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Several Zanu PF youth wing members in Bulawayo have resigned in protest after the league’s politburo secretary Kudzai Chipanga announced plans to declare party leader Robert Mugabe ‘life president’, Now Daily has learnt.
The youths accused Chipanga of rushing to make the announcement at the party’s annual conference in Masvingo in December and to the media without consulting them.
Chipanga moved Friday to stop the removal of Harare province chairman Takataka, who was said to be a member of Grace Mugabe’s so-called G40 faction, which supports the imposition of 93 year-old Mugabe as the party’s and national president for life.
Grace Mugabe imposed Chipanga as youth league head after booting out an executive led by Godwin Gomwe, who was loyal to vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is said to be angling to succeed Mugabe. Party insiders say Grace Mugabe wants her husband to stay on at the helm while she consolidates her own power within the party with the eventual aim of succeeding him as president.
Chipanga said the rebellious youths in Bulawayo would be replaced. Sources said the departed youths were aligned to Mnangagwa’s so-called Lacoste faction made up of war veterans, army generals and intelligence officers who want Mugabe to step down at the end of his current term in 2018 and for the vice president to stand for the party in the presidential elections.
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