Mugabe's nephew says new party 'not an avenue to bring back' his toppled uncle

Patrick Zhuwao (Via Facebook)
Patrick Zhuwao (Via Facebook)

Harare – Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, has reportedly said that the latest political outfit, New Patriotic Front (NPF), "is not an avenue to bring back" his ousted uncle.

Reports over the weekend indicated that members of the Zanu-PF faction, Generation 40 (G40) that was loyal to former first lady Grace Mugabe were about to launch a new party in Zimbabwe.

In documents circulated on social media the party, the NPF, accused the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) of "dereliction of duty" for failing to condemn the military takeover that removed Mugabe from power last year.

It called on the two continental bodies to "openly renounce and condemn "the takeover as a "military coup". An AU force should "monitor and ensure demilitarisation of politics, state and government institutions", the document said. It also urged the AU and SADC to cut diplomatic ties and co-operation with the government and to no longer recognise Zimbabwe as a member.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news from around the continent by subscribing to our FREE newsletter, Hello Africa.

 

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.

New Zimbabwe.com on Monday quoted Zhuwao as saying that NPF's objective was to reverse the "bloody coup" of November 15, 2017.

Zhuwao, the report said, dismissed the "feared" and "misinterpreted" notion that Mugabe would return as head of state and government.

"It would definitely be grossly unfair to president Mugabe to seek to burden and encumber him again with responsibilities for the state, given his contribution to Zimbabwe thus far," Zhuwao was quoted as saying.

He said that Mugabe's family deserved to enjoy "his company and presence".

Zhuwao said that his party viewed Mugabe as its "mentor par excellence".

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
46% - 7024 votes
It's four more years for Trump
54% - 8133 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.20
(-0.15)
ZAR/GBP
21.21
(-0.08)
ZAR/EUR
19.18
(-0.19)
ZAR/AUD
11.58
(-0.31)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.25)
Gold
1910.24
(+0.29)
Silver
24.78
(+0.42)
Platinum
888.00
(+0.92)
Brent Crude
42.50
(+1.69)
Palladium
2371.00
(+0.64)
All Share
55277.62
(+0.88)
Top 40
50728.22
(+0.90)
Financial 15
10437.20
(+0.59)
Industrial 25
74824.77
(+0.94)
Resource 10
53312.51
(+0.93)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo