Mugabe's nephew distances himself from Zanu-PF 'faction'

2016-02-22 14:38


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Harare - President Robert Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, has distanced himself from a Zanu-PF faction known as the Generation 40 (G40), saying that he has "absolutely no knowledge" of such a formation within the ruling party, reports said on Monday.

According to New Zimbabwe, Zhuwawo distanced himself from the G40 after Mugabe on Friday rebuked factionalism in his ruling party. 

Mugabe was quoted as saying that for the ruling party to survive talks of "Lacoste" and "G40" had to end.

Reports indicate that Zanu-PF is currently rocked by factionalism, as two groups within the party are gunning to succeed Mugabe, 92, who has been in power since independence in 1980.

The second "powerful" man in the country, Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa is locked in a tough battle with a group of young Turks known as the G40.

The G40 is reportedly bent on blocking Mnangagwa from ascending into presidency when Mugabe eventually leaves office. It is pushing for Grace Mugabe to succeed her nonagenarian husband.

The group reportedly comprises First Lady Grace Mugabe, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Zanu-PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo.

The nonagenarian is said to be under pressure to hold together the ruling party, as both groups are threatening violence against each other in order to succeed him. 

According to NewsDay, Zhuwao said claims that he belonged to the G40 were mischievous and were aimed at discrediting him, thus, hindering him from doing his government job.

Zhuwao, who is the minister of youth, indigenisation and economic empowerment, assumed the role after a cabinet reshuffle by Mugabe in 2015.

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