Squabbles threaten coalition against Mugabe

War vets, Mugabe split could get messy

War vets, Mugabe split could get messy

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – INFIGHTING within the party of former Vice President Joice Mujuru is hampering the formation of an opposition coalition to challenge longtime Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), formed last year by Mujuru after she was sacked as party and country deputy to Mugabe, is facing internal strife which has seen her suspend coalition talks with other opposition parties.

It is believed former Zanu (PF) stalwarts, Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa, sacked alongside her for allegedly plotting to topple Mugabe, are also eyeing presidential ambitions and want to lead ZimPF.

It has thus been recommended the party holds an elective congress before watershed general elections in 2018.

ZimPF spokesman, Jealousy Mawarire, confirmed the party will first hold primary polls before resuming coalition talks.

Mutasa however dismissed some media reports in Zimbabwe suggesting a power struggle, blaming it on Mugabe’s propaganda.

“I was expelled from Zanu PF because I supported Mujuru. I will continue to support her,” Mutasa said.

Mujuru, who enjoys support from the liberation war combatants, is tipped to lead a coalition of opposition to challenge Mugabe.
CAJ News

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