FORMER Vice President Joice Mujuru has responded to State media reports that she and other expelled members of the ruling party are heading back to ZANU-PF.
This follows a statement by ZANU-PF secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu, in Bulawayo on Saturday at a ceremony to celebrate the election victory of Kidwell Mujuru in the Cowdray Park by-election.
Mpofu said: “You will be seeing the new dispensation arrangement where we have full-time members of the party, you will see a different Zanu-PF in terms of operations and effectiveness because we are not closing anyone out, we have agreed that all members who were expelled from the party or who left the party should come back.
“We have been approached by all the parties and now Mujuru (Joice) is coming back to Zanu-PF, Ambrose Mutinhiri has come back and many others have come back. This is not politicking but reality, I am getting a lot of appointments with opposition party members wanting to come back and it’s enough pointer that President Mnangagwa is a unifying leader.”
In a statement on a social media page widely believed to be run by Joice Mujuru, a response has been made to Mpofu’s statements.
“I will NEVER rejoin Zanu-PF. I’m not desperate. There’s my son to support! He’s the president,” said the statement.
The authenticity of that popular social media account is however yet to be verified, but it has oftentimes been quoted as the official Joice Mujuru page.
Joice Mujuru, who turns 64 years old next week on 15 April, served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2014.
She was long considered a potential successor to former President Robert Mugabe, but in 2014 she was denounced for allegedly plotting against Mugabe and for being corrupt.
She was expelled from the party a few months later, after which she later formed the new Zimbabwe People First party, but no court charges were ever brought against her. Mnangagwa’s faction was alleged to be behind Mujuru’s 2014 downfall. Surprisingly, Mnangagwa is the one who went on to topple Mugabe in a military coup in November 2017.
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