Zimbabwe

Zanu-PF youths warn cabinet ministers

2016-04-25 14:01
Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (Jekesai Njiklzana, AFP)

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Harare – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF youth league deputy secretary Kudzanai Chipanga has warned cabinet ministers opposed to the planned one-million-men march which is meant to "solidify" President Robert Mugabe’s leadership, reports NewsDay.

Speaking to Zanu-PF youths at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chipanga said that cabinet ministers and other lawmakers who planned on sabotaging the activities initiated by the youth league risked losing their positions ahead of the 2018 elections.

Chipanga said that some ministers were distancing themselves from the youth league activities, but when they needed votes they would approach the youth to campaign for them.

Chipanga named some of these ministers as Land and Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora, Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira, Mines Minister Walter Chidakwa and Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo.

He said that from "now on", they would be recording the names of the ministers who supported their initiatives.

Reports indicated that the one million men march was slated for the first week of May, with the youth league saying that they would be mobilising at least 100 000 young people from each of the country's 10 provinces.

The march was said to be an initiative of a seemingly "rogue party faction" known as the Generation 40, in response to the meeting that Mugabe had held with the country's former freedom fighters.

According to a previous News 24 report, during a meeting with at least 10 000 war veterans, Mugabe faced mounting pressure from the former freedom fighters, who demanded that he take action against the G40 faction.  

The G40 was reportedly bent on blocking Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa from taking over from Mugabe when he finally leaves office.

The G40 was reportedly aligned to first lady Grace Mugabe, while the war veterans were believed to be aligned to Mnangagwa

The state-owned Herald newspaper on Monday reported that the ruling Zanu-PF party was fully behind the march as it sought to honour Mugabe.

Party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was quoted saying that the march did not seek to denounce any cabinet ministers or any other ruling party senior members.

Moyo described the reports as "misleading and mischievous".  

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