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Zanu PF Says Tafadzwa Mugwadi Not Sacked, Still in Party Ranks


FILE - Tafadzwa Mugwadi, director of information for Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, says the removal of a running mate clause was meant to ensure a president can choose his vice presidents, pictured in Harare, Sept. 2020. (Columbus Mavhunga/VOA)

The ruling Zanu PF party has dismissed reports circulating on social media that it has fired Information Director, Tafadzwa Mugwadi.

Zanu PF spokesperson, Chris Mutsvangwa, also dismissed the reports saying “it’s a false-flag operation.”

Mugwadi told VOA Zimbabwe Service that the “rumour emanated from a false Zanu PF Twitter account.”

The two addressed a press conference today in Harare where Mutsvangwa chided the opposition for allegedly influencing teachers to go on strike.

His remarks were dismissed by observers, who noted that teachers and all civil servants are surviving on salaries that are below the breadline.

Meanwhile, Mutsvanga told journalists in Harare that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will launch his party’s campaign for the March 26 by-elections saying this event will signal Zanu PF’s re-emergency in urban areas.

He said urban areas have been neglected by the main opposition for many years, adding that government is now giving title deeds to unplanned settlements, especially in Harare but civil society dismissed these as a campaign gimmick.

Critics also said it was wrong to allow Zanu PF to launch a public campaign when the main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change is being harassed and blocked from holding campaign rallies as happened in Bulawayo and Gweru last weekend.

"We are not surprised about what is going on because we know that Zanu PF does like the opposition," said independent political commentator, Sydney Mpofu.

Mpofu noted that the ruling party won't allow the opposition to campaign as it fears losing elections ahead of the crucial 2023 general polls next year.

Zanu PF has been losing council and parliamentary elections in urban centres since the formation of the MDC in 1999.

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