Mnangagwa threatens more expulsions

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned that Zanu PF will not hesitate to expel more members as factionalism rocks the ruling party.

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Last week Zanu-PF suspended 87 members from holding any leadership positions within the party for two years, while two others were handed three-year suspensions after the Politburo upheld the recommendations of the National Disciplinary Committee.

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Speaking on Sunday at a campaign rally for the party’s Hurungwe West by-election candidate Keith Guzah, Mnangagwa claimed Zanu PF was cleansing itself of members who were plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe.

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“We fought for our liberation and we can only safeguard it through voting for the right candidates,” he said.

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“We were enlightened by (First Lady) Grace Mugabe of what was happening in the party in the build-up to the congress and the party had to act.

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“You had Mliswa and we want to apologise that we failed to see that he was a renegade.

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“We fired him because we had no faith in him and because of his activities.

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“Zanu PF is like an elephant which is not scared of anything, even a barking dog.”

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Former Zanu PF provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa lost his seat as Hurungwe West MP after he was expelled from the party for allegedly belonging to a faction of the party led by sacked former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

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Mliswa will contest as an independent against Guzah.

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Although Mugabe loyalists continually accuse Mujuru of having plotted to assassinate the ageing leader, no arrests have been made suggesting the allegations were a mere cover to destroy her succession ambitions. – Nehanda Radio