While launching the #EDHasMyVote campaign in Mhondoro – Ngezi, Zanu-PF Youth League Political Commissar, Godfrey Tsenengamu said the party’s former leader Robert Mugabe should not cry foul over the way he was removed because he did the same to Ndabaningi Sithole in 1975 during the Second Chimurenga.
Tsengamu said Zanu-PF Youth League will denounce and shame Mugabe if he fails to respect Emmerson Mnangagwa as his successor. Said Tsenengamu:
Mugabe is the least person to complain over his removal. He did the same at Mgagao before he was confirmed by congress in 1977. The same process of confirmation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa took place after the resignation of Mugabe. We are not second class citizens, so if Mugabe fails to respect our new leaders, we will denounce and shame him.
The Mgagao Declaration was a communique written by young military officers at the main ZANLA training camp in Tanzania at the height of the liberation struggle in November 1975. It laid the foundation of two important historical events; the removal of Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole as leader of ZANU and the elevation of Robert Mugabe as the leader of ZANU at a special congress at Chimoio two years later in 1977.
The declaration also reaffirmed that the fighters believed armed struggle to be the only way to take power from the Rhodesian government, as opposed to the detente negotiations that Sithole, Abel Muzorewa and Joshua Nkomo had been part of. The declaration also appealed to the OAU and the Tanzanian and Mozambican governments to allow them to return to their own country to fight.