By Daniel Chigundu
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has told the Zanu PF bigwigs to leave the youths out of their succession and factional wars.
Zanu PF top officials are currently battling each other in an effort to position themselves in line to succeed the 93 year old Mugabe who has led the country since 1980.
Prominent factions include G40 which is reportedly fronted by First-lady Grace Mugabe and has the likes of Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Jonathan Moyo and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.
Lacoste which is presumably fronted by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to have the backing of the country’s securocrats.
Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi is also seen as a dark horse in the race though he has denied it.
Addressing a youth rally at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare, President Mugabe said the youths are united and should be divided by those seeking to further their ambitions.
“There is a big sign of unity among the youths; I don’t see this kind of unity among the adults. I don’t want these adults to destroy this unity among the youths.
“Because right now here and in other provinces there are other people who are trying to lure these youths to support adults that have their own ambitions, some of them are using tribalism, I want you to follow in our path, and we could not be bought by money as individuals.
“No one could come and offer us money so that we could fight with our elders the likes of Joshua Nkomo, they knew we were united and could not be bought.
“…To you the adults leave these youths alone, because I want to have youths that we can trust, the youth that we can say truly we are leaving our legacy to, the youths of today are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Mugabe.
The President added that youth should refuse to be used in supporting another cause that would have been brought up by the faction leaders