HARARE-- The recently launched New Patriotic Front (NPF) has announced that Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri (Retired) is its leader and its presidential candidate in the forthcoming general election due by the middle of this year.
Mutinhiri announced his resignation from the ruling, Zanu PF party last week, in a letter in which he criticized the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of having allegedly unconstitutionally removed former President Robert Mugabe from power.
Ironically, Mutinhiri was expecting President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint him as a vice-president in his government when it was set up last December but he was left out.
Monday's NPF statement said Mutinhiri, who it described as its founding president and presidential candidate had met with formerPresident Mugabe on Sunday to apprise him on his latest initiative.
Comrade Mutinhiri especially thanked President Mugabe for laying a solid and irreversible ground for generational renewal in Parliament and government through progressive policies that have empowered the youth who are now poised for unstoppable leadership roles across the political divide and in business, civil society and churches, it added.
Self-exiled former Cavinet Ministers Patrick Zhuwawo and Professor Jonathan Moyo have in the past two months been the leading public faces of the NPF, before the announcement of Mutinhiri as the party leader.
The new opposition party, which apparently has the blessings of the former first family, says its ideals revolve around upholding the values and democratic ideals of the liberation struggle, preservation of the historic land reform and empowerment policies.
Meanwhile, the NPF said it was challenging the composition of the current government in the Constitutional Court as well as approaching regional and continental bodies for redress of what it terms an illegal regime change.
The government of President Mnangagwa has since its formation last December received national, regional, and global recognition. -
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK