Originally by The Standard

Ex president Robert Mugabe keeps pulling up more tricks on his sleeves.

Mugabe has reportedly  been holding secret meetings with  prominent Harare  lawyer  Farai Mutangamira in a bid to make him the face of National Patriotic Front (NPF) and challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa in elections due in two months.

According to sources, Mugabe allegedly met Farai Mutamangira to discuss the leadership of the NPF, currently led by ex minister Ambrose Mutinhiri who now wants to quit the party.

Mutinhiri who is currently the interim leader of NPF is said to be quitting the party as he is not popular with the party’s structures who feel he is a weak leader.

Mutamangira has already held several meetings with the party’s founding stakeholders, the sources said.

He is said to be the legal brains behind NPF and will make a  bid to neutralize ED’s support base in the rural areas.

NPF sources said Mutinhiri has been a flop and Mutamangira’s appointment was being done to save the party linked to a former Zanu PF faction known as G40.

“He’s a ghost president who’s never been seen or heard from,” said a source.

“The biggest question in the NPF is; where is Mutinhiri?

“We only read about him and saw his pictures with [former] president Mugabe in the newspapers. He never attends meetings.”

Mutinhiri was not reachable for comment but his backers said his absence is related to an alleged power struggle between him and G40 kingpin, Saviour Kasukuwere.

Kasukuwere was accused of trying to position himself to take over from Mutinhiri.

Mutamangira and party spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire were not reachable for comment yesterday.