Zim ruling party to Mugabe: ‘Don’t rock the boat… we won’t be soft’

FILE PHOTO: President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters of his ruling ZANU (PF) party gathered for a rally in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo

HARARE-  Zimbabwe’s ruling party and its allies have warned former president Robert Mugabe not to “rock the boat”, a day after he was reported to have met with the country’s newest opposition leader.

Former president Mugabe has been accused of backing a new party called the National Patriotic Front led by former cabinet minister Ambrose Mutinhiri who visited Mugabe at his home on Sunday.

“To us, it’s a bunch of failures trying to come back into politics,” said Zanu-PF youth leaders Pupurai Togarepi.

Mutinhiri, who is an ex-soldier and war veteran who is also said to be related to Mugabe, quit the ruling Zanu-PF last week over his objection to last year’s military takeover that unsettled Mugabe.

Togarepi said any attempt to destabilise his former party would be met with a “storm”.

“If he (Mugabe) decides to rock the boat and then his actions affect the stability of the party… he should be ready for the storm to come… we will not be soft with him,” said Togarepi.

One top official of the war veterans’ association accused Mugabe of being “misguided”.

“Remember when he walked away when he did not deserve to walk away a free man,” said Victor Matemadanda, in reference to the impeachment by parliament that Mugabe escaped on November 21 by handing in his resignation.

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