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Zimbabwe opposition warns of 'imminent' civil war

21 February 2016, 08:30

Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has warned of an imminent 'civil war' in the southern African country if the divisions in the ruling Zanu-PF party are not addressed.

Commenting on the recent attacks by police on the country's 1970’s war veterans, the MDC spokesperson, Obert Gutu, said the attacks had a potential of threatening the country's "stability".

Police on Thursdays attacked the war veterans, who had been called by their leaders in Harare to discuss the ongoing infighting within Zanu-PF. 

In a statement, Gutu called for a thorough investigation into who instructed the police to attack the war veterans.

Gutu described the attacks on the war veterans as a total betrayal of the "gallant sons and daughters" who sacrifices to fight for the country’s independence.

Gutu said that if necessary steps were not taken to curb the ongoing infighting within Zanu-PF, a civil war could be imminent, as the factions were threatening violence against each other.

"The urgent need for Robert Mugabe to immediately step down as head of state is now a strategic necessity if we are to avoid a total and complete collapse of the State in Zimbabwe," Gutu said.

Zanu-PF is currently rocked factionalism, as two groups within the party are gunning to succeed Mugabe, 92, who has been in power since independence in 1980.

Reports indicate that the second 'powerful' man in the country Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa is locked in a tough battle with a group of young turks known as the Generation 40 (G40).

The group of war veterans that clashed with police down town in Harare is reportedly backing Mnangagwa, while the G40 is backing Mugabe's wife, Grace.

- News24 Nigeria


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