Zimbabwe

Mugabe embarks on countrywide rallies aimed at consolidating power

2016-03-18 12:19
Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is expected to kick off countrywide rallies aimed at fixing cracks within his ruling Zanu-PF party, reports NewsDay.

The long-time ruler is expected on Friday to address his supporters at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura, a small town north-east of Harare.

According to Dickson Mafios, Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairperson, Mugabe would address the many challenges engulfing the southern African country.

"...He (Mugabe) is bringing a special message to the province, as you know that it is the stronghold of the party. He will also address the political situation in the country and assure us on the agenda to improve the country’s economy," Mafios was quoted as saying.

Mugabe was expected to use the rallies to consolidate his power, and also to hit back at his detractors within the ruling party, who have also challenged his wife’s rapid rise in the party.

According to a previous News 24 report, the nonagenarian admitted that his party was infested by factional wars which threatened to tear it apart.

Recently, ousted war veterans minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa, claimed that Mugabe was being held "prisoner" by a Zanu-PF faction known as the Generation 40 (G40), which is reportedly led by the his wife Grace.

Mutsvangwa is reportedly aligned to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is gunning to take over from Mugabe when he leaves office.

However, according to local media reports, the G40 is bent on getting rid of Mnangagwa, thus, paving the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband.  

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