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Mnangagwa woos Mugabe protégé – The Standard

President Emmerson Mnangagwa met one of the leaders of former President Robert Mugabe, Ambrose Mutinhiri, in the midst of indications that the Zanu PF leader has a charming offensive to lure his enemies back to the ruling party.


Mutinhiri wrote last year a stinging letter in which he criticized the coup Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe in November last year and dumped Zanu PF.

He was one of 23 candidates who participated in the presidential election on 30 July, where he performed dismally.

Last Wednesday, however, he met Mnangagwa, where it was agreed that the former Minister of Eastern Mashonaland, East Provincial, would be acquitted to become a Zanu PF member again.

Mutinhiri initially denied that the meeting had ever happened, but confirmed it later. He promised to give a detailed explanation about his tête-à-tête with Mnangagwa.

"The only thing I can confirm at the moment is that I met the president on my own initiative and the main agenda was actually to congratulate him on his victory and inauguration," he said.

"The statement that I am going to issue, I think, will have other issues that are not necessarily related to that meeting."

Mutinhiri led a faction of the National Patriotic Front (NPF) after the party was divided on the eve of the elections. The other faction supported the leader of the MDC Alliance Nelson Chamisa in the presidential race.

Before he was appointed founder of NPF leader, Mutinhiri met Mugabe in his Harare country house.

In a statement released yesterday, Mutinhiri's faction said it supported the Zanu PF government because it was elected by the people.

Mutinhiri said he was sure that the government of Mnangagwa would not let the people down.

"We do not want to fight the chosen Zanu PF government," said spokeswoman Silence Nhamburo of the Mutinhiri faction.

It is ready to face the challenges we face by using fresh blood in the cabinet, hence technocrats who have vision and sound economic turnaround principles. & # 39;

Jealousy Mawarire, the spokesperson for the other NPF faction, said he would not comment on Mutinhiri's statements because Mutinhiri was fired from the party long ago and his statements were personal.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF has also approached other former government party officials who have been dismissed as a result of factionalism during the time of Mugabe.

Former secretary of Zanu PF for administration Didymus Mutasa, who had been fired with former vice-president Joice Mujuru for accusations of overthrowing Mugabe, confirmed that the ruling party had approached him.

"They invited me yes and I've written a letter to them since then, and they said everyone who wants to come back has to come," he said.

Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu claimed that the list of people they wanted back in the party was endless and they also received several questions from many former members who wanted to come back.

"The president is known for having an open-door policy and that everyone has to return to Zanu PF and even those who were not Zanu PF to come back to the sheepfold so that we can build this country together," said Mpofu.

"The president has expressed his wish that people join forces in the reconstruction of Zimbabwe and it is not surprising that he welcomes those who embrace the new dispensation."

He said there was nothing sinister in the encounters between Mutinhiri and Mnangagwa.

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