Members of the G40 faction who were expelled from Zanu PF are reportedly regrouping and expected to launch a political outfit, New Patriotic Front (NPF), which is expected to contest in this year general election.
According a consultation document being circulated, NPF said the political ground was ripe for the urgent formation of a new nationalist, patriotic, democratic, inclusive and progressive movement for victims of human rights violations and selective application of the law by the “coup and illegitimate government”.
It also claimed that political neutrals were dissatisfied with the failure by existing political parties, especially in opposition ranks, to provide leadership to reverse the coup.
NPF also claimed that the opposition was failing to provide an ideological and policy vision that resonates with the majority of Zimbabweans beyond the Zanu PF of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
However most G4O members could neither deny nor confirm if they were part of the new formation after the circulation of ‘Consultation Points Document’ Friday by Patrick Zhuwao, nephew of former president Robert Mugabe.
Zhuwao, the most vocal of all the G40 since they were expelled, is believed to be hiding in neighbouring South Africa and only said that it is the “people who are forming NPF”.
According to NPF, the new narrative is against the coup and the urgent things that need to be done as a matter of top priority include providing a visible, “counter narrative to the coup, and proffer a positive agenda setting for a new nationalism for a truly new Zimbabwe”.
“There’s a need for a SADC or AU military presence to guarantee free political participation in the run up to the elections and to ensure that the commanders who staged the military coup do not use the same means to subvert or overturn a free, fair and credible outcome of the 2018 election. Those who staged the coup cannot be the ones who cure it,” said the Consultation Point Document.
“There is need for post-coup civilian transition that is, there’s a need for a civilian transitional authority to prepare for free, fair and credible elections.”
NPF said its supporters are the alienated traditional base of peasants and traditional leaders, indigenous business persons, farmers and miners at all levels, workers, vendors, youths and women in Zanu PF that have been offended by the ill-treatment and humiliation of President Mugabe and are unable to remain under Zanu PF.
The political outfit also said that the youth who are the demographic majority and many who style themselves as Generation 40 have been targeted for persecution and marginalisation by the “coup government”.
G40 was a faction within the ruling party and were led by former first lady Grace Mugabe and some of its key members were Patrick Zhuwao, Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Phelekezela Mphoko.
Some of the cabinet ministers who were expelled from the ruling party on allegations of being members of the G40 are Walter Mzembi, legislators Tapiwa Matangaidze, Paul Chimedza, Anastancia Ndlovu, Makhosini Hlongwane, Samuel Undenge, Daniel Shumba, Sarah Mahoka, Jeppy Jaboon, Wonder Mashange and Shadreck Mashayamombe.
Mzembi has since said he was quitting politics.