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Mujuru vows to soldier on

Former vice-president Joice Mujuru insists her National People’s Party (NPP) is not crumbling even after she was deserted by her top lieutenants following a dismal performance during the July 30 harmonised elections.

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Mujuru said the party would soldier on despite the mass desertions and “everything is by God’s plan”.

“We are moving. Everything is by God’s plan. It is their democratic right, I am happy for them and wish them very well in their future political life,” she said.

Her new secretary general, Crispen Karanda, said the NPP was here to stay.

“We are going nowhere. we are still alive and very much alive,” said Karanda, who replaced Gift Nyandoro, Mujuru’s long-time aide who left the party soon after the election.

Former Zanu PF politburo member and ex-Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire was one of the most high- profile NPP leaders who left and joined the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa recently.

Mujuru contested her first presidential election as an opposition leader after putting together a coalition of fringe parties that constituted the People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC), but came out severely bruised.

She fared badly in the polls won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, her former fierce rival in Zanu PF.

Mujuru was fired from government in 2014 after allegations that she was plotting to topple the president Robert Mugabe.

However, the 94-year-old former ruler apologised to his ex-deputy after he was overthrown in a coup last year.

Mugabe said he was misled when he fired Mujuru.

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