Monday, March 05, 2007

Insult Mugabe, Get Expelled

One of the founders of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has been expelled from the movement for criticizing Robert Mugabe in his autobiography:

A meeting of party leaders in Edgar Tekere's home district of Manicaland in eastern Zimbabwe, "unreservedly condemned" Tekere's book, "A Lifetime of Struggle," which was published in January and is selling briskly, according to the Sunday Mail.

In his book, Tekere said Mugabe lacked the charisma to support the founders of the current ruling party when they broke away from a liberation group. He said Mugabe did not favor the split, contrary to official party history that holds that Mugabe led the schism.

But it is Tekere's more personal accusations that have angered the autocratic Mugabe, the country's only leader since the country's independence from Britain in 1980, and his close colleagues. Mugabe himself has dismissed the autobiography as the work of an unbalanced mind.


The autobiography "clearly and explicitly denigrates and vilifies" Mugabe, the newspaper quoted provincial Zimbabwe African Nation Union Patriotic chairman Tinaye Chigudu as saying.


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