Mugabe says congress will stop all the nonsense in ZANU-PF


Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leader Robert Mugabe yesterday said the party congress in December will stop all the nonsense about fighting for positions within the ruling party. “Some war is going on in my party. People want positions. They want to even push senior people out,” he said arguing that he might be old but he was still in control and will announce when his time is up. “ZANU-PF, I can assure you is a solid party. We shall not have any nonsense, none at all. No rubbish. We’re constant. It’s a party mind you, which combines persons who carry the tradition of the past, focus. When we’d these parties (ZAPU and ZANU) we never campaigned for positions. You’re going to go into that position, yes I’ll work in that position. You go into this position, yes. I was appointed to this position why was this one put in that position? Aah, come on! And zvandaiswa pano now I’m going to use this position to achieve A, B, C, D which has to do with pushing others out.  Planning, planning, planning dirty tricks against others all the time and that is why these so-called factions are daily dreaming, daily talking about and daily feeding on. When we get to Congress, we want to stop all that nonsense!….It is not fighting against each other, it is about fighting the real enemy. Let us learn to define the real enemy. We should know that contradictions do happen. Contradictions which are of a lighter nature, others which are very damaging. Those are contradictions we must sit and resolve. When they cause hostility they are antagonistic. We do not need them even in our society.” ZANU-PF has been riddled with faction fighting and squabbling which has been fuelled by Mugabe’s wife Grace, who has called on Vice-President Joice Mujuru to resign alleging that she is corrupt and plans to oust her husband. Mujuru is proving to be a formidable challenger but reports that she received a standing ovation from the opposition in parliament could have significant dent on her career as Grace has accused her of being in league with the opposition.


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