Mphoko savages Zanu PF bigwigs

HARARE  - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko on Friday waded into the post-congress Zanu PF’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars, savaging some of the ruling party’s senior officials for fanning its increasingly deadly infighting.

Speaking at the latest rally mounted by First Lady Grace Mugabe at Mushayavanhu Business Centre in Gutu, Mphoko also read the riot act against the ruling party’s youth league for participating in the factional and succession wars, saying he would no longer stand by and watch “ill-discipline” continue to destabilise the party.

Mphoko said for too long now, “malcontents” had been left to run amok in the party, to the extent that they now believed that they were above the party.

“We are watching you, to be clever is not to be wise … I come from the military school, and in war, discipline is essential. What we are now hearing and seeing these days, leaders are being cursed. We don’t want that,” he warned.

Calling Zanu PF youth league chairperson Pupurai Togarepi to the stage, Mphoko implored him to whip his constituency into line.

“Togarepi, many died for this country. This party has always been disciplined ... Togarepi the people you lead are insulting us the leadership, the First Lady and the president.


“From today we don’t want that. We can be quiet but we are very concerned. You as the leader you have been given teeth, use them to instil discipline. We are together in the disciplinary committee. But apart from that I have war credentials history. Come get advise from me on how to go about it.

“From today as we go to congress we don’t want to see party leadership being insulted, no. We don’t want that,” he thundered.

Mphoko also appeared to dress down a party official who was only identified as Amai Nhari for also allegedly fanning factionalism within the ruling party.

“You see Amai Nhari you are a grown up. You are insulting the president because everything you say ... called G40, there is nothing like that. It’s a myth. Taurai tinzwe, makutya? (let’s hear what you have to say about that, are you now scared?).

“Amai Nhari you are a grown up and a high official in the party. The young people are looking up to you. Don’t do embarrassing things. If I ask you what is G40 you don’t know what it is … we ask as a grown up assist the First lady because you are close to spoiling the First Lady’s programmes,” he said.

Mphoko said he was troubled by factionalism in the ruling party.

“We have president Mugabe who chose us last year. He chose me as vice president and ... today can I honestly say his wife leads a faction? No, that is done by detractors. The problem is that people over-evaluate themselves. You live artificial lives.

“Be very careful. Some of us have come a long way with the liberation of this country. We know each other very well. There was nothing that happened during the liberation struggle that we did not know about. We played the game then and there is no game you can play today that we won’t see.

“Let us follow the leadership of the president … we don’t want people who will bring weevils into the party,” he added.

“Togarepi, many died for this country. This party has always been disciplined ... Togarepi the people you lead are insulting us the leadership, the First Lady and the president.

“From today, we don’t want that. We can be quiet but we are very concerned. You as the leader you have been given teeth, use them to instil discipline. We are together in the disciplinary committee. But apart from that, I have war credentials’ history. Come get advice from me on how to go about it.

“From today, as we go to congress (sic) we don’t want to see party leadership being insulted, no. We don’t want that,” he thundered.

Mphoko also appeared to dress down a party official who was only identified as Amai Nhari for also allegedly fanning factionalism within the ruling party.

“You see Amai Nhari you are a grown-up. You are insulting the president because everything you say ... called G40, there is nothing like that. It’s a myth. Taurai tinzwe, makutya? (let’s hear what you have to say about that, are you now scared?).

“Amai Nhari you are a grown-up and a high official in the party. The young people are looking up to you. Don’t do embarrassing things. If I ask you what is G40 you don’t know what it is … we ask as a grown-up assist the first lady because you are close to spoiling the first lady’s programmes,” he said.

Mphoko said he was troubled by factionalism in the ruling party.

“We have president Mugabe who chose us last year. He chose me as vice president and ... today can I honestly say his wife leads a faction? No, that is done by detractors. The problem is that people over-evaluate themselves. You live artificial lives.

“Be very careful. Some of us have come a long way with the liberation of this country. We know each other very well. There was nothing that happened during the liberation struggle that we did not know about. We played the game then and there is no game you can play today that we won’t see.

“Let us follow the leadership of the president … we don’t want people who will bring weevils into the party,” he added.

Comments (1)

The leadership of Zim spends most time narrating war histories,hardly a speech passes by without them mentioning it, if every country did that umm hameno

Mathias - 7 December 2015

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