Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says elections must be credible,…

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

It's the first party congress since Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power, and delegates are expected to endorse Mr Mnangagwa as their leader and candidate for next year's pesidential poll.

"We will only win at the ballot box if we can show signs that we are reviving our economy and at the same time we will only be able to make economic gains if we can secure re-election", he said.

Addressing the party's annual conference, Mr Mnangagwa said Zanu-PF should always compete in elections which are credible, free and fair.

Mnangagwa acknowledged that the factional and succession fights that led to Mugabe exiting the power pedestal last month had severely weakened and polarised that it needed to be galvanised if it entertains hopes for retaining power.

Clearly not all of the news has arrived.

Mnangagwa said he would name two deputies in a few days.

Mnangagwa accused the G40 faction of hijacking the party in a manner that affected Zanu PF and government negatively and in equal measure. Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga is a strong contender for one of the vice presidency slots as a reward for spearheading the de facto coup that ended Mugabe's rule.

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