VP UN­MOVED Mnan­gagwa shrugs off Chimene di­a­tribe

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VICE-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has scoffed at al­le­ga­tions by Man­i­ca­land Min­is­ter of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Mandi­itawepi Chimene that he leads a fac­tion within Zanu-PF, say­ing such claims will not dis­tract him from per­form­ing his du­ties.

The Zanu-PF Sec­ond Sec­re­tary said the un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions en­cour­aged him to work even harder for the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Cde Chimene on Wed­nes­day all but called on Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to ex­pel VP Mnan­gagwa dur­ing a sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing with war vet­er­ans and party sup­port­ers at the Zanu-PF head­quar­ters in Harare.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in­di­cated dur­ing his ad­dress to the gath­er­ing that there was no ev­i­dence that Cde Mnan­gagwa led the so-called Team La­coste.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from jour­nal­ists on the side­lines of his tour of a pas­ture pro­ject at Hun­yani Farm in Zvimba yes­ter­day, VP Mnan­gagwa said he would con­tinue with his na­tional du­ties undis­tracted.

“Izvozvo ndizvo zvi­nondipa simba. Kana zvikashaikwa ndino­to­shaya simba rekushanda. Ko, ichok­wadi here? Ko, ndidzo pol­i­tics ka dza­unenge uchin­goneneg­wavo asi iwe uchin­goinda. Uchin­goinda chete, vanovukura vachipa simba. Akange asisipo pa­nenge pa­sisina simba. (Those false al­le­ga­tions will not de­ter me from per­form­ing my du­ties. Ac­tu­ally, it gives me strength. Are the al­le­ga­tions true? That is pol­i­tics. Peo­ple will ac­cuse you, but you should con­tinue with your work.

“Peo­ple who dis­cour­age will al­ways be there but it will give you strength),” he said.

Cde Chimene called on Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to re­place Cde Mnan­gagwa, claim­ing that the Vice Pres­i­dent was fan­ning fac­tion­al­ism in the party by al­legedly lead­ing a fac­tion in Zanu-PF called Team La­coste.

In his ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe urged war vet­er­ans and party sup­port­ers not to rush to conclusions with­out con­crete ev­i­dence.

The Pres­i­dent said Zanu-PF would not change its top lead­er­ship based on un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions, most of them spon­sored by ex­ter­nal forces seek­ing to cause di­vi­sions in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

He said the free­dom fight­ers should know that the en­emy was us­ing covert av­enues to di­vide Zanu-PF.

“We shall keep to­gether at the top,” said Pres­i­dent 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. In our view, let us not ac­cuse any­one of lead­ing a fac­tion when we don’t have ev­i­dence. Give it time. You must be mind­ful of the fact that our en­e­mies want to di­vide the party, abus­ing our names. The truth shall come out but let’s be vig­i­lant”.

Added Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe: “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 don’t want war. We don’t want vi­o­lence.”

Pres­i­dent 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.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said unity was cru­cial at all lev­els of the party as it started prepa­ra­tions for the next elec­tions.

“So let’s keep to­gether and help us also with your unity at the base,” he said.

“The unity of Zanu-PF in the prov­inces and I want to thank the pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons who are here. Your unity is cru­cial be­cause that is the ba­sis of the whole party.

“We can’t talk of a united party when the prov­inces are not united. We can’t talk also of a united party when the wings of the party — the Youth League, the Women’s League — when these are not united.

“So the unity of the party is cru­cial and I am glad that so far, we have main­tained that unity and I hope that we shall main­tain it un­til 2018.”

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

Cde Mandi­itawepi Chimene

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