Zanu-FP is liv­ing a lie and afraid of the truth, says EFF

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THE EFF says Zim­babwe’s gov­ern­ing party, the Zim­babwe African Na­tional Union – Pa­tri­otic Front (Zanu-PF), is afraid of the truth and “they all live a lie”.

This comes af­ter EFF leader Julius Malema said on Mon­day dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing that Zanu-PF should tell “grand­fa­ther” Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe to re­sign as he was no longer ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Malema said: “The Zim­bab­wean sit­u­a­tion is bad… Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe can­not even han­dle a spade when he tried to plant a tree just re­cently, that is how old he is. He is no longer ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing his du­ties, and then they nom­i­nate him for the pres­i­dency again in 2018.

“We do not hate Mu­gabe, they can re­spond and in­sult us how­ever they want… but those com­rades in Zanu-PF are a bunch of cow­ards for not be­ing able to tell an old man like Mu­gabe to go,” said Malema.

These state­ments were, how­ever, not wel­comed by Zanu-PF, with the party claim­ing ear­lier this week that Malema was a “po­lit­i­cal char­la­tan” with “a prowhite agenda”.

The EFF yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated they don’t hate Mu­gabe but felt it was time the el­derly pres­i­dent stepped down.

Na­tional spokesper­son of the EFF Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi said in a state­ment that Zanu-PF had no po­lit­i­cal rea­son to keep Mu­gabe as pres­i­dent.

“We will never tell lies; Zanu-PF is afraid of the truth and they all live a lie. But all lies have short legs… and now they are ex­posed… be­cause they ac­tu­ally have no po­lit­i­cal rea­sons why they have kept Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in power even when he can­not phys­i­cally do it,” said Nd­lozi.

The EFF also said they loved Mu­gabe and this was why they were telling him the truth – to go.

“We love Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe more than all those Zanu-PF cow­ards who sur­round him be­cause we tell him the truth. The EFF are the only ones that ac­tu­ally care for the old man; we are car­ing enough to tell him to go rest and hand the ba­ton to oth­ers,” he said.

“They have taken time to re­spond pre­cisely be­cause our crit­i­cism has ac­tu­ally hit home,” Nd­lozi added.

PIC­TURE: AP

‘LIV­ING A LIE’: Julius Malema, left, on Mon­day said Zanu-PF were “a bunch of cow­ards” for not telling Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe it’s time to go.

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