President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said he is aware that the G40 faction in Zanu PF was still alive almost eight months after the military intervened in the ruling party’s vicious wars over former president Robert Mugabe’s succession.
Mugabe’s wife, Grace, was accused of being leader of G40, which had pushed Mnangagwa out of the party before her husband was ousted.
He was addressing a campaign rally attended by thousands of supports at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera.
“On July 30, Zanu PF is going to demonstrate peacefully that it is a great party,” he said.
“We are a great party and gone are the days of insults. The party had people full of insults, I am talking of G40 here. The G40 is still there, down with them.”
Mnangagwa said Zanu PF would back in power come July 30. He said the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance was wasting time fighting the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) over transparency issues.
“This bumper reception has brought joy to me, I am elated and confident. Victory in certain,” he said.
“There are so many small political parties that are emerging from all corners.
“We don’t have anything to do with them, let them form and crumble, but Zanu PF will remain alive and continue ruling.
“On 30 July, Zanu PF will give a demonstration, peacefully, as people vote for it so that we remain in leadership because we are supposed to lead those in small political parties.”
Meanwhile, a number of Zanu PF supporters walked out before Mnangagwa delivered his speech, prompting Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga to intervene.
“Where are you going? Sit down,” shouted Chiwenga as the supporters ignored him Mnangagwa pulled a record crowd yesterday with supporters drawn from the entire province’s nine districts and 23 constituencies.