Mu­gabe-linked NPF splits

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could not be dis­missed by un­elected peo­ple.

Rtd Brig Gen Mutin­hiri an­nounced that the NPF will hold con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing to elect sub­stan­tive na­tional ex­ec­u­tive.

“The pro­cesses that re­placed Cde Mu­gabe and oth­ers was wrong in my view, I dis­agreed,” said Rtd Brig Gen Mutin­hiri.

“I could no longer con­tinue to sub­scribe to Zanu-PF and at the same time had to re­sign from Par­lia­ment be­cause I was there on Zanu-PF ticket,” he said. “I con­sulted with the for­mer Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe who said to me if you have the guts, go ahead. So my­self and oth­ers, we de­cided to form the NPF, which I am the found­ing pres­i­dent of and it is reg­is­tered as such by Zec.”

Rtd Brig Gen Mutin­hiri said Mr Mawarire and his group that in­cluded the fac­tion’s in­terim leader Mrs Sandi Moyo, had ex­pelled them­selves from the party by virtue of their con­duct.

He said the NPF had not yet made a de­ci­sion on whether to join MDC Al­liance.

He cas­ti­gated Mawarire and his camp for pub­licly sup­port­ing the MDC Al­liance pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mr Nel­son Chamisa dur­ing last Tues­day’s demon­stra­tion in Harare with­out first con­sult­ing other party mem­bers.

“NPF is open to join any of these al­liances but has not taken a move yet to­wards that,” he said.

“There are peo­ple who have gone out of their way to chant slo­gans of other po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Those have done it on their own. They have not been sanc­tioned by NPF. We be­lieve we are a peo­ple’s party and such de­ci­sion like joining al­liances can­not be done with­out the party hold­ing wide-rang­ing con­sul­ta­tions.”

He said as it stands the NPF lead­er­ship has not been elected.

Ear­lier on Mawarire an­nounced that the NPF had fired Rtd Brig Mutin­hiri and that they were go­ing into al­liance with MDC Al­liance ahead of the har­monised elec­tions set for end of July.

Both Mr Mawarire and Mrs Moyo ad­dressed the press con­fer­ence on the party’s res­o­lu­tions.

Mr Mawarire said the party re­solved to re­call Rtd Brig Gen Mutin­hiri from his cur­rent po­si­tion for team­ing up with a for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter to hire thugs to dis­rupt an NFEC meet­ing at the Mar­go­lis Re­sort in Harare on Thurs­day.

He said the de­ci­sion to re­call Cde Mutin­hiri was unan­i­mously en­dorsed by the NFEC mem­bers present at the meet­ing.

Mr Mawarire said the NPF was ex­pected to con­clude an elec­toral pact with the MDC Al­liance by Mon­day next week, say­ing the is­sue of par­lia­men­tary seats to be al­lo­cated to the party was a done deal.

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