Let us pray — Mujuru

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s escalating factional and succession wars turn increasingly violent — with the country’s economy once again teetering on the brink — embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday implored Zimbabweans to pray for their country and for peace.

Mujuru, a devout member of the Salvation Army, has of late come under a sustained and brutal attack from her political enemies in the ruling party, including First Lady Grace Mugabe who has openly and stunningly called for her ouster, accusing the VP of working to topple President Robert Mugabe, corruption, fanning factionalism in Zanu PF and gross ineptitude among a litany of other allegations.

Only two weeks ago, youths bussed into Harare mainly from the Midlands, lampooned Mujuru right in front of Mugabe, who did not take any measure to shield his party and government number two from the drunken yobs.

Speaking guardedly and confining her address mostly to matters of religion at the official handover of land to the Salvation Army by the minister of Labour Nicholas Goche in Shamva yesterday, Mujuru said Zimbabwe was currently facing many challenges that required the Church’s urgent intervention.

“Vesangano mune basa (The Church has a huge task on its hands),” she said, adding that people in Harare, for example, lived in walled and gated houses not out of choice and style, but as a futile attempt to keep marauding thieves away.

Turning to the subject of leadership, she said cryptically that this came with responsibility, entailing leading by example.

“Tinofunga kuti kana waita mutungamiriri, waita councillor, waita sabhuku zvokwira zvakadaro unenge uchitarisirwa kupa dzidziso kune vanhu vakasiyana siyana (When you become a leader people look up to you as an individual to lead by example),” Mujuru said.

The widowed VP, who until now has been seen as the frontrunner to succeed 90-year-old Mugabe, also said educated people in the country should not use their intellectual skills to destroy the country but must instead focus on development.

Analysts have praised Mujuru for keeping her counsel in the face of extreme provocation by her party rivals. While her political foes have gone beserk in their propaganda against her over the past few months, she has laudably kept her cool, choosing to soldier on quietly notwithstanding the well-calculated smear campaigns in the State media.

A week ago, Mugabe and the ruling party’s politburo ordered the setting up of an inquiry into the factionalism devouring the party, with Mujuru and her main rival Emmerson Mnangagwa both fingered by the nonagenarian as the leaders of the factions.

As she spoke at yesterday’s function, she said it was crucial for people to respect each other.

“We cannot respect a God we have not seen when we cannot respect each other. We were created in his own image. It delights the Lord to see his people living in peace,” Mujuru said.

Quoting the Bible extensively, Mujuru said the Church was there to help people live peacefully together and to mould God-fearing citizens.

She also said that people should generally not be afraid of the living, but of the All Mighty God, who saw everything that took place under the sun.

“Ndozvatauyira pano kuti tidzorwe munzira dzedu dzisinakururama, tidzorwe mukuita kwedu, mumatauriro, mafambiro nemagariro edu, pavepo nerugare munyika yedu yakafirwa, yakasunungurwa nevapenyu nevakaenda, tibatsire vatungamiriri vedu kuti runyararo rwuripo rwuve runyararo rwechokwadi (We are here for this Church gathering to be guided by God and the Church so that we behave ourselves, speak well and live well, so that there will be peace in the country that many people sacrificed their lives for),” said Mujuru.

Mujuru’s pleas yesterday follow recent warnings by economists and Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo that the country’s battered economy is the biggest casualty of the protracted and ugly wars wreaking havoc within Zanu PF.

Gumbo, one of only two remaining members of the Dare ReChimurenga council that directed the liberation war, said last week that the factional fights were causing “unprecedented levels of tension within the party with the result that our focus has shifted from our core business as the party of government”.

With the majority of Zimbabweans living on less than a dollar a day, and social services such as health bogged down by strikes and serious underfunding, Gumbo said it was now time that the ruling party addressed the pressing economic challenges facing the country.

“The time has come to redirect that focus back to our main purpose and to ensure that we chart the best economic way forward for the Zimbabwean people in line with our election pledges and consistent with the aspirations of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation (ZimAsset),” he said.

In a rare admission by a senior member of the ruling party of the many crises bedevilling the country, Gumbo said it was an open secret that “many of our people are struggling to make ends meet as the current economic climate, exacerbated by years of damaging economic sanctions, takes its toll”.

Referring to the current economic situation as “desperate”, Gumbo said it was time “for an urgent change of priorities”, warning that Mugabe’s legacy was also at stake.

“Anyone who seeks to push personal and factional interests at a time like this, where millions of our people are suffering and many investors are sitting on the fence pursuing a wait-and-see-approach, is not only selfish, insensitive and on the wrong side of history, but is also tarnishing the good name of the party and drawing unnecessary hatred towards the same.

“This is not only detrimental to our future electoral prospects but has the real danger of tarnishing president Mugabe’s otherwise splendid reputation and legacy,” Gumbo said.

Economic analysts also warned Mugabe and his misfiring government last week that Zanu PF’s increasingly violent factional and succession wars would sink Zimbabwe’s ailing economy to levels witnessed five years ago, unless they acted decisively now.

Respected economist John Robertson told the Daily News that the economy would persist on a downward spiral unless the country resolved its succession problem urgently.

“The people who are supposed to be directing and implementing policy are currently channelling their energies elsewhere. Under normal circumstances, we would expect the president to make strong decisions to deal with this, but unfortunately for the economy no decision has been made,” he lamented.

Robertson also said unless Mugabe made it clear soon when he would be retiring or who his preferred successor would be, uncertainty would continue to haunt the economy.

Mugabe, turning 91 soon, is the only leader that Zimbabweans have had since independence in 1980. Despite his advanced age and failing health, he has vowed to see through his current term which expires in 2018 — when he will be 95 then.

As it is, Mugabe is both Africa’s oldest leader and one of the continent’s longest ruling. In his 34 years in power, South Africa has had seven leaders, Zambia six, Malawi five, Botswana four and Mozambique four.

Economist Christopher Mugaga said the acrimony playing out in the governing party did not augur well for the country, both politically and economically.

“Statements made by people who are expected to unite a nation are more dangerous than their actions,” he said, adding that the economy was always the first casualty in the kind of anarchy that was being experienced in Zimbabwe.

“If there are issues and problems there must be a way to address them, instead of washing dirty linen in public. During the Government of National Unity there were channels that the prime minister and president used to address their differences, but more often than not never in public. This gave investors confidence about our country and to come here. As a result the economy benefited,” Mugaga said.

Even the International Monetary Fund warned last week that Zimbabwe’s economy was at a crossroads.

“The economic situation remains difficult. The post-hyperinflation rebound has ended. Gross Domestic Product growth decelerated from 10,5 percent in 2012 to 4,5 percent in 2013, due to adverse weather conditions, weak demand for key exports, and election-year uncertainty,” the IMF said.

The Bretton Woods institution said the outlook in 2014 was for continued low growth of about three percent.

“The external position is precarious, with low international reserves, a large current account deficit, an overvalued real exchange rate, and growing external arrears. Credit and deposit growth have slowed down sharply, liquidity conditions are tight, and the banking system remains weak.

“Fiscal pressures arose in early 2014 due to higher-than-budgeted wage increases and revenue shortfalls as the economy weakened,” the IMF added.

Comments (38)

yes lets pray

walala - 10 November 2014

Praying is NOT going to solve our countries problems, DOING something about it will. If you really care about Zimbabwe's people and Zimbabwe as a whole then just simply stand down. Just say we are sorry we have failed Zimbabwe so lets have free and fair elections right away so people can choose a fresh and vibrant Government that can do the job. Just a matter of interest wasn't it you who claimed to be 98% disabled and got paid out for that claim? You and your Governments performances are definitely 98% disabled. In the private sector you all would have been sacked decades ago. So please just GO, all of you.

ronaldos - 10 November 2014

In my observation, I have come to note that the two alleged faction leaders being Mngagagwa and Mujuru have chosen to remain calm amid all the hurling of insults and name calling, until now. Mnangagwa said people should stop denigrating each other with dirty slogans and now we hear Mujuru also saying we need to pray. These are calculated moves by these two to portray themselves as true peace loving and God fearing leaders. But you and I know them for the wolf in sheep's clothing that they really are. Tsvangirai called for a day of national prayer and was attacked by the police in full view of the world press, not a single word was said by either of them to condemn that brutality. Alongside prayers, we need policy shifts to lift us from all this pandemonium to the prosperity we so deserve being the hard working people that we are.

Dr Know - 10 November 2014

Asi vanhu vemu Zimbabwe - pesepese God God hanusikuzviona kuti imi vacho murikutungamira nyika zvisina kodzero? A fish rots head first. Ko kuita resign nhai Mai Mujuru zvineyi? Basa matadza. Iye zvino mavekungoti God God zvenhando. Regerayi vamwe vambo zama. Taneta ne mi

Der - 10 November 2014

Pray, pray, what, first repent and admit to your corruption, do not hoodwink us, and also respect the leadership just as the bible says, if anything this toilet paper of yours is doing you more harm than good, right now Kaukonde has received the boot.

reason - 10 November 2014

I attended church every Sunday in Beatrice, never saw Joice there once. She will need directions to the church to pray - good plan, she needs to pray.

john - 10 November 2014

People,we need to be very very careful,its so funny when people don't take counsel. Several times i have learnt that whatever is done through strife is short-lived, it doesn't go very far. People,are you seeing the Makandiwa's prophesy being fulfilled here? This crisis in Zanu Pf if not properly handled, is the one that is going to cause chaos in our beloved country, mark my words. . . . . . . watching from a distance. My question is,if the people have no hidden agendas,what's the rush to fire and hire provincial chairmen all over the provinces? If Zanu Pf politburo and Mugabe are responsible and have the nation at heart, it's time to sit back and reflect on the consequences of their actions. This pressure to outster Mujuru and unseat all PCs before Congress will trigger nusty fighting in our country, hear my words,i know where i am coming from, didn't you hear the prophesy that was told?

Shona - 10 November 2014

Shona, and who said she should worship at the Beatrice Citadel? Is it the only CItadel? iwe zvawakanonamatira ikoko vasingakuoni kuCity Citadel vototi haunamati?

Gushungo - 10 November 2014

Dr Know, Mnangagwa is being exalted not denigrated as Mujuru so he can afford to remain calm I wonder if he was in Mujuru's shoes what would have been said. But prayer yes we are praying kuti God save us from ZanuPf the devil incarnate.

maita - 10 November 2014

Robert Mugabe is the root cause of the Suffering of the Zimbabweans.Ngachienda ngachienda he is 91 years what more.It was Mugabe who brought us to where we are as a result of the culture he brought in our country.It was him who brought hatred and corruption in our country.He brought the CIO to instil fear among us.He instil fear to any extend that it was a taboo to dare criticize and Zanu Pf dealings and its leaders.That was where it all started.When people are afraid to say their mind it means they can not bring their leaders to account.When corruption allegation occurred journalist where prosecuted for such publication.I recall the guy who first published Mugabe's affair with Grace Marufu was arrested and a year later they wedded.Freedom of speech makes the ministers effective nekuti hapana asingadi kunzi aita chakanaka.ndozvakauraya nyika kwete kunyebera masanctions.Seriously how can a country develop if the salary basket of the CIO is a classified thing not for public knowledge,yet they are Tax payers?The other thing Zanu PF Ministers went on to scramble for companies and they have about 60% of all the companies that previously contribute to the 70% of Zimbabwe's GDP.nOW It means the treasury has no hand in the basket profit of these companies as Ministers they don't pay tax and then it mean Zimre has to collect few tax to run the economy.Then Minister went on to tax airtime.Honzeri ngaende Mugabe ngaachienda

mai mujuru - 10 November 2014

Where were you when we prayed dearly for our lives in the 1980s or in 2008? Stupid woman......................Pray alone and stop involving us in evil party shenanigans

Nduna - 10 November 2014

kuti ngatinamatei hakuna kuipa. vanoda kunamata ngatinamatirei nyika yedu. uye kuti munamato unoteererwa nemabasa ndizvo. ngatikumbirirei nyika yedu tovawo vanhu vanorevesa nekuva honest with proper working policies. we may see what is happening in our country from a negative perspective while this may actually be necessary for the change we desperately need. nothing wrong, as zimbabweans let us pray for our country. i think we deserve better than current state of affairs.

taurai - 10 November 2014

WHEN SHE HAD THE CHANCE TO BE CORRUPT SHE DID NOT ASK FOR GOD'S GUIDANCE THEN. BUT NOW THAT SHE IS IN TROUBLE FOR IT SHE IS 'HOLIER' THAN THE POPE!

Wilbert Mukori - 10 November 2014

ah, NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY MUJURU HAS BEEN CALM.....SHES SPENDING TIME WITH JESUS, BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD. AMANA, LETS GIVE THIS WOMAN A BREAK OKAY, SHES A WIDOW, AND DIGNIFIED ON TOP OF THAT.....AH, PLUS VARIKUKURUDZIRA KUNAMATA...... OUR NATION'S ISSUES ARE NOTHING NEW IN AFRICA.....BUT WE AS ZIMBABWEANS....WE CAN JUST HUMBLE OURSELVES.....AND ASK GOD TO HEAL OUR NATION.......ZIMBABWE'S RECOVERY IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH HUMAN WISDOM....PASINA KUBIRWA MARESOURCES...BUT WITH GOD....OUR PEOPLE, OUR LAND WILL BE HEALED, WE REALLY NEED THIS, NGUVA YAREBESA, TICHINGOTAMBUDZIKA, HOW MUCH LONGER CAN WE GO....UNLESS WE ASK THE GOD WHOS MORE THAN WILLING TO REVIVE US........I COULD SAY MORE...IM CONVINCED NO MAN CAN HELP ZIMBABWE BUT GOD, JESUS IS THE ONE FOR ZIMBABWE. MAY THE LORD RAISE UP A LEADER AFTER THE LORD'S HEART.

tsitsivine - 10 November 2014

Tsvangirai never fired any one towards congress,only ana Biti vakazvibudira havo,thus democracy, but now from the other camp Democracy never exists, Animal farm

mhukakuru - 10 November 2014

and suddenly Mujuru becomes this clean saint!!!!!! GodDamn she was part of the presidency of Zanu PF for the last 10 years and has been part of the decision makers that are responsible for our suffering.. Let her be, and face the taste of her own medicine! I feel no pity for her, she should think about how we felt when her party was busy eliminating MDC supporters right in her backyard in Mash Central in 2008. regai zvitatsurane hazvina kana basa nesu zvivanhu izvi!!!!! she is corrupt we all now the allegations are true,but so is everyone else in Zanu pf!!!! so if she can she should start exposing others like her so that we can clean our country of such useless leadership.

dzaskwa - 11 November 2014

Before you pray, confess and God will accept your prayer. Seek equity with clean hands

Aggrey Gumisai - 11 November 2014

Takanamata kare chasara kuita ACTION. Mwari vakutoti muri kundinyaudza coz i heard yo prayers long back. Its time for you to act.

Prophet Magandiwa - 11 November 2014

What about that godly white doctor from Canada who you had deported after he exposed corruption at a mission hospital?

Johno - 11 November 2014

Its true we need to pray. People of God lets learn to respect authorities. Mai Mujuru has given a good advice, those who know their God ought to pray because thats the only answer. I don't understand why you should be rubbishing her like that as if she has insulted anyone or said anything bad. lets not get into a habit of criticising for no good reason. Let the peace of God keep our hearts and minds. Personally I admire her for who she is, very respectable, honorable, composed, wise and above all she knows what to do.....pray for the leaders and the nation.

Peace - 11 November 2014

The whole lot is incapable and corrupt including the so called first family .They should all resign and go. Where are you God almighty ???? save your zim children we are suffering.

fambai - 11 November 2014

VP Mujuru, our prayers will not be effective if we all do not acknowledge our sins. VP Mujuru committed a very serious sin by trying to protect corrupt members of society. I now believe the Mnangagwa faction can turnaround Zimbabwe's fortunes.

Mhofu Chaiyo - 11 November 2014

kaukonde is a polished leader..... shame on you hooligans!!!!!

clev paku - 11 November 2014

In joy or in trouble,we should love & worship the true God.Mujuru had all the power&chance to discourage if not stop the fatal violence unleashed onto very innocent pple by ZANU PF.God was never happy with the maiming&killing of his pple by ZANU PF thugs. Frankly, VP Mujuru ,Grace,Mugabe, Ngwena ,should repent,resign&pray to God. Alas,these people think they are bigger than God&one day,they'll pay dearly for their folly.

hypocricy - 11 November 2014

Mugabe, mujuru and mnangagwa and their hangers on should just go...dai mwari angokutorai mese zvenyu

zaka zaka - 11 November 2014

In joy or in trouble,we just have to pray to our true God.The VP had a clear chance to at least stop the maiming& killings of innocent people by ZANU PF thugs.Mai Mujuru, Grace, Mnangagwa, Mugabe etc should repent&resign. Alas,these people, think they are bigger than God but they will one day pay for their bad ways.God is never happy seeing his people suffering for no apparent reason.

KUPERERWA - 11 November 2014

The problem is the Gamatox Faction rigged the provincial elections clumsily. They thought it was just enough to have the Provencial Chairmanship n did not rig the other position. Otherwise how do u explain that out of a whole executive they generally only won the chairmanship, especially in the Midlands. This is the reason why the no confidence votes are possible. For all we know Zvipfukuto control the grassroots structures thus why the had a clean sweep of the DCC before the Gamatox got them disbanded. Which is more grassroots the districts or the provinces. In your blind rush to portray Mujuru as having a groundswell of support on the ground, you are ignoring pertinent facts. The results you are going to sell a dummy to the Gamatox gang like you sold baba jukwa lies to MDC T last year. If they have the grassroots support why are they afraid of one men one vote? After all they control the election directorate they used to rig the provincial chairmanships. Rugare does no know how it feels to win elections. And Cephas Msipa is hopeless.

Chipfukuto - 11 November 2014

I m turning 42 this year Mugabe has ruled when l was about 8years,its high time he steps down his regime era has passed its time for Zimbabwe to shine like other countries.Lets work up and be like Zimbians .

Ganizane moyo - 12 November 2014

mash East the stronghold of the party should remain united.Dont be fooled to follow provinces and pple who wanna destroy the country.Dont follow hired thugs from Harare just follow proceedure and refuse to be used.Everybody knows how pple always jump when mash east results start trickling in during elections> you are the backborn of this party so Cdes remain focussed and united

gandanga - 12 November 2014

sure let us pray zimbabwe.GOD WILL CERTAINLY SAVE US

chits - 13 November 2014

For one, I am not partisan to common spirits. Our politicians (most of them) think that politics is all about securing their selfish interests which ideology, candidly repressive, is doing unimaginable harm to our economy. My prayer is that such attitudes be replaced with their direct opposite. Leadership, I believe, is about influencing a positive development that serves to benefit both those led and you the leader in a mutually respectful way. Could the grace of God be upon Zimbabwe

Burngun - 13 November 2014

In the ZBC archives there is a tape of a younger J Mujuru , singing ,and dancing and shouting to a crowd at a rally saying, Pamberi naMwari wethu Mgabe. At least now she knows who God is.Born again , heh?

vusumuzi - 13 November 2014

VP your call for prayer is the best way to go and is not falling on deaf ears, we are really thankful to God for leaders like you. Zimbabwe lets pray for our NATION above all peace must prevail.

Simon Kanyenze - 14 November 2014

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