President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday told ZANU PF apparatchiks who are allegedly plotting his ouster that they will never succeed, saying he is in firm control of both the party and government.
Addressing a Midlands provincial co-ordinating committee meeting in Gweru on Saturday, Mnangagwa told his ambitious colleges plotting to dethrone him that they are daydreaming and should shelve their ambitions. He said:
Go on and mislead each other. You can even ask your wife to chant your slogan saying forward with my husband.
But when you go out of the house, you begin to say forward with Zanu PF, forward with the central committee of Zanu PF. Forget about those ambitions.
Mnangagwa urged party commissar Victor Matemadanda to caution those with an unbridled ambition against pursuing personal or sectional interests. He said:
Commissar, tell people that if you dream being the leader of the country, you have had a nightmare.
As soon as you wake up, brew some traditional beer and pay rites to your ancestors. Tell your ancestors that you have had a bad omen and ask them why they allow such bad dreams in your life.
Mnangagwa rose to power after his mentor, the late Robert Mugabe was overthrown in a military coup in November 2017.
Less than a year later, the courts declared Mnangagwa the winner of a disputed presidential election held on July 30, 2018.
There are reports that a faction within the ruling party was plotting to replace him with his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, but the former army general has denied harbouring ambitions to topple his principal.