Ex-Mugabe deputy launches new party for 2018 poll

Zimbabwe's Joyce Mujuru gestures while addressing supporters in Harare .IMAGE - BBC

Zimbabwe’s Joyce Mujuru gestures while addressing supporters in Harare .IMAGE – BBC

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – FORMER Zimbabwe Deputy President, Joice Mujuru, has formed yet another party following the disintegration of one she initially established with fellow colleagues amid allegations it had been infiltrated by the ruling Zanu (PF).
The formation of the National People’s Party (NPP) comes weeks after the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) she formed alongside fellow members expelled from President Robert Mugabe’s party was beset by divisions.
Mujuru had expelled so-called ZimPF elders Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo from the party on allegations of making sexual advances on her and dining with Zanu (PF).
They responded by passing a vote of no confidence on her.
Mujuru hence justified the new party and name change.
“We derive our uniqueness in that we are national democrats who believe in inclusivity among races, tribes, regions, gender, among other things that identify with our common vision as a political party,” she said.
“In line with our core value of inclusivity we remain committed to a coalition of progressive and democratic opposition forces to ensure we end the autocratic (President Robert Mugabe) rule at elections in 2018.”
It is anticipated NPP will form a coalition with such parties as Movement for Democratic Change to unseat Mugabe and Zanu (PF), in power since 1980.
Job Sikhala of the main MDC said Mujuru’s move was a show of political maturity.
“That was a masterstroke from a political genius,” Sikhala said.
Political analyst, Shadreck Guvamatange, noted Mujuru had avoided a legal tussle with former colleagues she formed ZimPF with after their expulsion in 2014.
“She outwitted them (elders)! Worse still, these so-called elders have no following, so, their ZimPF is near dying a natural death without Mujuru,” Guvamatange said.

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