Zanu PF leaders' credentials

HARARE - Christopher Mutsvangwa, a prominent anti-minority white rule figure has publicly disparaged the Zanu PF leadership, calling its credentials into question.

Mutsvangwa told State TV that the current ruling party leadership that has been with President Robert Mugabe since independence in 1980 has “appropriated the soul of that period”.

He said for “some of them, it has got into their heads that they can somehow snatch this period and make it their own and use it as their right to power”.

“It’s unfortunate but this has been going on,” said Mutsvangwa, in a broadcast that mysteriously lost sound on State TV on Monday evening.

Mutsvangwa a former detachment commander with Zanla forces said the party was now being run by people who had no history in the liberation struggle that ended white-minority rule and ushered in majority black rule at Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980.

“You have to remember that Zanu PF has a very tried and tested leader in president Mugabe,” Mutsvangwa said.

“In fact, virtually all the people who have been close to him now, you know, over the past 34 years, they owe their political life to him. We say this because, like I told you, I am a critical mass generation (that prosecuted the liberation struggle).”

Mutsvangwa was recalled from China in 2009.

His recall from his diplomatic posting was widely interpreted as a demotion but back home he has worked his way up again, first gaining appointment into the State-run Zimbabwe Media Commission board and subsequently appointed to chair the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ), which is responsible for marketing and selling diamonds from Marange, where Chinese and military interests are deeply entrenched.

He is currently the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs.

“Most of the people who actually took part in that struggle between 1973 to 79 have not been at the helm of power, neither in the party nor in government,” Mutsvangwa said.

“You know a lot of the people that are in government, the ministers, in the politburo, have been people who have no particular knowledge of that particular period of time, except of course for vice president Mujuru, minister Mnangagwa and well Gumbo. The publicity spokesman Rugare Gumbo is a little bit of a touch and go because he was in jail during that period, when the war started, he came out of jail in 1977 and for a very brief period and went back again, this time for being among the Vapanduki, who were against the president.”

The so-called Vapanduki group, which included Gumbo, Augustine Chihuri, the police commissioner general, the late Wilfred Mhanda aka Dzinashe Machingura, the late Henry Hamadziripi, Crispen Mandizvidza, Mukudzei Mudzi were accused of treason within Zanu PF as far back as 1978 for attempting to topple Mugabe.

Had it not been for the late Mozambican President Samora Machel’s intervention, Mugabe intended to keep them in detention in military camps where they had been confined from 1978 until 1980 when they were freed. Hamadziripi and Mhanda were hardened by the detention and died unrepentant and trenchant critics of Mugabe.

Mutsvangwa said because of the prolonged detention Gumbo suffered, he was out of touch with the liberation struggle objectives.

“So he (Gumbo) has really been on the periphery of that struggle in most instances, except for the period before 73, but then that period was a formative stage of the struggle, there was no critical mass, the numbers of the people involved were very few. It was a low level guerrilla warfare just starting off so it had no particular ramification on the scale that happened after 73, 74 and 75,” Mutsvangwa said.

“So he (Gumbo) misses a lot of the action that matters in the history of the party.

“Yes, I feel pity for him. I worked with him during the war. Briefly, I was part of his information and publicity portfolio for a very short period.”

Mutsvangwa’s frustration is erupting as the party that ended minority white rule has begun to lose its appeal among black Zimbabweans, many of whom have grown frustrated waiting for the “better life for all” promised when Zanu won historic multi-racial elections 34 years ago.

The disenchantment with Zanu PF, to be sure, has been gradually building over the years.

But it has intensified in recent weeks amid a deadly succession war, ongoing, and often violent unrest that has spread across the nation over the 90-year-old president’s successor.

In newspaper columns, on radio talk shows, blogs and social media, Zanu PF is facing a public outcry, accused of being corrupt, ineffective, wasteful and out of touch with the hardships faced by Zimbabwe’s impoverished masses. Mutsvangwa questions

 

Comments (35)

Mutsvangwa is not qualified to qualify other war veterans.In addition,the country is not beholden to the few who held guns.People who fed them and those who voted ZanuPF into power are the ones that matter.What does he think about the Zvimba Faction: Grace Mugabe,Ignatius Chombo,Phillip Chiangwa,Patrick Zhuwawo and Jonathan Moyo?These are the people who want to snatch power from war veterans Mujuru,Gumbo,Gwanetsa,Kaukonde Jabulani Sibanda and others.

Kufandada - 5 November 2014

Whether this is coming from Mutsvangwa or the Editorial staff this statement is untrue that, "...the liberation struggle that ended white-minority rule and ushered in majority black rule at Zimbabwe's independence in 1980". It was our votes which got Zanu into power in 1980 not the fighting that Mutsvangwa is talking about. I voted in 1980. I know better because I was inside the country and following events by the minute. Mutsvangwa had no means of communication in the bush. He did not know what was going on.

Musona - 5 November 2014

let them kill each other. we have suffered a lot

thoko banda - 5 November 2014

your right to vote came as a result of the burrel of the gun it did not happen from a vacuum. the gun gave you that right. I was in the village where the real war was. that is besides the point. I wish people worked together for the good of the country. There doesn't seem to be any need for party members to fight one another like this. why not conduct a transparent succession exercise.

taurai - 5 November 2014

Mutsvagwa is not qualified to qualify other war veterans. Whether one joined the struggle in 1963 or in 1975 the fact remains that they all participated in the struggle unlike the corrupt Chombo, Jonathan and Obert. Mugabe has elbowed many of those who participated in the struggle because he does not want to be challenged. The Zvobgo case is relevant today. Mutsvagwa is history and that is why his boss at M.O.F.A is not giving him any responsibilities. He was a failure as Ambassador in China and hence his recall. Being appointed deputy minister is not a promotion. Even Chinotimba can be appointed deputy minister of sports. He will lose his Norton seat in 2018

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 5 November 2014

Zimbabwe independence was attained through a negotiating table, why did Mutsvangwa left the Lancaster House how did we end up in Lancaster? Mutsvangwa had a beef with Gumbo though I am not a Zanu PF Cadre I will defend Gumbo because he was among the first 7 Guerrillas to fight the whites so for you Mutsvangwa don't forget Gumbo was in the Dare Rechimurenga who were sharply against Mugabe as a former school teacher to take the reigns as President. And please not that you were a messenger being send with information by Gumbo so learn to shut you big mouth.

Mberengwa - 5 November 2014

This is ridiculus. Musona to claim he voted for Zanu PF in 1980 ? Did one man have two or more votes? Paye paye wakamboti waive kuHighfields uri an active youth ya Abel Muzorewa's ANC. Zvnhu zvacho zvinombofamba sei? What Tomfoolery is this Musona? I demand an explanation in the name of TRUTH a.s.a.p

shame - 5 November 2014

hayibo lina bantu lifuna kuthiweni, are we not entitled to have a second president in this country. Why is talking about who to take over from Mugabe an issue of hatred amongst us. Are we saying yena uMugabe uthi he will be there forever? No Zimbabweans we are far much better than this circus we putting ourselves in. Or its the greedy among us who want to take center stage.

UNCLE REAL - 5 November 2014

@shame - idiot. It was your mother's 2 boyfriends who were youths in Muzorewa's UANC. How can I have been a youth when I was almost the same age as Muzorewa? Swine. Minister Olivia Muchena was in UANC and also the Chief Justice. The last time I belonged to a political party, not by choice but to save my skin was in 1960 in the NDP. I never support these idiot parties. Your mum's 2 boyfriends were the one who was in Muzorewa's Youth. Stupid moron. You can change pseudonyms as much as you like but you are still one idiot.

Musona - 5 November 2014

One sentence should read, "Your mum's 2 boyfriends were the ones who were in Muzorewa's Youth".

Musona - 5 November 2014

Musona from what you have just said you are supposed to be a sekuro but eish your language even my grade 1 kid is more mature. That aside Mutsvangwa can never qualify others who fought in the struggle. Who was he anyway? Ko vana Mayor nana Kasukuwere arikuregerei kutaura nezvavo vaive svava pahondo but are leading an assault on war hardened people like Gumbo. Kuti Mugabe chizorora is not a crime except to looters who want to protect the ill gotten wealth. Now all Chimurenga leaders are dying vasina kutongawo.

maita - 5 November 2014

@maita - idiot - is that more mature? Swine.

Musona - 5 November 2014

If you are going to give someone dog's abuse be prepared to take, down moan. I give as good as I take.

Musona - 5 November 2014

Sentence should read, "If you are going to give someone dog's abuse be prepared to take, don't moan".

Musona - 5 November 2014

ZANU did not single handed fight the white govt . Is the writer of this article a bornfree ? We had two fighting wings zipra and zanla . zanu only won the elections they did not defeat the RDF. We are tired of this thing of distorting our history this is kak bull shit .Some of us were there during that time do not try to lie .

Diibulaanyika - 5 November 2014

Hey madoda what is wrong with you ? While i am not speaking for Musona from what we see here most of the time some people always provoke this guy called Musona . Kanti thina abantu siyoze sizwane sekunjani na? If you do not like Musona 's writings do not read it simple hey . Yes we do not think the same but provocation is not fair lets try to love each other zimbabweans it is very simple to do so.

Diibulaanyika - 5 November 2014

Everyone is entitled to their views, but for a supposedly "battle-hardened" former detachment leader to opine that the most important stage of the war started in 1973 is erroneous. Whatever happened in 1973 was as a result of the painful and sacrificial efforts and planning that went into programs before then. Frelimo were not talked to allow zanla to use Tete as a passage way in 1973. Actually the very first shots at that farm in Darwin were in December 1972!!! Where was our detachment commander at that time??

charles nyaradzai gono - 5 November 2014

@Vonai, In April You asked which faction did Mutswangwa belong to? The answer is "MUNANGAGWA'S "

Charity Manyeruke - 5 November 2014

I think that the formative days of a liberation movement are the most important because it takes boldness to stand-up to the oppressor when everyone is still at ease. That Gumbo was involved at the formative stages actually says good things about him. As for the imprisonment - those were struggles within the struggle which Mugabe happened to win. Kuparadzana pamafungiro hazvireve kupanduka - those guys just had differences about who should be leader - otherwise Havana nyaya

Tizeyeyi nyaya - 5 November 2014

Chris Mutsvangwa where have you been all along party allowing gay gangsters and opportunists to take over. Finish the party is gone...do not try to give us a lecture today. If you were as active in the struggle as you try to portray why are you still a junior minister??? Your Mugabe has lost the plot so ZANU yaenda mufana!!

Garikayi - 6 November 2014

We all know that Chris Mutsvangwa is aligned to the Ngwena faction for a fact. There is nothing wrong in belonging to this faction but to disparage senior members of DARE and Zanu Pf is taking it too far. This is gross indiscipline and lack of respect of superiors in the party and govt. To claim that Mutsvangwa's contribution towards the liberation of Zimbabwe is greater than that of Rugare Gumbo, Chitepo, Takawira, Dzino etc is shear madness and disrsespectful on the part of Mutsvangwa and the faction that he represents. The people in the rural areas and those who made numerous contributions to the struggle must be recognised. This was a democratic revolution where the front and the rear played equal roles.

Mwape - 6 November 2014

Mutsvangwa says VP was part of his critical generation so why are zanupf zealots not respecting her .Is it becoz Grace has come on the stage. sorry ......

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Flixcom Solutions - 6 November 2014

I have been reading all the postings that are all trying to enlighten us maBornfree on the Armed struggle but one thing for sure is, Alas, the name of my dear President is nowhere in the struggle matrix. In trying to tell us about the Chimurenga where is Mr President on this matrix? Sir Musona enlighten us on Robert please, did he held a gun? how many helicopter did he shot? and by the what was Dr Grace's Chimurenga name ndendakangamwa

Baba Mujuru - 6 November 2014

If you take a close look at all this infighting in ZANU PF, you will notice that it is mostly among the ancient over recycled deadwood clutching at each other's throats when they should be resting their bones at their rural homes or at one of their grabbed farms. What significant new idea can come out from someone who is over 70 years old, no wonder they still talk about the liberation struggle that took place over 40 years ago. In all the 34 years that they have been in power, can they stand up and proclaim in all honesty that they have achieved what they fought for regarding the majority's interests? No, they can not. What they have achieved is self enrichment and total plunder of a very promising nation that could have contributed immensely to global empowerment, particularly Africa. But because of a bunch of tired old people who enjoy telling us war time stories, we have been dragged to 1950's standards of living in such a rich country. Heaven help us all.

Dr Know - 6 November 2014

It'a total lie that, "as the party that ended minority white rule has begun to lose its appeal among black Zimbabweans.." - the is the same as the lie that Joice Mujuru downed a helicopter. Where and when did they defeat the whites? I was working in Salisbury and I have a very different account of events leading up to Zanu beng voted into power in 1980. Ordinary people's votes got Zanu into power not this so-called fighting. That is a lie. Anyone who thinks Zanu's fighting got this country balck rule is an ignorant idiot.

Musona - 6 November 2014

If you take a close look at all this infighting in ZANU PF, you will notice that it is mostly among the ancient over recycled deadwood clutching at each other's throats when they should be resting their bones at their rural homes or at one of their grabbed farms. What significant new idea can come out from someone who is over 70 years old, no wonder they still talk about the liberation struggle that took place over 40 years ago. In all the 34 years that they have been in power, can they stand up and proclaim in all honesty that they have achieved what they fought for regarding the majority's interests? No, they can not. What they have achieved is self enrichment and total plunder of a very promising nation that could have contributed immensely to global empowerment, particularly Africa. But because of a bunch of tired old people who enjoy telling us war time stories, we have been dragged to 1950's standards of living in such a rich country. Heaven help us all.

Dr Know - 6 November 2014

I noticed a few more errors - it should read as follows -- It's total lie that, "as the party that ended minority white rule has begun to lose its appeal among black Zimbabweans.." - the is the same as the lie that Joice Mujuru downed a helicopter. Where and when did they defeat the whites? I was working in Salisbury and I have a very different account of events leading up to Zanu being voted into power in 1980. Ordinary people's votes got Zanu into power not this so-called fighting. That is a lie. Anyone who thinks Zanu's fighting got this country black rule is an ignorant idiot. Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo were forced by the Front Line State presidents Machel, Kaunda and Nyerere to attend the Lancaster House Conference. Nkomo and Mugabe were given an ultimatum by these Front Line state presidents to attend the Lancaster House Conference or risk getting kicked out of Mozambique and Zambia. Nkomo and Mugabe were aiming for a military victory which the Front Line presidents felt was never going to happen. The Front Line state presidents had had enough of the battles happening in their countries making their countries unsafe. This is what I know about Zanu being voted into power in 1980.

Musona - 6 November 2014

It's a total lie that, "as the party that ended minority white rule has begun to lose its appeal among black Zimbabweans.."

Musona - 6 November 2014

You amassed wealth unto yourselves corruptly, not knowing Proverbs 11:4 "Riches won't help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death." Now behold, no amount of money can solve the crisis you are plunging into. Your leaders have and are commiting adultery everyday with other people's wives, desecrating the institution of marriage which God values so much. (Luke 16v18) Kangai, Chikoore, Matema, Karakadzai, etc all were acqitted yet they were guilty; Proverbs 17:15 "Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--both are detestable to the LORD." Murambatsvina, mismanagement of people's pensions, etc were mocking the poor and rejoicing at calamity, but : Proverbs 17:5 says "Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished." Lastly, Galatians 6:7 "Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant." ZANU PF, you sowed violence, behold violence now consumes your own house... The Word is alive and it testifies against you today, save yourselves, repent!!

berean call - 6 November 2014

Musona zvawakutopedza page yese uchingoita ma corrections. You are though right when you said zanupf had no options but to sign the peace agreement. Mugabe never fired a gun and was in the comfort and peace of Maputo so he cared nothing on losses at the front, but frontline Presidents had born the brunt ofthe war so they forced him to sign then he vented his anger on his own like Zvobgo, Gumbo, Machingura, Tongo, Hamadziripi.

maita - 6 November 2014

Iwe mutsvangwa ziva zvekuti mukadzi airohwa zvinhu na Gamatox kkkkkk wakadyirwa mukadzi na Gamatox ndosaka usingadi vanhu ve team iyoyo llllll

mutsvangwa - 12 November 2014

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