HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe Defense Forces Commander Constantino
Chiwenga on Monday urged the ruling ZANU-PF party to stop the
expulsion of party members with liberation war background.
came after President Robert Mugabe last week fired Vice
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his political ally for more than
40 years, on allegations of disloyalty and deceit.
The party has said
it would also take disciplinary action against scores of party
members perceived to be loyal to Mnangagwa.
currently in self-imposed exile.
Among the big wigs
alleged to be loyal to the former vice president and facing the
axe are state security minister Kembo Mohadi, cyber security
mister Patrick Chinamasa and Environment minister Oppah
Addressing a press
conference in the capital, Chiwenga, a perceived Mnangagwa
loyalist, said the purges must stop.
“The current purging
which is clearly targeting members of the party with a
liberation background must stop forthwith,” Chiwenga said.
He also urged some
party members to stop denigrating the military as it was causing
despondency within the rank and file.
Chiwenga said what
was happening in the ruling party was a result of machinations
of counter revolutionaries who have infiltrated the party to
destroy it from within.
The ruling party
will next month hold an extra ordinary congress to reaffirm
Mugabe’s candidature in next year’s presidential elections and
also amend the party constitution to allow for a female vice
The party’s ten
provinces, the Women’s League and the Youth League have endorsed
First Lady Grace Mugabe to be the party’s female vice president
and to replace Mnangagwa.