The ruling ZANU PF party was set to hold a politburo meeting on Wednesday, with suggestions that fireworks were expected.
This follows allegations of corruption levelled against party bigwigs by the ZANU PF Youth League, among them secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu.
Speaking to Newsday on Tuesday, Mpofu dismissed the allegations thrown at him, accusing the youths of being attention-seekers. He said:
Honestly, there are so many ways of seeking relevance and this is not one of them. They could have looked for better ways of seeking relevance and not these kinds of things that they are doing.
Simon Khaya Moyo told the publication that he would only be able to comment after the politburo meeting. Said Moyo:
I will comment after a Politburo meeting we are having tomorrow (today). Currently, I am out of Harare and I have not been briefed of this. Maybe we will be briefed in the Politburo and we will address the issue after that if we are briefed.
Mpofu said that the youth have no power to block him from entering party offices. He added:
Whose party are they talking about? They can only do so on what they own, on what is theirs. I am in the office and there is nothing like that and it will never happen.
I am just hearing it and they haven’t come to me directly, I am just reading about it.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s perceived ally, Gokwe-Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena said:
We’ve backslid to the Grace era, where G40 youths used extortion against citizens to avoid public lynchings. A country can’t be dictated to by a bunch of youths at a presser.
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However, the Youth League has stuck to its guns, insisting that President Mnangagwa will listen to them. Said Matutu:
President Mnangagwa is not like the former President (Robert Mugabe), who always accused people of attacking him when his appointees are accused of corruption.
He (Mnangagwa) listens to young people and acts after listening. We are confident that he will listen.