NATIONAL People’s Party (NPP) interim president Joice Mujuru has moved to deny reports she has imposed herself as substantive leader and further handpicked loyalists to fill up her party’s top six before its inaugural elective congress next month.
Media reports say the former Vice President has overtaken the fledgling party’s national convention through positioning preferred candidates for the executive posts.
“The National People’s Party would like to dismiss rumours doing rounds that the party’s top six positions have been filled before our inaugural national people’s elective convention early April 2017,” Mujuru said in a statement Saturday.
According to reports, John Mvundura is set to become Mujuru’s first vice president while former MDC-T legislator Sipepa Nkomo will become second VP.
Former energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire was also rumoured to be earmarked for national chairmanship, lawyer Gift Nyandoro as secretary general and Esnath Bulayani as treasurer.
Critics have been quick to dismiss the line-up as the weakest ever envisaged executive to lead a political party that hopes to form the next government.
But Mujuru, recently forced to dump her former Zanu PF allies and to rename her party in attempts to shake off a destructive power wrangle, dispelled the rumour and urged party members to ignore the reports.
“Party members should dismiss recent online media reports that positions have already been filled before our democratic process of leadership choice has been allowed to give us leaders form the people, chosen by the people,” she said.
Mujuru dismissed as the rumours as “mischievous, untrue and bent on discrediting the democratic process” her party has put in place.
“All members vying for the top positions should follow due process and wait for congress and not some appointing figure somewhere," she said.
The former Zanu PF number two said all party positions were still up for grabs among aspiring members insisting the Zanu PF offshoot shall stick to the dictates of its constitution.
She said the deadline for submission of papers among those seeking positions was this coming Monday with members called to submit applications before the deadline.
Provincial elections are set for March 25 with those seeking further elevation to national positions left to battle it out at the party’s national convention.