Youth vow to squash Mugabe critics

Members of the main opposition parties protest outside the Harare Magistrates Courts recently

Members of the main opposition parties protest outside the Harare Magistrates Courts recently

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE youth wing of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party has threatened to “crush” party members and opposition supporters eyeing the veteran leader’s position ahead of the watershed elections next year.
Zanu-PF youth chairman, Kudzai Chipanga, Mugabe should be unchallenged as president of Zimbabwe until death. Opponents would be “crushed”, he said.
Chipanga claimed Mugabe had a divine mandate to rule Zimbabwe.
His sentiments came on the back of infighting in the party over his successor.
Mugabe is turning 93 next month amid concerns of age-related ill health.
“We, as the youth league and the official vanguard of the party and last defenders of the revolution, will not allow those thinking to take over his post saying he is old to do so,” said Chipanga.
“This is not an age contest that we have at hand, but dealing with wisdom, not just wisdom, divine wisdom for that matter. Mugabe is not just a leader, but a revolutionary icon and we are not compromising on that.”
Squabbles have beset Zanu-PF with the party torn into a faction supporting Mugabe’s deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and another siding with First Lady Grace.
Scores of party members, including Mugabe’s former deputy Joice Mujuru have been fired from the party and government as a result.
Mnangagwa has been accused of entertaining some axed members.
“We will defend the President even with our blood. We will not entertain party members associating with renegades, people should respect the party and its ideals, ethos and values,” Chipanga said.
Chipanga also lashed out at opposition parties including Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First.
“They are witches who want to be witch-doctored at the same time,” said Chipanga.

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  • KneeGrowPlz!

    HA! Fuck them! They will never keep me quiet. PaMhata paMugabe. Now come for me!

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