Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi has dismissed that his province has endorsed a candidate who is not President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the 2023 elections, describing the reports as mischievous and misleading.
Speaking at an inter-district meeting at Chinhoyi Training Centre on Saturday, Ziyambi distanced his province from information circulating on social media and insisted that such reports were the works of “some rouge elements within the war veterans”.
Ziyambi said, instead, VP Chiwenga had endorsed President Mnangagwa as the Zanu-PF 2023 presidential candidate.
“There are some rogue elements within the war veterans peddling lies that the province has endorsed VP Chiwenga as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate; that is a lie … instead, VP Chiwenga is behind the candidature of President Mnangagwa thereby endorsing it,” Ziyambi said.
Social media was awash with rumours that there was bad blood between the two veterans of the liberation struggle.
At least three provinces have so far endorsed President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2023 election, with the ruling party’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu saying more provinces were set to follow suit ahead of the party’s annual people’s conference set for this week in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East province.
The Zanu-PF annual meeting, which is not elective, comes amid severe food shortages and debilitating hyperinflation that has forced some people to live from hand to mouth, with the United Nations last week making frantic bid to raise US$200 million aid money to feed 4.1 million hungry Zimbabweans, including urbaners.
Mpofu told media Sunday that Bulawayo overwhelmingly endorsed Mnangagwa’s candidacy today in the city, three years before the country holds harmonized elections.
Other provinces that have endorsed Mnangagwa are Matabeleland North and South. Online news