently pictured with Mutinhiri, who recently broke ranks with Zanu PF, feeding speculation that the former President was backing the political upstart.
Togarepi, who a few weeks ago was at the forefront of organising a birthday bash for Mugabe, said party youth were aware of what was happening in Mugabe’s circles and if he failed to behave, gloves will be off.
Togarepi said they followed President Emmerson Mnagagwa’s mantra of letting bygones be bygones, but if Mugabe “is not responsible, we are going to look at him as a new enemy and we will go for him”.
Mnangagwa said he would check on Mugabe to see if claims that his predecessor was behind the new party linked to the vanquished G40 faction were true.
“Currently, we are not happy with what the media is saying,” he said.
“We don’t know the truth about that, but it’s an issue that we are analysing.
“The voice of the people is the voice of God, so if the voice of the people says this is wrong, then we also say this is wrong.
“If an individual or group of individuals goes against the current, the voice of the people, then we will say you are lost.”
Mugabe is reportedly disgruntled over the manner he was pushed out of power by the military last November.
The veteran leader was revered in the ruling party, but yesterday, his name was met with derision, with slogan pasi na (down with) Robert Mugabe being chanted at the meeting.
Several youth chanted derogatory slogans about Mugabe.
Speaking at the same event, Zanu PF chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri spoke glowingly of Mnangagwa, as she opened up on alleged sabotage targeting the President.
She took aim at Mugabe’s wife, Grace for seeking to take credit for programmes championed by Mnangagwa and her claims that the former President would rule the country posthumously.
The youth made several demands, among them, getting business ventures and parliamentary seats in the upcoming elections.
They also demanded vehicles and fuel from the party.
Although Mnangagwa promised to honour some of the demands, he described as untrue reports by the youth league that 60% of the population were youth, who would vote for Zanu PF.
He encouraged his party’s youth to utilise the social media platforms to campaign for Zanu PF.-AMH
VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga’s wife, Marry has mocked former First Lady Grace Mugabe for insulting other people, unlike the new First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa, whom she described as “people’s queen”
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Marry fired pot shots at Grace while officiating at the donation of goods by the First Lady to children’s homes through her Angel of Hope Foundation at Magamba Hall in Warren Park in Harare on Tuesday.
She was standing in for Auxillia , who was attending a Pan African Parliament meeting, where she is the chairperson.
“ Auxillia Mnangagwa is the people’s queen. She is not a selfish first lady. To me this is a first of its kind that the first lady delegates her task to someone to be done in her absence,” Marry said.
“She (Auxillia) has shown that she is a respectful mother, who does not go around insulting people, much more the elders. In her addresses, I have never heard her saying Stop It! Gone are the days of a mother, who would insult people.”
Interestingly, Marry’s speech was written on a letterhead written Office of the Second Lady of Zimbabwe, which bore the court of arms of the government of Zimbabwe, which set social media ablaze, as users questioned the existence of such an office.
In a speech read on her behalf by Marry, Auxillia called for a collaborative effort on projects to rehabilitate vulnerable children in different communities, saying children are the future that will shape tomorrow.
“I am overwhelmed to see my vision and my dream of giving a hand to vulnerable communities becoming a reality,” Auxillia said.
“It breaks my heart to see young girls on the street, asking for small change and sexscapades. Let’s help each other to address such issues and come up with useful programmes to rehabilitate our off springs.”
Auxillia said the launch of the Angel of Hope Foundation last month was a concrete step towards reaching out on a wider scale and in a sustainable manner to all marginalised Zimbabweans.
Among the donations by Mnangagwa were textbooks, blankets, chickens accompanied with requisites feeds, which will enable the children’s homes to embark on chicken rearing projects.