Harare – Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko has once again waded into the hot ZANU PF succession matric as he reportedly equated himself to President Mugabe, saying his fellow Vice President Mnangagwa was too junior to him.
Citing the 1987 unity accord, the controversial Vice President said the agreement gave him more powers than his counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mphoko who was speaking at a Zanu PF meeting in Bulawayo on Sunday reportedly bragged that the unity accord gave him powers equal to President Mugabe while saying Mnangagwa was not anywhere near the throne.
The unity accord that was signed in 1980 merged the two parties that had fought the country’s war of liberation ZAPU and ZANU, forming the united ZANU PF.
An agreement seen by many as having led to the assimilation of PF ZAPU, Mphoko is reported to have said the settlement said empowered him to be the ‘President’ from the ZAPU side.
“You should understand something you people. During the Patriotic Front era, Nkomo was President of ZAPU and Mugabe President of ZANU. At unity accord it was the same thing.
Sources who attended the meeting also revealed that the gafee prone VP laid into Mnangagwa saying he was represented by Mugabe.
“When Nkomo died, his deputy Msika took over as President of ZAPU and became the VP. And in came John Nkomo who became ZAPU number 2 making him National Chairman. precedence was followed when Msika died, John became President of ZAPU and SK his deputy.
‘Now that Nkomo is gone, I am now the President of ZAPU within the unity accord.. Am different from Mnangagwa who is a deputy to Mugabe. I represent the party in the unity and Mnangagwa is represented by Mugabe.. I need to be respected as such,” said the Acting President.
Mphoko is believe to be in the G40 faction which is allegedly led by the First Lady Grace Mugabe.