Zanu-PF secretary for the Youth League Pupurai Togarepi, aged 55, has hit out at MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa for questioning President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s legitimacy, calling the opposition leader a desperate job seeker who wants to enter office through the back door.
Togarepi’s attacks come as the MDC Alliance youths have threatened that they will engage in street protests to force President Mnangagwa to step down over the ailing economy.
“You are no macho man, we know you are just desperate for a job. Just say so. You are prepared to see Zimbabwe slide into chaos unless you sneak in through the back door,” he said.
Togarepi said the youths must ignore calls of demonstrations by the MDC Alliance.
“Don’t be misled into violence by a loser, young people are future of this great country,” he said.
The police recently acquired weapons to deal with demonstrations in what human rights watch groups have called is the clampdown on democracy.
Chamisa has disputed the 2018 presidential elections insisting that he won the polls but Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF party rigged the outcome.
The MDC Alliance has also declined invitations by Mnangagwa for dialogue saying any form of discussion between him and the Zanu-PF leader should be mediated by a third party. Chamisa refused to recognise the Zanu PF leader as legitimate President of Zimbabwe arguing he was the beneficiary of fraud.
Meanwhile Mnangagwa declared “I cannot take a bulldozer or grader to go and pull him (Chamisa) out of his home to come to dialogue. He is a political leader and I have invited all political leaders to dialogue. I don’t believe anyone is special. The table is still open.”
Mnangagwa was responding to questions drawn from listeners of State run radio who wanted to know why he has not made an effort to bring in MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to dialogue.