By Tafirei Chiyangwa
Murombedzi — ZIMBABWE’S ruling party is addressing the rift between president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, who masterminded a coup to remove longtime leader, Robert Mugabe from power.
The ZANU-PF party also reached out to Mugabe, during a “Thank You Rally” held at the former leader’s home province of Mashonaland West.
The rally in Murombedzi growth point came amid speculation of a split between Chiwenga and Mnangagwa following the July 30 polls.
However, both men attended the event, with Chiwenga disclosing Mnangagwa would reign for two terms before passing on the baton.
Chiwenga quashed any rumours that he was harbouring ambitions to replace the president.
“In all the coming elections, no one is going to remove Shumba Murambwi (President Mnangagwa). We are here until he feels it is the time to go and when we have fully restored our country to its former glory and when everything is in order,” Chiwenga said.
Chiwenga said the ruling party must prioritise job creation and economic development instead of infighting.
“No one must dream of being the President. We want our country to prosper. It is time to move the country forward,” he said.
Earlier, Mnangagwa thanked Chief Zvimba for helping him win the election.
Mnangagwa received 55 000 presidential votes, twice more than rival Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance from Mashonaland West province.
The chief is said to have influenced his subjects to vote for Mnangagwa.
The president also assured the chief his government would continue taking care of Mugabe and pay his medical bills.
“Mugabe is the founding father of a free Zimbabwe. There could be others who would want to distort our history but they should also know that Zimbabwe’s founding father is Gushungo (Mugabe’s clan name,” he said.
Mugabe was toppled last November following internal tussles.
“We are moving on with the revolution because those who had captured the former president had little knowledge of the revolution,” Mnangagwa said.