We wish Mugabe lives to 2018: ZimPF

via We wish Mugabe lives to 2018: ZimPF – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 4, 2016

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s newly-formed opposition party, the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), on Saturday satirically “prayed” for Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe to survive until the 2018 elections for him to experience his first crushing defeat by his former lieutenants.


Addressing over 500 supporters in Bulawayo, the party’s national chairperson for communication, Methuseli Moyo, said stakes were high in the next elections.

“This coming election should settle everything,” he said.

“Mugabe was beaten (by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai) in 2008 and he said it wasn’t clear. May he live until 2018 so he sees clearly, as we beat him in the polls. If a President can no longer tell whether he is nodding or dozing, it is hard to hope that he will live that long.

However, we pray he lives until the elections in 2018,” he said, in reference to last week’s incident where Mugabe was captured dozing in front of cameras while addressing a joint Press conference with his host, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe.

The government insists Mugabe was not dozing, but was instead nodding.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) Mashonaland West board has expelled two of its members for for crossing the floor to Mujuru’s party.

Memory Masendu and Prosper Gavanga, of Youths Against Sanctions and Zimbabwe Congress of Students’ Union respectively, were expelled last week for supping with ZimPF, bringing the name of Zanu PF into disrepute, failing to attend three consecutive meetings without reasonable cause and gross incompetence.

But Gavanga scoffed at the expulsion yesterday, saying “uneducated Zanu PF youths are not qualified to call me incompetent”.

“It shows that Zanu PF and Zimbabwe Youth Council are in panic mode, as ZimPF makes inroads in one of Zanu PF strongholds. Zanu PF, through its influence of ZYC, is making frivolous attempts to have me removed from the board, as they fear my influence will spread to other provinces,” Gavanga, who is the ZimPF acting provincial youth co-ordinator, said.

He disputed claims he had skipped three consecutive meetings, saying the board did not hold a single meeting in the last two years.

Gavanga added he would not lose sleep over the expulsion, adding the move had proved that ZYC was an extension of Zanu PF youth league.

Masendu could not be reached for comment.