Mutasa scoffs at accusations of plotting against Mugabe

HARARE - As the battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe reaches alarming levels, Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, has come out firing, describing as nonsense, accusations that he was plotting to topple the 90-year-old leader from power.

In what has been described as a “desperate” and “final assault” on Vice President Joice Mujuru’s ambitions to succeed Mugabe, a junior minister yesterday launched a blistering and astonishing attack on her and Mutasa in the State media.

In the brutal, no-holds-barred interview with The Herald that was also interpreted by observers as the crystallisation of Zanu PF’s deadly infighting, deputy Foreign Affairs minister Christopher Mutsvangwa — who is a war veteran — also vowed that the duo would not succeed in wrestling power in the party.

It was not immediately clear yesterday how Mujuru, and minister Webster Shamu who also received some severe roasting for allegedly creating fictional heroics around Mujuru’s contributions during the liberation war, would react to these savage barbs but Mutasa immediately hit back in his usual no-nonsense and frank attitude.

Mutsvangwa told the State media that Mutasa was a political opportunist whose scheme was to sidestep Mujuru’s fellow comrades in pursuit of “a fascist agenda as they employ Nazist tactics to try and wrestle power and then proceed to resurrect a post-Rhodesian political agenda”.

“His (Mutasa) roadmap to power goes through a self-styled role as king-maker to new party leadership of his own fashion. He would hope to achieve this goal by side-lining HE President Robert Mugabe, the elected leader of the Republic,” said Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa’s no-holds-barred tirade against Mutasa comes as the Mnangagwa faction is said to be itching to recover lost ground after losing in the youth elections last weekend.

But Mutasa told the Daily News on Sunday that his liberation war credentials were a matter of public knowledge.

“I am afraid responding to such utterances would only save to dignify nonsense. You can research about my credentials yourself but let me rather say when I got out of prison in 1973, I went on to write a book in which I foretold that President Mugabe would be our president,” he said.

“I love and respect Baba Mugabe and for anyone to suggest that I would want to challenge his leadership shows a high degree of madness. I am not like that, I am not that kind of person.”

A war veteran, Mutsvangwa claimed that Mutasa, together with “gangster types” he had surrounded himself with, had not participated in the liberation struggle.

“Even more telling is the fact that they cluster around Mutasa and his cohorts, leaders who never had anything to do with the critical 1973-80 period of the armed struggle.”

Mutsvangwa said Mutasa’s legitimacy in Zanu PF was the “hazy clamour for the political ascendancy of Vice President Mujuru”.

Mutsvangwa’s scorching attack on Mujuru and Mutasa is a culmination of an eventful two weeks in which the Zanu PF women and youth league conferences were littered with intimidation, vote buying, kidnapping and rigging of internal elections ahead of the elective congress in December.

Hawks in Zanu PF on Friday pushed for Mugabe to suspend results of the disputed youth league conference elections which saw a faction led by Mujuru thumping her rival, Mnangagwa’s group.

The Mnangagwa camp was pushing for the party’s sole leader since 1977 to suspend the poll results with the endorsement of the politburo.

Mugabe on Friday summoned ministers, top Zanu PF and youth league officials as well as those suspected of belonging to the two factions to present their cases for and against reports that the youth polls were rigged.

At the women’s league conference, divisions in the party were played out in public.

During the official opening of the conference, Mujuru made it clear through song that there were some among the Zanu PF officials who had betrayed her.

She sang: “Party woye dairayi party woye, pakati penyu apa mumwe achandipandukira dairai (among you someone is going to betray me).”

Not to be outdone, outgoing women’s league boss, Oppah Muchinguri came up with a highly controversial slogan saying “pasi nevanopisa varume, (to hell with those who burn their husbands).”

Three years ago, Mujuru’s late husband Solomon’s remains were found at the family’s Beatrice farm house after an inferno. Mutasa,  who insisted yesterday that he was a true war hero, said all these were shenanigans meant to destabilise Zanu PF.

Before independence, Mutasa was chairman of the Cold Comfort Farm society, a non-racial cooperative community near Harare.

At independence, he became the country’s first Speaker of Parliament from 1980 to 1990.

He has been in the party’s highest decision-making body — the Politburo — ever since.

Mutasa is a well-known Mugabe loyalist and in 1998 when calls for the Zanu PF leader to step aside began to grow louder, both from within and outside the party, he defended him saying if he were pressed to step down, then the entire Cabinet and politburo should step down along with him.

In 2012,  Mugabe revealed that Mutasa, 11 years his junior, was the only politician who comes close to him in terms of age and with whom he could talk “about how we used to approach girls or we would go to this and that place, riding bicycles”.

The president said he now feels lonely as he is now surrounded by young people, with the majority of his peers mostly dead.

Comments (35)

The writer forgot to mention that Mutasa was the first in zimbabwe to tell Mugabe to go . He said that while in Gwanda in 1993 . He was suspended from zanu . But all in all we are tired of this heap of rubbish called zanu led by a non zimbabwean a son of a Malawian migrant .This migrant abandoned his wife and children and went to Bulawayo where he had some pleasure and joy with good looking Matebele bafazis.You see children abandoned by one of their parents are always biter and negative in life .A good example is Mugabe who hates all tribal groups in zimbabwe except his mother's tribal group bcoz they are his uncles naturally we all like omalume bethu.

Diibulaanyika - 17 August 2014

The internecine battles in ZanuPF are nothing but a contest on who licks Mugabe's bottom more. Mutasa says, “…when I got out of prison in 1973, I went on to write a book in which I foretold that President Mugabe would be our president”! I do not believe what Mutasa is saying because Mugabe was lower down the pecking order as regards leadership of ZanuPF. There was Ndabaningi Sithole president, Leopold Takawira vice-president (died 1970) , Chitepo chairman, then Mugabe secretary general. Sithole was still the leader even though he was in prison and Chitepo was more senior than Mugabe in the party in 1973. We never saw his book. Was he plotting against the party leadership in 1973 when Sithole was still regarded as leader? Grasping at straws. What was the title of Mutasa' s book? He foretold Mugabe would be president! Just as he foretold us about diesel issuing from rocks. Then Mutsvangwa fawns, “…by side-lining HE President Robert Mugabe, the elected leader of the Republic”. What is this habit of singing some idiotic song when you want to have a go at an opponent? Why not tell them straight in their face? I mean Mujuru and Muchinguri? Primitive politics.

Musona - 17 August 2014

well...in voting in (A)mai Mugabe, the turkeys have voted for an early christmas...

MutemaMunhu - 18 August 2014

"pai nevanopisa varume ' was a bit to scarry hey. These people form the politiburo do they now sit next to each other what happens. i once said the more Mugabe stays in power the lesser Mujuru becomes relevant. Now with Mai Mugabe on the ascendance Mujuru can kiss bye to high office, shame.

Maita Manyuka - 18 August 2014

The embers are now glowing fiercely fueled by an easterly breeze.

Mukanya - 18 August 2014

@musona, it seems to me that anything that is meant to highlight the achiements of those who fought in the war of liberation is of no value to you. Whether Mrs Mujuru downed the copter or not is of less value what is important is the so called blacks downed the oppressors. Zimbabwe got her independence after fighting off minority rule. This however does not justify bad governace and poor economic policies. Dispite the harsh economic environment we are exposed to, we should be able to retain principles. Its a matter of principle to me that i am not a second citizen to other humans. I love them as much as i love who i am. Its your Smith mantra that I am opposed to.

taurai - 18 August 2014

While zanu pf is busy with the succession battle, what is happening to the economy is pathetic especially in the city of Kings (Bulawayo). Please do something about the economy. What is going to happen in the next four years is everyone's guess!!

martin chipimo - 18 August 2014

@taurai or scotv or Sdazo - why do you always follow my comments? From Newsday to Daily News you follow me always. Whenever I make a comment I know that you will say something about it. You are like a house fly. Everytime I defecate you are there. The Zimbabwe I write about is not your grandmum's backside. It belongs to everyone. @taurai or scotv or Sdazo - tel me something - why do you always follow my comments? From Newsday to Daily News you follow me always. Whenever I make a comment I know that you will say something about it. You are like a house fly. Everytime I defecate you are there. The Zimbabwe I write about is not your grandmum's backside. It belongs to everyone. Smith was a BILLION times much better than Mugabe. Smith was a BILLION times much better than Mugabe.

Musona - 18 August 2014

The internecine battles in ZanuPF are nothing but a contest on who licks Mugabe's bottom more. Mutasa says, “…when I got out of prison in 1973, I went on to write a book in which I foretold that President Mugabe would be our president”! I do not believe what Mutasa is saying because Mugabe was lower down the pecking order as regards leadership of ZanuPF. There was Ndabaningi Sithole president, Leopold Takawira vice-president (died 1970) , Chitepo chairman, then Mugabe secretary general. Sithole was still the leader even though he was in prison and Chitepo was more senior than Mugabe in the party in 1973. We never saw his book. Was he plotting against the party leadership in 1973 when Sithole was still regarded as leader? Grasping at straws. What was the title of Mutasa' s book? He foretold Mugabe would be president! Just as he foretold us about diesel issuing from rocks. Then Mutsvangwa fawns, “…by side-lining HE President Robert Mugabe, the elected leader of the Republic”. What is this habit of singing some idiotic song when you want to have a go at an opponent? Why not tell them straight in their face? I mean Mujuru and Muchinguri? Primitive politics.

Musona - 18 August 2014

Taurai, it is important to tell this nation that, much as she participated in the liberation struggle, our vice-president did not down a helicopter. This helicopter issue becomes important because it becomes a false achievement in her politcal cv. She even claims she downed the helicopter before she even trained as a combatant. I harpen to know the fighting capabilities of a helicopter gunship, and I happen to know that a mere untrained school-girl will not down one with an AK 47. Here we have the wrong person and perhaps the wrong weapon. The net combat value of an untrained girl and an AK 47 rifle is far from what you need to bring down a fighting helicopter. Let us get this straight. Whether she becomes president or not is not the issue, but the truth should be told, and I will admire her more without the helicopter lies.

machakachaka - 18 August 2014

You mention a statement that cought my interest sir Musona. You say: " I harpen to know the fighting capabilities of a helicopter gunship" and that seems to shade light on who you are. Obviously you may be understood to be some soldier of somekind. The question is which side you may have fought on. There is no need to hide sir. If you are an ex-rhodesia soldier why not just say so, then we will be able to understand your thinking.

taurai - 18 August 2014

@taurai - stupid cretin. My name in Musona NOT machakachaka. Swine.

Musona - 18 August 2014

@taurai or machakacha - you have now decided to post under the name machakacha you idiot. Joice Mujru never shot any helicopter that is a lie as revealed by ZanuPF's Chris Mutsvangwa. Idiot

Musona - 18 August 2014

Taurai,you are obsessed with attacking innocent MUSONA. It is MACHAKACHAKA who made a statement on 'fighting capabilities of a helicopter' not Musona. Anyway it is a lie that Joyce shot down a Rhodesian helicopter. Support your evil ZANU PF with facts NOT fiction.

seriousness - 18 August 2014

....let the games begin!!

Changamire Dombo - 18 August 2014

... Mapfupa angu achamuka !!

Changamire Dombo - 18 August 2014

Im alarmed that our fellow brothers and sisters have fallen for the Musona mantra. Put paid, I dont like the way ZANUPF is running this country but I have a father who fought and lost limb, my ear was cut when I was a baby by these Rhodies. There is no way i can denigrate the selfless cadres who fought for this country so that you and I can vote and walk along first street(blacks were not allowed). Im following you Musona not just like a house fly but like a person who was affected by this war of liberation. Do not distort and hoodwink people. Do not use hurt language but support you opinions in a dignified way. Racism is the reason why we are seeing teenagers like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin being gunned down and slaughtered. It is also why we are seeing innocent women and children in Palestine being maimed by charlatans Musona's kith and keen. Only when it happens to us will our brothers and sisters understand where we are coming from.

Sdazo - 18 August 2014

I am very sorry Musona mukuru wedu. You are certainly not machakachaka. My apologies. I do not hate you at all. I will not use vile language on you - not even once. I respect your person. The only thing i have found hard to comprehend is that you're showing disrepect for those who liberated this country while bigging up the white people. My argument is we are equal with them. Our kind rules in africa while they rule in europe - deal. No smith here not in a million time. Leaders come and go. We dont have to destoy our country because of the current ills we are experiencing. Once again, sorry sir!

taurai - 18 August 2014

@sdazo you are very objective in your comment. I could not clarify this point the way you did. Those who were affected by the past war do not write like our brother does. We are not celebrating zanu but putting across a valid point. We do not want to be enslaved again. It's important that we debate responsibly lest we mislead our young generation.

taurai - 18 August 2014

Musona was a hardcore Muzorewa Auxillary recruited straight from Highfields as an ANC hyperactive youth. Coffee brown fatigues are his favourite military outfits. Why waste precious time on his cry for Ian Smith and Rhodesia? This fellow is a danned downsyndrom idiot thinking in reverse gear like that.Does he believe there will be a repeat of those coffee brown ANC Skuzkorps marauding harpless villagers with him as gang leader? Shame he is.

Shame - 18 August 2014

People are mistaken on MUSONA's arguments.The man is for the truth only. You can't label him a late Muzorewa auxiliary just because he talks the truth against stupid propaganda. I also don't believe this ''MAPFUPA ANGU ACHAMUKA'' nonsense&that we were not allowed to walk in FIRST STREET because I personally walked &bought from OKAY & WOOLWORTH many times. Yes many people suffered a lot during the armed struggle but we cannot continue to live on ZANU PF propaganda as if we are still at war. People are still suffering from unprecedented poverty 34 years into independence for no justifiable reason.We cannot condone ZPF corruption.

MNJOZA - 18 August 2014

People are mistaken on MUSONA's arguments.The man is for the truth only. You can't label him a late Muzorewa auxiliary just because he talks the truth against stupid propaganda. I also don't believe this ''MAPFUPA ANGU ACHAMUKA'' nonsense&that we were not allowed to walk in FIRST STREET because I personally walked &bought from OKAY & WOOLWORTH many times. Yes many people suffered a lot during the armed struggle but we cannot continue to live on ZANU PF propaganda as if we are still at war. People are still suffering from unprecedented poverty 34 years into independence for no justifiable reason.We cannot condone ZPF corruption.

MNJOZA - 18 August 2014

lets not be self guys .taurai you only only think of your ear which was cut buy an enemy what of thjose who lost their relatives during gukurahundi and those who lost their lives in 2008 because of the same people who are claiming that they liberated Zimbabwe.can you see the difference of being killed by your on brothers because you are saying know to a system you fought to remove nxa

mr honest - 18 August 2014

@honest, gukurahundi was wrong I do not condone it at all. I have loved ones vakaitwa kafiramberi kumufakose ne coded 'magobo' pairohwa vaisapota muzorewa. Sekuru vangu hanzadzi yaamai vakafa as a result. I do not subscribe to any forms of injusticy towards anyone political of apolitical. What i do not agree with musona is ceding zimbabwe back to the so called caucasians. I think things will change with time and one day a more patriotic individual would come along and lead the country reasonably. Together we feel the pain caused by our severed economy. But lets look beyond these setbacks.

taurai - 18 August 2014

Musona is not an idiot just listen to what he says then you will understand him all what he has said about Smith and Rhodesia is spot on some of us were there in Rhodesia and fully agree with him . People dont like those who tell the truth even Jesus was killed for telling the truth. In zim we have zanu this heap of junk never like the truth that is why they had been telling lies from 1980 that they liberated this country.Mr editor how about giving Musona a speciall column so that those who were told lies about Smith and Rhodesia can hear the other side of the story ,

Diibulaanyika - 18 August 2014

Mutsvangwa is a mad mad who does not respect his seniors, VIVA MAI MUJURU. KANA MUCHITI MUJURU IS NOT SENIOR KO GRACE NDISENIOR WAANI MUPARTY , VaMunangagwa makaiata an own goal , wat advice do yu expect to get from the likes of losers like Oppah

cobra - 19 August 2014

Guys,ugly things from both the freedom fighters&the Rhodesian army came upon the povo. Numerous lies were talked in favour of our freedom fighters just to boost morale I suppose.But now people should be told the truth like what Musona is trying to do.Today,an ordinary worker cannot use the black manager's toilet. Muzorewa was simply a victim of power struggle among our black leaders.He was never a sell out or as bad as we were made to believe.He peacefully conceded defeat in the 1980 elections but what followed??? What sense does it make for me to walk aimlessly up&down FIRST STREET when I don't have any money to spend?Does it really make any sense that I can go to Meikles or any hotel for that matter when my pocket is empty??Let's be concerned with our current needs.

NYARAI - 19 August 2014

Taurai, I won't tell you if I fought in the Rhodesian army, or Zipra or Zanla or if I am a solider now or if I fought against Renamo or against Rwanda and Uganda in the DRC. Any one of the people who fought like above know how a helicopter gunship behaves in battle, but that is not the issue. The issue is that I admire politicians who do not lie or do not hook on to a lie told by someone else. Our VP is a good girl, but she should disown the helicopter lie and I could then root for her.

machakachaka - 19 August 2014

@machachaka I dont think we can conclude that VP is a lier based on one accusation by another from the opposite camp. At least you can make a judgement for you fought for any one of the named organisations. However, I would think that it could be appropriate to allow her to respond to these accusations. You must understand that this is a political game being played out in the medea. It seems to me the other guy setout to tarnish this lady's name. Lately the herald has adopted the same style as well.

taurai - 19 August 2014

I have not been in the opposite camp as you say. I am neutral. I said in my original contribution that an untrained girl and an AK 47 do not produce enough combat value to shoot down a military helicopter. Combat value is a term they use in the military to rank the net effect of a combination of a particular fighter with a partcular weapon in particular circumstances. e.g. the combat value of you with a catapult is more lethal than that of your grandmother with a fighter jet. Better trained, better experienced and better armed fighters have not been able to bring down many helicopters. In fact helicopers were the most feared machines in our war of liberation, were the most feared machines against Renamo and to an extent against several armies in the DRC. This is so in every war in every part of the world. An AK 47 fares much worse than better weapons that have not been very sccessful against helicopters.

machakachaka - 19 August 2014

The Mai Mujuru helicopter story was just a lie fullstop.Ndizvo zvakafanana nokutu vakomana vechimurenga vainyangarika kana kufembera kana kuti havarare nevakadzi.This kind of nonsense distorts our liberation history.We feed posterity with loads of lies.

manyepo chete - 19 August 2014

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