Cape Town – Zimbabwe's former vice president Joice Mujuru has reportedly called on President Robert Mugabe to stop "fantasising on imaginary plots to kill or dethrone him", and instead focus on the country's crumbling economy.
According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mujuru said it was a "shame" that the ruling party chose to spend a lot of time talking about her and not focusing on the ailing economy.
Mugabe's Zanu-PF party last week resolved to expel Mujuru, more than three months after she was sacked from her job following accusations that she was plotting to topple the veteran leader.
"It shows that they care less on the welfare of the people who voted them into power, but are more concerned about protecting their positions," Mujuru was quoted as saying.
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Mujuru's remarks come as reports earlier this week said she was set to lead a new party coalescing under the banner and principles of the "original Zanu-PF" and using the slogan "People First".
According to a Daily News report, former presidential affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa, who was also expelled from the ruling party, reportedly alluded to the formation of the party and its principles, adding that they were pinning their hopes on the popular Mujuru to lead it.
"There is no doubt that the person that will take Zimbabwe from the current political and economic mess is Amai Mujuru. The government has failed and the Look East policy only makes a few people rich," Mutasa was quoted as saying.
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, however, rubbished the new Zanu-PF splinter group as "nonsense".