Mugabe says demonstrations are not the ZANU-way, asks Herald “richiri paper here”?


President Robert Mugabe yesterday urged his supporters to desist from demonstrations saying the party had proper structures which should be followed instead of taking to the streets.

He also accused the publicly-owned but State-controlled Herald of behaving like the opposition and asked “richiri paper here”?

The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has been rocked by demonstrations over the past two weeks with the first one being organised by the party’s women’s league to rally behind Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

Two senior members of the league were fired from the party and their fate now hangs with the party’s national disciplinary committee.

Yesterday, party supporters in Bindura demonstrated against national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and are demanding his expulsion from the party.

Speaking after receiving gifts for his 93rd birthday which was on 21 February, Mugabe said: “I read in the papers, aah hanzi Kasukuwere is what and what, I don’t even know, there being articles Kasukuwere, Kasukuwere aah nhai VaMushohwe chii ichocho?

“This being a member of cabinet. If there are wrongs he has done, we have a dignified way of looking at ills and wrongdoings of all of us.

“That’s why we have the organs of the party and I was saying to the Vice President the other day that let’s remind people that we have organs starting from right down the cell, branch, district and province.

“There is no vacuum, pasina some organ, a remedial organ yekuti vanhu vagare pasi. Kana ari we cell anogarirwa pasi, kana anga ari we branch akanganisa anogarirwa pasi, kana ari we province anogarirwa pasi.

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