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A delegation from South Sudan's People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) yesterday urged President Robert Mugabe and Vice President Joice Mujuru to bury the hatchet for the good of the ruling party.

Anne Itto Leonardo, the SPLM acting secretary-general, said continued infighting in the ruling party would adversely affect the economy and consequently ordinary citizens.

In a damning solidarity message, the SPLM representative said it was not prudent for Zanu PF to kick Mujuru out.

Apparently realising that her message would be received with mixed feelings given the anti-Mujuru mood prevalent at congress, Leonardo admitted that she was a political novice but said she was saying so out of her love for the ruling party.

"My appeal to the leadership is that you need to sit down and talk over your problems and you can solve them internally. If the fights continue, it will cause the people to suffer. Solve these internal problems please. This is my appeal coming from the bottom of my heart. I know there are some internal problems happening in the ruling party Zanu PF but young as I am, I think there is need for you to come back together again," she said.

Other political parties from the Sadc region who gave solidarity messages at the ruling party congress include the ANC of South Africa, Swapo of Namibia and the PPRD of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She spoke after Mugabe had branded his deputy a thief who was too scared to attend the congress.

This follows nefarious allegations being peddled by an anti-Mujuru group in the ruling party that she planned to topple the 90-year-old Zanu PF leader.

Among a litany of charges that Mujuru faces are corruption, abuse of office and the more serious and sinister treason charges.

Mugabe told thousands of his party supporters that he would move to clean up the party of all the rotten elements.

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