Ex Vice-President Joice Mujuru who has described her sacking from Zanu PF as, “an ugly situation,” says is not harbouring ill feelings towards President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
She said her relationship with Mnangagwa dates back to the days of liberation struggling, adding that they are both ex-combatants and Zimbabweans.
She was adressing journalists in Gweru recently.
Mujuru, at the instigation of the former First Lady Grace Mugabe and Mnangagwa (according to Mugabe) was, in 2014, expelled from the ruling party and government for allegedly organising a coup.
Grace led a vilification campaign against Mujuru, accusing her of corruption and of plotting to unseat then President Robert Mugabe.
After serving under Mugabe for decades, Mujuru is now fronting the National People’s Party (NPP) and has already been endorsed as a presidential candidate for the People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC) a grouping of opposition political powers who have coalesced to wrest power from Zanu PF.
After her expulsion, Mnangagwa was then elevated to the vice presidency position, a post he held until he, too, was hounded from government and the ruling party in November last year.
Mnangagwa who, after his ouster, sought refuge in the neighbouring South Africa, bounced back after a military intervention to take over power from Mugabe.
“We are both Zimbabweans,” Mujuru said of her relationship with Mnangagwa, “We are both from the liberation struggle. Everyone knows of what transpired on my sacking form Zanu PF. It was not a good situation it was an ugly situation.”
Mujuru said she was not dwelling in the past.
“We are facing the future and what transpired is now in the past,” she said.
Mnangagwa, in early 2015, told a State weekly that Mujuru’s sacking from the revolutionary party was self-inflicted.
Speaking on elections, Mujuru said the NPP is raring to go but called on government to level the playing field.
On coalitions with other opposition political parties she said, “We come from different political backgrounds and we are continuing to consult. Our going to South Africa to together with other parties shows that we can find each other.”