A group of ousted Zanu PF youths today tore into G40, a group of Young Turks which has been fighting for control of the party with a faction led by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the bitter wrangle to succeed President Robert Mugabe, alleging that they were fermenting divisions in the party.
The group which comprises of serving and suspended Zanu PF provincial chairpersons, members of affiliate organisations such as the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) and Children of Zimbabwe National Liberations War Veterans Association who included Godwin Gomwe, Godfrey Tsenengamu, Washinton Nkoma among other members threatened members of the G40 to resign or risk being forced to resign.
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“To these factionalists and trouble- causers we say resign honourably now and give the party a chance to survive or we shall name shame and force you to resign soon. Stop playing the victim when you are the offenders,” fumed Godfrey Tsenengamu.
He claimed that G40 members are causing disharmony in the party.
“We have noted with great concern that the party across the nation continues to face problems largely emanating from artificial divisions, confusions and misunderstandings being deliberately caused and created by some leaders who were appointed and assigned to party duties by the Party President and First secretary Cde R.G Mugabe which divisions threaten the longevity of our revolution and party with the party likely to continue to face challenges ahead of the 2018 polls.
“These are well known pretenders and rumour mongers bent on accusing divisions and disharmony in the party,” he said while referring to Minister of local government, Saviour Kasukuwere, Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo and Minister of Youth Patrick Zhuwao.
Tsenengamu added that Zanu PF members are now living in fear of being unconstitutionally booted out of the party.
“Whoever dared to challenge them and remain principled would suffer unconstitutional suspensions from the party or expulsion and in some cases even withdrawal of privileges and benefits rightfully acquired,” he said adding that there is rampant and deliberate abuse of the names of the party president and in some cases the name of the party’s secretary for women affairs Cde Grace Mugabe by a clique that has constituted itself into a faction that has been and continues to systematically victimize innocent, dedicated and committed party cadres
He said the abuse of the Mugabe name has the effect of giving an impression to the general public and the party membership that clique’s misdoings had the blessings of the leader Cder Rg Mugabe and that of Cde grace Mugabe.
Going forward, the youths who once spearheaded the save Zanu PF campaign in which they warned that they might be forced to confront Grace if she continued on her “destructive path” called upon President Mugabe to monitor all cabinet ministers.
“We want to take this opportunity to call upon the president to closely monitor all cabinet ministers and ask them to concentrate on government business than concentrate on factional activities and challenge them to attend to the social and economic problems facing our country and to a larger extent the youths,” said Tsenengamu.