Zanu PF Political commissar, Deputy Defence Minister and secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Victor Matemadanda while addressing party structures in Harare urged people to unite and put an end to infightings ravaging the party as he said they would destroy the party.
Taking a jab at the former first family and the MDC Matemadanda said:
There is this habit among party members of labelling each other G40 (a vanquished faction of the party) for example. People are not putting maximum effort to their party work due to this. We must know that Mugabe was our leader … for nearly 40 years. All of us wanted to be close even to (Mugabe’s wife) Grace.
We must forget about the past and start new things so that our party can continue to grow. You must not make unnecessary accusations against each other. I want to warn you … this must stop for the good of our party. The MDC is dead and we can’t lose elections to a dead party. But as long as we remain divided we will not go anywhere.
We are witnessing tribal wars but we can’t run the party through tribal lines,” he added ruefully.
Matemadanda said further that failure to nip factionalism and tribalism in the bud in the party would have serious ramifications for its survival.
We respected (the late vice president Joshua) Nkomo as our leader. People from Plumtree up to Mutoko sang songs praising Nkomo. Our relationship should not be premised on tribalism and regionalism. Some are saying let us wait and see whether we are going to support a certain leader or not. That’s what you are doing here in Harare … this habit has grown in Harare. It is now like a huge tree and you are saying we are tribal specialists. This is not good for the party and it must stop
Matemadanda over the years has said so many controversial things like the elections will not remove Zanu PF.
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