President Robert Mugabe has called on senior leadership in the party to be united in everything they do in order to keep the people united.
Cde Mugabe was addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Pelandaba stadium in Gwanda this Saturday afternoon.
Morale was high throughout at Pelandaba stadium in Matabeleland South Province where the President addressed the 6th Presidential Youth Interface rally.
The interface rally took place as the country prepares to celebrate and thank the country’s heroes and defence forces on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
The interface rally also coincided with the International Day for the Youth.
In his address, President Mugabe said party leaders should always be together when they discuss party business.
“Challenges of disunity that that are being experienced in the party emanate from the top. All the programmes and work they do should to keep the people united,” he said.
President Mugabe confirmed that he today met Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Cde Kembo Mohadi and other leaders and implored them to keep the people together.
He also reiterates the importance of unity during the liberation struggle, saying the war was a struggle of leaders who did not accept disunity.
The President also spoke of the unity that prevailed between him and other leaders like the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo and others, saying the issue of unity has always been foremost.
We are in a province that we honour so much, the province that has Zanu PF party values. It has history also, is it not this province where [the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo] Umdala Wethu hailed from?. We held meetings with Umdala Wethu, from Kezi to Plumtree, Gwanda, Filabusi and Beitbridge. I and Umdala Wethu attended the formation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) as guests,…………,and one thing that we regret is the split of Zapu and Zanu PF. But such things happen,” said Cde Mugabe.
0n Dumiso Dabengwa, who broke ranks with Zanu PF to re-launch, ZAPU, Cde Mugabe said he does not know why Dabengwa decided to do what he is doing, ‘to leave some of us. We started this journey with him.’
He also spoke about how Zanu PF will continue to nurture friendship forged in the past when Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and other Southern African countries were fighting for freedom.