EXCLUSIVE: 'We cause confusion to win elections' – Zanu-PF

2016-12-23 07:44
President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF secretary for information and publicity in South Africa, Morelife Mapeture has described as "normal" the infighting within the ruling party. 

In an interview with News24, Mapeture said internal squabbles were not a new phenomenon within the party.

Presidential ambitions 

"Only God knows the future; if he fails to campaign in the next elections, the constitution has articles of such an eventuality so Zimbabweans let's not panic as we have so many capable leaders, both young and old, in the event of anything but we are very confident that Comrade RG Mugabe will do as per our instructions and as Zanu-PF we are still proud of the old man so far."

Mugabe was endorsed by delegates, who attended the Zanu-PF annual conference held in Masvingo last week, as the party’s 2018 presidential candidate. Mugabe would be 94 during that time.  

Reports indicate that Mugabe's deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is leading a faction calling itself "Team Lacoste" that is angling to succeed Mugabe when he eventually leaves office. On the other hand, First Lady Grace Mugabe, who now heads the women's wing of the revolutionary party, is allegedly heading another faction, made up of young Turks, calling itself Generation 40 (G40). 

'Looting and squabbling' 

"There is nothing wrong with Vice President Mnangagwa being president after His Excellency RG Mugabe. The only issue is whether he meets the party criteria or not and whether he is going to win the provincial endorsements. If all that is met, then why not? Qualities can be improved in office," said Mapeture.

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