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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has warned members of his ruling Zanu PF party against playing into the hands of the party's enemies who seek to divide it after a section of war veterans demanded that he fire Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa from his position.

The war veterans, led by Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Mandi Chimene, had accused Mnangagwa of fronting a clique of rebellious former war liberation fighters.

Last Thursday, some members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) issued a damning communique after a meeting in Harare, accusing President Mugabe of poor leadership.

However, at the meeting held on Wednesday as a show of support for President Mugabe after the war veterans' communique, Chimene said the rebellion had its roots in the Tsholotsho Declaration which was allegedly led by the vice-president.

The Tsholotsho debacle, which happened over a decade ago, saw senior Zanu PF officials being expelled and suspended for plotting to scuttle the ascent of former Vice-President Joyce Mujuru to the post.

President Mugabe called for unity in the party, urging members to guard against being pitted against each other to divide the party.

"Those of us in leadership positions, when we have been accused of doing something must learn to speak out and tell the truth so that people know what the truth is," he said. "If you maintain your silence when facing such allegations, people will forever accuse you.

"We shall keep together at the top, we shall remain united. We know that accusations will continue to be made, allegations are naturally some true, some false but Zanu PF knows how to settle its contradictions.

"We do not want to be divided, I do not like it. We want to keep together but it is our duty to denounce these developments together, outrightly and not to hesitate so the people continue to have total confidence in us."

President Mugabe said party members should be careful not to be used to further the agenda of detractors who wanted to see it divided by rushing to make unfounded conclusions on allegations.

"Be wary that our enemy wants to divide us by using our names in the wrong manner. The truth will always come out," he said, urging unity until 2018 when the country holds its general election.

President Mugabe's counsel followed Chimene's request that he fire Vice-President Mnangagwa and all those alleged to be belonging to "Teasm Lacoste," a faction said to be angling to take over the ruling party's leadership.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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