A senior member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has told party supporters not to denigrate or undermine any of the country’s vice-presidents as doing so was tantamount to denigrating President Robert Mugabe.
Eunice Sandi Moyo, deputy secretary of the party’s Women’s League, said Vice-Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were appointed by Mugabe therefore party members must respect that decision.
Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi Chimene publicly humiliated Mnangagwa saying that he wanted to topple Mugabe because he led a faction known as Lacoste and should therefore be kicked out of the party and government.
Mphoko, on the other hand, has been accused of belonging to the G40 faction which is allegedly loyal to First Lady Grace Mugabe and is fighting to prevent Mnangagwa from ascending to power.
“At the top, we have three elders in the Presidium,” Sandi Moyo was quoted byThe Herald as saying. “We have President Mugabe, ubaba Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and ubaba Mphoko. Of these three, do not respect (one) and leave out the other. Respect all of them because they are a symbol of leadership in the country…..
“And you, who are you? People try to divide us by telling us this one is better and the other one is bad. Let me tell you, all these people serve at the mercy of President Mugabe. You did not vote for Cde Mnangagwa or Cde Mphoko. They were appointed by President Mugabe. What’s your problem?”