- Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was troubled by reports of Robert Mugabe being linked to a new political party
- Mugabe has reportedly given his blessing to the newly formed Nation Patriotic Front (NPF)
- The NPF was formed by a former Zanu-PF official Ambrose Mutinhiri
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has admitted to being troubled by reports of former president Robert Mugabe being linked to a new political party.
Mugabe is reported to have given his blessing to the newly formed National Patriotic Front (NPF) which was formed by a former Zanu-PF heavyweight retired brigadier Ambrose Mutinhiri.
Mutinhiri quit as a Zanu-PF Member of Parliament (MP) and member last week in protest of what he called the illegal military coup which forced Mugabe out of office last November.
Mutinhiri is thought to have met with Mugabe on Sunday, the former leader is said to have praised Mutinhiri for taking a bold step and said Zimbabwe needed people like him to preserve the legacy of the liberation struggle.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Mnangagwa was addressing the Zanu-PF national youth assembly for the first time since becoming president on Wednesday.
“Currently, in the media, we get speculation and we are not happy with media reports about what the former president is reported to be doing. But we will get the facts. Remember the voice of the people is the voice of God,” Mnangagwa said.
Mnangagwa urged young people to get actively involved in politics and asked the youth to mobilise on social media. He noted that the Zanu-PF old guard was not tech savvy and would have to rely on the younger generation to be proactive.
He urged the Zanu-PF youth not to resort to violence, intimidation or hate-speech before, during or after the upcoming election.
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