ZANU PF top officials have taken turns to blast MDC president Nelson Chamisa for the utterances he made in Gweru over the weekend while addressing delegates to the party’s 5th Congress.
Chamisa warned that his party will roll out massive demonstrations to force the government to act on the economy which is in free fall.
However, Chamisa’s remarks did not go down well with the ruling party officials.
Writing of Facebook, 56-year-old ZANU PF Youth leader, Pupurai Togarepi likened Chamisa to a devil in human flesh. He said:
Warmonger, devil incarnate. Zimbabweans are peaceful; allow them to remain so. Chamisa has declared war, sure? Has the definition of the word ‘war’ changed? hondo haina kunaka (war is not good).
Deputy ZANU PF Youth League chairperson Lewis Matutu warned Chamisa against inciting violence in a “democratic” country. Said Matutu:
We’re worried about Mr Chamisa’s loose tongue that utters words of disunity and violence in a peaceful and democratic country. He must be warned.
Meanwhile, ZANU PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said Chamisa’ssentiments are disgusting and contemptible. Said Moyo:
The ruling revolutionary party notes with the utmost contempt and certainly grave concern the Saturday, May 25, irrational and unrestrained outbursts by MDC leader…Chamisa on the occasion of his party’s congress at Ascot Stadium where he declared his intentions to unleash war to the nation soon after the so-called Congress.
Having such disgusting sentiments pronounced on Africa Day is not only retrogressive but irresponsible. Such a statement is an indictment of what Chamisa and his rogue elements represented.
There is, however, palpable anger among the country’s populace as it has become apparent that the ruling party has no clue on how to deal with the pressing economic challenges.
Prices of basic goods continue to spiral out of control, while fuel, electricity and water shortages have become the new normal.