Harare ‑ The Zimbabwean government on Monday, dismissed the resignation of retired brigadier-general Ambrose Mutinhiri and subsequent formation of a new political party, the New Patriotic Front (NPF), as misplaced and mere political profiling.
Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Simon Khaya Moyo, said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s “occupation of the office of Head of State and Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe is a consequence of due constitutional process”.
Mutinhiri quit Zanu-PF on March 2, in protest against what he called an “unconstitutional takeover of government” by the military. He has since met deposed former president Robert Mugabe, who has reportedly endorsed him and NPF leader.
Mugabe met Mutinhiri on March 4, at the his Blue Roof mansion in the capital.
The new political party NPF said Mutinhiri, who also resigned as Marondera West legislator, is the party’s founding president and presidential candidate in the 2018 elections.