Mugabe’s party fires interim leader, says Mutinhiri working with Kasukuwere to disrupt coalition talks

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Anna Chibamu

National Patriotic Front (NPF) party which is backed by former President Robert Mugabe has recalled its interim leader Ambrose Mutinhiri after accusing him of working with former Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere to disrupt the coalition talks.

The party, mostly composed of Zanu PF G40 members dismissed after the coup, also announced its position to join forces with the MDC Alliance before the harmonised elections scheduled for July 30.

On Tuesday, NPF endorsed MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa at a demonstration where the opposition was demanding electoral reforms from Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime at the Africa Unity Square in the capital.

NPF wrote: “The party as provided for in section 33.1 of its constitution on Thursday met and endorsed to engage other political parties and explore or join any coalition as may be deemed strategic in advancing the interests of the party in the critical 2018 general election.

“The work done so far by the team led by the national chairperson in on-going negotiations for the purposes of forming an electoral pact with a coalition partner is completed before Monday11 June, 2018.

“The party also resolved to recall the Interim President Retired Brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri from his current position after he teamed up with a former cabinet minister (Saviour Kasukuwere) to hire thugs to disrupt an NFEC meeting at Margolis Resort yesterday.

“The National Chairperson, Mrs Eunice Sandi-Moyo continues as the Acting President of the party until the inaugural convention after the harmonised elections.”

NPF also said Mutinhiri’s alliance with Kasukuwere “pointed to a deliberate ploy to disrupt NPF activities especially the on-going coalition talks that are said to be at an advanced stage.”

Mutinhiri having a press conference at 2pm Friday