At a time that Zanu-PF’s young tucks who oppose Mnangagwa and who go by the moniker generation 40 appears to be wilting badly under the sustained on slaughter of the faction rallying behind the midlands godfather, Team Lacoste, Mugabe has not only savaged all him ambitious lieutenants pushing to succeed him, he has also refused to give in to the demands of disgruntled water veterans that he ditches leading G40 kingpins.
Addressing nearly 350 war collaborators, ex-detainees and restrictees, widows of war veterans and non-combat cadres at the City Sports Centre in Harare, Mugabe said those eyeing his position were not happy that he was not dying.
Mugabe acknowledged the wars that were playing out in his party over his succession between G40 and Team Lacoste, which he referred to as “locust”. He said the two factions were only alive because of senior party members.
“I know of this G40 and this locust [Lacoste]. If you look at these things, you will realise that they are not being pushed by the ordinary membership of the party, but seniors,” the 92-year-old leader said.
Mugabe, who was supposed to use the meeting to address concerns raised by the veterans of the liberation struggle, avoided responding directly to the issues raised at the forum.
The veterans had through various thematic committees demanded that Mugabe fire political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and secretary for technology Jonathan Moyo for allegedly dividing Zanu PF.
Goodwills Masimirembwa, presenting on the threats to Zanu-PF, said the ruling party was being destroyed from within by people who pretended to love Mugabe.
He called on Mugabe to deal with his top ministers who have refused to heed his call to stop washing Zanu PF dirty linen in public through social media.
“These people who have failed to heed your call should now be dumped because they have proved that they don’t listen to you. The abuse of social media, Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook is being done by your ministers some of them on the top table here,” Masimirembwa said.
The former Zanu PF Harare provincial chairperson also attacked Kasukuwere accusing his commissariat of pursuing an agenda that will leave Zanu PF without any members.
He said the party had resorted to firing members without giving them a chance to defend themselves.
“The commissariat is wielding an axe pruning of all the green shoots of the party, when you see them coming you are certain to run away because they will axe you,” Masimirembwa said.
The veterans also called on Mugabe to let those accused of corruption face the music and clear their names in the courts of law.
The meeting was also attended by both vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, service chiefs and local government minister Ignatious Chombo.
Source – dailynews