The factional fights between President Emmerson and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga are far from being over with revelations that some ZANU PF Youth aligned to President Mnangagwa have been targets of beatings and arrest by the military and the police during the ongoing crackdown.
Posting on Twitter Former Deputy Finance Minister Terence Mukupe urged ZANU PF to be resolute and wait for President Mnangagwa to come back.
“I salute the Zanu PF Youth league. You are truly the last line of defense. Nyararai kuchema for now tomirira kuuya kwaDaddy. They can crush our bones but they can never crush our loyalty to our President.Even mukatirakasha Kusiri kufa ndekupi.”
Mukupe further promised that ZANU PF will be taking a strategic move in the next 72 hours.
“I’m worried with what’s going on. The citizens are blind to what’s really going on.” Mukupe said. “The next 72hrs are going to be crucial regarding the path we are going to take as a nation. Chokwadi chichabuda President Mnangagwa is not the issue.
Commenting on the matter seasoned journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu said, “Terence Mukupe is essentially telling Zimbabweans that there is a military plot to get rid of Mnangagwa as President. He suggests Mnangagwa’s authority has been usurped, and that the military crackdown has not spared Mnangagwa loyalists in the townships.”
Vice President Chiwenga is alleged to be leading a faction of ZANU PF strongmen mostly who were loyal to President Robert Mugabe. He was seen at a prayer rally in Hwedza last year surrounded by dethroned ZANU PF leaders like Sydney Sekeramayi and David Parirenyatwa.