via Mujuru candidates to challenge Zanu PF – NewZimbabwe 15 April 2015
A TOP ally of expelled Zimbabwe vice president Joice Mujuru has revealed that their group will field candidates against President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF in the June 10 parliamentary by-elections.
The country will go for 15 parliamentary by-elections that have been dubbed “mini-general elections” following the expulsion of 21 members of parliament (MPs) of the opposition MDC-T who crossed the floor and formed their own MDC Renewal team.
The MDC-T has indicated that it will not participate in these by-elections, protesting over an un-level playing field which it says favours the ruling Zanu PF.
However, addressing journalists in Harare Wednesday afternoon, expelled Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson, Temba Mliswa, who is a close ally of Mujuru, said his group which now goes under the names ‘Original Zanu PF or People First’ will field candidates in by-elections.
The ruling Zanu PF has already started campaign in these constituencies.
People First movement
The majority of these vacant parliamentary seats are in Harare and Bulawayo which are MDC-T strongholds.
“We are going to field candidates in these by-elections,” said Mliswa who was also fired from Zanu PF and parliament for backing Mujuru.
“We are going to have candidates in every constituency. We will give Zanu PF a run for their money.
“MDC used to control these constituencies and we are talking to them, so that we get much support and defeat Zanu PF,” Mliswa added.
Mliswa who is also battling to recapture his Hurungwe West parliamentary seat was also arrested over the weekend on allegations of disrupting a Zanu PF meeting in his former constituency.
He was released due to lack of evidence.
Mujuru was fired together with 16 Ministers and several other top Zanu PF officials last year on allegations of plotting to kill Mugabe.
The group has since launched the People First movement also known as the Original Zanu.
Last week Mujuru openly told Mugabe that she could never be expelled from the “genuine” original Zanu PF.
She also openly queried for the first time the mysterious death of her husband, General Solomon Mujuru, whose remains were found after an inferno at their Beatrice farm in 2011.