DIDYMUS Mutasa, who whimpers the loudest over the recent brutal Zanu PF purges, has claimed that efforts are underway to form a new political party which will be called Zanu (People First) with former vice president Joice Mujuru as its leader.

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Moyo

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The former presidential affairs minister said members of the “original and genuine Zanu PF which was formed on August 8, 1963″ had decided to formPeople First after the ruling party was taken over by a bunch of mafikizolos at the December 2014 congress.

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Mutasa warned that the proposed new party would rock the ruling party since it had the backing of key figures in the security establishment as well as former Zipra and Zanla commanders.

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“We want to have a party, but we are still talking about it. We are with Mai Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo and all those who were removed from the party,” he told a privately-owned radio station.

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“It is many of us from different oppositional parties such as Simba Makoni, Dumiso Dabengwa and a lot of others who were no longer supporting Zanu PF.”

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He added: “Our membership is composed of the original and seasoned politicians, commanders of the Zimbabwe African National Army (Zanla), Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) and Zimbabwe People’s Army (Zipa) forces who are now being marginalised.”

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Stuff and nonsense, said information minister and Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo who added that Simba Makoni and Dumiso Dabengwa also claimed to have the support of party stalwarts and yet no senior figures left with them.

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“Media dreams of a split will come to grief not least because the nefarious pursuits of expelled malcontents in the wilderness cannot be rationally described as a split,” Moyo told state media.

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“Dumiso Dabengwa’s 2008 foray into the political wilderness was not a split in Zanu PF nor was Simba Makoni’s Mavambo in the same year which ended up as Magumo in 2013.

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“It is also notable that the expelled Mujuru-Mutasa-Rugare cabal was widely seen as the money-faction before its long overdue expulsion because money was, as it still is, more important to the threesome than ideology.”

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Mutasa said only Mujuru, who was fired for allegedly plotting a coup against President Robert Mugabe, could turn the country’s struggling economy around.

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“There is no doubt that the person that will take Zimbabwe from the current political and economic mess is Amai Mujuru,” he told a local daily.

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“The government has failed and the Look East policy only makes a few people rich. Only until there is a real change of government, we are all going to suffer.

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“The only person capable of changing this is Amai Mujuru.”

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However, Moyo said Mutasa’s remarks vindicated the decision to expel Mujuru from the ruling party.

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“(The) Mujuru-Mutasa-Rugare fiasco has now come full circle for everyone to see,” said the information minister.

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“In fact, many Zimbabweans are openly wondering why Mujuru was not expelled a long time ago following Mutasa’s media revelations that the disgraced former Vice President, now famously known as Dr 10 Percent, was leading a faction called ‘People First’ aimed at toppling President Mugabe to remove Zanu PF from power outside electoral politics.

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“But everyone, including a primary school child, knows that Zanu PF has never had a high sounding postfix signifying ‘People First’. Never ever!

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“It is therefore utterly preposterous for Mutasa to say that anything called ‘People First’ is the original Zanu PF. That fatuous claim can only come from somebody who has lost his marbles.

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“If there’s a political faction called Zanu People First led by Joice Mujuru, then it is in the treacherous company of previous similar puppet formations such as Zanu Ndonga or Zanu Mwenje.’’ – News Zim