Enos Nkala, one of Zanu-PF's founding fathers and a former minister, has distanced himself from media reports that President Robert Mugabe told him he "wanted to retire".
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Nkala was quoted in The Standard newspaper as saying that Mugabe told him he fears that if he leaves now, the Zanu-PF will disintegrate and the country degenerate into a possible civil war.
Nkala told Business Day his "comments" were taken out of context by journalists itching to get a scoop, saying " ... when such things come out in the newspapers, it leads to a communication breakdown and loss of confidence in each other.
The interview in The Standard had the former nationalist divulging the details of their surprise meeting, and the one hour-long conversation with Mugabe touched mainly on Zanu-PF succession politics, the inclusive government and the future of the country.
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