Mujuru flexes muscles

HARARE - Acting President Joice Mujuru flexed her muscles on Wednesday after convening a special meeting for provincial ministers where she cracked the whip on errant government officials.

In the past, some provincial ministers opposed to Mujuru have snubbed the meeting. But yesterday only one minister, Abednico Ncube, minister of State for Matabeleland South, who was not feeling well, did not turn up.

Well-placed sources said the meeting, convened at the Zanu PF headquarters, lasted for more than 12 hours.
“She demonstrated that she is the person in charge,” said a source.

“People who usually are scornful whenever the VP calls for a meeting were in attendance at the meeting that started at around 8 am and ended after midnight.”

At the meeting, Mujuru ordered State ministers for Provincial Affairs to represent the presidency in the provinces instead of spending time pursuing selfish goals.

“She said it was time that ministers start enunciating the government economic blueprint ZimAsset and also engage the grassroots as representatives of President (Robert) Mugabe,” said a source.

She also declared a zero tolerance on corruption and ordered provincial ministers to hold regular meetings with the provincial Joint Operations Command (JOC).

The meeting was held at the instigation of Mugabe.

“Amai vari kutonga, there is no doubt about that,” said the source.

“Everyone was complaint. Anyone who would have snubbed the meeting would have provoked the president.”

Josaya Hungwe, State minister for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education and Vocational Training and a well-known loyalist of Emmerson Mnangagwa, was also in attendance.

Mujuru’s opponents however, say the fact that the meeting was only attended by State ministers who do not sit in Cabinet shows that the vice president does not have real political power.

“It is only the President (Mugabe) who convenes Cabinet and not Mujuru, therefore she has no power at all,” said another source.

Since Mugabe went on leave last year, cabinet has not met.

Comments (23)

She has no muscle to flex, everybody knows this; that is why they don't attend. What kind of Vice President is she who never travels abroad on behalf of heis/her boss? She only acts as President when gukurahundi Mugabe is away, but that is restricted locally within the borders of Zim. Deputy President Motlanthe travels on and engages foreign heads of states on behalf of Zuma; this is the same case in the US.

PHUNYUKABEMPHETHE!!! - 24 January 2014

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it"- Andrew Carnegie

SHAVA - 24 January 2014

vatete - 24 January 2014

Mugabe is the biggest failure this world has ever seen. He doesn't empower anyone; he feels he is the beginning and the end which is why Zimbabwe is in chaos.

Ndumo - 24 January 2014

Who is Joyce Mujuru to us who belongs to the crocodile faction. She is just acting and that's it and it will end there finito and klarrry

Clemence Tashaya - 24 January 2014

Mai Mujuru a woman of substance we are behind you mother

angeline Mikiri - 24 January 2014

''We of the crocodile faction'', is all you can say. For 30+ years you have been in power and all you think about is wrestling power from one of your own at the expense of running government and providing for the populace. At the end of the day you shout yourselves hoarse ''Sanctions, sanctions'' and failing to realise you yourselves have become the biggest sanctions to this country. Zimbabwe needs a leadership to steer it out of the blues and not people hell bent on attaining power at all costs.

top heavy - 24 January 2014

End of Robert Mugabe The current president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe will die on Monday, the 3rd of February 2014. Actually I had a dream on the 20th of January 2014 that Mugabe will die on his sleep. This death will not result from poisoning, gun shot, physical strangling basically there will be no foul play and it will be strictly natural death. This prophecy concludes that Mugabe will demise as a result of natural causes. Ndini; Tichatonga Mambo (Zimbabwean)

Tichatonga Mambo - 24 January 2014

Mujuru is a bit shallow and RGM knows that. In ZPF they call her president we 'huku', in reference to the poultry projects she commissions in the rural areas.

tsoka - 24 January 2014

PHUNYUKABEMPHETHE!!! At least nowadays you ar talkin and referring to the man himself on issues of Gukurahundi.. Before wanga waipa when you would group every shona with that dispicable horrific act.

Valembe - 25 January 2014

She is probably the most powerful VPs in the history of this country. Even Muzenda did not convene cabinet meetings and did not have any ambitions beyond being a VP

Trymore - 25 January 2014

Rambai makashinga Vice president your chance is around the corner.

Solo - 25 January 2014

Mai Mujuru should be content with being VP...izvi zvokuda kutonga ah ma1...any intelligent person must accept that most non zezuru Zimbos will not accept another President wekuMashonaland after 34+ years of Zvimba..zviri pachena izvo...Bodo....Mashonaland tinzwireii Tsitsi allow others from Manicaland/Matabeleland to rule also...Ko imi moga why????

wezhira wezhara - 25 January 2014

bcoz we fear u ndebeles will start another gukura hunde lol

zimusoro - 25 January 2014

Why do you people always think what happens SA and USA is the bible for every nation. Ha sesizwile, change citizen ship and go stay there and leave this beautiful peaceful country with us who are very ZIMBABWEAN and true ZIMBABWEANS.

NDABEZINHLE NKOMO - 25 January 2014

Nkomo! did you say BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL! Then I should be asleep and having a horror Zim nightmare.pandichamuka I will surelyenjoyyour BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL country

macNorman - 25 January 2014

This country is in a teteering position economically and politically because there has not been that eagerness or national interest to get it going. What has really lacked is that vital act to elicit ideas on the best policies to drive the economy, from the populace. Consultation is a very important cog in the machinery that drives any country's economy. Only a few have blessed themselves with the prerogative to enunciate what they deem fit for the nation. Any other digressing idea will suffer a stillbirth. Under the microscope these ideas from the anointed few have shown traces of contamination from self aggrandisement and corruption, chemicals known to direct countries' riches to individual pockets. Those who come across such chemicals are known to become involved in some fight or other!

Overman Sanatorium - 26 January 2014

Gore Rino!!! - 26 January 2014

fats0 - 27 January 2014

VaMugabe will go down in History as Africa's biggest failure whether we like it or not because facts on the ground show that and facts are very stubbon.

Maita Manyuka - 27 January 2014

we cant have a woman for president.authority and accountability lies in a man.the nation is made up of families led by men,so why should the nation then be led by a woman? even when even sinned in the garden of eden,God didnt ask her.He asked adam,meaning that real power and accountability lies in the man.people may talk of gender equality and what not but in the eyes of God,a woman is not equal to the man.the woman is a helper not an joice,please step aside an let a man rule.kana zvanetsa tingatoisa hedu chinotimba chaiye not a woman.

themba moyo - 27 January 2014

Madzimambo anogadzwa NaMwari musanyeperane.

chimbos - 29 January 2014

Phunyukabemphethe, She represented him at the inauguration of the Brazilian President

Gidza - 31 January 2014

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