- Better days: From left, Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa
Disputes have erupted within the newly formed Zimbabwe People First party led by former vice president Joice Mujuru amid reports the outfit has been heavily infiltrated by the Central Intelligence Organisation, president Robert Mugabe’s private army, it emerged.
Mujuru recently sacked party stalwarts Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, claiming they were “tired” and the party needed an infusion of new blood.
Bhasikiti has responded by saying it is Mujuru who is to be fired as party president and replaced by an interim leader. Bhasikiti last week filed nomination papers under the Zim PF banner for April 8 by-elections to fill the Mwenezi parliamentary seat which he vacated when he was expelled from Zanu PF in 2014.
The divisions within the Zim PF have thrown into disarray plans by opposition parties to form a coalition to tackle Mugabe and Zanu PF as a formidable ‘united front’ at elections set for 2018. Mugabe has traditionally used the CIO to destroy parties opposed to him.
Mugabe denied any involvement in the split or ever infiltrating the party. He told state television that the party split because Mutasa had demanded sex from Mujuru, a charge which could not independently be verified.
Mugabe said an opposition coalition to unseat him would never work because of the divisions rocking the opposition movements.
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