Harare, February 10, 2016 – Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has denied the ruling Zanu PF was torn apart by factional fighting, adding this was a false narrative being created by the local media.
Mnangagwa was speaking at government’s Munhumutapa building on Tuesday during the official launch of the Drought disaster domestic and international appeal for assistance, an event he presided over.
Asked if endless infighting within the ruling party will not affect government plans to mobilise an estimated $1,5 billion to feed the starving Zimbabwean population, Mnangagwa said reports of a fighting Zanu PF were false.
“We read about these things from the press. In Zanu PF we are very comfortable and we are brothers and comrades,” he said.
“We read these things you are talking about in the press; I don’t know where you are getting them from.
“This is why as a very revolutionary government which is progressive that we have been able to take care of the lives of our people.”
Sitting next to Mnangagwa during the launch was Local Government Minister and party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.
The two belong to two different camps in Zanu PF that are fighting for control of the former liberation war movement.
Mnangagwa’s comments are in sharp contrast with those of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace who said during her rallies last year that there was factionalism in the party.