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Mnangagwa supporters foil opponents

by Staff reporter
05 Dec 2018 at 06:40hrs | Views
With factionalism to die in Zanu-PF, anxious power-brokers in the party are scheming to keep President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the helm of both the former liberation movement and the government for the next decade.

Well-placed sources said the move by influential Zanu-PF officials in its provincial structures was intended to keep at bay ambitious party bigwigs who stand accused of harbouring 'unwelcome presidential ambitious'.

Meanwhile, the ruling Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial leadership has endorsed President Mnangagwa as the party's presidential candidate for 2023 and told off opposition leader Nelson Chamisa for demanding talks to help arrest the deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country.

At a meeting at its Davies Hall provincial office, the party passed a raft of resolutions which they want addressed during the party's national conference scheduled for Esigodini later this month.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association has endorsed President Mnangagwa for the 2023 harmonised elections in a show of confidence in his leadership.

The association affirmed its appreciation of the work being done by the Presidium and dissociated itself from the renegade ex-combatants that have joined the MDC-Alliance and were co-ordinating a march to Munhumutapa Building to hand over a petition to President Mnangagwa.

War veterans are also plotting to force the ruling Zanu-PF party to make a constitutional amendment that will raise the age limit of presidential aspirants from 40 to 52 years, which would effectively block opposition leader Nelson Chamisa from contesting against President Mnangagwa in the 2023 general elections.

The MDC leader is 40; the age limit for aspirants allowed in the Constitution while Zanu-PF enjoys a two-thirds majority in the Ninth Parliament after a landslide in the July 30 elections.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda also called on Parliament to come hard on "people who call for sanctions and economic sabotage and bar them from contesting in any election".

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