Joice Mujuru gears up for opposition party launch

In a statement published today, Mujuru doesn’t just talk about her own plans, she uses the word 'we'.

FILE: Joice Mujuru. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - In the clearest sign yet that Zimbabwe's ousted former vice President Joice Mujuru may be preparing to launch her opposition party, she has published a plan which she says will encourage investment in the country.

Many Zimbabweans are asking who has the most to fear from a Mujuru-led party: President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF or the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC).

In the statement published today in private newspapers, Mujuru doesn't just talk about her own plans.

She uses the word "we" and that's got Zimbabweans talking.

For the first time Mujuru mentions "People First" in an apparent reference to the party that former ZANU-PF top officials Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo have been talking about launching for the past few months.

She says her supporters plan to repeal strict press and security laws if they come to power.

But many are wondering if a new party led by Mujuru may actually prove more damaging to the opposition than to ZANU-PF, because the MDC is generally seen as having weakened in popularity in recent years.