G40 calls for Mnangagwa’s expulsion
IN RESPONSE to the War Veterans communique, the ZANU PF Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere immediately organized rally in Rusape to openly challenge Mnangagwa. Since the silencing of Gamatox, Zanu PF created yet another faction known as the G40. This group is said to be allies of Grace who seems to have aspirations of being the president.
During the rally, the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial youth leader Mubuso Chinguno told those that attended the rally that Mnangagwa should either come clean or be expelled.
He said “Some war veterans keep on endorsing Mnangagwa. we endorsed President Robert Mugabe as our candidate for the 2018 elections; if you endorse someone [else], it’s treasonous…
Mnangagwa should come clean. If he is using the war veterans, he should be expelled from the party just like Mujuru and her cabal.”
Mnangagwa seems to be facing the same allegations of plotting to topple Mugabe just like his predecessor Mujuru .
Kudzi Chipanga who is the Zanu PF deputy secretary for youth suggested that the party should organise a special congress to settle the succession debate.
“All members in the politburo were appointed by President Mugabe so why should we be bothered by people who were appointed?
If it is difficult, we are calling for an extra-ordinary congress and we will see if those people who are leading factionalism in the party will retain their posts.” he charged in a directed attack on Mnangagwa.
Kasukuwere used the opportunity to hand out 500 hectares of land, claiming that 2 000 housing stands were immediately available in Rusape.
Chipanga also proposed an August 1 march in support of Mugabe. This comes after two marches have been held this year by the ruling party’s youth league. The first was dubbed a million-man march in April and then they demonstrated again in the capital on Wednesday.
“All people who have benefitted from our stands on August 1, let’s go to Harare and show support to our President Robert Mugabe: from here [Rusape] it will take just two hours, you will hear someone asking about transport, It costs just $5. If you don’t want, you can leave our stand and we see what we will do with it,”said Chipanga.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) leaders have said they are standing by their Thursday communique despite claims by the government that they had disassociated themselves from it. However they feared that the lives of their counterparts might be in danger as some who were in attendance have already been arrested
“We know what they are up to. The communiqué is correct, but they want to do a witch-hunt to fire the perceived ring leaders like they have done on Mutsvangwa,” said a senior ZNLWVA official.
“We will not be intimidated. We also know they have arrested those police officers who are war veterans because they want to intimidate them so that they extract information on how the meeting was organised and victimise people.”
Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba has said the government would only comment after they complete their investigations.
“Government’s position is very clear that there is an investigation underway to determine the veracity of that statement,” he said.
“We will investigate it, and when we reach a stage where we know where the document emanated from, that is when we can comment on it.”
He also denied reports that Mugabe had to abscond the press conference organized to address war veterans on Friday saying,
“You seem to know who organised it, because I did not organise it and I do not know about it. I am just coming from Buhera and that is how quiet my world is,”