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ZANU PF Youth League Backs Mnangagwa Amid Reports Of Tensions With Chiwenga

A senior ZANU PF youth league official has hit out at Jim Kunaka who recently claimed there was mounting tension over a power handover agreement between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga.

Kunaka, a former ZANU PF member claimed at a press conference last week that Mnangagwa had abandoned an agreement to hand over power to his deputy in terms of a deal reached as part of the 2017 military coup.

NewZimbabwe.com reports that the ruling party has since dismissed the claim and youth league legal affairs secretary Phineas Makombe Tuesday told a press conference in Gweru that:

Jim Kunaka is politically extinct, he has fossilised himself and is best used as a fuel by errant paymasters.

Chiwenga was the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander when the military ousted Zimbabwe’s long-time leader Robert Mugabe resulting in Mnangagwa’s ascendancy to power.

Kunaka said Mnangagwa should step down, adding that ruling party members wanted self-exiled former Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere to return to takeover.

Similar claims have also been made by another former party activist Godfrey Tsengengamu.

The ruling’s director of communication Tafadzwa Mugwadi scorned Kunaka’s claims with a warning that he was “playing with fire” and therefore “asking for tragic consequences”.

Political analysts have said there was a possibility Chiwenga could challenge Mnangagwa for the party leadership at ZANU PF’s congress later this year.

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