Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko has accused his counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa of lying that he was poisoned at the Gwanda youth rally.
Mnangagwa on Saturday said he had suffered the same fate as the late Shuvai Mahofa who was allegedly poisoned at the party conference in Victoria Falls but added that he had survived because his time was not up yet.
In a statement that has been widely circulated rekindling the fight between the two warring factions within the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, Mphoko said Mnangagwa was essentially undermining the authority of Mugabe.
“Mnangagwa’s latest claim that he was poisoned in Gwanda cannot go unchallenged, not least because everyone can see that it is calculated—after thought—to challenge to president Mugabe’s public account that Mnangagwa’s medical doctor ruled out poisoning as the cause Mnangagwa’s traumatizing vomiting and diarrhoea in Gwanda,” Mphoko said.
“It must be said that Mnangagwa’s statement that he was poisoned, when his medical doctor has authoritatively said he was not, is disappointing. There is now little doubt, if there was ever any, that there appears to be an agenda to undermine the authority of President Mugabe and to destabilize the country by using lies to fan ethnic tensions for political purposes. This must stop and do so sooner rather than later.”