Former president Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao has said that opposition parties and pro-democracy groups have an obligation to work with and to support the new opposition party, the New Patriotic Front (NPF). According to Zhuwao, the NPF has a credible plan to reverse the “coup” by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Writing in his weekly column, the Zhuwao Brief Reloaded, the former minister says
…It is important to acknowledge that the NPF’s objective of reversing the bloody coup of 15 November 2017 is being feared and misinterpreted to suggest the return of President Mugabe as Head of State and Government. It would definitely be grossly unfair to President Mugabe to seek to burden and encumber him again with responsibilities for the state given his contribution to Zimbabwe thus far…
… ZANU PF is dead. It is now an immutable fact that ZANU PF was murdered during the bloody coup of 15th November 2017. The stockholder mentality of the coup plotters and terrorist junta is to take ZANU PF as “chinhu chedu” (our thing) at the exclusion of the people. This exclusionary conceptualisation of being the stockholders of ZANU PF whilst and every other member is regarded as being a mere stakeholder was articulated by Chiwenga in an interview during the 2017 Independence celebrations.
Former ZANU PF members have to come to terms with being dumped; takarambwa (we were ditched). There are those of us who were told in no uncertain terms that we are not wanted in ZANU PF and divorce papers were served on us. Some of us received the divorce token of violence, torture and a rain of bullets. Gupuro ranga riri bara (the divorce token was a bullet). Others are still hopefully hanging in there in the manner that a battered and abused spouse suffers continued abuse for the sake of the children. Bvumai kuti zvapera atenzi. Recognize that ZANU PF is dead. What is left now is the ghost of a former liberation movement.
…Opposition political formations, including thought processes, paradigms and inclination opposed to ZANU PF, must come to terms with the fact that NPF is not an enemy but an extremely useful ally. An ally that knows how to exorcise the troublesome ghost of the dead ZANU PF. Pro-democracy formations, therefore, have an obligation to work with the NPF to ensure that the coup conspirators and terrorist junta are stopped from the further militarization of constitutional governance.
The NPF is committed to the reversal of the bloody coup of 15th November 2017 and subscribes to the demilitarisation of civilian processes in Zimbabwe. NPF has a definite and credible plan on how this can be achieved. Although NPF views President Mugabe as the Mentor par excellence, it acknowledges that he has been retired, albeit forcefully, and should not be burdened and encumbered again.
The NPF knows fully well that ZANU PF is dead. Mnangagwa and Chiwenga are holding onto the decaying corpse of a deceased liberation movement. NPF has the knowledge and capacity to deliver the final nail in the coffin for ZANU PF.