NATIONAL People’s Party (NPP) president Joice Mujuru has claimed it was a huge mistake for her to vigorously campaign for Zanu PF in 2013, saying the party’s resounding victory was responsible for the current economic problems facing the country.
Speaking at a Women’s Electoral Convergence (WEC18) in Bulawayo yesterday, Mujuru said she campaigned for Zanu PF thinking the party would improve the people’s socio-economic wellbeing.
“But see where we are and we are saying where did we go wrong after that?” she asked. Mujuru said women were effective leaders who knew if something wrong had been done.
“Now we are talking about a coalition which should give us what we are looking for. We are looking at 2018. That is why we are here,” she added. Mujuru said Zimbabwean women should be brought under one political umbrella.
FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has unwittingly put herself on a possible collision course with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai after she announced on Monday that she was angling to lead a proposed grand coalition of opposition parties.
Mujuru, who now heads the opposition National People’s Party, made the revelations while addressing the International Sheroes Forum in Ghana on Monday.
The former Vice-President said she believed she was the right candidate to lead the project, given her liberation war credentials and 34 years’ experience as a top government official and that she was the only female politician heading a political party.
Mujuru’s remarks come as Tsvangirai rapped opposition colleagues who were only in the coalition talks because they sought top positions.
Tsvangirai has signed memoranda of understanding with Mujuru and MDC leader Welshman Ncube to lay the foundations for the proposed coalition, whose leader has not yet been named.
Tsvangirai’s supporters have vowed to scuttle the coalition talks if he is not chosen as coalition leader.
Internal disagreements within ZPF led Mujuru to dismiss seven senior members of the party whom she accused of having links with the ruling Zanu PF party. Top on the list of those that Mujuru gave the marching orders were the Elders’ Advisory Council duo of Mutasa and Gumbo.
The other five senior members that were shown the exit are former Zimbabwe Union of Democrats leader, Margaret Dongo; former Zanu PF politburo member Kudakwashe Bhasikiti; former Cabinet member Munacho Mutezo; former Zanu PF Bikita West legislator Claudius Makova and former Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial youth chairperson Luckson Kandemiri.
However, the group of seven responded to Mujuru’s move by calling a press conference where they rejected their purported dismissal, claiming that if anything, they were fed-up with Mujuru’s “inept leadership and dictatorial tendencies” such that their dismissal came at a time they were finalising moves to recall her from her position as the interim leader of the party.
Mujuru went on to rebrand her outfit the National People’s Party (NPP) while Mutasa, Gumbo and others remained with ZPF. Gumbo and Mutasa split again just last month this time with Bhasikiti and former army general Agrippa Mutambara emerging as faction leaders.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party have formed what they term a pre-election alliance ahead of Zimbabwe’s watershed 2018 general polls.
In a statement, the MDC-T said, “I am pleased to inform the nation that today we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Joice Mujuru of the National People’s Party to establish a pre-election alliance en-route to the establishment of a coalition government which shall drive a comprehensive democratization and transformation agenda.
“This is just the beginning of the building blocks towards establishing a broad alliance to confront Zanu PF between now and the next election in 2018. Similar arrangements will be entered into with other political formations and we will inform you as it happens, as we have done today.”
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