Mugabe kinsmen grapple to embrace 'new era'

 ​Former president Robert Mugabe 
The Zanu PF political leadership in deposed former President Robert Mugabe's home province, Mashonaland West, is reportedly on a whirlwind campaign to pacify discontent close family members and apologists protesting in hushed whispers over the humiliating removal of the strongman who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.
The exercise, which is coinciding with a planned restructuring of grassroots structures, is being spearheaded in light of reports that in some areas, which lag behind in penetration and uptake of new Information Communications Technology (ICTs), villagers particularly the elderly are demanding explanations as to why Mugabe was "chased away" from the party. Some actually believe Mugabe is still Zimbabwe's president and the thought of him having vacated office is unimaginable.
During one such meeting held at Nyabira, central committee member, Joseph Chirongoma, was tasked to explain what transpired during Operation Restore Legacy which culminated in Mugabe's resignation and subsequent elevation of Emmerson Mnangagwa to lead the party and government.
"Our former president remains our founding liberator and will always remain our icon and role model and is still our father who immensely contributed to our country. We should never forget that and will never abandon him.
"Our people need to understand that our former president voluntarily resigned following Operation Restore Legacy which was intended to restore order in our party and government following the state capture of government, party and our president by the so-called G40 cabal led by a few individuals such as (Ignatius) Chombo, (Saviour) Kasukuwere and former first lady Grace Mugabe who were now personalising the party," said Chirongoma.
"Let's go out there and explain to our people the candidature of President Mnangagwa and explain to our mothers and fathers what has led to these changes in our party leadership," he said.
Other such meetings were held in Banket, Murombedzi and Zvimba, the former president's rural home, amid reports some villagers in the district were working in cahoots with expelled members such as Patrick Zhuwao and his wife, Betty through a movement code-named #2018 Resistance to ensure that Zanu PF loses in the upcoming harmonised elections.
Meanwhile, Mashonaland West Zanu PF provincial chairman, Ziyambi Ziyambi, told party members to campaign peacefully ahead of polls to ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible plebiscite, a development that would help bolster confidence in the country and inturn attract the much-needed foreign direct investment.- LOCAL

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