SENIOR STAFF WRITER
IN AN ominous warning, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government will deal ruthlessly with opposition parties, civil society organisations and foreign missions that are allegedly bent on destabilising the nation, the Daily News reports.
“On the political front, we continue to see acts that seek to outrightly destabilise the peace, unity and harmony that we are enjoying, in particular, through the use of platforms in the health, education and security sectors.“We shall never quiver or capitulate in the face of these machinations. Zanu PF is a revolutionary party, a party of liberation … with a rich ideology, history and a vision for the future.“This character of our party is stronger than any challenge we may face no matter from what front,” Mnangagwa said as he welcomed politburo members.“Civil society organisations must stick to the functions and roles for which they were registered. Those who deviate from their mandates will attract de-registration.“Some of our guests of the State, our foreign embassies, are reminded that Zimbabwe is an independent and sovereign nation.“They are once again dissuaded from interfering in our internal affairs and should stop forthwith the funding of de-stabilisation activities,” Mnangagwa said further.
“In between these years, I urge political parties to express their capacity to govern on correct platforms.“Sadly, we are seeing opposition parties clamouring for spaces that we control as Zanu PF, yet the local authorities under their purview are havens of corruption, malpractice and poor service delivery,” he said.
“To churches and men of the cloth, as a nation we are yearning for you to churn out the incorruptible word of God to nourish and uplift us.“There are some who are dabbling in politics. Ko, anotiparidzira shoko benyu ndiani kana topiringishana mupolitics (Who will preach to us the word of God then if you dabble in politics)?” he asked.
Since his expulsion from Zanu PF, over the allegations of corruption that he made against some of the party’s bigwigs, Tsenengamu has become an arch critic of Mnangagwa and his government.