PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, has said he is not part of a Zanu PF faction known as Generation 40 (G40).
Zhuwao, the Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister, has been linked with the group that also boasts of, in its ranks, First Lady Grace Mugabe, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo.
But in a statement yesterday, Zhuwao said: “I have absolutely no knowledge of such a formation nor the declaration of such a group of faction within Zanu PF.”
“It can only be concluded that to associate me with any faction, in this case a so-called G40, is mischievous by certain divisive individuals to abuse the media to maliciously undermine and bring into disrepute my position as a member of Zanu PF and as a minister within a Zanu PF government.
“As such, I am demanding that these divisive individuals stop abusing the media and immediately desist from associating me with or attributing my mandate within Zanu PF and its government to this so-called G40 faction,” he said.
Zhuwao said he had since instituted legal proceedings against a State media columnist “in the hope that all media institutions will review their editorial policies to put into effect sentiments expressed by President Mugabe”.
Zhuwao said he was dissociating himself from the G40 faction in response to calls by Zanu PF women’s league secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka for Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to act against people “who purport to act on his behalf”.
“Although Mahoka’s statements were aimed at Honourable VP Mnangagwa, I believe they apply to all leaders conceptually,” he said.-AMH