President Emerson Mnangagwa

ED warns political gladiators

…Zanu PF youths say no to unity government

President Emerson Mnangagwa has threatened to descend heavily on elements within and outside the ruling Zanu PF party who were working towards sowing seeds of disunity and destabilise the party.

He was speaking during a youth league indaba in Harare on Thursday.

Mnangagwa said he was not worried about the absence of MDC Alliance representation in the dialogue process he has initiated saying he will not focus on embracing those with a negative thinking.

“I am aware of machinations by enemies to destabilise the party to cause divisions within our rank and file. Acts of indispline, treacher and disunity will not be tolerated,” he said.

“Those who think are smart, this party is always smarter. Be wary of political gladiators.”

He however warned against wanton suspensions in the party saying due process must be followed.

 On dialogue with opposition parties, Mnangagwa said : “You live out those who are negative and embrace those who would want to see this country moving forward.”

He said he was pleased with the unity exhibited by different opposition political formations who have agreed to dialogue to negotiate a way forward that will take the country forward.

“This is a new dispensation with new approaches. There is nothing wrong to talk to people with a positive vision towards progress.”

Last week, Mnangagwa and more than 17 leaders of opposition parties among them, Thokozani Khupe of the MDC-T, National Consitutional Assembly’s Lovemore Madhuku among others, went to Chimanimani to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Idai, a sign of unity, according to observers.

Zanu PF youth league secretary Pupurai Togarepi said the dialogue initiated by Mnangagwa should however not be misconstrued as talks with a unity government in mind.

“We don’t want people to mistake dialogue for talks with a view for an inclusive government. We will not entertain that mentality that power can be shared. That mentality should be thrown away.”


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