Published On: Mon, Oct 31st, 2016

Joice Mujuru faces leadership challenge

 Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader Joice Mujuru is facing a challenge to her leadership.

Fellow party founders, Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa are threatening to dethrone her. Now Mujuru has shelved coalition talks until after congress where a substantive leadership will be chosen.

“It was a candid meeting in which Mujuru was told she has not done much to deserve being the party leader. There is growing discontent with her and a possible factional fight that pits Mujuru against Gumbo. But they later agreed that the leadership issue must be subjected to the people and an elective convention is the best way forward. So, the issue of coalition talks is on ice for now,” a ZimPF source, told Newsday.

ZimPF spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire, however, denied reports his party had stopped coalition negotiations, but admitted that a substantive leadership elected at a congress will have the final say on the issue of a coalition.

“While it is only fair that the substantive leadership that will be elected at the convention does finalise and accents to whatever document that will consummate the coalition, the journey towards the coalition cannot be stalled because of our convention,” he said.

“The move towards a grand coalition is a process not an event, hence, our strong conviction that the process goes ahead even as we embark on other party programmes like preparations for our inaugural elective convention.”

Mutasa rejected reports of a rift between him, other senior leaders and Mujuru while addressing party supporters in Mt Darwin at the weekend.

“If anybody tells you there is a rift between Mutasa and Mujuru, do not listen to them. They are thirsty and need water. I was expelled from Zanu PF because I supported Mujuru. I will continue to support her,” he said.

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