- Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party faces a split for the first time in its history
- Last week Ambrose Mutinhiri quit the party and started a new splinter party the National Patriotic Front (NPF)
- The NPF claims to have the blessing of former president Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party faces a split for the first time in its history. Zanu-PF was formed after Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain.
Last week a top party official, Ambrose Mutinhiri, quit his role in the party and as a Member of Parliament. He said he objected to the military takeover which removed Mugabe from power last November.
Mutinhiri paid former Zanu-PF and Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe a visit over the weekend. Reports suggest that Mugabe has given his blessing to the new splinter party.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mutinhiri told Mugabe on Sunday that he had garnered the support of two out of every three members of Zanu-PF.
The newly established NPF confirmed Mutinhiri would be its presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.
Zimbabwean state media has reported that senior government officials were aware of the meeting between Mugabe, his wife Grace and members of the NPF. Officials believe that the Mugabe’s are part of the newly formed political party and their home is used as a base of operations for the party.
READ ALSO: SA: Don't repeat Zim's 5 land grab mistakes
Do you have a story to share with Briefly? Visit our Facebook page where you can send us a message or leave us a comment. Your story could be shared online.