Gumbo speaks

HARARE - Ousted Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has broken his silence about the night of the long knives that Zanu PF’s politburo meeting on Thursday night became, saying President Robert Mugabe led an unprovoked attack on him in the meeting, accusing him of plotting a coup d’état against the long-ruling leader.

The stunning claims came as the Daily News was told by other politburo sources that the dramatic fallout between the two was engineered by an intelligence sting recording in which the veteran politician is allegedly heard saying Mugabe needed to stop the vicious attacks on embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru, otherwise the president himself would be removed from power.

“We were accused of attempting to overthrow the president and it was the president himself who led the charges. He says ‘we have done wrong and should leave the party’, but this is just a smear campaign to eliminate people who are standing by the vice president,” Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday.

The surprisingly relaxed veteran nationalist also said he would issue a formal statement in due course, which would narrate in detail what happened at the Thursday gathering where he was summarily suspended for a shocking five years at the alleged instigation of Mugabe.

Asked whether his peers had tried to defend him in the meeting, Gumbo said it was always going to be difficult to try and defend someone who was accused of trying to overthrow the president of the ruling party and republic.

“The issue was discussed in the context of the votes of no confidence that have been passed on some provincial chairpersons and I was contributing to the debate saying we should all unite as a party and this is when the president made the accusations that shocked everyone,” the ex-Dare ReChimurenga stalwart.

“The president said ‘unoda kundidzinga’ (you want to get rid of me), and no one was prepared to leap to my defence. But don’t worry about that, it is nothing,” Gumbo said.

With senior Zanu PF officials too fearful to say yesterday whether due process had been followed Gumbo’s suspension and how the perplexing decision to summarily expel former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda had been reached, insiders corroborated the former Agriculture minister’s claims that Mugabe had been hell bent on incapacitating all his perceived rivals within the party.

Simon Khaya Moyo, the Zanu PF national chairperson, who has been appointed the party’s interim spokesperson, refused to give the reasons for the suspension of Gumbo.

But virtually all the politburo members who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said it was clear that the savage action that had been taken against the expelled, suspended and ousted party officials on Thursday had been done in blatant violation of the party’s constitution.

Sibanda was summarily expelled from the party even though he was never taken to a disciplinary panel or given an opportunity to defend himself, a development that one politburo member described as a “transgression of both natural and even Satanic justice”.

“I have no questions to answer. I have given you the position of the politburo. I don’t have my own position, this is the position of the politburo. If I have my own Press conference I will entertain you and speak to you as the spokesperson of the party at some other time,” Khaya Moyo said.

Another politburo source said Gumbo had been left alone in the firing line as other pro-Mujuru members looked shocked at the treasonous charges that Mugabe levelled against Gumbo.

The senior party official said “a livid Mugabe” tore into the former struggle hero and other party heavyweights, including Mujuru, accusing the camp of attempting to overthrow him.

“There is apparently a recording in which Gumbo was heard saying ‘kana Mugabe akaramba achipusha Mujuru out tichamubvisa sezvakaitwa Kabila’ (if Mugabe continues to work to push Mujuru out we will remove him like what happened to Kabila) and this made Mugabe to baby dump him,” the source said.

It is said Mugabe’s full-frontal attack on the hapless man saw political opponents of Mujuru such as Water affairs minister Saviour Kasukuwere agitating for the suspension of the veteran politician.

Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are widely regarded as the frontrunners to succeed the nonagenarian — who insiders say is now leaning heavily on his feisty wife Grace for advice.

Grace has made it abundantly clear that she does not want Mujuru to succeed her husband and is widely regarded as the new kingmaker in the fractious 51-year-old ruling party.

Another source symphathetic to the beleagured VP said it had been difficult to try and defend the Zanu PF, especially after Mugabe had led the attack on her and other party officials.

Comments (37)

Vanu weZANU PF muri wakadzi mese hamugoni kujamuka ko munonyeperei kuti makarwa hondo muri makwara evanhu zvino asara ndiwe Didmus mutasa,khaya moyo nemi wacho amai mujuru saka munotinyeperei kuti makaenda kuhondo kunobata pfuti neumbwende hwakadai . Just announce kuti all suspensions are invalid until congress kkkkk haamunonyepa kuti makabata pfuti ZANU PF Haisi chechi ipolitics oooooh haisi chechiba zvinoda kushinga

D - 16 November 2014

Funny how Mai Mujuru's camp always claims to be attacked 'unconstitutionally' and yet they are always at the forefront of illegal outing of elected officials opposed to Mai Mujuru......The whole thing of saying one of the 2 VP posts is reserved for a woman was unconstitutional,the suspensions of the Tsholitsho chairmen was unprocedural and illegal,the dissolution of DCC's was illegal and they never complained but now they remember kuti ZANU has a constitution and rules and procedures? Vana Gumbo have been exposed as the ones agitating to remove Mugabe saka they should either stand by their position or take their punishment in silence kwete kuda kutsvaga sympathy from us the general public

Wezhira - 16 November 2014

Wezhira you belong to the other faction. This is not about removing Mugabe. Both factions have been positioning themselves for a post-Mugabe scenario. Its so easy to twist facts for factional interests but the ordinary people can easily see through the lies.

Samaz - 16 November 2014

After helping Mugabe steal elections last year Gumbo is chased away from zanu like a smelling do which had been eating chidembo ha!!! I have no doubt in your mind or in your heart that you are cursing yourself for helping Maibili steal votes from zimbabwean by threatening poor citizens that if they vote for a party of their choice which is not zanu war will come back or they will be killed. if that feeling is not lingering in your mind then you are not normal.All those who thing Mugabe likes them are fooling themselves your turn is coming where you will be thrown away one by one like used condoms round after round . Jabulani papa ra pa ra one million much in support of Mugabe now is history never to be seen in politics again unless if he will go with his tail in between his soiled legs and apologise to matibili.

Diibulaanyika - 16 November 2014

Muzanu munezvituta chaizvo zvinotanga zvaita mhosva kuti zvijoine, saka kuti zvipikise zvinotya mhosva saka inongova yes nkosi muchamama zvituta zvavanhu kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Bona - 16 November 2014

gumbo nasibanda natemba ndivo vanonzi varume chaivo. vamwe vanotya kunge vachazvitadzira mumbatya dzavo. people should learn to stand up for the right no matter what. well done gumbo. you have my sympathy. you're a leader in waiting.

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 November 2014

"...but dont worry about that, its nothing". I never thot in my life i would ever support anyone from Zanu Pf But this Rugare Gumbo guy is a special character

Mudhara - 16 November 2014

Gumbo is not a leader in waiting. He is an example of what might happen to Mnangagwa or anyone in Zanu PF. How did Mugabe get that recording? Was it legal phone tapping? Does Gumbo have freedom to speak on his phone with no one listening to him........ Or any citizen for that matter? Is it a crime to want Mugabe out in Zanu? Is it treasonous as Gumbo was not a member of Cabinet, but spokesman for the party?? Is it treasonous to say tichamubvisa, tichamudzinga? From where? Did he try to remove Mugabe from the presidency of the party or of the country? Nxaaa this country is useless!

Nduna - 16 November 2014

nduna, chauraya nyika ndisu vanhu. we idolise these people till they beleive that they are indespensable. we are our own enemies. look what is happeming with the mdc t. at least the mdc t is morgan's personal party thats why it is named after him (tvsangirai). we need to learn to see our leaders as humans just like us. kutonga should be madzoro rotating in terms. gumbo chose to stand by the vp and he did just that. it became costly. the good thing is he stood by his choice. that shows bravery. he is a real fighter.CRM

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 November 2014

You have to understand deeper and beyond eye sight that Zanu is a full blown Cartel/Mafia organisation. It does have its own culture within. Such organisation have only one boss, the lower ranks are foot soldiers who fight perceived external threats or enemies while the upper ranks fight amongst themselves to be just next to the boss. Mafia boss does not have or choose a successor. He will remain the boss even on death bed or in comma. Moderate people do not thrive in such organisations. Law of of the jungle and mob justice is the order of the day within zanu. Evidence of all corrupt activities by all members of zanu pf is kept by mugabe.Once your name is raised on a perceived wrong side Watsva. Democracy, constitution, procedure and rights hazvishandi muZanu pf. I have no doubt that, depending on the contents of Gumbo's next formal statement, Zanu inomukanda muRemand prison. Dont make too much of it Vagumbo relax,breath, pindai mu gear neautral Team yenyu yaka kuitai let down pa 11th hour.After suspension dzokerai mune "black belt " nema gloves ane mixture yecement and kick whoever will be the boss in your party.

X-MAN IV - 16 November 2014

Of course no one stood up in defence for Gumbo, he wouldn't have done so himself had someone else been in those same burning tight fitting shoes. No one is prepared to lose all that they have acquired through the patronage political system which they know so well. Standing up to Mugabe is a sure one way ticket to political wilderness, Mavhaire and others know that only too well.

Dr Know - 16 November 2014

This really shows that ZANU PF is a Private Limited Company owned by Robert Mugabe as the Managing Director and Grace Mugabe as the Company Chairwoman. Oppah as the Company Secretary. The rest you are all employees who can be fired by these three. Don't tell us lies that are elected members who hold various positions in Party ranks. The only other department is that of a Workers Committe namely the so called senior Elders of the War Veterans who recommend staff members to the Management for dismissal. So let's forget about this issue of Congress it's just a window dressing issue. What a pity

Karigamombe - 16 November 2014

This really shows that ZANU PF is a Private Limited Company owned by Robert Mugabe as the Managing Director and Grace Mugabe as the Company Chairwoman. Oppah as the Company Secretary. The rest you are all employees who can be fired by these three. Don't tell us lies that there are elected members who hold various positions in Party ranks. The only other department is that of a Workers Committe namely the so called senior Elders of the War Veterans who recommend staff members to the Management for dismissal. So let's forget about this issue of Congress it's just a window dressing issue. What a pity

Karigamombe - 16 November 2014

Gumbo is right. Mugabe must go like the Malwi incidence otherwise if we wait for the congress , Mujuru will be pushed out and his deputies appointed. We need to get him now whilst the constitution is still on our side.

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stewart - 17 November 2014

Gumbo akaitwa zvinoitwa mbwende chaizvo. Iye waaiti achamuita zvakaitwa Kabila ndiana? Real men don't talk they impliment the action like what Gushungo did on thursday.

Nkosi - 17 November 2014

Even Gumbo wacho imbwende yemunhu.MuZanu Pf hamuna kana murume.The only man was Simba Makoni who was challenging Mugabe during politubreau meetings vamwe vakanyarara.He was the pain in Mugabe's ass till the day he left.He was never been a yes man!

vese imbwende mhani - 17 November 2014

It is always good to show that one is a men by being vocal. However one must always read between the lines before you open your mouth, this is politics not a church. Unoraswa kunze kwemusha semarara, look at Themba, Jabulani, Amos, Rugare and the list goes on, varipi nhasi. Chingwa chatodonha pamuromo pavanhu ava.Chirega uwone zvichaitwa tumabusiness twavakatanga nehumbavha. Vakutoitwa shuro. VanaThembaaa kikikiki....

Pazvimba - 17 November 2014

Gumbo you did well than most ass leekers in zpf .Mugabe is not God he should go we are tired of seeing that ghost face.

hameno??? - 17 November 2014

Gumbo you did well than most ass leekers in zpf .Mugabe is not God he should go we are tired of seeing that ghost face.

hameno??? - 17 November 2014

Gumbo you did well than most ass leekers in zpf .Mugabe is not God he should go we are tired of seeing that ghost face.

hameno??? - 17 November 2014

Iiiiiiiiiiiiii politics ma one chaiwo. vanhu vanoda kufira pazvigaro chokwadi. ma Zimbo tinogona kungoraura tiri panze asi pasina kana action. izvozvi vamwe vemu Dare re Chimurenga vakutoti asi Mugabe akakanya payee. Heee ndaida kubvunza kuti ndo madzingirwo emunhu here kana kuti asi ndakazongonyarara. ma Zimbo haamire newe kana wapadambudziko. anongofunga zvekuti mhuri yangu ndikadai inozoiita sei. haaa ndohunonzi hu mbwende manje uhu. kutya munhu ane 91 years here varume.

dzvirimombe - 17 November 2014

zanu pf is full of cowards and bootlickers,

Harare - 17 November 2014

Yazo parara Zanu

rose m - 17 November 2014

there is a thin line between love and hatred

Rose M - 17 November 2014

Chaiseva chouya kuzotemura,welcome to real Zimbabwe ana Rugare, mauraya nyika ka now makukachana,naka ,dyananai asi chenjerai kupedzana

pio - 17 November 2014

people of Zimbabwe its time Mugabe removed this mudzimu must go now,future started yesterday and we are already late how long are going to get there walking with a 90 year old among us.To grace i say today Joyce is widow mangwana ndiwe you will see kuti politics is very dirty we shall take over that mazoe farm and all the 100% you have stolen

citizen - 17 November 2014

Musadedera Madhlira pavanoda kukutemai neshanhu tinemwi rambai mashinga semukona shanhu usingavandiki nebemba . Nyangwe zvenyu mabviswa pachikudhla chevutauriri handikangamwi mashoko amaizuwa munaBlessing pastudio 7 muchiti " Aah asi vaMugabe hauvazivi Kahi " so ndabva ndaziva kuti vaMugabe vakaoma manduta ese emarume kubva aita sembeveve kanamumwe anoita hwemhakure kusimudza musoro

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 17 November 2014

i think all those villifying mai mujuru are very afraid kuti vakaenda kucongress varipo she will win.so vakuda kuva blocker .its surprising after all these years kuti corruption known to every zimbabwean kuti yakazara muzanupf iri kushamisa nekushatirisa vamwe amai.dai vakadai kare tisiri patiri apa.

madam - 19 November 2014

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