Mugabe has hijacked Zanu-PF - expelled youth leaders

2016-03-07 15:13
(City Press)

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Harare - Expelled Zanu-PF youth leaders have accused Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe of hijacking and personalising the party, saying that the 92-year-old's leadership style has caused division in the ruling party, reports NewsDay.

The former youth leaders were expelled from the ruling party last week on charges of indiscipline, fomenting factionalism, attacking First Lady Grace Mugabe and secretly campaigning for Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over the presidency.

In a 12-page document addressed to Mugabe, the youths, operating under the Save Zanu-PF banner, claimed that they were used by Mugabe to hound former vice president Joice Mujuru out of the party in 2014.

They said they were forced to use trumped up charges of witchcraft and assassination plots against Mujuru.

Mujuru was fired from Mugabe's government and the ruling Zanu-PF party about 14 months ago.

The former vice president's ousting came after a campaign by Mugabe's wife Grace, who accused her of fanning party division and plotting to topple Mugabe.

According to New, the youths used to accompany Grace from province to province during her "meet the people" tours, castigating Mujuru and her allies. 

They accused Mugabe of playing on divisions, adding that he was the real force behind the creation of factions in the party.

"We have learnt that the party president is the real force behind all problems facing the party though he pretends otherwise. Personally we have experience in a replay of the 2014 tactic when in 2014 he sent us out to confront Mai (Mrs) Mujuru and those he regarded as rebels, while he played smart, unaware and uninvolved," the youths were quoted saying.

The save Zanu-PF campaigners apologised for taking part in Grace's rallies.

Read more on:    joice mujuru  |  robert ­mugabe  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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