Zimbabwe: Mugabe backs opposition candidate

Henrietta Brewer
March 9, 2018

The opposition has often accused Zanu PF and its former leader, ex-President Robert Mugabe, of unleashing the military into rural areas to instill fear and force citizens to rally behind the ruling party.

"He seems like he has been taken by another spirit and we will not leave it like that, as has happened with our revolution when he was influenced by a clique of anti-revolutionaries to destroy Zanu PF", he said. He must withdraw his behavior and be responsible.

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly flew to South Africa on Wednesday for the first time since stepping down from power in November previous year.

At the same rally‚ youth leader Pupurai Togarepi said, as the youth, they would stop respecting Mugabe.

"President Mugabe said that as Zimbabwe prepares for elections, "everyone should fight to ensure that people are free to belong to parties of their choice and that there is no interference by the army or those that would want to resort to violence as a means of getting votes".

Mnangagwa said he would check on Mugabe to see if claims that his predecessor was behind the new party linked to the vanquished G40 faction were true. Now we see in the media about various speculations about his activities. We will only take a position when the issues are known and are factual. We are not happy with what the media is saying.

Mugabe is reportedly disgruntled over the manner he was pushed out of power by the military last November.

Because of his latest political choices‚ Mugabe, during his birthday party on February 24, told close friends and relatives he was being persecuted via his wife Grace, who spent every night crying.

Speaking at the same event, Zanu PF chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri spoke glowingly of Mnangagwa, as she opened up on alleged sabotage targeting the President.

The report also claimed that workers at the veteran politician's residence in Harare had been "taken in for questioning by soldiers on Wednesday morning".

This week, the NPF wrote to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission informing it that the party would be taking part in the general elections and so should also be included in programmes that involve political parties and the upcoming elections.

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