PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has ordered warring factions in his ruling Zanu PF party to unite and stop fighting each other publicly and uphold the principle of unity.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Addressing hordes of party supporters bussed to the Harare International Airport to welcome him back from the 26th Ordinary Summit of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mugabe strongly spoke against factionalism.
The President gave the passionate plea in the wake of heated exchanges between Presidential spokesperson George Charamba and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo over his succession.
“We should show that we are united here in Zimbabwe. We should be united and leave selfishness, leave factions. Our leaders should be united and know that the majority of the people should led,” Mugabe said.
Charamba and Moyo last week publicly clashed accusing each other of propping rival factions fighting to succeed Mugabe.
“We should advance the resolutions which would have been passed at congress. If we start fist-fighting at this place here and at that place there it means there will be no respect. Trading insults for the leaders is not proper. We need to reconcile our differences,” Mugabe said.
Mugabe said if there were differences in the way leaders think then they should sit down and try to reconcile, than engaging in fights.
He also said leadership change in his party will only happen at the congress, effectively pouring cold water on senior party leaders strategically positioning themselves to take over from him ahead of the 2018 elections.
The Zanu PF leader said he will lobby other African leaders to leave the United Nations and start a new body which would be responsive to African aspirations.
He also accused non-governmental organisations working in Africa of pushing the regime change agenda, claiming Zimbabwe had 3 000 such groups.