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'Zanu-PF VIPs sabotaging Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter
31 Aug 2020 at 11:54hrs | Views
FORMER Cabinet minister and liberation struggle stalwart, Rugare Gumbo, fears that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is being sabotaged by his senior Zanu-PF colleagues as he toils to fix the country's myriad challenges.

Gumbo - who was controversially fired from the ruling party in the run-up to Zanu-PF's sham 2014 congress at the height of its factional, tribal and succession wars - reiterated in an interview with the Daily News at the weekend that dialogue was the best way out for crisis-ridden Zimbabwe.

At the same time, expelled former Zanu-PF youth leader Godfrey Tsenengamu also agreed that Mnangagwa was being sabotaged - adding that he now needed to go back to the drawing board and to come up with a "winning" Cabinet line-up made up of ministers who understood and supported his vision for the country.

All this comes as Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade, which has triggered anger and anxiety among long-suffering ordinary people.

Amid the widening fissures in the ruling party, Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday that Mnangagwa was likely being sabotaged within Zanu-PF as he battles Zimbabwe's deepening political and economic crises.

"He (Mnangagwa) must be aware of being sabotaged from within, and I think this is now clearly happening in Zanu-PF.

"In politics, those things happen. But the president must be a visionary leader with good strategies to be able to deal with all these problems.

"As I also always say, dialogue is the only way forward for this country. The 2023 elections are very far because people are suffering. You cannot solve these problems through propaganda," the forthright Gumbo said.

"The country is for everyone, from trade unions to churches and other stakeholders. People just need to sit down and talk.

"We went to war to make sure that all Zimbabweans have a good life and that they are happy all the time. It is important for Zanu-PF to implement political and economic reforms.

"They must do this not for themselves, but for the good of the country. The future of the party will not be good if they fail to implement the much needed reforms," the fearless Gumbo added.

The liberation war icon was sent packing from Zanu-PF in 2014, together with the party's then secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and former vice president Joice Mujuru, at the height of the party's deadly factional, tribal and succession wars - on untested allegations of wanting to topple the late former president Robert Mugabe from power.

Recently, Zanu-PF invited Gumbo for re-admission into the former liberation movement which he helped to form with the likes of Ndabaningi Sithole and Enos Nkala, who are all late.

Gumbo is also the only surviving member of the liberation war council that was known as Dare reChimurenga.

Source - Daily News