Former Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday formally launched her National People's Party (NPP) at a low-key inaugural convention that failed to capture the attention of the nation.
The NPP, which is an off-shoot of Dr Mujuru's maiden voyage in opposition politics after her expulsion from Zanu-PF, also held its electoral congress.
Besides failing to fill the relatively small City Sports Centre, it was the events behind the scenes that drew the attention of many observers and the media.
Deep divisions in the new party played out when newly elected national chairman Dzikamai Mavhaire was reportedly at odds with treasurer-general Wilbert Mubaiwa.
Several provincial chairpersons also raised concerns over factions in the newly established party, calling on Dr Mujuru to intervene. Besides confirming Dr Mujuru's presidency, the convention also filled other senior positions which saw Dr John Mvundura and Dr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo becoming the two vice presidents, with Mr Gift Nyandoro being the secretary-general.
Mujuru opened up to a coalition with MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who also graced the event, together with Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa and leaders from other small parties.
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