HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said
Wednesday the ruling ZANU-PF party is deeply concerned by media
reports linking former President Robert Mugabe to the newly
formed New Patriotic Front (NPF) opposition party.
The NPF, believed by
some local media to be the brainchild of the so-called “G40”
faction led by former First Lady Grace Mugabe, on Monday named
retired brigadier general and veteran liberation war fighter
Ambrose Mutinhiri as its leader and presidential candidate in
polls set for mid-this year.
from ZANU-PF and parliament last Friday to protest what he
termed “the unconstitutional removal” of former President Robert
Mugabe from power.
He then met Mugabe
at his Harare residence at the weekend to brief him about his
A statement issued
by NPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire Monday said Mugabe
congratulated Mutinhiri for taking the bold move and said
Zimbabwe needed men and women of principle who should fight to
preserve the legacy of the liberation struggle.
Mugabe was also
quoted as having urged Mutinhiri to work closely with the the
youths to enable them to take over the governance of the country
in the interest of generational renewal.
Addressing a ZANU-PF
youth league national assembly, Mnangagwa said the party was
examining the issue and will only take measures once it fully
establishes Mugabe’s possible involvement in the new opposition
“In no time the
facts of reality will be made known and we will only take action
when we have the facts. But currently we are not happy with what
the media reports are saying. It’s an issue we are examining,”
the president said.
During the meeting,
youth league national chairperson Pupurai Togarepi said party
youths will be forced to lose respect for Mugabe if he works
against the party.
“If he does not act
in a responsible manner, we are going to look at him as our new
enemy,” Togarepi said.
Mugabe resigned last
November after a military intervention and was replaced by
majority of registered voters in Zimbabwe
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Women constitute the majority of registered
voters for the upcoming elections scheduled for mid-2018, the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said Thursday.
Joyce Kazembe told a press conference that provisional
statistics indicate that women constitute 54.5 percent of the
ZEC is currently
decrypting voter registration data following the end of a mobile
biometric voter registration on Feb. 8.
At least 5.3 million
people have registered to vote.
Kazembe said a total
of 5.1 million registered voters had been decrypted by Feb. 22
as the electoral body pushes to produce a provisional voters’
roll by early April.
She said registered
voters aged between 18 and 34 constituted 43.5 percent of the
total while those aged 60 and above constituted 13.6 percent.
The capital Harare
had the highest percentage of registered voters at 44.4 percent,
followed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s home province of
Midlands with 38.8 percent.
is still continuing at 73 district centers around the country
until a few weeks before elections.
ZEC has said
according to law, the elections must be held between July 21 and
Aug. 21 unless parliament is dissolved earlier in terms of the
according to the election time frame, the earliest date for the
sitting of the nomination court will be May 19.