Former president Robert Mugabe has been accused by state media of being the mastermind behind a new opposition party, the New Patriotic Front (NPF). The new party ironically could be led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru together with former first lady Grace Mugabe, the woman who publicly humiliated her in 2014. The party will also draw its membership from many disgruntled G40 faction members, many of whom were expelled from Zanu-PF after the fall of Mugabe in November.
This comes after Mugabe met with Mujuru at his Blue Roof residence in Borrowdale. The former president is reported to have apologised to Mujuru for expelling her from the government and Zanu-PF in 2014. Mugabe claims that he was misinformed and misled by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and General Constantino Chiwenga, as part of a long-term plan to isolate and wrestle power from him.
Writes the Sunday Mail,
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Insiders privy to developments say a meeting last week between the Mugabes and Dr Mujuru was the first step towards the creation of an opposition coalition largely populated by G40 cabalists who have been in disarray since the November 2017 Operation Restore Legacy ended their ambition of grabbing the reins of power.
The cabalists have been circulating a “consultation points” document in a bid to rally support for the fledgeling project, which the ruling Zanu-PF says will not cause them any sleepless nights ahead of national elections constitutionally scheduled for this year.
Among other things, the document wants to build consensus around possible postponement of the elections while a “transitional authority” holds State power.
They also want SADC or the African Union to deploy military troops in Zimbabwe to pave way for their “transitional authority” — something highly unlikely seeing as the continental bloc’s Summit just two weeks ago welcomed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as one of its two newest members, along with Liberia’s President George Weah.
Last week, ex-President Mugabe reportedly apologised to Dr Mujuru — who leads the National People’s Party — for sacking her as his deputy in 2014. He is said to have given his blessing to the creation of an opposition political party that will bring together G40 and the NPP.
It is understood he advised Dr Mujuru to work with sacked ministers Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao, Edgar Mbwembwe and Paddy Zhanda, among others.
The Sunday Mail goes on to warn:
However, such a move could see Cde Mugabe lose the goodwill he has enjoyed from President Mnangagwa’s administration, which has largely sought to treat him with dignity as a former Head of State despite his last years in office being hijacked by the G40 cabal’s machinations.
More: Sunday Mail