Zanu PF frets over former president Mugabe's links to new NPF party

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ZANU PF will not waste time listening to former President Robert Mugabe’s rantings because he belonged to the past, a ruling party’s youth league member has said.

Responding to questions from journalists, politburo deputy secretary for youth affairs Lewis Matutu said Mugabe failed Zanu PF and the country, adding his removal had been long overdue.

Lewis Matutu

“It’s a waste of time to talk about Mugabe. He is old and at 94 nobody will listen to his hallucinations,” Matutu said.

Mugabe has been linked to the new political party, NPF which is led by retired brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri, a former Zanu PF legislator, ambassador and Mashonaland East provincial affairs minister.

Mutinhiri quit Zanu PF and resigned from Parliament on Friday in protest over what he called an unconstitutional takeover of government by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

After resigning, Mutinhiri met the ageing Mugabe, 94, on March 4 and according to NPF the retired soldier apprised the former president of his move.

In response, Mugabe is said to have congratulated Mutinhiri for taking the “bold move” and told him that “Zimbabwe needed men and women of principle who should fight to preserve the legacy of the liberation struggle”.

Other leading politicians in the new party were Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao and former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

Mugabe was forced to resign in November last year after years of Zanu PF internal strife and power struggles that threatened to tip the country over.

A military intervention paved the way for Emmerson Mnangagwa to take charge of the party and country with an angry Mugabe who initially accepted the military’s role as legal now arguing he was unconstitutionally removed through a coup.

Analysts say Mugabe's NPF will split the Zanu PF vote across Mashonaland and Mnangagwa is likely to come third in 2018 Presidential Elections.

"I truly admire Mugabe as a human being, I cant believe that at the ripe old age of 94 the guy is still able to attempt a political come back of some sort, at least enough to cause Zanu PF to pee in their pants with fear," said a top My Zimbabwe News reader Mavis Ndlovu

Meanwhile Matutu said Zanu PF will not care who Mugabe chose to associate with.

“We will not be worried even if Mugabe were to associate himself with the MDC-T, we will not waste our time with him. In the early years of independence, he did some good things, but lost his way after marrying a young wife who was controlling him,” the youth league deputy secretary said.

Zanu PF youth league secretary for administration, Tendai Chirau said Mugabe belonged to the past.

“Mugabe is the past and Cde Mnangagwa is the future. Zanu PF is and was not a family pet project owned by Mugabe. It is a people’s project that is moving forward. People will come and go but the party will remain,” he said.

Asked what Mnangagwa (75) has in store for the youths, Matutu said young people owed the new Zanu PF leader a debt of gratitude because he masterminded Mugabe’s removal.

“Every Zimbabwean was fed up with Mugabe and Mnangagwa was the one who removed the old leader. Youths owe him their vote, if not for anything, then for that alone. The independence we will be celebrating this week is two-fold, freedom from colonial rule and from Mugabe.

“Mnangagwa has the future of the youths at heart and has humbled himself to return the country to the table of nations where it belongs rather than shouting at everyone,” Matutu said.

Mugabe turned Zimbabwe into an international pariah after adopting controversial policies that brought a once thriving economy to its knees.

– NewsDay


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