Mujuru has not resigned: Govt

HARARE - Contrary to online media reports, Vice President Joice Mujuru has not resigned from her position, the government confirmed yesterday.

“I’m actually hearing that from you,” President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, told the Daily News in a telephone interview when asked about Mujuru’s purported resignation.

This followed claims by online media reports that Mujuru had tendered in her resignation on Monday afternoon, with Mugabe allegedly refusing to accept the resignation.

The widowed Mujuru, a decorated liberation war heroine, was alleged to have called it quits following recent savage attacks on her within the ruling Zanu PF party, including from First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Grace has stunningly accused Mujuru of plotting to oust Mugabe, being corrupt and inept, and being guilty of fanning divisions in the ruling party.

The State media has also been whipping up a frenetic assault on her, alleging that she been engaged in “illicit business dealings” and abuse of office.

There were claims yesterday that the VP was set to be investigated over an alleged chicken scam, after she reportedly imported chickens from Brazil irregularly, introducing unfair competition into the Zimbabwean poultry market and, in the process, negating Zanu PF’s land reform programme.

Mugabe, aged 90 and  one of Africa’s longest serving rulers, has not yet appointed a successor. But his advanced age and failing health, consistent with people of his age, have stoked succession fights in his ruling party.

Mujuru was acting president early this week while Mugabe was out of the country, attending the late Zambian president Michael Sata’s funeral which was held yesterday.

Tens of thousands of people attended a Catholic Mass at the National Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka. Among them were several regional leaders, including Mugabe, who were there to pay their respects.

Known as “King Cobra” for his venomous tongue, Sata, who was elected Zambia’s president in 2011 died in London a fortnight ago.

The country is now being run by an acting president, Guy Scott, and fresh elections are expected in January next year.

Sata’s death came days after Zambia celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence from the UK.

He was the second Zambian president to die in office.

Comments (16)

Why didnt she resign nhai- her resignation could have ably fast-tracted the demise of the fossil party and the emancipation of the long suffering, patriotic Zimbabweans. Next time, Mujuru, if you have any aorta of decency and love for Zimbabwe, just resign. Bob, am sure will be resigned soon by his Maker considering that he is no spring chicken.

Chris MuNdau - 12 November 2014

George Charamba, does it really take that long for such sensitive information to reach your office? If so then we have the worst intelligence department in the world which is only best when it comes to eavesdropping to bar talk and people's private conversations on public transport.

Dr Know - 12 November 2014

i am begining to agree with Grace Mugabe. Why is the daily news so sympathetic and saupportive of Mujuru, when all along we have known the daily news to be very critic to ZANUpf. The daily news is now behaving like a government owned paper vwhen it comes to Mujuru. This leaves us believing that indeed its true that Mujuru extorted 10% shareholding form the daily news. Please daily news come out in the open like what the Financial Gazzette does when Gono is involved in any news article. Fingaz supports Gono because he owns the newspaper. Infact, the Herald in now the objective newspaper these days, something I never thought would hapen inb a ZANu government. We now buy and read the herald. Infact, sales for daily news must definately be decreasing these days, I bet. And the Herald has superb sales

Danai Pazvagozha - 12 November 2014

Musanyepere vanhu, resignation yakanyorwa ikasubmittwa, I guess the headline should be, "Mugabe turned down Mujuru's resignation" Mujuru watch out, they want to embarrass you at the congress because the results are predetermined. tozvitaura

cde pombi - 12 November 2014

Even if she resigns it is up to Mugabe to accept her resignation letter. Mugabe will only accept Mujuru's resignation on his terms and conditions and this will be done at Congress. If she resigns at Congress it means the post of Vice Secretarywhich is occupied by Mujuru will go to Ngwena unopposed. This is what the weevils are targetting.

Done Deal - 12 November 2014

hazvina basa kuti daily news the hot paper of the moment is sympathetic to mujuru. herald is also siding with the other faction. what matters is whether thier coverage is spot-on for which its spot-on. there is now a balance tanga tanzwa nekunyeperwa ne herald. thanks lance and co.

zvirozviyedzwa - 12 November 2014

If it's true that a resignation letter was submitted its Obvious Uncle Bob was not going to accept it because that will be the beginning of endless crisis which the President will end up saying. Had I known I wouldn't have allowed this mess to be started by my wife. As is the case the President has to be man enough to advise his wife not to be indulging in his space. Then he should use his own initiative to defuse the whole crisis

Karigamombe - 12 November 2014

It is time VP Mujuru resigns for the sake of unity in ZANU (PF). As it is the Party may split at the December Congress and Ngwena may assume the Presidency. He was denied the post of VP in 2004 and it is only fair that he be rewarded. What goes round comes round. If the truth be told the ZANU (PF) Poltiburo has always put spanners in the works denying Ngwena ascending to the coveted post of VP.

Chief Charumbira - 12 November 2014

Ndi Chief Charambira chaiwo here ava ? Vanowawata zvakapata kudai? Munotonga vanhu venyu sei zvokwadi? Kuda zvinzvimbo here kunanzva vamwe kudai?

Dhidhidhi - 12 November 2014

Ndi Chief Charambira chaiwo here ava ? Vanowawata zvakapata kudai? Munotonga vanhu venyu sei zvokwadi? Kuda zvinzvimbo here kunanzva vamwe kudai?

Dhidhidhi - 12 November 2014

Opposition parties must take advantage to stir the ZANU-PF conflict by exposing however the"life Gwazi PRESIDENT" saw it fit that he should take land and start his business empire. This land is not the preserve of an individual who has abused his luck for the past 34 years.

John Gwizo - 13 November 2014

Opposition parties should have nothing to do with ZANU PF chaos. Instead they should forge ahead with their programs as ever before. I would advise MDC T not to be swayed by ZANU PF's infighting. MDC T held a very peaceful & successful congress.They should therefore work hard on their resolutions than waste time on the directionless ZANU PF,Mugabe induced chaos&confusion.

TAMBURAI - 13 November 2014

Mugabe & DisGrace are working on a sinister political program not even known by both Oppah & Ngwena.The latter two are just being used,a game Mugabe can play best.

DEMBETEMBE - 13 November 2014

@Danai Pazvagozha-cum-reason, why change names to bring out the same point you have brought already? We know you propping your faction but that's not the job of Daily News or us it's readers.

Qawe laMaqawe - 13 November 2014

Just resign Mother, a new era will be born with that.

takunda chomuuyu - 14 November 2014

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