Mujuru shows Grace the way

HARARE - Vice President Joice Mujuru’s measured response to the recent savage attacks on her by First Lady Grace Mugabe at her weekend graduation party in Mt Darwin has won her high praise from analysts who say this is the way senior Zanu PF officials should behave as the party’s factional and succession wars continue to escalate.

This rare compliment for an active Zimbabwean politician from the normally hard-to-please community of local analysts comes amid revelations of emotional, heart-rending scenes that were observed ahead of Zanu PF’s tense politburo meeting in Harare on Friday.

Impeccable sources told the Daily News yesterday that many of her supporters, comprising senior Zanu PF members, wept uncontrollably when they met with Mujuru at the party’s headquarters before the politburo meeting commenced.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my whole life. Politburo members that included grown, battle-hardened men were weeping like children in sympathy with the VP and because of the pain of the persecution that Mai Mujuru is taking at the moment.

“Although I, myself, didn’t cry, we all couldn’t understand why the VP was being attacked this viciously by her enemies in the party.

“To add to everyone’s pain, the VP herself remained very dignified throughout this emotional period and urged everyone to remain calm and not to worry. It was very sad.

“The crying was spontaneous and obviously the attacks revived memories of the VP’s husband, General Solomon Mujuru whom we all know died mysteriously,” one of the sources said.

Although the stage was temptingly ripe for Mujuru to respond in kind, and possibly even hit back with interest to Grace’s recent sensational allegations of corruption and incompetence against her, President Robert Mugabe’s deputy was calm and collected when she addressed thousands of her supporters from around the country at her graduation party, where she called for unity.

And where her adversaries religiously chanted provocative slogans at Grace’s recent rallies such as “Pasi neGamatox” (Down with Gamatox), a loaded statement aimed at rubbishing her and her lieutenants, Mujuru refused to be baited even when her supporters chanted the equally derogatory “Pasi nezvipfukuto” (Down with weevils) slogan in revenge.

Instead, she focused her brief speech on party and national unity, as well as the critical need to support and educate girl children.

This surprised many people, including both her political rivals and analysts — more so as it is understood that her party opponents continue to plot her downfall, by working clandestinely to ensure that all the party’s chairpersons who are loyal to her are expelled before Zanu PF’s much-anticipated elective congress slated for early December.

Analyst Maxwell Saungweme said Mujuru was behaving honourably because she was “not a novice in politics” and as  such knew how issues and differences needed to be raised and dealt with in Zanu PF.

“It is clear that in her lack of wisdom and lack of political maturity, Grace did what even her husband could not do, calling people by their surnames like ‘Kaukonde’, ‘Chinotimba’ etc. That’s the height of disrespect”, he said.

“In Zanu PF you say ‘Cde Chinotimba’, which is what Mugabe says. Grace even levelled allegations against Mujuru she had no proof of, some of which border on criminal defamation. Grace brought her husband and Zanu PF into disrepute, and Mujuru was wise to see that and not do likewise,” he added.

Saungweme said Mujuru had handled the conflict “quite well, in a very mature manner”.

“Now it’s Grace who has egg on the face. She created a problem for her husband and Oppah (Muchinguri) who now cannot handle the allegations and the way they were carelessly raised.

“It is difficult to see how Oppah can table in the politburo the nonsense Grace was spewing. It’s now poor Oppah who must now sanitise Grace’s nakedness through a report she has to table in the politburo this week.

“The whole thing shows that Grace still has a lot to learn from tested politicians like Mujuru and the earlier she does that the better. Otherwise she does not have a promising political career,” Saungweme said.

Dewa Mavhinga also said Mujuru had demonstrated that she was “a seasoned and mature politician who responded with words of wisdom to unwarranted, childish, and vitriolic attacks from first lady Grace Mugabe”.

“If there is any substance in the corruption allegations that Grace levelled against the VP, she must make a police report and not make it a political rally slogan. Grace Mugabe’s use of hate speech against political leaders, opponents and journalists must be roundly condemned as it might incite political violence and trigger general pandemonium and chaos in the country.

“Zimbabweans expect the first lady to be a unifying figure who preaches unity, peace and reconciliation and not a factional leader who divides the nation,” Mavhinga added.

University of Kent lecturer Alex Magaisa said his assessment was that Mujuru’s weekend response had been “very mature”.

“She has held back from attacking and instead, has chosen to occupy the higher moral ground. She presents herself as a unifier, a humble character who admits to weaknesses that afflict all human beings. She has refused to stoop low, to the levels to which Grace Mugabe wants her.

“Mujuru (probably) knows she doesn’t have to do that fight. Her

lieutenants will do the dirty work and she has rightly judged that she doesn’t have to be dragged into a cat-fight with Grace. She wants to reassure Mugabe that his family will be safe with her, hence the tone of her measured statements, which are directed at her boss.

“She knows that one of her boss’ greatest fears, which her rivals are using in their fight, is the fate of his family after he is gone. So instead of being inflammatory, she has chosen to be motherly, to be a protector. I think she has been well-advised and has come out well despite the media’s attempts to paint her as if she is attacking Grace Mugabe,” Magaisa said.

In the battle to succeed Mugabe, Mujuru and Justice minister Emerson Mnangagwa reportedly lead rival camps that are hoping to take over once Mugabe leaves office.

Comments (66)

Analysts? There is no such thing as "mature response" or "dignified silence" in primitive Zimbabwean politics. Mujuru's utterances in Mt Darwin were senseless. She strayed into idiocy about sanctions and unity of the party and nonsense that she was encouraged to join Zanu in the late 1970s by Mugabe when they only met in Mozambique after 1975. Joice Mujuru vs. Grace Mugabe - there will only be one winner - Grace. Mujuru is a dead woman walking.

Musona - 27 October 2014

Mai Mujuru shows that she is politically mature ,sober minded and reasonable compared to an ill advised and immature PROSTITUTE MASQUARADING AS A FIRST OLADY WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT SHE IS JUST A HARLOT WHO AHPPENS TO BE HES WEAKNESS.

Aluta Continua - 27 October 2014

This article proves what Dr Grace stated, that Mai Mujuru owns some shares in this wayward publication, how can you publish such blatant rubbish in support of someone accused of serious corruption, and more over she showed her dullness with her senseless speech in Mt Darwin at the weekend. Just like after the salarygate scandal she was so dull and tried to deny albeit in vain,the hogwash and corrupt speech she gave in front of the cameras. The woman will never make it, just give more space and see what will come out of her mouth.

reason - 27 October 2014

So that people know..... that young legislator called Justice Mayor Wadyajena is Mnangagwa`s secret key. I used to see Mnangagwa visit lot at Wadyajena`s office at Fidelity Life Tower along Raleigh road. Mayor Wadyajena is the one who handles all of Mnangagwa`s corrupt dealings. We all know that all his monies actually belong to Mnangagwa. Please Zanu pf investigate this. That is why this Mayor Wadyajena is so arrogant.

KTM - 27 October 2014

@Musona, you are obviously a chipfukuto and very disappointed by the cool responce from Amai Mujuru. Regarding "being encouraged by Mugabe ...." - it means exactly that .... "encouraged" You do not have to be the person physically to be encouraged. Makainde kuskuru here bambo imi.

s shumba - 27 October 2014

@Musona. For as long as silence can bring you dignity then it is dignified silence. So where is your argument Mr Bla bla. Maturity is an accessory very useful and constructive in politics because it gives you chance to make a reflection before going wild. Make a self reflection first before you evaluate others.

dobbs one-four - 27 October 2014

@ s shumba - idiot. You do not encourage someone who is already there. Mujur had never seen Mugabe or heard about Mugabe in her Reserve before she ran away from school and ended up in Mozambique where she first met Mugabe. Mugabe id not encourage Joice to run away from school. Idiot. I am talking about Mujuru and you insult me. Swine.

Musona - 27 October 2014

Mujuru knows that an attack on Grace is attack on Bob who sent her so she has no choice but lick her wounds and have the gullible think she is dignified. Remember her response on corruptino on ZBC & other parastals?

Lt General - 27 October 2014

@musona you are a fool. Chipfukuto!

s shumba - 27 October 2014

@ dobbs one-four - What are you trying to say? I did not argue with you you fool I merely stated that Joice has no chance against Grace. Fool.

Musona - 27 October 2014

@s shumba - silly cretin

Musona - 27 October 2014

“…senior Zanu PF members, wept uncontrollably when they met with Mujuru at the party's headquarters before…” - utter, utter nonsense. People who have gone for years without pay are the ones who should weep uncontrollably not some pampered ZanuPF members who have been on sinecures for decades. “…battle hardened men were weeping like children in sympathy with the VP…” - that is comical and laughable. I hope this is not a journalist exaggerating because it is silly. Politics is about having a thick skin. Malice and criticism come with the territory. If you cannot stand the heat get out of the kitchen. But the “battle hardened” one has got me in fits of laughter. What battles I wonder?

Musona - 27 October 2014

Mai Mujuru, the genuine holder of a PHD did what was expected of a persons of her educational prowess and political experience unlike typists prostitutes who masquerade as First Ladies when in actual fact they are ignorant blabbermouths with nothing between their shoulders and bent on advancing gay gangster thieves and arsonists

fakazi moyo - 27 October 2014

Musona-too much hasha.Dont insult each other, its only that you see things differently.

dzingai - 27 October 2014

Who said Grace should be involved in Politics. Grace was groomed by the Christopher Mushohwe who taught her all this behaviour of not respecting the late Sally Mugabe. That humble woman died with tears on her face because of what this so called First Lady was doing to her. The President was being pushed from left to right and Grace would disappear for days going in hiding simply because she was protesting. Now the same President allowed all this to happen now she is climbing the ladder of destroying the husband. Swinurai Baba before it's too late. This is a wrong type of woman. I believe you had other humble respected Private Secretaries who behaved so well up to today. Now she wants to tell you what you should do. One day you will hear her in a Public Arena full of people shouting Robert Tigarire Pasi chi Chauri Kutaura that is when you will the humble words and respect from the late Sally

Karigamombe - 27 October 2014

Who said Grace should be involved in Politics. Grace was groomed by the Christopher Mushohwe who taught her all this behaviour of not respecting the late Sally Mugabe. That humble woman died with tears on her face because of what this so called First Lady was doing to her. The President was being pushed from left to right and Grace would disappear for days going in hiding simply because she was protesting. Now the same President allowed all this to happen now she is climbing the ladder of destroying the husband. Swinurai Baba before it's too late. This is a wrong type of woman. I believe you had other humble respected Private Secretaries who behaved so well up to today. Now she wants to tell you what you should do. One day you will hear her in a Public Arena full of people shouting Robert Tigarire Pasi chi Chauri Kutaura that is when you will the humble words and respect from the late Sally

Karigamombe - 27 October 2014

Musona must be related to the empty vessel and attention-seeking Last Lady trying to demolish Mai Mujuru. Mai Mujuru is not at all keen to be president. All she is doing is being responsible all the way. She didn't ask for the VP post but was rather catapulted into the office by general consensus. Unfortunately we didn't know that there is a vengeful croc skimming her ouster. Mnangagwa and Mai Mujuru could surely work together. The problem is what to do with Grace and Opah.

worker - 27 October 2014

Grace 's recent attack on Joyce,and Joyce's reactions have vindicated us from scratching our heads from figuring out who studied for a PHD and who was granted a piece of paper written PHD.

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GALLERYCRTRIDGES - 27 October 2014

@dzingai - my comments are directed at politicians but there are some morons who decide to throw insults and I only hit back when first insulted.

Musona - 27 October 2014

@worker - I do not hold any brief for either Grace or Joice Mujuru or ZanuPF. I want them to fight each other like mad till their party collapses. I am happy this thug Jabulani Sibanda has joined the fray which will lead to further cracks in this despicable party.

Musona - 27 October 2014

musona is mr 'i know it all'. he knows the details of joice's personal life including the details of what transpired in moza. he knows the details of smith's life too. no one is as knowledgeable as mr musona. but fun enough, whenever someone disagrees with him he will use vile language.

taurai - 27 October 2014

@taurai - you brainless moron. I always comment about politics and politicians and idiots like you start the insults and when I hit back you moan. I do not find anything special about Joice Mujuru or any other politicians - they are just people like me. In 1980 Teurai Ropa was the youngest cabinet minister in Mugabe's cabinet and there was article about her life history, that is, how she ran away from her Reserve in Mt Darwin to Mozambique where she first met Mugabe. When she ran away in the 1970s she was in her early teens, hardly knew anything about politics, and only came to Salisbury for the first time in 1980. I don't mind if anyone does not agree with me but if you use insults I will not respond in kind. How can I not know the life history of the youngest cabinet minister in 1980? I live in Zimbabwe. I can read and write. Why would Mugabe travel from Salisbury to Mt Darwin to meet a 12 year old girl and discuss serious politics with a 12 year old? Silly. What was so special about 12 year old school-going Joice that a politician had to go to her Reserve to see her? Idiot. I know about Ian Smith in detail as much as I know this country's history in detail. You cannot disagre with me over things I witnessed first hand. It's very stupid for you ta say I know the details of what transpired in Mozambique - I never said so. All I sadi was Joice firt met Mugabe in MOzambique - SHE SAID SO HERSELF IN 1980 and her account at the time was logical. Why should it change now? Fool.

Musona - 27 October 2014

You cannot disagree with me over things I witnessed first hand. It's very stupid for you to say I know the details of what transpired in Mozambique - I never said so. All I said was Joice first met Mugabe in Mozambique - SHE SAID SO HERSELF IN 1980 and her account at the time was logical. Why should it change now?

Musona - 27 October 2014

Look what the Lord has done

Mc - 27 October 2014

how do you know it changed? may be she is giving more information that she could not have given then. noone can say everything in one instance. you can not do it - no perhaps you are the only exception. mr 'I Know it all'. the one who spoke to mugabe.

taurai - 27 October 2014

Joice is not cool and has never been cool either, She is sacred of the wife of inkosi Mugabe . Actually this woman is evil , very greed ,lazzy and shallow minded , Nhara died bcoz of her she has no respect herself after insulting father zim who was deputy president bcoz she was angered by the old who never wanted her ways of blocking other zimbabwean from veturing into the cell phone industry which she had no knowledge of at all. Thank god she has been give her muthi by Grace much to the happiness some of us. But anywhere Grace floored her and she will not rise and fight again she is heading into the history dusty bin.Hamba kahle mama bye bye.

Diibulaanyika - 27 October 2014

The bottom line is that Mrs Mujuru like her colleague but now enemy Grace, is not clean at all. In fact she is as guilty as all of them in ZANUPF. Nothing takes away the fact that she is party to all the corruption,grand theft,looting,nepotism,economic meltdown,1980s massacre, murambatsvina, rigged polls, cholera and many more. She is a part of the same presidency which is very oppressive,intimidating,cruel, heartless,selfish, and brutal and one which is always quick to use lethal force against its people.The fact that the accusations are from a worse criminal than her does not on its own negate them. The allegations are still valid and need to be investigated. I still insist that Mujuru is as guilty as Grace and that our sympathies should not blind us into sweeping under the carpet these allegations. If these allegations were being levelled against Tsvangirai by say Biti for instance, the Police would swiftly intervene. Why the exception. If Mujuru is clean,which I don't think is the case,she has nothing to worry about. In fact if it is proved that these are false allegations, it will further prove that our first lady is indeed deranged. I do support neither of the two and it is my feeling that the two are equally as venomous as each other.It is good that the allegations are from within ZANUPF and they cannot blame Mr Tsvangirai, the MDC or their so called Western enemies. The allegations prove to all that this party is just another version of the mafia and is full of crimes.

mosquito - 27 October 2014

Peace be upon Zimbabwe. Better be called weak when preserving peace. Vana tinha dzirwe hatidi. Disturbances

liberty shungu - 27 October 2014

@musona. I t,hunk this time you have gone off at a tangent, ngomahuru style. In what way is Grace going to outdo Joyce. That rotten whore who is now bedding Munangagwa has the brain of a peanut. Infact her South African martenal lineage is to blame for her whorish behavior .what you don't know Musona, as a Rhodesian, is that the people are behind Mujuru. You like us are fed up with this shit of a regime but to imagine that Grace is the victor is an over estimation of the whore's capabilities and mental faculties. Hure pamubeda if you recall the 60's song PPRust Twist

Gire plus don't take photo iwe - 27 October 2014

Pamberi ne Gamatox its a team with sober characters and never the fall-out and political rejects of Zvipfukuto grouping.The disciples of scandals

carson Macate - 27 October 2014

@Gire - garbage you stupid bastard. You should say I am a former Rhodesian. Your grandfather was a Rhodesian. Mugabe was a Rhodesian. All your forebearers were Southern Rhodesian until 1979. Calling someone a Rhodesian and think it is something big is sheer idiocy. Before 1979 the country was called Rhodesia and all the people inside were Rhodesians. No big deal there. Swine.

Musona - 27 October 2014

if all were rhodesians why scolding @gire then. your language is not synonymous with your age. old people are expected to be respectful. pls respect this forum.

taurai - 27 October 2014

All your forebears were Southern Rhodesians from 1890 to 1979 and before 1890 they were just villagers in a tribe with no nation-state status. It was Cecil John Rhodes who started this nation-state. without Rhodes there would be no nation-state to talk about.

Musona - 27 October 2014

@taurai or Gire - stupid bastard. Scolding or swearing was not started by children. Old people will scold idiots like you. Bastard. If you insult me I will give you the same medicine you bastard.

Musona - 27 October 2014

If you give me dog's abuse I will give it back. I put my comments across criticising politicians but you moron(s) use multiple names to insult me. Your parents did not teach you manners. If you give me abuse I will give it back. You cannot give it but not take it. Even if you change your name you will still get it if you give me dog's abuse.

Musona - 27 October 2014

Zimbabweans lets be of sober senses. Veld fires start small. Look what happened in Libya. Better a solution than making people at each other's throat. A solution needs be found yesterday. Its not late to find an amicable solution.

liberty shungu - 28 October 2014

Mujuru&Mnangagwa are both one million% ZANU PF competing to support Gushungo&his wife.They are simply two sides of the same coin. Grace is fighting a personal war against Joyce but Grace has unwittingly confirmed the entrenched corruption in ZANU PF. Mujuru&Mnangagwa's common enemy is the opposition MDC T which threatens to dismantle ZANU PF corruption at all levels.People must never be swayed by these factional fights in ZANU PF. The true opposition should remain focused , united & determined despite sellouts& ZANU PF factional fights. PLEASE,MUJURU & MUNANGAGWA SAME,SAME!THEY SHOULD BOTH GO!!

MAFIRAKUREVA MAMBO - 28 October 2014

Now the blame is squarely on brainless OPPAH.Kupemberera n'anga inobata mai huroyi. OPPAH,PUT OUT THE FIRE YOU STARTED!

TAKARASIMA - 28 October 2014

Musona you are dominating the debate like someone is doing in the political airtime, kkkk

GONZ - 28 October 2014

two wrongs do not make a right.God is in control

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dextor - 28 October 2014

@ musona urimbwa chaiyo dats all i can say....pamberi nemi amai mujuru u have just proved to be so mature mu zanu mese ndimi mega

viva mujuru viva - 28 October 2014

I Admit----> its not much of a choice but Mai Mujuru is the better devil, at least with her--> there is a greater chance of a shift from Mugabenomics ---> And besides its her husband REX who was involved in corrupt dealings we all know that!

Tanda - 28 October 2014

Hezvo nhai imi... are we still commenting to the article or tatova pabattlefield?? Ngatisarasikei seZim politics wo zve nhai.

lol - 28 October 2014

Musona ipawo vamwe chance everyday

NASOMU - 28 October 2014

Joyce is not mature, is not the best Zimbabwe or Zanu can offer. She is not wise. She is just the better devil when compared to Grace. There are many leaders in Zanu let them come out, but I guess they will never do so because of the democracy deficit.

Nduna - 28 October 2014

Weevils and Gamatox hate each other like satan and the cross!

weevil - 28 October 2014

Grace is a prostitute who ran away from her legally married husband and had childrenb with Mugabe while Sally Mugabe the true first Lady was still alife. She is a Gold digger and must not be respected. She still want to continue digging our wealth in Zimbabwe dispite the fact that her senile husband is driving this nation to oblivion. Pamberi na Mai Mujuru pasi na Grace Hure

George Murefu - 28 October 2014

Hypocrites are cowards & will never come out in the open.There is no serious,good people in ZANU PF. Their common saying is that ''IT'S COLD OUTSIDE ZANU PF.''This clearly means,ZANU PF is a gravy train which they can't leave.None of them is willing to sacrifice for the people.No true love for the pple.

HYPOCRITES - 28 October 2014

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