President Robert Mugabe is facing a fresh revolt in Zanu PF engineered by some party bigwigs working with Western countries, war veterans claimed yesterday.
The sensational claims by Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda at a Press conference in Harare followed worsening factionalism in Zanu PF’s Harare province.
Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere — who has been entangled in the acrimonious battle for the Harare East constituency pitting rival factions — was singled out by the war veterans.
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The former liberation war fighters claimed there was a hidden foreign hand stoking the Zanu PF internal fights.
“We are aware of the unholy alliance that is forming between the Americans and the British, on the one hand, and some politburo members, on the other,” Matemadanda said.
He was flanked by ZNLWVA vice-chairperson Headman Moyo, secretary for lands George Matenda and committee member Zenzo Ncube.
“These politburo members have started selling out to the imperialists on the promise that they will be given heaven on earth if they remove President Mugabe from power,” Matemadanda added.
“The so-called Group of 4, 6 or any other number is hereby warned to stop whatever dreams they have that they can become Prime Ministers or Presidents if they help to cause the ungovernability of Zimbabwe as a means of achieving regime change.”
Zanu PF has been battling to douse flames stoked by two warring candidates in Harare East ahead of a by-election on June 10.
Career banker Terrence Mukupe and former Women’s Football boss Mavis Gumbo are at each other’s throats as they seek the party’s endorsement for the by-election.
Mukupe is allegedly being supported by Kasukuwere, while Gumbo has reportedly the backing of Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo.
Matemadanda yesterday accused top Zanu PF officials of being over-ambitious.
“This party was formed by comrades who are still alive and have remained faithful to it and have never imagined taking it to court when they have felt aggrieved or passed over in the allocation of positions,” he said.
Matemadanda claimed the current fights were part of a project of “overzealous, overambitious and green politburo members bent on creating their own fiefdoms”.
“Young leaders who are appointed should consult before running everywhere with wrong ideas.
“They should give themselves time to learn than embarrass themselves and their seniors with such indiscipline,” he said.
Kasukuwere yesterday refused to comment on the matter.