Full Text: National Patriotic Front Refutes Reports Of Leadership Changes Within The Party

Former Local Government, Public Works and National Housing minister Saviour Kasukuwere

The National Patriotic Front (NPF) party has dismissed reports that there have been leadership changes within the party. This follows reports that Saviour Kasukuwere is working with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to destabilise the new opposition party which was endorsed by former president Robert Mugabe. We publish the statement in full below,

We have noted recent media reports and alleged statements by anonymous, yet ‘impeccable’, sources and some excitable NPF officials purporting to speak on behalf of the party on the subject of leadership change within our fast growing party. It is regrettable that these patently reckless statements at public forums and clandestine interviews, done nocturnally, have been taken as official party position when in fact the NPF has a dear operational structure that deals with leadership identification as we grow our party.

It is pertinent that we make it dear that the current leadership structure is born out of a deliberate process involving the founders of the party whose mandate, at this formative stage, is to identify competent and dedicated cadres to fill in important (sic)

Attempts by some cadres, identified and appointed to specific roles by the party’s founders, to arrogate themselves powers to impose leaders of their choice is patently unconstitutional as these appointed officials have not been subjected to any electoral process themselves.

As a party, we remain committed to building our fast growing support base within the provisions of our constitution and the various transitional clauses that deal with how the founding leadership should be constituted. We are focussed on wining the forthcoming harmonised elections and we are doing everything that we believe boosts the party’s chances of winning these elections. If there is need for leadership reconfiguration, in line with our election strategy, that process will be led by President Mutinhiri and other founding members of the party.

The NPF has a clear vision of restoring the country to constitutionalism. We are geared towards putting an end to the stratocracy introduced by the military coup of November 15, 2017. We believe in the need to empower our people through policies that recognise the important role that our local human factor plays in building the local economy.

We are aware of the plight of beneficiaries of the land reform, indigenisation and economic empowerment who are being threatened through policy reversal by the Junta regime that has been selling our resources to unscrupulous and doggy (sic) characters, some of whom are known criminals.

NPF is therefore dedicated to creating a conducive investment environment on the back of a constitutional regime that respects the rule of law, fundamental human and property rights, the sanctity of life and the importance of a democratic and free society.

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