Zanu PF youths rush to Mnangagwa’s defense amid Chiwenga fallout claims and leadership change plots.

A senior ZANU PF youth league official has hit out at Jim Kunaka who recently claimed there was mounting tension over a power handover agreement between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga.

Kunaka, a former ZANU PF member claimed at a press conference last week that Mnangagwa had abandoned an agreement to hand over power to his deputy in terms of a deal reached as part of the 2017 military coup.

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Pindula reports that the ruling party has since dismissed the claim and youth league legal affairs secretary Phineas Makombe Tuesday told a press conference in Gweru that:

Jim Kunaka is politically extinct, he has fossilized himself and is best used as a fuel by errant paymasters.

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Chiwenga was the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander when the military ousted Zimbabwe’s long-time leader Robert Mugabe resulting in Mnangagwa’s ascendancy to power.

Kunaka said Mnangagwa should step down, adding that ruling party members wanted self-exiled former Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere to return to takeover.

Similar claims have also been made by another former party activist Godfrey Tsengengamu.

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The ruling’s director of communication Tafadzwa Mugwadi scorned Kunaka’s claims with a warning that he was “playing with fire” and therefore “asking for tragic consequences”.

Political analysts have said there was a possibility Chiwenga could challenge Mnangagwa for the party leadership at ZANU PF’s congress later this year.

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Source Pindula News

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