Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has called on members and supporters of his ruling Zanu-PF to take advantage of the disunity and confusion in the opposition parties to ensure that they win the 2018 elections.

Mugabe says opposition parties‘ mooted ‘grand’ coalition will lead to a defeat as they continue chasing a mirage.

Zanu-PF has nominated Mugabe as its sole presidential candidate. He says the opposition is too weak and afraid to face his party in elections.

“Reeled by successive electoral blows, the opposition is in a quagmire, all the time clutching at straws with the vain hope of some modicum of political respectability which routinely eludes them apparently. We look with glee and joy as they daily turn on each other while pretending to chase a mirage they have termed grand coalition – apparently unaware of the grand defeat that stares them in the face. Unable to face our mighty party, they have now turned their guns on the Zimbabwe electoral commission – itself a constitutional body mandated to run elections in our country afflicted by madness as it were which knows no bounds.”

The ruling party has been battling to revive the southern African country’s economy. President Mugabe says their are now positive signs that the economy is on the path to recovery.

President Mugabe says “We have regained our status as a food secure nation once again. They called us the bread basket of Southern Africa, i hope we remain that.”

President Mugabe also confronted tensions within the ruling party. On Thursday the Zanu-PF women’s league second in command resigned. This after coming under pressure by some members of the party’s politburo – who accuse her of corruption, misconduct and of fanning factionalism and staging countrywide protests.

Demonstrations were also held against the party’s political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere.

Party members have been warned against fighting in public and on social media.

“We cannot run the party from newspapers headlines or angry placards or from twitter and whatnots…” Mugabe warned.

ZANU PF has again endorsed president Robert Mugabe as their presidential candidate for the election that will be held next year.

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– By Sophie Mokoena