HARARE – THE crisis bedeviling the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), initially touted as the biggest threat to President Robert Mugabe’s rule, has taken a new twist after elders of the party reacted to their expulsion by ousting party leader Joice Mujuru.
The so-called elders that founded the party in 2015 with Mujuru following their sack from Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) said their expulsion from Zim (PF) was a non-starter.
The seven fired members- Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa, Margaret Dongo, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti-Chuma, Luckson Kandemiri, Munacho Mutezo and Claudious Makova- have passed a vote of no confidence on Mujuru at a press conference in Harare.
The ZimPF elders accuse Mujuru of dictatorship and dividing the party.
This countered revelations by Mujuru some elders had to be removed from ZimPF as they were soliciting for sexual favours for her in exchange of endorsement as leader of an anticipated coalition of opposition parties.
Gumbo, formerly a spokesperson of Zanu (PF), “Mujuru always wanted the elders’removed (from ZimPF) because they have the courage to speak out whenever she vacillates or goes astray.”
In response, Mujuru’s camp dismissed the vote of no confidence and declared she remained the leader of the party.
The ZimPF is in disarray ahead of the polls scheduled for 2018, when Mugabe is expected to run for another term as president.
Zimbabwe has a history of opposition parties splitting ahead of polls, a development blamed on infiltration by the feared Central Intelligence Organisation.
The most prominent split afflicted the Movement for Democratic Change, whose splinter groups have further split.
– CAJ News