Text of report by privately-owned weekly newspaper The Zimbabwe Independent website on 13 October
[Report by Dumisani Muleya: "'Zanu PF Will Sink Without Mugabe'"]
ZANU-PF senior politburo member and chief negotiator in talks with the MDC movements, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, says his party cannot afford to substitute President Robert Mugabe in the next crucial elections, as pressure mounts for the veteran ruler to quit in December.
Chinamasa's remarks in an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was attending the United Nations Human Rights Council's universal periodic review, are likely to fuel controversy within ZANU-PF, already rocked by divisions over the issue.
In a cautionary move, Chinamasa, who was part of the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led faction which tried to stage a palace coup in ZANU-PF before its 2004 congress, said ZANU-PF could ill-afford to replace Mugabe now. He …