via President’s word is final — Dr Chombo – Sunday News Feb 20, 2016
PRESIDENT Mugabe’s warning to Zanu-PF members against factional fighting linked to successionism is final and there should be no further debate around “petty” differences, a senior Politburo official has said. Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo told our Harare Bureau yesterday that the First Secretary’swords could not be challenged. Dr Chombo, who is also Home Affairs Minister, said the party should focus on delivering development as promised to the electorate.
President Mugabe on Friday issued a robust warning to party members who are busying themselves with factional fighting.
In the televised address, the ruling party and State President said Zanu-PF would take action against malcontents.
The warning followed escalating bickering involving two factions dubbed Generation 40 and Team Lacoste which culminated in clashes between the police and war veterans in Harare last week. Yesterday, Dr Chombo said: “What the President said is a direct instruction to all party members and no one has the authority to challenge that. All party members should therefore obey the President who is our Head of State, party First Secretary and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
“As a party we should heed the call to focus on unity and not things that divide us. From the party point of view, the direction has been given and all members are only left to comply and put aside all petty differences forthwith. From now on focus should be on ensuring that the Zanu-PF Government delivers upon the wishes and aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe without fail.
“There is now no reason to focus on differences that divide us and all rally behind what the President said so that as a party and Government we deliver without.”