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Mnangagwa is offside, Gumbo says

Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front spokesman Rugare Gumbo says Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa is offside. He should not speak on behalf of the party, he told The Herald. Gumbo was trying to clarify the discrepancy between what he said after Wednesday’s politburo meeting about former Central Bank governor Gideon Gono and the senate seat in Manicaland. Gumbo said the party had decided to abide by the decision of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which disqualified Gono but had tasked the chairman of the legal committee Mnangagwa to look at ways Gono could be accommodated.  Mnangagwa said the politburo had never made such a decision. The Gono issue was a closed chapter. Gumbo insisted: “I am not a chameleon I don’t change. Ndikakutaurirai kuti ndizvozvo, I try to do it as accurately as I can. It is not finished. There are all these kind of processes, which have to be done and the legal team was directed to do just that. It is not complete. It is not final. The chairperson of the legal committee is offside.” The tiff between Gumbo and Mnangagwa seems to be part of the infighting within ZANU-PF rocking the party as it heads for its congress scheduled for December in Harare. Mnangagwa is reported to be one of the key contenders. Gono has claimed he belongs to President Robert’s Mugabe’s faction something that was rubbished by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo who said Mugabe does not lead a faction. Mnangagwa’s main rival is reported to be Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who too has claimed she does not lead any faction but belongs to the Mugabe faction.

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