Zim ex-VP Mujuru's party 'crumbling' after dismal poll performance - report

2018-09-13 08:14
Joice Mujuru (File: AFP)

Joice Mujuru (File: AFP)

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Zimbabwean former deputy president Joice Mujuru's National People's Party (NPP) is reportedly on the verge of collapse as a number of senior party leaders have resigned after the party failed to impress in the just ended polls.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, NPP's vice president Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, national chairperson Dzikamai Mavhaire and the party’s spokesperson Jeffreyson Chitando were among those who had left the party.

In their resignation letters, the former NPP senior leaders said they were unable to continue working with Mujuru.

Nkomo said he had resigned from the party for person reasons while Chitando blamed Mujuru for the party’s dismal performance at the July 30 elections.

Chitando accused Mujuru of blocking the party from forging ties with the country’s main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.

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“The leadership promised people that 1 million campaigning regalia were at the border and until now, nothing is there to show for it. Does it take a year to have regalia from a border to any village in Zimbabwe?," Chitando reportedly quizzed.

Mujuru was among 23 presidential candidates who participated in the July 30 elections, and was only able to bring in just 12 000 votes, reported the Daily News.

Mujuru was sacked by ex-president Robert Mugabe four years ago at the instigation of former first lady Grace Mugabe, who accused her of plotting to topple her husband from power.

Soon after being forced out of Zanu-PF, Mujuru was instrumental in the founding of the Zimbabwe People First party with a number of expelled Zanu-PF heavyweights that included Didymus Mutasa, and Rugare Gumbo.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  rugare gumbo  |  joice mujuru  |  robert mugabe  |  didymus mutasa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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