Mnangagwa to launch new political party

SUPPORTERS of ousted Zimbabwe vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa are baying for blood, vowing to regroup and launch a challenge against President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.

Senior members of Zanu-PF told City Press on Thursday that Mnangagwa, who said he fled the country fearing for his life, would launch a political party to try to woo supporters of his former party ahead of elections expected next year.

“It is game on and we are not sitting and mourning. It is time to act and make sure we rescue Zanu-PF from [the] G40 [political grouping] and Mugabe who is being forced into mindless decisions by his wife,” said one.

“One option that he will consider includes mobilising people against Mugabe and we have the capacity and grass roots support base to achieve that.”

The G40 grouping, comprised of younger Zanu-PF members, is focusing on helping Mugabe win next year’s elections as Mnangagwa’s backers angle for revenge, setting the stage for heightened political uncertainty that could further dent the country’s economic recovery.

Mnangagwa, fired by Mugabe this week for plotting to oust the 93-year-old ruler, enjoys the backing of a faction of war veterans whose leaders have also been ousted from Zanu-PF. agencies