Former Vice President of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru has created a new party in a bid to fight President Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.
Mujuru who was also an ally of Mugabe was sacked by the Zanu PF party in 2014 when the president’s wife, Grace Mugabe accused her of planning to kill and depose him. Mujuru was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. Concerning the allegations made by First Lady Grace Mugabe, Mujuru said, “I am now swearing before you that I am neither a witch nor an assassin.”
On March 1 she launched her party called the Zimbabwe People First. At the launch in a local hotel in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, she told the people present;
I was once a part of Zanu PF, but our new party People First is completely a new entity with new values and followers.
She also added that one of the party’s goals is to transform and build a new country because Zimbabwe is a broken country where the rule of law is only selectively applicable.
“The scourge of corruption needs to be totally uprooted,” Mujuru said. “We urge all our war veterans, police, army and intelligence services to defend the constitution.”
Present were other former members of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF; former Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa and former Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Agriculture, Rugare Gumbo.
Mujuru is the widow of Zimbabwe’s first post-independence army general, Solomon Mujuru. She was also a guerilla fighter during Mugabe’s liberation war in the 70s. She served under several cabinets of Mugabe’s administration and was a likely candidate to succeed him.
Mujuru has been chosen to be the ZPF prime candidate for Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections. Mugabe who recently turned 92 still has presidential ambitions and has already been picked as the fore runner by his party, ZANU-PF.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since Zimbabwe became independent of British colonial rule in 1980. His rule has been mired with claims of human rights abuse, massive vote-rigging and economic decline among others.