We were expelled for refusing to go against VP - ex-Zanu-PF youth leaders

2016-03-08 13:03

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Harare - Expelled Zanu-PF youth leaders have claimed that they were kicked out of the ruling party after they refused to cook up false allegation against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a report on Tuesday said.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the expelled youth leaders said they were told to bring up false allegations against Mnangagwa in order to pave the way for his expulsion from the ruling Zanu-PF party.

In a 12-page dossier, the youth leaders remained adamant that the southern African nation's long-time ruler President Robert Mugabe, 92, was behind the factional wars within his ruling party.

They alleged that Mugabe did the same with former deputy president Joice Mujuru, saying that the veteran leader fabricated the allegations made by his wife Grace (against Mujuru) in 2014.

Mujuru was ousted from both government and Zanu-PF after a campaign by Grace alleged that Mujuru was fanning party divisions and plotting to topple Mugabe.

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 Mnangagwa to take over the presidency.

According to a previous report by News 24, the expelled youth leaders accused Mugabe of hijacking and personalising the revolutionary party.

The youths claimed that the police were now harassing them, as they were now being regarded as "rebels".

"When we refused to be hired to confront VP Mnangagwa we were declared rebels and a project is now in full throttle to silence us for good," the disgruntled youths were quoted saying.

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

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