ZANU PF Youth League has warned former President Robert Mugabe to appreciate the respect that is being accorded to him by President Emmerson Mnangagwa or risk dying a bitter man.

The warning comes after Mugabe told delegates who had gathered for hi 25th birthday celebrations that President Mnangagwa and the army must stop killing people.

The Secretary for Youth Affairs in the ZANU PF Lewis Matutu said, “Former President RGM should appreciate the respect and love that he is getting from President Mnangagwa otherwise he will die a bitter old man. ED was abused, tormented and humiliated by RG and his wife but he chose to ignore all that because of love and respect.”

Matutu’s statement were received with condemnation from National Patriotic Front Spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire who said Matutu was forgeting what Mugabe did for Mnangagwa.

“You conveniently forget Mnangagwa maliciously lying that Mugabe was wheelchair bound? You think Mugabe doesn’t know the systematic attacks on his businesses after Mnangagwa unleashed Makorokoza on his farm? There are too many things Mnangagwa has done hence Mugabe said I won’t vote for my tormentors.” Mawarire lashed out.

Mugabe’s statements seem to have ruffled feathers as the Deputy Government Spokesperson Energy Mutodi came out in defense of the people killed by the state saying they are fewer than those who died under Mugabe’s rule.

“We have noted some words of repentance by former President Mugabe saying army must protect not kill. True that a few have lost lives in running battles with the police but that can not compare with Gukurahundi or the 2008 violence when he was at the helm.” Said Mutodi