Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has called on Zimbabweans, especially the media, to leave him alone. He is not interested in becoming president and has important work to do for the nation as a vice-president.
“It’s been reported that I’m fighting with Mnangagwa over the presidential post. I come from a culture with proper leadership that doesn’t allow us to fight for our seniors’ posts,” Mphoko said according to The Chronicle.
“I want the people to know that I’m happy with my post as VP and I’m not fighting with Cde Mnangagwa over the presidency. President Mugabe is not only our leader but our father. We therefore respect his leadership and this will never change…
“The late Vice Presidents Cdes Joshua Nkomo, Simon Muzenda, Joseph Msika and John Nkomo never gave President Mugabe any problems, and this is what we were taught in our party. I’ve no intentions to give our leader any problems.
“Those who want to be involved in fights for the presidential post are free to do so but they should leave me alone because I’ve important work to do for the nation as VP.”
There have been reports, especially in the private media, of raging battles between senior officials in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front after its December congress with Mphoko reportedly fighting against Mnangagwa, political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere ganging up with other young Turks to fight the older leaders, and First Lady Grace Mugabe falling out with former Women’s League leader Oppah Muchinguri who paved the way for the First Lady to lead the League.