The National Patriotic Front (NPF), the new political outfit believed to be backed by ex president Robert Mugabe and fronted by Zanu Pf defector Ambrose Mutinhiri  is reportedly on the brink on an implosion after one of the key members of the party, Professor Jonathan Moyo, accused former president Robert Mugabe of lying that Gukurahundi was caused by Zapu and the Ndebele people.

In a controversial press conference on March 15 at his Blue Roof mansion Mr Mugabe, who was quizzed to explain circumstances surrounding Gukurahundi, claimed that the military campaign was a pre-emptive operation to forestall Zapu’s plot to overthrow his newly-elected Government after independence in 1980.

“But that one, if we are to tell the truth, it’s the Ndebeles and Zapu and Zipra who should bear the blame (for Gukurahundi),” said Mr Mugabe in a subsequent interview with the private press after the March 15 press conference.

“We had that election in 1980, the first one and we won, we had 57 seats and Zapu had 20. (Joshua) Nkomo actually wept dearly. They had operated in Angola — remember they had gone to Angola — they said let’s do in Zimbabwe what the MPLA has done; if we lose we will have Zero Hour. And they lost.”

But the garrulous Prof Moyo in an interview by local newspaper The Standard yesterday called out his boss, who is considered to be the godfather and de facto leader of NPF, for lying.

“It can neither be correct nor true that the Ndebele people and Zapu were responsible for Gukurahundi,” he said.

“The indubitable fact is that Gukurahundi was an atrocity whose victims were the Ndebele people and Zapu as a political party.

“It cannot, therefore, be right that victims are blamed for the tragedy they suffered.

“It should be noted that what president Mugabe said is the official Gukurahundi and wrong narrative.

That is the reason why some of us have always insisted on the need for a truth and reconciliation process to deal with this matter.”

It is believed that the new fault lines could further drive a wedge between the two politicians, who have traditionally shared a love-hate relationship.

Source: The Herald