I’m Leading Opposition Zimbabwe First Party – Mujuru

HARARE—Former Vice President Joice Mujuru has for the first time confirmed that she is leading the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) expected to contest the country’s much-anticipated 2018 general elections.
MUJURU

In an exclusive interview with Voice of America’s Studio 7, Mrs. Mujuru was asked if she is indeed now the interim president of the party, she replied, “Yes please.”

She had come under fire from some political analysts who accused her of leading from the back and speaking only through proxies. Mrs. Mujuru, who on Friday registered her own political party – ZPF – says she is now ready to lead the party.

“We are pleased to announce the formal registration of Zimbabwe People First as a political party through the lodging of the constitution of the party with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on the 12th of February 2016”.




The former vice president says the formal registration was done after serious consultations. “In fact, I should have done it mid-last year, but because I was refusing to do that without convincing myself that I had done the thorough recruitment I wanted before taking that step.”

EXPELLED FROM ZANU-PF

Mrs. Mujuru is a former guerrilla fighter from the liberation war in the former Rhodesia and the widow of former army commander General Solomon Mujuru, who died in a mysterious house fire in 2011.

After holding cabinet posts in successive governments since independence in 1980, Mrs. Mujuru came under heavy attack from President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who was promoted to head the ruling Zanu-PF’s powerful Women’s League.

The former vice president, who turns 61 in April, was accused of “plotting to unconstitutionally remove President Robert Mugabe from office”, according to a statement from Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya-Moyo released in April, 2015.

Addressing journalists at the Zanu-PF Harare Headquarters after the party’s Politburo meeting, Moyo said the decision had been reached after wide consultation.

“The grounds for Joice Mujuru’s expulsion from Zanu-PF included but not limited to the following; plotting to unconstitutional remove the President and First secretary of the party from office: orchestrating the ‘bhora musango’ campaign to the detriment of the party’s interests, orchestrating factionalism in the party thereby causing acrimonious divisions; abusing party structures to create a competing center of national power; engaging in behavior unbecoming of a vice president and second secretary of the party; systematically collaborating and colluding with the enemy in a manner that undermines the party to risk bringing it into disrepute; engaging in activities that smack of corruption; engaging in criminal abuse of office; impugning, maligning and undermining the party and the president and providing leadership to the regime change and fifth column politics within ZANU-PF”.

Mrs. Mujuru has consistently denied all these allegations.

ZANU-PF IMPLOSION

Mrs. Mujuru was long considered a likely successor to Mr. Mugabe, who turns 92 this month before falling out of favor. Mr. Mugabe replaced her as vice-president with his justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has also come under fire for allegedly plotting to remove him from power.

Again First Lady Grace Mugabe is leading the charge against Mnangagwa.

Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Kanyemba School in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central Province, Mrs. Mugabe said President Robert Mugabe is not happy with growing factionalism in his party.

Mrs. Mugabe took a swipe at the so-called Team Lacoste, a Zanu PF faction allegedly led by Vice President Mnangagwa, saying the camp is fueling divisions in the fractious ruling party.

Mnangagwa is reportedly angling himself to succeed President Mugabe when he eventually leaves office. Mrs. Mugabe told supporters – without mentioning names – that some people in Zanu PF have too much zeal for power in such a way that they now want to remove President Mugabe from his position even through illegal means.

She declared that Mr. Mugabe will contest the 2018 elections representing the party. Party chairperson from Mashonaland East, Masvingo and Midlands, who are Mnangagwa’s close allies, were suspended Sunday for allegedly fanning factionalism.

Mrs. Mujuru says she is not surprised by the escalating tensions in the ruling Zanu-PF party. – VOA

Related Posts
Mnangagwa dumps Mutsvangwa
HARARE - Zanu PF foes of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa claim that history is repeating itself, with the Midlands godfather allegedly moving “to save his bacon” by dumping under-fire ...
READ MORE
UK urges British investment in Zim as indigenisation rhetoric dies down but warns of economic recession
HARARE,– Britain says its companies should consider investing in Zimbabwe after the southern African country toned down rhetoric on its indigenisation law compelling foreign firms to sell majority shares to ...
READ MORE
Generation 40 Causing Havoc in Mugabe’s Faction-Riddled Zanu PF
HARARE—Like the millennial generation in the West, the so-called Young Turks in the ruling Zanu PF are full of energy, savvy and educated. Faced with a bleak situation as President Mugabe’s ...
READ MORE
Zanu PF not sincere in re-engaging World Bank, IMF
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) takes notice of the continued re-engagement efforts between the government of Zimbabwe and its creditors, namely the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and African ...
READ MORE
Sikhanyiso Ndlovu dies
ZANU PF politburo member and former Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu has died. He was admitted to Mater Dei hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit after suffering from ...
READ MORE
There’s a heavy toll to pay for Zimbabwe’s decrepit roads
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe — The state of Zimbabwe’s roads is the stuff of legend. From whole trucks submerged in water-filled craters right in the central business district to gruesome road accidents, ...
READ MORE
Mum and my wife are prostitutes: says man
A MAN from Bulawayo’s New Lobengula is accusing his mother and wife of being prostitutes. He also accuses his mother of killing their father using juju. Mkhululi Mloyi (35) at times tries ...
READ MORE
Gokwe-Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena
A Zanu PF MP is allegedly holding on to 10 motorbikes that belong to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) under unclear circumstances. By Everson Mushava Gokwe-Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena — ...
READ MORE
Zimbabwe Vice President accuse South Africans of inciting violence at border post
VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has claimed that violent protests against the recent imports ban, which rocked Beitbridge last week, were incited by South Africans across the border in Musina. Addressing the Buy ...
READ MORE
Africa Union Chairman Mugabe falls on stairs; in front thousands of loyalists
Harare - Zimbabwe's 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe fell down a staircase on Wednesday as he walked off a podium after addressing supporters at Harare International Airport, an AFP corrrespondent said. He ...
READ MORE
Mnangagwa dumps Mutsvangwa
UK urges British investment in Zim as indigenisation
Generation 40 Causing Havoc in Mugabe’s Faction-Riddled Zanu
Zanu PF not sincere in re-engaging World Bank,
Sikhanyiso Ndlovu dies
There’s a heavy toll to pay for Zimbabwe’s
Mum and my wife are prostitutes: says man
Mnangagwa’s sidekick in motorbikes scandal
Zimbabwe Vice President accuse South Africans of inciting
Africa Union Chairman Mugabe falls on stairs; in

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez coyly addresses Drake relationship amid romance rumours

20th January 2017 Staff Reporter 0

Jennifer Lopez claims her relationship with rapper Drake is strictly professional. In a new interview, the Shades Of Blue actress avoided questions about their rumoured romance and instead, confirmed they have collaborated on a new […]

  • Kudakwashe Matizira

    Zimbabweans are not blind. What Joice Mujuru is doing is to incorporate our name in her party’s name to cause confusion. She made it sound like she merged with Dr Shumba and Zimfirst and she is now the leader when the truth is she stole the name. There is no merger between Zimfirst and her party. Zimfirst was registered in Zimbabwe long time ago. From a legal standpoint she is drawing us into an unnecessary battle. There is no merger between Zimfirst and her party. The names People First and Zimbabwe First are one and belong to Zimbabwe First. We ZimFirsters we are going to defend our party name.