Mugabe backs opposition party in Zimbabwe against Mnangagwa | Africanews
7 months ago, 7 Mar 02:18
A retired Zimbabwean general and acolyte of ex-president Robert Mugabe has formed a political party to challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the polls later this year, the new grouping said on Monday. Mugabe, 94, was forced to step down last November following a de facto military coup. Sources close to the former leader say he is bitter over his departure after 37 years in office and has given his support to the New Patriotic Front (NFP) party. Ambrose Mutinhiri, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s independence war, quit the ruling ZANU-PF party and gave up his parliamentary seat last Friday, then met Mugabe on Sunday to brief him about the latest developments, an NPF statement said. A new Zim political party is born “President Mugabe congratulated Cde Mutinhiri for taking a bold move and said #Zimbabwe needed men and women of principle who should fight to preserve the legacy of the liberation struggle “ Full National Patriotic Front statement ?? pic.twitter.com/x1Q3UouVeI The NPF said it was formed by ZANU-PF members and Zimbabweans“outraged by the unconstitutional and humiliating manner in which President Mugabe was criminally ousted from leadership … by real criminals who have shamefully damaged Zimbabwe’s fledgling democracy”. Mugabe’s policies are blamed by many for the decline of Zimbabwe from breadbasket to basket case, with unemployment above 80 percent, dilapidated public infrastructure and severe shortages of hard currency that spawned hyper-inflation. Mnangagwa said in January Zimbabwe would hold transparent elections by July and he would respect the result if the opposition won – a pledge crucial to unlocking urgently needed financial assistance and repairing relations with Western powers and international financial institutions. A divided opposition, a happy Mnangagwa On Sunday, Mnangagwa surprised many when he send a congratulatory tweet to Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC- T) party upon his being endorsed as the opposition coalition candidate in the upcoming presidential election. I would like to congratulate Nelson Chamisa as he takes over the leadership of the MDC. We look forward to a competitive, peaceful and positive election campaign, providing the people of Zimbabwe with a clear and democratic choice. The divisions that have rocked the opposition since the death of veteran politician and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai might indeed benefit the ruling ZANU – PF party. Chamisa is being challenged for the leadership of the MDC – T party by the vice president of the party Dr. Thokozani Khuphe who was elected to the poition by the party’s congress in 2014. She insists that she is the legitimate leader of the party since Chamisa was appointed by the deceased party president, while she was elected by the party’s congress. Chamisa, whose supporters have been accused of meting out violence upon Khupe and her supporters in the recent past, reached out on Twitter, saying ‘what binds us together is far greater than wahat seeks to set us apart’. VP Khupe is more than a VP; she’s a Cde, a sister and a friend to our MDC-T family. ...
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