"This is purely fake news sadly being propagated by mainstream media. There was not even an attempt to seek clarification from myself, which is sad." 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's son said this while denying claims that he is set on running for a parliamentary seat currently held by his mother, First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa.

A report over the weekend by Daily News said that the Mnangagwas were planning on forming a "political dynasty" - "as was the case with former President Robert Mugabe’s family".

The report quoted sources as saying that Mnangagwa's two sons - Emmerson Jr and Tongai -  were preparing to contest for the Chirumhanzu-Zibagwa and Harare south seats respectively.

The Chirumhanzu-Zibagwa seat was currently being held by the first lady, while the Harare seat was held by a former Zanu-PF lawmaker Shadreck Mashayamombe, who was recently dismissed from the party.

The Chirumhanzu-Zibagwa constituency had previously been held by President Mnangagwa before leaving it for his wife when he was appointed Mugabe's deputy in 2014.

Emmerson Jr was alleged to be on the ground, campaigning for the seat despite his mother last year promising that she would not abandon her constituency.

But, according to NewsDay, Emmerson Jr had since rubbished the claims, saying they were fabricated lies that were "meant to tarnish" his name and that of his family.

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