Mugabe 'flies to SA' amid mounting tensions in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Mugabe backs opposition candidate

Zimbabwe: Mugabe backs opposition candidate

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to news reports that former Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe is behind the formation of a new political outfit called the New Patriotic Front (NPF).

Mutinhiri said in statement that he would contest upcoming presidential elections and slammed Mnangagwa's administration as the illegitimate product of a coup.

The opposition has often accused Zanu PF and its former leader, ex-President Robert Mugabe, of unleashing the military into rural areas to instill fear and force citizens to rally behind the ruling party. He must withdraw his behavior and be responsible.

"There is something fishy about the former President Mugabe", Mnangagwa said.

"We will not be happy if he takes what he is getting from the government to destroy our revolution, destroy your government, destroy the future of the youth".

"Currently, we are not happy with what the media is saying", he said. "We are not yet sure if this is true or not but, once we get factual information, we will not hesitate to take action", said Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa told the youths never to forget or neglect the founding values upon which the party and the country were built and underscored the need for uttermost unity and discipline within the party's youth league rank and file.

She took aim at Mugabe's wife, Grace for seeking to take credit for programmes championed by Mnangagwa and her claims that the former President would rule the country posthumously.

Mawarire told dpa that some of the other leaders of the political party are in exile, without mentioning names.

That is apart from going to Singapore in December to see his daughter‚ Bona‚ and son-in-law‚ Simba Chikore‚ who were expecting a baby‚ and also to undergo his routine medical check-ups.

The NPF said it was formed by ZANU-PF members and Zimbabweans outraged by the "unconstitutional" and "humiliating" manner in which President Mugabe was "criminally" ousted from leadership.

They also demanded vehicles and fuel from the party.

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