Mnangagwa douses Mujuru blunder

HARARE - As the battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe rages on, Justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa used a Parliamentary question and answer session on Wednesday to douse Vice President Joice Mujuru’s gaffe in which she appeared to condone corruption.

Mnangagwa, the Zanu PF legal affairs secretary long touted as a  successor to the 89-year-old President, said no to corruption.

The 65-year-old  minister used wit, humour and melodrama to quash his rival Mujuru’s suppurating gaffe that exploded after she told a weekend women’s conference that the media must back off from writing about parastatals’ corruption.

And it was Mnangagwa, as leader of the House, who doused the flames for Mujuru in Parliament as MDC MPs Nelson Chamisa and Settlement Chikwinya rounded on the majority party.

“Pane muonera pamwe here muhurumende kana kuti angova mazvake mazvake? (Is the government talking with one voice on this issue or it’s now a free for all?),” Chamisa asked.

In what is viewed as a bid to convince opposition and ruling party backbenchers that he was best-suited to succeed Mugabe and run the 50-year-old party hampered by factionalism and corruption, Mnangagwa insinuated that Mujuru was misquoted when she came across as condoning corruption. 

“Iyi yawataura iyi yaVice President venyika, vakapindura wani zuro kuti aiwa zvakataugwa, zvirikubuda mumapepa, hazvisizvo zvandakareva. Ko  kuti vakataura havo nechirumbi, asi ndozvavakareva.

“Aiwa, Zanu PF kubva kumusoro kusvika pasi, nevanhu vose, nemwivo, toziva kuti hamutsigiri huori imi veMDC, hamutsigiri huori, makafanana nesu, hatitsigiri huori (Talking the Vice President’s issue, she replied that what was published is not what she said. She spoke in English, but that is what she said. From top to bottom, Zanu PF is averse to corruption. We know you as MDC are also against corruption),” Mnangagwa said in a preaching tone. 

Then Chikwinya interjected saying Mujuru had suggested that the discourse was outlawed from reportage in newspapers. 

This gave fodder to Mnangagwa to take Chikwinya to the cleaners.

“Rega ndimbovonesa mumwe wangu uyu, vokuda kuziva zvinhu zvisiri mundima yokwake. Vamwe nevamwe vane ndima dzavo. Hazvitishamisi kuti asvasvavira. Isu vendima iyoyo yawabvunza tirikuwirirana zvisingabviri kuti huori hwakaipa, kubva bva kumusoro kusvika munhu arikumusha kumaruzevha havadi huori  (Let me help my colleague who loves poking his nose into other people’s affairs. He must focus on his party, but we are not surprised he is interested in Zanu PF affairs. We are united in Zanu PF that we must put an end to corruption, from top to bottom.)”

Comments (19)

Factionalism taking a new twist , these guys especially from ZBC were scolding Jonathan wen he stood as an independent ,so now Jonso is the boss ,it was just inevitable ,it has come a full circle

BCT - 14 February 2014

no comment

tom - 14 February 2014

Ngwena has exuded intelligence in his responses showing he is the better candidate between the two.He did not take the opportunity to beat a man who is down but answered in a revolutionary manner showing unity in the party those it is a public secret that the party is fractured.

Aluta continua - 14 February 2014

Ngwena PaChigaro dzi

chaporomoka chamukwenjere - 14 February 2014

Ngwena even showed some element of respect for the opposition in the debate.He is mature. However he is cunning.Mai Mujuru will be naive to think that Ngwena is in her corner. Far from it . Ngwena's response and seemingly good defence for theVP only casts him as the better candidate to succeed Uncle Bob.Ngwena showed he can handle pressure and is not taken over by emotions. Other issues aside Ngwena 1 Mujuru 0.

jaku - 14 February 2014

And the sly fox, Bob doesn't like cunning characters, especially those that at one time plotted a Tsholotsho. Don't be surprised this Ngwena, though seemingly close to Mugabe, is his worst enemy. As for Moyo, Mugabe just loves what he has done, for it will distract contenders to his throne while he rules uninterrupted.

top heavy - 14 February 2014

Anybody for some cake. Have cake for my Birthday and even some for the wedding (plenty to go round).

Cakemaster - 15 February 2014

Mai Mujuru...be careful,dont open your mouth with a closed mind.see now,i was hoping sa Mai Mwendamberi I would support you but Ngwena is clearly against corruption whilst you want to cover it.Cover corruption and stay behind. Ngwena for PRESIDENT.Soon and very soon.Walala Wasala

Ngwenayasvinura - 15 February 2014

Kana Save vakatadza kutonga isu vekuMberengwa tinoti tongai Shumba Mrambwe chazezesa mutunhu unemhago ungamthandiyo hamba uyokufa .

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 15 February 2014

Its a blunder in the public domain, but to her backers by standing up to the machinations of his political opponents, it put her in a strong position. In any case, it's not as if the successor to the throne will be decided by the masses. It's an internal process. Do not get excited about your ED because he is just as corrupt....

Tongo - 15 February 2014

we don't care about who wins the race in a political party but politics for development is what matters.

snowden - 15 February 2014

We want progressive leadership....Pamberi na Ngwena

xjap - 15 February 2014

phambili lo mama u Teurai akulamuntu ongaphambanisi ukukhuluma kwamanye amalanga kodwa phela ngingeke ngimlahle, phambili Ndlovukazi nginge mva kwakho.

mariyeti mpala - 15 February 2014

Ngwena for development and good governance. People should give this man a chance.

Kuraira - 15 February 2014

Hevoi gagwe! Ndokuno wezhira. Zuva rahobuda ikozvino!? Asi makahogona chose kushandisa mutauro wamai. Zvokwadi! Amai vanobva vaona semavatsigira izvo muchivaudza kwazvo kuti ndozvaireva! kkkk. Vakabwereketa kare vakati 'telling a pesen to go to hero in such a way that they ruk foward to going on the trip' ndiyo inonzwi deplomacy!

Overman Sanatorium - 16 February 2014

hapana hapana babavakaita mbavha nevana zvese nhema dzawanda mumba umu ndosaka ndakatiza ikoko.ZVASURIRANA MUMBA MAVO REGA ZVIBAYANE

KUDA NYAMUZIWA IN SOUTH AFRICA - 18 February 2014

huori muZANU-PF haufi wakapera unless strictness has been done by him Mugabe. Remember Kangai destroyed GMB but remained on the right arm of president. Chombo has looted council beerhalls, municipal properties and has more five farms is that not corruption?

rusununguko - 20 February 2014

First and foremost people must realise that the bible tells us that God created man not woman,then he invented woman from a raw material (man).Men then used woman as a sharp tool against what God had forbidden him to do when he saw that he had failed(Adam on Eve when he had given in to eat the fruit when in Eden.Likewise all men when they see that they have failed they put women in front.Zivai kuti munhukadzi mubatsiri,and if so how can she rule.(that`s what the bible says).People of today let`s go back to the drawing board and know why we are on this mother earth. a) What we pray for at home is different from what we pray for at church.e.g At home we pray for wealth whilst at church we pretend we want to go to heaven. b) God gives what u ask for e.g Please father let the Prophets sit on top of my life so that they prosper whilst l starve,be it so and it shall be done. c) No one under this planet earth (all clergymen included) is praying/preparing to go to heaven but asking the holy father for prosperity on earth,cause let`s assume that God releases a ladder and advises that (vatsvene vose kwirai manera aya muuye kwandiri kudenga mugare hupenyu husingaperi).who will be the first clean person to make the first step.Ngatisiyei kutaura rudo mumakereke nepamisangano titaure chokwadi,tibude pachena kuti tiri kuraramira pfuma pano pasi kwete kuenda kudenga.Amen

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