'Solomon Mujuru scared Mugabe'

HARARE - Outspoken war veteran and former intelligence officer, Margaret Dongo, has made sensational claims that President Robert Mugabe was so scared of the late Solomon Mujuru that he allegedly watched helplessly as the rapacious former army commander-turned-businessman acquired wealth often through dubious means.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News on Sunday, Dongo also said that it was difficult to escape reaching the conclusion that Mugabe was now venting his pent-up anger, and meting out revenge on the fallen liberation icon’s embattled widow, Vice President Joice Mujuru — in the current ugly Zanu PF factional and succession wars.

VP Mujuru was reportedly not involved in any of the deals that factionalists in Zanu PF are using against her.

The former legislator said no one seemed to understand, when the late Solomon Mujuru was still alive, how he could continue to wantonly accumulate wealth irregularly, in open defiance of Mugabe?s wishes.

She said she had once stumbled upon damning information, nailing the revered fallen hero, but none of the authorities, including Mugabe, dared raise a finger against him.

Offering a rare sneak view into the operations of the snooping activities on the top brass in Zanu PF and the government, Dongo said Mugabe was always well-informed about the socio-political shenanigans and business dealings of his lieutenants.

“Mugabe was abused by (Solomon) Mujuru because he was scared of him.

“There is so much that Mugabe knew about Mujuru that is why the intelligence is there.

“I remember when I was still in the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation), I picked some information about Mujuru but nothing was done. Mugabe knew everything including about the diamonds (that he and his wife Grace are now making a big issue about) but there was nothing that was done to the army general,” Dongo said.

Mujuru, whose remains were discovered following a mysterious inferno that gutted his Beatrice farmhouse in 2011, was widely regarded as the kingmaker in the faction-riddled Zanu PF.

Zanu PF veterans say it was on Mujuru’s insistence that Mugabe was catapulted to the leadership of the party in 1977, after initial resistance from senior guerrillas to have the former schoolteacher installed as their leader, as they did not appear to trust him and his capacity to lead them in those early days.

The late Mujuru continued to exert his influence on Zanu PF to the extent that it is widely believed that it was on his bidding that Mugabe frustrated the ascendancy of Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to the VP post in 2004, instead nudging the president to pick his wife, Joice — who with her husband, now late, is exposed to the machinations of hardliners in the ruling party who allegedly want Mnangagwa in her position.

Solomon Mujuru ventured into business straight after retiring from the military, and used his immense influence and force of personality to clinch many lucrative business deals for himself.

“We have always spoken about the legacy (of Mujuru). What the VP is going through is that she is suffering for the legacy of her husband.

“If you go back to the history of the former combatants, he was responsible for the demobilisation, but many more were not demobilised, (because he abused demobilisation funds and) as he bought the whole of Bindura (using these funds), and the president knew about this and couldn’t do anything.

“He was (also) involved in diamonds and now Grace has picked it up and is spilling the beans,” she added.

With Joice Mujuru coming under a barrage of criticism for alleged corruption, Dongo also said Grace had become the de facto spokesperson for her wily 90-year-old husband.

“It is not Grace’s fault. It’s Bob’s fault because he knew all the information about (Solomon) Mujuru’s deals but was afraid to stop him right from the 1980s when he abused the demobilisation funds,” she said.

Comments (31)

Taizviziva izvi zvotaugwa namai Dongo

dick mboko - 2 November 2014

now mugabe is using his wife to attack mai mujuru by supplying her with all the information he knows from the beginning,they think pple are blind,shame on them,mugabe now wants to make zimbabwe his empire

jukwa - 2 November 2014

nuthing new about dongo's account.dongo is a failed opposition person whose puchline is just to call others mugabe's wives.she has done nuthing herself politically.aspentforce,o loser,a loser a loose canon

cheyameni - 2 November 2014

she is better than those who do not even thing themselves as leadership material. many people are contend to be povo. at least she tried and that is success in life not just being an armchair critique.

zvirozviyedzwa - 2 November 2014

Most likely Joice Mujuru did not know the extent of her husband's shady business dealings, I'll give her that. But now that she knows, what is she doing about it giving the ill-gained wealth back to the Zimbabwean people where it belongs or starting a charity or something to benefit kids. But that's not the African way is it? Grace Mu on the other hand has a good message, but are the Mugabes' really the right messengers. They have presided and are beneficiaries of the most corrupt, and looting machinery of state coffers on the African continent. They couldn't stop Sol Mu because he had lots of dirt on the Mugabes as well. He knew where the bodies were buried in Moza and no doubt Joice does too. That's why they hate her and would rather see her go.

breadbasketnolonger - 2 November 2014

Nothing new here. Mugabe feared Solomon Mujuru because the former army commander enjoyed the loyalty of many senior military commanders, a senior Zanu-PF official, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, was quoted by Wikileaks. Mugabe knew Solomon was very corrupt but he was untouchable. It's inconceivable that Mugabe was not aware of Solomon Mujuru's corrupt activities. Most of the people who are/were in government were appointed at Solomon's behest. Mugabe did not know most of these people. It was Solomon Mujuru who kept ZanuPF intact and in return he was allowed to do as he wished. They cannot demonise Joice over allegations of corruption because everyone in ZanuPF is corrupt. You can count the number who are not corrupt in ZanuPF on the fingers of one hand. What of Grace's doctorate? That is corruption. I have always said it's going to be difficult for this government to accuse someone of being corrupt when everyone else in the party is corrupt. If Joice goes because of corruption then everyone else will have to go. What of Gukurahundi? Nobody has been prosecuted for the mass murder. That is corruption. The other laughable issue is the one on invasions. Top government officials have been given farms, at times, multiple farms, with stolen expensive farm equipment acquired under the guise of “land reform”. Why would someone be prosecuted for stealing, say, cattle, from one of these stolen farms? Top officials “take” while the ordinary folk “steal”. To me this is corruption. The bottom line is - Grace has made it clear she doesn't like Joice Mujuru and Mujuru is the one who is going to be jettisoned. If Joice is not found guilty of corruption as alleged by Grace then she will be found guilty of fanning factionalism together with Mnangagwa and disqualified from contesting party and government positions.

Musona - 3 November 2014

Well said Musona. Just look at how the Herald is demonising Joyce, how Mugabe a senior civil servant can build a mansion in Borowdale, buy a castle in Scotland, by buses etc he Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the biggest corrupt inept member of ZANU and ZANUPF, Munangagwa, Oppah, the justice system, the whole lot is roaten shit. Leave Joyce alone..we will fight for her believe us or not, try it and this country will be like South Sudan and SADC will watch ...as usual and blame MDC!!!

garikayi - 3 November 2014

I will never fyt for joice mujuru let alone robert mugabe..if anyone wants t fyt do it in your own corner dont include the majority whose only hope is God, if you benefitted from joice extotion and corrupt activities besides claiming 90 disability fund from war vet compensation fund, plz plz leave peace loving zimboz they have been waiting patiently for mugabe to die so that mayb they can choose their own leader who may hear their pleas, its saddening to note that if mujuru was responsible in who is appointed where no wonder y we have so much incompetence in ministers and its nt mugabe fault since he was told who to appoint not based on merit by this mujuru who u nw want to lead us..We are waiting for change and have been waiting for it to come without resorting to war if mugabe was nt worthy to die for so who is joice mujuru?

StopWarNonsense - 3 November 2014

Its a fact that everybody in ZANUpf is corrupt and hence none among them is qualified to point a finger at another as being corrupt. The sad thing for Zimbabwe is that we are being asked to choose amongst a pack of hyenas, and what a choice it is. These people are bad and they should all go. As for Dongo, I smell sour grapes in her attack of the General. Kuti haana kumbo sekisiwa navo akasiiwa? Tiudzeiwo zvaiitika kuMoza sisi Magie.

Kufakwejeyi - 3 November 2014

No one including the first family, is clean in ZANU PF.The VP is only being used as a scapegoat.The whole lot in ZANU PF should just go.

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Flixcom Solutions - 3 November 2014

It also goes without saying that Solomon kept Mugabe there because he knew Mugabe was scared of him. Mugabe knew he did not deserve to be the leader, he owed Solomon Mujuru. Now Mnangagwa must come in, help the Tongogara family and sort out Mujuru and Mugabe's messes. Mujuru pretended to be a better leader, but he was worse than anyone in that party because as army chief, he presided over Gukurahundi and the military's heavy handedness to keep Mugabe in power. I don't know Mnangagwa that much, but I don't think he will be worse than the Mugabe/Mujuru marriage of convenience.

Nduna - 3 November 2014

varoyi vese marwutadzawo here kurupfuudza rudhara urwu......mugabe rwusatani chairwo tinodawo rugare veduwe tamirira taneta

tozvireva - 3 November 2014

We knew all that about Solomon and why he was made army commander , the demob monies and all sorts, but what we did not know was who was feeding Grace with information and why. That Mugabe feared Solomon we knew and that he forced him to make his wife vice president - we knew and that he did all that in fear of him - we knew. We now know that Bob is using his wife to revenge the past but he should have been thankful of the big post.

clement moyo - 3 November 2014

@Nduna, watichii .... maiweeeee......

s shumba - 3 November 2014

Mujuru is not worse than amai herself. How about Chombo? Some are exposed and some are protected. This is all rubbish

piripiri - 3 November 2014

Mujuru is not worse than amai herself. How about Chombo? Some are exposed and some are protected. This is all rubbish

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 3 November 2014

Maybe this says a whole lot about one's leadership qualities

tonyme - 3 November 2014

Ko Grace na Bob vari clean here

truth - 3 November 2014

zanu ndeye mhondi hakuna asingazivi izvozvo

zindoga - 3 November 2014

Mugabe himself not corruput? Even while all others around him are rotten? Where did the $25M Grace said they incvested in Mazowe come from given the President's official salary?

Chitambo - 3 November 2014

It begs the question why did ZanuPF say Solomon Mujuru was a National Hero when he was very corrupt which every one was aware of?

Musona - 3 November 2014

I doubt Joyce would be willing to hand over the loot that was ill-gotten by Solomon at this moment. She is going to need all the resources she can get(both human and material) to be able to stand against the combined firepower of Mnangagwa, Grace, Nutty Prof and Oppah!

Johno - 3 November 2014

Iye mugabe wacho nagrace vatsvene here. Htidi kuti munhu kana afa mozomutevera. Kana zvakadaro imi vana mugabe naana mnangagwa tirikukuteverai pamunongofa chete

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