Barely a week before Zimbabwe’s president Mugabe, opens his birthday party gifts, pressure hits up at him as his former vice president Joice Mujuru forms ZPF party to oppose the 92-year-old president of Zimbawe.
Joice Mujuru said the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party had been formed because “Zimbabwe is a broken country”.Ms Mujuru was Mr Mugabe’s second-in-command until he sacked her in 2014 after accusing her of plotting to oust and kill him.
“I’m neither a witch nor an assassin,” Joice said, at the party’s launch in the capital, Harare. She is the most senior former Zanu-PF leader to form an opposition party, and is tipped to be its presidential candidate in the 2018 election.
Who is Joice Mujuru?
Was married to Solomon Mujuru, who was seen as Zanu-PF kingmaker
He died in suspicious fire in 2011
She claims to have shot down a Rhodesian helicopter with the machine-gun of a dying comrade and was later promoted to commander
After spending her youth fighting the war, she obtained secondary school qualifications and a degree while in government
First woman to become Zimbabwe’s vice-president in 2004
Sacked from that position in 2014 and expelled from Zanu-PF in 2015
Forms Zimbabwe People First party in 2016
Family has vast business interests.
Ms Mujuru, 60, was flanked by other former Zanu-PF heavyweights, including Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo.
She hailed the formation of ZPF as historic, and said it would fight the “scourge of corruption” in Zimbabwe. “Some revolutionaries are busy pulling Zimbabwe down,” Ms Mujuru said.
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