Fake love for Mugabe

HARARE - Zanu PF yesterday admitted that President Robert Mugabe was a victim of lies with power-hungry individuals showing him feigned love while at the same time confirming that there was an agenda to destroy the faction-riddled party from within.

The Daily News last week revealed  information that Mugabe was being fed lies by the Zanu PF factions viciously fighting to succeed him, a fact which the party has since confirmed.

Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu PF spokesman, said in a damning statement that the 90-year-old president was receiving fake love from “regime change” elements within the 51-year-old party keen to destroy the ruling party before national elections in 2018.

Amid serious infighting and mudslinging spurred by Mugabe’s advanced age and the entry of his wife Grace into national politics, the ruling party is fast descending into chaos.

On Sunday, Mugabe flew into a storm from a four-day State visit in China, and frantically tried to put down simmering tensions between two major camps vying to succeed him, one reportedly led by vice president Joice Mujuru and the other by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

While Mugabe managed to quell tempers at the Harare International Airport, the party spokesman said yesterday the president should be wary of persons who want to divert his attention from key issues affecting the nation’s economy.

“Anyone who misdirects their focus to dwell on petty, narrow and immature politics is not only showing disrespect to president Mugabe who is genuinely determined to improve the welfare of the people, but is on the wrong side of history and should be ashamed of himself or herself,” Gumbo said in the statement.

Mugabe won re-election last July but his MDC opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, accused him of improper behaviour in the conduct of the election.

Mugabe is running again in 2018, and insiders and other strategists consider the veteran Zanu PF leader vulnerable.

“Zanu PF won a historic 5-year-mandate to address critical matters of national interest and that is what we should all focus on,” Gumbo said.

“Indeed we must all be wary of elements that feign love for president Mugabe and Zanu PF yet their real agenda is to divert president Mugabe’s attention from the core business of government in order to create problems for the party and for president Mugabe in 2018 when elections are due.”

Repeating assertions by the Zanu PF leader that there were “weevils” out to cause divisions in the party, Gumbo implied in the statement that there was a plot to topple Mugabe and block Grace's ascendancy.

Patrick Zhuwawo, Mugabe’s nephew, told Mugabe’s welcoming party at the Harare International Airport last weekend that  Harare province had asked him to “accommodate” the First Family in party structures in Mashonaland West, Mugabe’s home province.

Mugabe said no one had the right to make that call. The call was reportedly made by Harare South MP and Zanu PF provincial commissar, Shadreck Mashayamombe, who denies the claim.

“We are all in Harare; it is not your city alone, we all belong to Harare,” Mugabe said.

“I am saying so because I heard someone sending my nephew to go and tell Mai Mugabe to leave Harare.

“I want to hear why she should leave Harare, going where? I would also want to know where the emperor of Harare (Mashayamombe) got his powers from,” Mugabe was quoted as saying by the State media to rapturous applause amid shouts of “weevils”.

The Zanu PF Harare province led by Amos Midzi has come under attack for allegedly resisting the ascendancy of Grace Mugabe, but Midzi has staunchly rejected the accusations. Midzi and the Harare province claim these are part of the lies being fed to Mugabe in a deliberate attempt to make him angry.

The province reportedly backs the Mujuru faction. 

“We have always known that there is a regime change agenda in place, only this time it is being pushed by our own people under the guise of loving president Mugabe,” Gumbo said.

“This is unacceptable behaviour which smacks of deceit and a very high level of wickedness. “Thank God the Chinese trip comes as a wake-up call and enjoins all of us to focus on real issues and to give president Mugabe the support he needs in order to steer this country in the right economic direction in keeping with our promise of July 31st 2013.”

Mugabe returned from his 13th trip to China last weekend where he clinched investment deals for energy, infrastructure development and transport sectors in his impoverished state.

One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders and his ministers penned various agreements in Beijing which remain shrouded in secrecy.

The deals come amid a deepening liquidity crunch, high unemployment and little economic activity.

The Zanu PF strongman has called an urgent politburo meeting to deal with the escalating infighting. The Daily News is reliably informed that the Mujuru faction is keen on giving Mugabe the real story behind the serious infighting.

Caught up in unprecedented fights that threaten to split the party along two factions before its December congress, Zanu PF has shifted its focus from the economy to deal with simmering tensions within its ranks, analysts say. The government’s economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), remains a pipe-dream, with economists arguing that unless there is huge capital injection, it will remain pie in the sky.

After congratulating Mugabe for  “his successful and historic visit to China which culminated in the signing of nine crucial deals and MoUs between Zimbabwe and China”, Gumbo said the deals were a timely arrangement that has come at a very critical moment “as we forge ahead with the implementation of ZimAsset.”

“This is all the more reason why everyone’s focus should be on the implementation of government initiatives for the good of our people,” he said.


Comments (23)

Mugabe deserves that sort of treatment after brutalising innocent civilians for ages. It is his own fault that he finds himself in this situation- a dictatorship will always end tragically.

Disaster - 2 September 2014

Even a thief who is arrested for stealing is now saying I am being victimised for supporting Grace Mugabe.Why this sudden love for Grace? It is certaily fake love, for if it was true love, they should have given her this post long back, why only now towards the December congress.Even Oppah Muchinguri who gave her post to Grace clearly stated her reasons"...nokuti ini vano ndidherera...".She certainly wants to use the First Lady to fight her battles which she cannot fight on her own. Unfortunately, it appears the First Lady has also been woodwinked by this fake love, she is aslo taking sides, taking along the President as well.Grace Mugabe should not allow herself to be used.She must use her new post to unify the factions instead of threatening people. Mugabe had done well so far in maintaing unity within the party but he must now be careful "kudonhedza hari wasvika".Now, the Chief Justice's Office has been broken into. I dont think it is a normal burglary,but is part of the factional fights,there is some information in his computer which they want.Even Justice Rita Makarau admitted that this has never happened in the history of the Judiciary.Looks like the Chief Justice is sympathetic to one of the factions.There will be many twist and turns in these fights. We only hope it will not get bloody.

dzingai - 2 September 2014

Gumbo akapenga - zvanzi na Gumbo, "...Mugabe who is genuinely determined to improve the welfare of the people..." - kuedza kuti vamwe vese nyararayi ndinanzve Mugabe ndega. Iye Mugabe chaaita chinoshamisa chiyi? Tirikungotambura dzimwe imbwa dzakuti Mugabe wants to improve the welfare of the people. Mugabe haana chanoziva. Zuva ranofa tichapururudza.

Der - 2 September 2014

Vanoita sevanokudai asi ivo vasingakudei.It's better for Mugabe to quit politics now.He will never recover the support he had in the 1980s.Even his party bigwigs are plotting against him.He should think what's best for him&his family.

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GALLERYCARTIDGES - 2 September 2014

Kana chingoma choririsa choda kubvaruka,Gire akasaidzirwa muporitika dzaasingazivi manje achadzidza chidzidzo.

Spears - 2 September 2014

blurred lines here, seriously blurred lines here.

UNCLE REAL - 2 September 2014

The Chinese are far too clever to throw good money after bad - signing loan agreements with a government which has the habit of not repaying its debts. Mugabe's rule has so far been very excruciating. We were a billion times better off under white rule. This ZimAsset thing is just a crackpot programme - a nostrum. If it was a good policy why was it not implemented long time ago? This is one of ZanuPF's cons. Mind you these are the same people who engineered a world record rate of inflation. El hijo de costumbre de una puta responderá a mis comentarios Lo único que hacen es esperar a que comente luego entrar en acción como si fueran los dueños del país.

Musona - 2 September 2014

Why it is taking long time for this party to totally vanish from this earth . ZANU is diabolos , lucifer , satan zimbabweans are waiting for the death of this monster

Diibulaanyika - 2 September 2014

There is absolutely nothing new here, Mugabe has always been fed with lies for a very long time now that even those that are feeding him with these lies have even started believing in the lies themselves. They tell themselves that the majority of Zimbabweans love them, that the majority would not want them to leave office until they have given all the land back to the blacks, that other African leaders regard Mugabe as the African greatest leader, that the land reform was a resounding success and so many other embarrassingly filthy lies. The first decade after independance was the best period for all Zimbabweans both black and white, not before when Smith was in control and certainly not after when corruption and greed reared their ugly heads and the economy started on it's downward spiral. In my opinion, had Mugabe left office in 1990, he would have been considered as one of the greatest alongside Mandela. To me both Smith and Mugabe are just the same side of the coin, one believed in white supremacy and the other believes in one party patriotism supremacy. Both are racists to the core.

Dr Know - 3 September 2014

KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!! Der uyafadza. The chickens are coming home to roost. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Chipoto vhaivhai - 3 September 2014

how dr know wrote above represents a balance critique of mugabe's leadership since 1980. To be honest, there is a marked difference between 1980 to 1998 and 1998 to date. the rapid decline of the economy happened around 1999 through to 2014. its better when we are honest and balanced in our criticism than to assume that for 34yrs things were the same.

taurai - 3 September 2014

taurai - hapana wauri kubata maziso iwe mu CIO. Ndiwe wa nyora uchizviti Dr Know. unoti takapusa. Hapana zvawataura garden boy. Mugabe haana chaanoziva. Tirikutambura pamusana penyu na Mugabe wenyu iyeye.

Der - 3 September 2014

who is power hungry between one who rules for 34 and those who are only toddlers in politics. Hapana makura sekuru protect your diginity and surrender the office

chapuma chapuma - 3 September 2014

Chaunodyara ndicho unokohwa. Mugabe thought by allowing the factions to persist he was in a better position to use the divide and rule tactic now the monster is after his blood. No one loves him in the party they are afraid of him but they are also realising kuti zizi harina nyanga .The best solution is to announce a neutral successor Sekeramayi or Gono not military or junta so that both Ngwena and Teurai eat humble pie.

ALUTA CONTINUA - 3 September 2014

Zimbabwe is born of God.Thank u Lord for our leaders.When the season comes,everythng wl come to pass!

Babe - 3 September 2014

@der. Just because you write using different names does not mean we all do so as well. Can't you see that my writing and that of taurai are totally different? Would a C.I.O operative support the stuff that I write, I certainly don't think so. If you have a point you would like to share, why don't you just go ahead and do so without having to attack other people? Grow up.

Dr Know - 3 September 2014


mai wee - 3 September 2014

A fool will be always be fooled bcoz he is a fool simple as that . A fool will never be able to differentiate lies and the truth bcoz he lacks the ability to do that . We all know that you can lie to fools not the clever ones as they will never listen to you eg people in our cities will never listen to zanu lies especially during election time but fools in rural areas will do bcoz they are idiots.So Mugabe has been lied to easily bcoz he not clever and he is foolish.

Diibulaanyika - 3 September 2014

The unfortunate position that the ruling party finds itself has been subtly unfolding over the past years and now it has exploded in our faces. The younger generation is taking advantage of the old man, who has not helped the case by listening to whoever says anything. Those who talk to him, try to impress and he now has a tendency of listening to the media is there to listen to his ranting responses. The President used to be very diplomatic and whatever is happening now should be curbed; it's unfortunate that even those accused of fanning factionalism claim they aren't, so are we missing the point?

nemburungwe - 4 September 2014


heaveneaveah - 8 September 2014

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