Mugabe takes side

HARARE - Vice President Joice Mujuru’s enemies within Zanu PF went for broke yesterday, bussing in hundreds of youths and women, many of them from the Midlands, to agitate for her dismissal at the tense politburo meeting that was held at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

The party hardliners who organised the well-choreographed demonstration — with the twin objective of shoring up First Lady Grace Mugabe’s political fortunes and crushingº Mujuru’s — were supported by President Robert Mugabe when he addressed the gathered youths and a few war veterans.

This was despite the fact that the youths had clearly defied his Tuesday plea, at a luncheon for legislators, for order and respect for party bigwigs, including himself.

Mugabe also backed Grace’s controversial entry into formal party politics yesterday, hinting further that the forthcoming

Zanu PF elective congress would see the demise of Mujuru, his embattled party and government’s number two.

He told the disorderly crowd, bussed into Harare by a faction opposed to the VP, that there was nothing wrong with his wife, who has made sensational and divisive allegations against Mujuru, seeking political office.

And as the bussed crowds chanted “Joice ngaande” (Joice must go), a chuckling Mugabe, who appeared to be enjoying the moment and abuse of his deputy, said even when marriages broke up, the wife would customarily be given time to pack her bags and go — implying that it was a matter of time before Mujuru was given her marching orders.

“The party has its way of doing things. You cannot tell your wife to leave on the very day when you break up. You consult other people and those you don’t like you will not vote for them come congress,” Mugabe said ominously.

This was the first time that Mugabe had openly and clearly sided with one of the main factions in his troubled party.

Curiously, police did not escape the severe and vocal criticism at yesterday’s gathering, with the angry yobs branding Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and his team as appendages of Mujuru and the “Gamatox” faction.

Instead of the police, the crowd wanted soldiers to take charge of their rally — hinting at divisions among the security and law enforcement agencies in the party’s deadly factional and succession wars.

Among the prominent players who addressed the crowd yesterday were Joseph Chinotimba, Shuvai Mahofa — who has been retrieved from political dustbins in Masvingo — as well as discredited war veteran Paul Nyaruwata, who called for the ouster of popular war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda.

“Ndimi makatikumbira kuti tikupei mukadzi...tauya nhasi...nguva yakwana. Hapana anonzi firapo...pane varikupa varungu minda...tinokumbira kuti munhu wese ari corrupt mukandei pasi, tokudai makachena (Your Excellency you asked us to give you a woman deputy and today we are here because it is time for a change? No one should expect to die in office ... some among us are giving whites land ... we ask you to fire all corrupt people),” said Mahofa.

Nyaruwata, who was chased from the leadership of the war veterans’ association for gross corruption said, “We are tired of Jabulani Sibanda. We have had different chairpersons and we are here as war vets to dissociate ourselves from what Jabulani Sibanda said. He was once suspended, how did he come back?”.

Ironically Sibanda himself was suspended a decade ago, along with six provincial chairpersons of Zanu PF, following a failed “coup” that was ostensibly meant to catapult Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa into the vice presidency post that was later occupied by Mujuru.

Clearly revelling in the occasion and playing to the gallery, Mugabe questioned the political stamina of Sibanda, who has staunchly opposed his wife’s divisive entry into politics — saying leadership in Zanu PF is not “sexually transmitted” and that war veterans were opposed to “bedroom coups”.

“There is nowhere in the Zanu PF constitution where it is said the president’s wife cannot contest for positions. Charwadza vamwe chii? Even ma war vets wamuri kuti Jabulani, charwadza chii? Madzimai pachavo ndovakati toda kuti amai vatitungamirire, chakaipa chii? Handisi ini ndakadaro (What is troubling you? The Women’s League is the one that asked that Grace leads them, what’s wrong with that? It’s not me who decided that,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe also accused the war veterans’ leader of being “possessed by Satan” and said the army would not stand aside and watch while Sibanda challenged him.

“Jabulani anotaura sekunge akabatwa naSatan,” he said.

Exposing that the demonstration was well-choreographed Mugabe said, “we hear that Jabulani Sibanda stopped some buses from coming...asi Jabulani akutonga nyika kani (is Jabulani now running this country)?”.

The crowd shouted down party secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, when he sought to address them. Mutasa coined the phrase Gamatox a few months ago while imploring Mugabe to use the deadly pesticide to deal with “weevils” that have allegedly infiltrated the party.

As Mutasa chanted pamberi ne Zanu PF, the youths demanded that he says “Pasi neGamatox”, which he refused to do.

“Handiite izvozvo” Mutasa said.

And just as his wife has done publicly, Mugabe revealed his dislike of Mashonaland East chairperson Ray Kaukonde. He also attacked Mashonaland West chairperson Temba Mliswa, whom he accused of behaving like “a king”.

“Kune ma chairman vataona vakabva vadhakwa nehukuru ihwohwo zvimwe chete nachairman wekuMashonaland West. Anofunga kuti ane masimba ehu king anodarika vaMugabe (There are party chairmen who are drunk with power, like the Mashonaland West one. He thinks that he has powers similar to those of a king, which are bigger than Mugabe’s)”.

Analysts interviewed by the Daily News yesterday said all indications were that a splitting of the party now looked inevitable, with the only hope being that this would occur without violence and loss of lives.

“I think Zanu PF has now reached a point of no return. Mugabe came out loudly and clearly today (yesterday) that he is on his wife’s side and that Mujuru has no space in his team.

“If one then takes into account the fact that he (Mugabe) openly supported the move by hardliners in his party to have their way, via mob rule clocked as a spontaneous demo by so-called war veterans, then the inescapable conclusion is that the die has now been cast, and that the feared split will now happen in all likelihood.

“With Mujuru likely to be turfed out soon, possibly at the party’s December congress, the hope is that this looming split does not happen violently and with loss of lives. But the omens are not good given the history and culture of the party,” said analyst Shephered Mntungwa.

An emotional senior Zanu PF official, who requested anonymity, said yesterday was one of the “saddest days” in the history of Zanu PF.

“The hyenas (Mujuru’s party opponents) are getting their way for now and they think they are winning. What they don’t realise is that they have planted seeds of destruction that will ultimately destroy them and the party.

“Today is one of the saddest days in the history of Zanu PF, where the party’s machinery is being used against a poor widow (Joice). Did she steal someone’s husband or abuse government funds to build a multi-million dollar mansion in Harare?

“And has she taken multiple farms, many of them from fellow black Zimbabweans, and built a $20 million business overnight using dubious funds as some people have arrogantly admitted? So where is the justice, fairness and principle in all this?” he asked rhetorically in a thinly-veiled attack on Grace.

The demonstrators at the Zanu PF headquarters carried and waved placards that read “Pasi ne 10 percent” (Down with 10 percent), “Jabulani puppet ya Dr 10 Percent” (Jabulani is a puppet of Dr 10%), “Pasi nemaChairman efake” (Down with fake party chairmen) and “Mavambo mumba mako iwe” (Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn was formed in your house).

Comments (35)

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.

kwazvo - 31 October 2014

LOL. referring to Dr 10% as a"poor widow". What a joke.

MDC - 31 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.

kwazvo - 31 October 2014

Mugabe has openly taken sides to protect his brainless wife.BUT,no genuine war vet can ever demonstrate against VP Mujuru who herself is a true war vet. Of course she might have erred one way or another but there should be a better way of disciplining her, given her position both in the party&gvt.And who is clean in ZANU PF including the first family?

kAKARA KUNUNA - 31 October 2014

Joice dont resign, Jabulani dont resign let them fire you .they will kiss bye to our votes come 2018.mahofa is grabing farms from other blacks,Mohadi is doing the same in Beitbridge, Obert in Mguza ,whange and Vic Falls Mnangagwa mines Kwekwe ,Chombo houses and stands at every city town growthpoint and bzness centre.. the list is endless its all devilish in the party .sorry.....God hear the cry of your zim children.

hezvoka - 31 October 2014

Marie ANTOINETTE LED TO THE FALL OF LOUIS XVI AND in the same manner Grace's entry into politics has led ton the fall of the mighty Mugabe. Service chiefs are also divided along factional lines .Interesting the Mnangagwa faction has revealed that they have the backing of Chiwenga and suggests Chihuri sympathises with Amai Mujuru . Bonyongwe is also believed to be sympathetic with Mai Mujuru leaving Shiri and Zimondi as Ngwena 's blue eyed boys. Chegore rino tichawonerera.

Aluta Continua - 31 October 2014

The silence of Dr. Joyi must really worry most of the senior plotters against her. What is she thinking? How is she going to respond? how much of the army & war vets are behind her? How is it all going to end? Personal advice " Sleep with one eye open" No use watching your back for this is going to be head on.

Mujombo - 31 October 2014

NGWENA IKAQPINDA PANYANGA INONGOITA ZVA CHILUBA NA MWANAWASA CDE DEAR LEADER VANOKANDWA MUJERI KUCHENESA ZITA RAVO RAKAMBOSVIPISWA NA GUSHUNGO WATCH THIS SPACE .

ZANDER CHIGWEDA - 31 October 2014

NGWENA IKAQPINDA PANYANGA INONGOITA ZVA CHILUBA NA MWANAWASA CDE DEAR LEADER VANOKANDWA MUJERI KUCHENESA ZITA RAVO RAKAMBOSVIPISWA NA GUSHUNGO WATCH THIS SPACE .

ZANDER CHIGWEDA - 31 October 2014

NGWENA IKAQPINDA PANYANGA INONGOITA ZVA CHILUBA NA MWANAWASA CDE DEAR LEADER VANOKANDWA MUJERI KUCHENESA ZITA RAVO RAKAMBOSVIPISWA NA GUSHUNGO WATCH THIS SPACE .

ZANDER CHIGWEDA - 31 October 2014

NGWENA IKAQPINDA PANYANGA INONGOITA ZVA CHILUBA NA MWANAWASA CDE DEAR LEADER VANOKANDWA MUJERI KUCHENESA ZITA RAVO RAKAMBOSVIPISWA NA GUSHUNGO WATCH THIS SPACE .

ZANDER CHIGWEDA - 31 October 2014

NGWENA IKAQPINDA PANYANGA INONGOITA ZVA CHILUBA NA MWANAWASA CDE DEAR LEADER VANOKANDWA MUJERI KUCHENESA ZITA RAVO RAKAMBOSVIPISWA NA GUSHUNGO WATCH THIS SPACE .

ZANDER CHIGWEDA - 31 October 2014

NGWENA IKAQPINDA PANYANGA INONGOITA ZVA CHILUBA NA MWANAWASA CDE DEAR LEADER VANOKANDWA MUJERI KUCHENESA ZITA RAVO RAKAMBOSVIPISWA NA GUSHUNGO WATCH THIS SPACE .

ZANDER CHIGWEDA - 31 October 2014

Mukuru uyu afunga zvekuparadza ega bato rake, zvino the msg is very clear kwatiri ma'voters. Mai Mujuru tapota kana vakaita zvavari kuda izvi please be prepared to form a sprinter Zanu pf nana Jabu sibanda muone support yamuchawana. Taneta nako kamudhara kekudhaya musoro isu, please consider this advise seriously. we are behind you chimhamha.

FC - 31 October 2014

Mujuru and Grace must all go we want change no zanu pf govt this time please hambani asisalifuni we are tired of you hambani masela bastard .

Diibulaanyika - 31 October 2014

I really thought Mugabe was a lot safer with Mujuru that the Crocodile Mnangagwa. I am surprised at the President's judgement. So the weevils have managed to even weevil the President's brains? I see no light at the end of the tunnel for the party

observer - 31 October 2014

ZANUPF-JM (Joice Mujuru) or ZANUPF-EM(Emason Mnangagwa) Sekuru hapana chavo nokuti vakutila.

Edzi - 31 October 2014

It was just a question of time,now the real problem in the party has spoken out.All the crisis within the party is caused by celf-centredness of old man Mr Mugabe.He deliberately creates confusionand allies himself with his mischivious lieutants in Zvipfukuto faction who are nothing other than clueless individuals ,people who dont have the people at heart and looters of our economy.Now that is the side the President of a country and leader of a party belong.At 90 he was suppose to be an example,what a shame.To our team Gammatox go ahead Cmrades Zanu pf doesnt belong to these unpopular people who seek always to impose themselves on the people.Their days are numbered as now they have more enemies from within then they think

carson Macate - 31 October 2014

There's no way Grace and Joice will ever be able to work together. One will have to go. Grace is just coming in and is popular with the party's lunatic fringe, at least that is the picture I got from what I have seen so far. The stronger factor is that Grace is married to Mugabe and Mugabe is supporting the wife. No robust defence will save Joice Mujuru. What the team set to probe factionalism is going to say will have no consequence at all - I think it is a futile exercise. The bottom line is Grace has made up her mind she does not like Mujuru - and Mujuru will definitely go. The Vice-president and the president's wife will always meet on state functions every other day and Grace would not want to keep meeting Joice. Joice's relationship with the president is not the same as it was before Grace got involved. If Grace was any other ordinary person then Joice would have threatened to sue for calumny. There are hypothetical scenarios where Mujuru might survive - if Mugabe does a Sata and drops dead anytime before congress or Joice tells Grace and company to get lost. Vice-president Joyce Banda of Malawi fell out with Bingu, the president, but when Bingu dropped dead Joyce Banda got her revenge and took over.

Musona - 31 October 2014

GRACE&jOYCE are now CAT versus RAT to each other.And president Mugabe shamelessly takes sides on personal issues,summoning all psuedo war vets he normally abuses at will.WHAT A DISGRACEFUL ACT INDEED.

venganayi - 31 October 2014

I am no Mujuru supporter neither do I like ZanuPF. I did yesterday shed a tear for Joyce. She is not the only devil in ZanuPF. True this is the saddest day in the history of ZanuPF. God let your glory be seen and it is about the time. We have vultures circulating around victims of their own genocide. Now they are at each other's throats all because they want to safeguard their loot. Poachers like vana Mai Mahofa are putting all their rotten eggs in one rotten basket. Seriously even Mugabe himself who calls himself a christian and had holy communion in Rome must be ashamed of himself. Teaurai, I know you are a Rambo, a soldier always a soldier. You will come out alife.

maita - 31 October 2014

rega vakuru vati ane mari ndiyemukuru, Mujuru haana vasigiri vakabata mari, Mnangagwa ane maChina anomupa mari, saka it is only logical kuti Mnangagwa apinde, pana Mujuru coz Mujuru akazowana ma sponsor anoti Mugabe ngaasungwe zvinenge zvisisina anza, as they say, better the devil you know, pane kumirira devil asirikutoziikanwa kuti achazobvepi

Dhabha - 31 October 2014

One thing that i detest about this old man of ours the sitting President is that he sees those with ideas contary to his as enemies,he lacks political tolerance and by virtue of that its naturally carries him into an untold dictator.Cant he see he is no longer the centre of attraction?When he merely forces situations.Even we are to have an election at random in Zanu pf now to get the sentiments of members about his unwarranted continuity in power we shall find out that nobody wants him other than his wife.If we go on to find who is the peoples choice we safely find it Mai Mujuru and the Gammatox team.we are talking about the peoples wishes and not these machinations of unruly elements from Zvipfukuto faction of which seemingly the President is an element.As he points it straight.he never ceases to dissapoint us children of the struggle.who were born Zapu and Zanu with the real ideals of our revolutionary icons who are now fallen heroes.Which Zanu pf is this now ?Obviously its not the one for Chitepo,Nkomo,Chinamano,Tongogara,Parerinyatwa,Musarurwa,Percy Ntini,Nikita Mangena etc.Our party is now at a mercy of menacing looters,ruthless people,opportunists and immoralists of late much to perpetuate dismal stay in power and ruin our glorious party.Cdes we ought to be on guard and never anyone should take us for a ride.we are not nobodys property but a revolution party.Team Gammatox lets keep up the struggle.

carson Macate - 31 October 2014

Zanu pf is a cult party, you either support it blindly or be beaten and belittled. It is high time Joyce asiya, coz all along she was dining nemurderers dzemurume wake and now they want her head alive. Mugabe being a cult leader has said it pachena , he is not going anywhere till death. Cry Beloved Zimboz.

tawa zaru - 31 October 2014

Jabulani Sibanda if you a are war vet a well trained in that case now is the time for you to liberate us bcoz as a soldier you were train to free the oppressed . Do not allow Nkalamba Mugabe insult you like that .If you believe you are right hit back , If you have the same spirit of the great Gwasela the true war vet and hero fight .The whole nation is itching for a fight so that it can have freedom Remember Joice also shot a helicopter during the war so you can form a deadly combination from which the oppressed can benefit from . Never mind threats from the dictator tell him fokofo .

Diibulaanyika - 31 October 2014

Historians, we read The rise of Mussolini, the decline of Mussolini. The rise of Hitler and the death of Hitler, and what are we to read in ours. History repeat itself, i was tought so.

max man - 31 October 2014

To succeed! The interest of the country and all it's individuals has to be more important than the ruling party and it's members

Acky - 31 October 2014

Please note that Mujuru was elevated because some idiots advised the President that ED wanted to stage a palace coup which was not the case. How do you judge her popularity versus that of Ngwena when the Gamatox Team used money to have their supporters elected. ED is the people's choice and has excelled in many assignment he undertook on behalf of his Excellency, the President. He brought Chisanno & Dhlakama together (the Rome Treaty). He was the Chairman of the Joint Operations Command which oversaw the integration of the ZANLA, ZIPRA and Rhodesian Soldiers at independence and he still chairs the same organ as I write.As Speaker of Parliament, he introduced many progressive reforms. Like him hate him, the man is a master strategist who has saved from defeat in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections.

Chief Charumbira - 31 October 2014

Truth is God's. No one knows the day except the Father. If the change is drastic it becomes a revolution. One who starts the fire is not the one that puts off the fire. New things not related with the old might take the lead. If people really get frustrated with the political environment something new never imagined will crop up. New parties may form and take the lead. Be advised. Human brains cannot be canonized for ever. Think outside the box. Leadership is not predetermined.

liberty shungu - 31 October 2014

Mugabe is finished burkina faso has fallen , mugabe is next

Harare - 1 November 2014

Indeed Burkina Faso is latest example of when the masses say enough is enough and take action to put things right. In history Marie Antoinette when told people(French Citizens) had no bread - said give them cake- an impossiblity and insult to their poverty and intelligence. But in the end she was beheaded. Similarities with our "Dr" Grace are very striking. Be aware to suffer a similar fate together with your Family. Only God knows and guarantees the future. Zimbabwe is for all those that where born in it! Your are starting an inferno that will engulf you.

Dhidhidhi - 1 November 2014

Chief Charumbira, what popularity are you reffering to here? Clearly you must be blind, Mujuru is more popular than ED and she is the only Zanu PF cadre who can amass votes in a general election. Therefore, if Zanu PF is forward looking they should start looking for candidates to replace Mugabe that can win elections since that is the survival line for any polotical party. ED is only popular in Kwekwe and within Zanu PF weevils camp. Mujuru is a candidate who can win even opposition voters and that is her strength and she knows it! Saka all the buck stops with elections!

Nationalist - 1 November 2014

“Ndimi makatikumbira kuti tikupei mukadzi...tauya nhasi...nguva yakwana. Hapana anonzi firapo...pane varikupa varungu minda...tinokumbira kuti munhu wese ari corrupt mukandei pasi, tokudai makachena (Your Excellency you asked us to give you a woman deputy and today we are here because it is time for a change? No one should expect to die in office ... some among us are giving whites land ... we ask you to fire all corrupt people),” said Mahofa. Saka ava varikuda kufa vachitonga nyika ndevakadii?

Nguvayakwana - 2 November 2014

i think mukuru uyu akurashika zvikuru anonzi Mugabe haungati wo supporter mkadzi asina brain chero kuri kusafunga kwacho .ha we true war vets will not laugh kuna mai Mujuru koz she is a true son of the soil hazvina mhosva ndokufa kwe musangano kwawakuitwa uku Va Mugabe zivai kwatakabva na mai Mujuru mukadzi anouya achienda sally zvaakangoenda wani asi party ndeyedu iyi ngaisafe pliz

son of the soil - 7 November 2014

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