Mugabe Refuses To Fire Mnangagwa

Mugabe Refuses To Fire Mnangagwa
Published: 2016 July 28 06:42:55 (2287 Views)
President Robert Mugabe says Zanu-PF will not change its top leadership based on an alleged plot by external forces seeking to cause divisions in his Zanu PF party by pushing him to fire his long time aide and vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa
Mugabe was addressing a solidarity meeting of war veterans at Zanu-PF Headquarters in Harare yesterday. He called for unity and dialogue wherever there were differences and contradictions.
Mugabe's remarks followed a suggestion by acting chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association Mandiitawepi Chimene that the should replace Mnangagwa who is believed to be leading a faction - Team Lacoste - which seeks to succeed Mugabe. 
The solidarity meeting came in the wake of a communiqué issued to the media by a clique of war veterans denouncing Mugabe's leadership last week.
Mugabe said the freedom fighters should know that the enemy was tirelessly working through covert avenues to divide Zanu-PF.
"We shall keep together at the top," said Mugabe.
"We shall remain united. We know that accusations will continue to be made, allegations naturally, some true, some false but Zanu-PF knows how to settle its contradictions."
 Mugabe went on: "During the liberation struggle we learnt a lot from China during Mao's time on how they would solve internal differences. 
"The Chinese sit down and discuss with squabbling parties, giving their ideas. Those ideas that conform to the party ideology will be taken on board. That is how contradictions were settled in China. That is how we were settling them also in our camps outside the country. Let us not fight each other. We do not want war. We don't want violence."
Mugabe said it was the duty of the party leadership to denounce those fomenting divisions. "If accused, it is also up to us to tell the people that the accusations are false," he said.
Commenting on the war vets communiqué, Mugabe said those behind it would be punished ruthlessly.






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