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Ex-Zapu members warned

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A VOCAL former Zipra fighter Max Mnkandla has urged former PF Zapu leaders to stop attacking each other using the media as the race to fill the posts of Zanu PF vice-president and chairperson hots up.

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Mnkandla said the war of words that has been raging in the media was a reflection of indiscipline, which was inconsistent with principles of a liberation movement of PF Zapu’s stature.

“Former Zapu members must desist from attacking each other in public and discuss their issues in a civilised manner that shows discipline. Lashing out at each other in public through the media is unacceptable,” he said.

Bulawayo-based war veterans have been locked in a war of words with former Zimbabwe ambassador to South Africa Phekezela Mphoko after he declared his interest in contesting the post of VP.

Mphoko told the media that he along with former minister Ambrose Mutinhiri were the only founding Zipra commanders and his credentials could not be questioned.

He said war veterans questioning his credentials were indisciplined after provincial chairperson Japhet Phuthi blasted party leaders who were jostling for the post.

Jabulani Sibanda, the national war veterans’ leader, has come out in defence of the Bulawayo-based former fighters who appear to be favouring Zanu PF chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo for the VP post.

Mkandla said Phuthi was right because precedent dictated that Moyo should take over the post left vacant by the death of John Nkomo last year.

“Zanu PF has been the most organised party in Southern Africa, but because of some members who are power-hungry, the party is being destroyed,” he said.

“Some of the people who are declaring interest in certain positions are not qualified to hold any senior posts.”

A section of Zanu PF believes Moyo should not be challenged for the post, while a growing number of party officials are lining up to contest against him.

There is raging debate on a candidate for the chairperson post in case Moyo is elevated to VP.

A Zanu PF faction is pushing for Didymus Mutasa to take over while former PF Zapu members say the post is reserved for
them.

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