Disgruntled ZANU PF members have renewed calls for the removal of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as party leader at the elective congress expected in October this year.
While some members of the party have endorsed Mnangagwa as the party’s presidential candidate for elections next year, some party cadres are allegedly pushing for his removal.
An alleged faction linked to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is reportedly calling for Mnangagwa’s removal from the helm of the party.
Chiwenga’s backers blame Mnangagwa for failing to solve the country’s deteriorating economic situation characterised by rising prices of basic grocery items and services and a collapsed local currency.
Members of the alleged Chiwenga faction have reportedly formed counter social media groups, where they openly express their unhappiness with Mnangagwa’s perceived leadership failures.
In leaked WhatsApp audio clips in possession of NewsDay, ZANU PF youths said Mnangagwa should be replaced with Chiwenga. One youth only identified as Jasi said:
We can’t continue with this situation. We are in ZANU PF, but we should be candid.
Out there, we protect our President, but we can’t continue with this situation because our parents are struggling.
It is so pathetic. Mr Mnangagwa should step down or must be removed. We can’t be threatened.
Another group member chipped in, saying ZANU PF may lose elections to CCC led by Nelson Chamisa. He said:
No Comrade Jasi. The reason why we opt for the removal of people is that these men do not want to take advice.
If people overstay in power, they think they own Zimbabwe. If we are talking about important issues, we must be one. If they fail, then they must let Chiwenga take over.
They do not care about us. They have got their agenda that benefits them.
We will end up losing this country to (opposition Citizens Coalition for Change leader Nelson) Chamisa if we continue on this track.
Mnangagwa blames sanctions and “economic saboteurs” for the country’s economic challenges.
On Wednesday, ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa told journalists in Harare that Mnangagwa remained the ZANU PF presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.