War vets shun Mugabe birthday bash, opt to meet Mujuru

2016-02-29 13:54
Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)

Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)

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Harare – Zimbabwe's former freedom fighters reportedly ignored President Robert Mugabe's lavish birthday bash over the weekend, opting to meet former vice president Joice Mujuru at a lodge outside Harare.

According to NewsDay, at least 100 disgruntled war veterans, among them ex-top government officials, met with Mujuru and pledged to join her newly-formed party, the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF).

The meeting between Mujuru and the war veterans came after some of the 1970s freedom fighters were teargassed by riot police in Harare, where they had been for a meeting to discuss the infighting in the ruling Zanu-PF party.  

Mujuru had been viewed by many as Mugabe's heir apparent, but she fell by the wayside in 2014 after First Lady Grace Mugabe accused her of corruption, fomenting party division and plotting to topple her husband.

Mujuru, however, denied the allegations.

About a week ago, Mujuru confirmed that she was forming a new party to challenge Mugabe's all-powerful Zanu-PF, in a move that could shake up the country's politics.

ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo described the meeting between the war veterans and Mujuru as a success.

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