12 September 2018

Zimbabwe: Mujuru's NPP Stares Collapse As Allies Stampede to Abandon Party

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Opposition politician Joice Mujuru (file photo).

Former Vice President Joice Mujuru's National People's Party (NPP) is on the verge of collapse after members of its national leadership have begun resigning en masse.

Amongst those who have ditched the ex-State Vice President are party VP Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, national chair, Dzikamai Mavhaire and party spokesperson Jeffreyson Chitando.

In resignation letters seen by NewZimbabwe.com, the politicians indicated that they were not able to continue working under Mujuru.

"It was a pleasure working together as a team. I now wish you madam President, the party greater progress in your future endeavours," Mavhaire wrote.

Asked why he was ditching NPP, the once Energy Minister said he was resigning on "personal reasons".

Mavhaire was among dozens of former Zanu PF bigwigs who were purged from the ruling party after being associated with the then party VP's alleged attempts to snatch power from then President Robert Mugabe.

Nkomo, on his part, denied he was dumping Mujuru in order to return to his former party, MDC which has since begun uniting its factions under new party leader Nelson Chamisa.

The once Water Resources Minister left the mainstream MDC during the party's 2014 split.

Chitando hinted he could rejoin MDC after Mujuru's dismal performance in the July 30 elections.

He blamed Mujuru for blocking calls among some of her allies to join forces with MDC ahead of elections with the party failing to pick up a single seat in the country's 350 member combined parliamentary and senatorial assembly.

"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?" he said.

"We betrayed the people of Zimbabwe, promising them that a grand coalition will be in place before elections."

During the period leading up to the polls, Mujuru refused to join MDC insisting the main opposition should first allow the coalition to adopt a more neutral name as opposed to MDC Alliance.

Chitando added, "There is nothing better than fighting for a democratic Zimbabwe with other Zimbabweans. 11 September is the day of the formation of MDC, 11 September is the day the twin towers in USA were bombed, 11 September a correct decision to build a formidable union with other democratic forces and those in the NPP have decided to join hands to plot for the downfall of Zanu PF."

Unconfirmed reports said out of the nine national working committee members who were under Mujuru's leadership, five have since tendered their resignation letters whilst 60% of the standing committee members had already resigned.

Provincial chairs for Matabeleland North, Bulawayo, Midlands, Matebeleland South and Masvingo have also resigned.

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