'Zimbabwe is safe because Zanu-PF is in power'

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country is stable after a recent surge in political violence.

FILE: Vice President Mnangagwa says Zanu-PF remains united. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been assuring Members of Parliament (MP) that the country is peaceful and stable after a recent surge in political violence.

The vice president was responding to a question in Parliament on whether he thought sometimes deadly fights within the ruling party would frighten off investors.

The European Union and the United States have expressed concern over the recent spike in political violence, both within and between the main Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties.

Zimbabweans were shocked by last weekend's axe murder of two Zanu-PF members by a disgruntled party official, who was later reported to have committed suicide in police custody.

In Parliament yesterday, MDC MP Amos Chibaya asked Mnangagwa if he thought infighting and power struggles within the ruling party would deter foreign investment, which is desperately needed in the country.

Mnangagwa says Zanu-PF remains united.

He claims Zimbabwe is peaceful because the Zanu-PF is in power.