Former vice-president Joice Mujuru’s political party the National People’s Party has split into two after some disgruntled party members formed a breakaway party called the National People’s Party Democrats (NPPD).
The breakaway was led by 4 party leaders: national youth chair Lloyd Masiya, deputy national organising secretary Susan Chuma, secretary-general diaspora constituency Beulah Chavarika and secretary for Education Enock Mapanje. The breakway party accused Mujuru of presiding over the death of democracy and constitutionalism in the NPP. In a statement, the splinter party said:
Following the refusal by the NPP president to address our concerns as outlined in our petition on outstanding grievances of 12/12/2017 addressed to ..Mujuru, we, the aggrieved members of the party do hereby denounce the NPP top five leadership consisting: the president …Mujuru, the vice president John Mvundura, the vice president, Sam Sipepa Nkomo, the national secretary-general Gift Nyandoro, the national chairperson Dzikamai Mavhaire.
…This continued lack of commitment to democracy made us realise that a dead horse cannot be whipped into line and no modern technology can revive it. Consequently, we have rebranded into a powerful and vigorous grouping of serious national democrats under the banner of NPPD.
…We urge and advise all serious people to join us in our quest for the true liberation of our great nation and beloved people.
This is the second time in less than a year that a political party in which Mujuru is a member of has split. Earlier on in March, Mujuru was a member of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party before she left the party to form the National People’s Party after major disagreements with self-proclaimed “elders” of the party, Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.
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