National Patriotic Front (NPF) has castigated Zanu PF for its attacks on founding leader and former president Robert Mugabe, saying it is part of spirited campaign to silence Mugabe from exposing the military coup that deposed him from power.
Mugabe`s alleged support of the newly formed opposition party has seemingly incensed the ruling party with pot shots directed at the veteran politician.
In a statement on Tuesday, NPF said the attacks on Mugabe were a threat on the country`s peace and stability.
“The NPF calls on the ZanuPF-Junta and its associated propaganda mouthpieces to stop their rabid, divisive and unconstitutional attacks on President Mugabe that have gone out of control and are now threatening peace and stability in the country,” said the party`s spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire.
“The past week has seen outrageous and desperate attacks on President Robert Mugabe by Emmerson Mnangagwa, youths of ZanuPF-Junta and its propaganda mouthpieces in the print and electronic media”.
A state-owned publication Sunday ran a story detailing Mugabe`s alleged demands for his pension to be paid in cash at a time when the country has been going through a cash crisis characterised by long winding queues at banks.
“While NPF does not speak for President Mugabe, we take exception to the self-evident and thus unavoidable fact that the unconstitutional attacks on President Mugabe by ZanuPF-Junta are directly linked to the audience he gave at his Blue Roof Residence to NPF’s President and Presidential candidate for the 2018 general elections, Rtd Brig General Ambrose Mutinhiri,” said Mawarire.
He added that the attacks on Mugabe are meant to “prevent him from exposing the fact that the15 November 2017 military coup was unconstitutional” and “to deny him his constitutional rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association”.
Mugabe`s latest political manoeuvres have unsettled the ruling party which is still trying to rid itself of the stain of masterminding a soft coup that forced the longtime ruler to step down from power and was replaced by his former aide President Emmerson Mnangagwa.