Mugabe must explain: Msipa

HARARE - Respected Zanu PF elder Cephas Msipa is demanding answers from President Robert Mugabe following the recent vitriolic and sustained attacks on Vice President Joice Mujuru by the First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Msipa, who has already indicated that he fears a split in the 51-year-old movement due to escalating factional and succession battles, told the Daily News yesterday that he was failing to understand why Mugabe was not moving to end the crisis.

“We are meeting as the politburo on Thursday and I hope to be told what this is all about. I just want to know the facts that have led to this, and hopefully find answers,” said Msipa, who was instrumental in brokering the 1987 peace accord between Mugabe and the late veteran nationalist Joshua Nkomo.

During her so-called “Meet the People” rallies, Grace savaged Mujuru. As a result, the two ladies’ relationship is now so frosty that they can no longer look at each other and exchange pleasantries as was observed at the Harare International Airport yesterday.

Analysts say fireworks are expected in the politburo meeting tomorrow, with respected elders like Msipa already having given notice that they will demand answers from fellow politburo members such as Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Savior Kasukuwere on their role in the current infighting.

At a media briefing in Bulawayo two weeks ago, the trio lambasted Msipa over his warning that Zanu PF could split if the ongoing succession battles were not properly handled.

Describing Msipa’s warning as a “thoughtless proposition”, Moyo said the faction-riddled ruling party would remain united notwithstanding the deadly power struggles involving many senior party officials from different camps, rooting to succeed Mugabe.

Apart from Moyo and Kasukuwere, Mugabe’s nephew Zhuwao also said at the same Bulawayo Press Club function on Tuesday that people like Msipa were opening the floodgates to Zanu PF critics who were predicting the demise of the party.

On the other hand, Kasukuwere, contemptuously dismissed the veteran nationalist, saying: “All those who run around looking for power and thinking they can succeed, they are joking. We are not going to allow that nonsense. Who are you to tell us that Zanu PF will split”.

But Msipa, now happily retired from government, said that while he respected the freedom of expression of others, he was still worried about the state of the party, rather than what was vented out by his critics.

“I will find out their problem when we go to the politburo. But I don’t really worry much about those people.

“They are only generating heat and not light. These people should not use their positions to accuse others,” the former governor of Midlands said last week.

Yesterday, Msipa stuck to his guns and maintained that only Mugabe could end the internecine Zanu PF fights and avoid a possible split.

“I am not worried about what they said and I am going to deal with them in the politburo.

“The good part is that all those people who said this are members of the politburo,” he added.

Moyo, who is also the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister, has in the past come under heavy attack from a faction reportedly linked to Mujuru for allegedly using and abusing the State media to denigrate other senior party officials.

Although an incensed Mugabe described Moyo as a “weevil” that is out to destroy Zanu PF from within a few months ago, this did not appear to change the controversial stance of State media in the Zanu PF infighting, with perceptions still lingering in some party quarters that the State media are still reporting on events partially.

Comments (16)

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KTM - 22 October 2014

I fail to follow the logic of this. Mugabe is the one behind Grace's utterances. Mugabe is making his moves through his wife and everything she says is approved by Mugabe and the military. What fool would believe that disGrace would stand up to say something regarding ZANU PF before Mugabe and the military gave their thumps up? Wake up people, things could not be any clearer with respect to the identity of people or entities behind grace's utterances.

Bingo Wokwa Gutu - 22 October 2014

Surely the president is now isolated. May someone tell me which battles were fought by the weevils gang Kasukuwere, Zhuwawo and Chemusorobanda. Ptrick akatogara mbuya nhaka sekuru vachiri vapenyu and is not doing a good job because Jezebel's utterances are that of a sex starved woman. If the president can only listen to voices of reason like Msipa and other seasoned cadres. Jonathan Moyo the brains behind all this is and will never be trusted by war veterans because he flip flops and when the president was still in control he correctly labelled him a devil incarnate whose mission is to divide the party from within and it looks he has just done that.

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ngoda - 22 October 2014

its all corruption Gire is protecting her son in Kwekwe gold mine wrangle aginst povo . vana kasukuwere nana OPAR variku protector mabiznss avo ku Fuel. vamwe vachilooter mapurazi emhuka .so really its all thieving right round hapana chedu as zimbos we are the grass that suffers when elephants fight.TINWEIWO TENZI

hameno??? - 22 October 2014

Contrary to what the headline says, I don't think Msipa has any plans to confront his erstwhile leader Mugabe. He has issues with those behind Grace like Jonathan Moyo, Kasukuwere and Zhuwao as he has clearly mentioned.No need to scratch your head trying to find out to which faction he belongs himself. In the midst of all the expected heckling and hurling of insults, don't expect much change to come from Mugabe's announcements/briefing. He will not go further than reminding everyone that his position as President is not up for contest and they should wait their turn when the time comes. Sitting on the knife edge as he is doing, he knows all too well that position is most uncomfortable, but then again so is falling. And so he will do his best to keep preaching against factionalism and avoid any further conversation on the matter.

Dr Know - 22 October 2014

Where was Msipa when Mutasa was castigating ED? These are cries of someone whose faction has lost the plot and he should just shut up-period. ED was robbed of the Vice Presidency in 2004 and it is time he assumes the post. Iwe Msipa you are jealousy of ED coz he has eclipsed you as the GURU of the Midlands. Moda kuramba muchitongwa na Mujuru sei?

Chief Charumbira - 22 October 2014

Who is Patrick Zhuwawo is Zim to challenge our liberation icons like Cde Msipa?What good has been done by these fortune-hunters in the likes of Kaukuwere,Jonathan Moyo and this Presidents uncouth nephew product Zhuwawo.The likes of Madhuku and Biti are damn right its right time we end the madness.

carson Macate - 22 October 2014

cephas msipa you are saying that because joyce is on the back foot.when she was steling elections and all why didnt you talk of a split.cant u see that at your old age you are being used by joyce to manipulate public opinion.shame.its like running a story which says south africa prefers joyce to grace.vamsipa zororai zvakanaka baba muri kumidlands kumusha uko.yinokukudzai wani nhai madirapazhe,gumbo,whazha,chitova,sambiri.or is it that you are realted to the mujurus thru marriage becoz of rugare gumbo's daughter.ko president zvavano kueremekadzi wani.why are u joining forces with joyce openly like that and even saying party may split.party wont split as joyce will be finished if she gets out of zanu

cheya meni - 23 October 2014

cephas msipa you are saying that because joyce is on the back foot.when she was steling elections and all why didnt you talk of a split.cant u see that at your old age you are being used by joyce to manipulate public opinion.shame.its like running a story which says south africa prefers joyce to grace.vamsipa zororai zvakanaka baba muri kumidlands kumusha uko.yinokukudzai wani nhai madirapazhe,gumbo,whazha,chitova,sambiri.or is it that you are realted to the mujurus thru marriage becoz of rugare gumbo's daughter.ko president zvavano kueremekadzi wani.why are u joining forces with joyce openly like that and even saying party may split.party wont split as joyce will be finished if she gets out of zanu

cheya meni - 23 October 2014

Imagine Zhuwawo and kasukuwere in the Politiburo, recipe of disaster, these guys cannot be in that body nada. Ndoinonzi dynasty manje iyi. Zhuwawo kugara nhaka yamai mu politibhuro?

maita - 23 October 2014

Mugabe yave nhinhi. he just doesn't care what other people think.

selele - 23 October 2014

Tichange timire papi 5 years from now . Ziva faction yekutevera ine future . Mai venyika yedu vakareruka. Vanofugura zviri muhapwa . Kusanyara imbawa yakachuta inokwira imwe paZERE VANHU.

ahi - 23 October 2014

Let thm fight lyk never b4. We hv hd enuf of thz guyz. No 1 is alryt in tht Polute_buro

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