Mujuru fights back

HARARE - Embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday took the war to her Zanu PF and government detractors, rubbishing claims that she was plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

In a statement issued last night, the Mashonaland Central supremo took aim at the 90-year-old leader’s wife Grace — rejecting out of hand claims by the First Lady that she was “corrupt, inept, a factionalist and not worthy of being the government, and party number two”.

She also took on the State media, which she accused of running a campaign to discredit Zanu PF, senior State and senior party officials.

“I deny any and all the allegations of treason, corruption, incompetence and misuse of public office being routinely made against me in the Herald and Sunday Mail newspapers,” Mujuru said.

“I have briefed my legal practitioners to take necessary steps, at law, to restore my good reputation, political standing and dignity. I stand ready to defend myself before the party, and in any court of law on any of the allegations made against me, at any time, in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe,” she added.

The statement came amid a brutal and sustained campaign — from her political enemies in the ruling party — that she was working on toppling Mugabe, extorting businesses and fostering factionalism.

And in her defence, the former combatant said she was alive to the “unconstitutional call for her resignation, removal from both party and public office on the spurious grounds that I am ‘corrupt’, ‘a gossiper’, ‘demonic’, ‘jealous and divisive’, ‘and unfit for consumption by flies, and dogs’,” and which remarks were aired out by Grace.

In the interest of Zanu PF protocol and partly her respect for Mugabe, she says she had refrained from issuing statements on this litany of allegations.

Mujuru, who faces serious legal sanctions if convicted of the various crimes she is accused of, said the attacks were part of a broader campaign to smear her.

Comments (18)

Mujuru is wasting her time. Her case is sealed. She should not embarrass herself by contesting anything at congress. I edge her to ditch zanu pf and break away. I have seen many times across the world including next door south Africa, a president being removed by his party. Mujuru has the numbers, she can announce a press conference to suspend Mugabe. This has an effect of triggering an immediate election both in zanu pf and state

hondo - 17 November 2014

The language from Grace is not good. She sounds like a tsikamutanda. Even if Joice aired i dont expect a First Lady to utter such words. My advice to Joice is not to resign but wait to be dumped in the streets by Grace then people will pick it from there. Can someone tell me who is not corrupt in zanupf .

hezvoka - 17 November 2014

YOU ARE SUING, NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE INNOCENT OF CORRUPTION AND ALL THE OTHER CHARGES MADE AGAINST YOU BUT BECAUSE THOSE ACCUSING WILL NOT DARE LET THE CASE BE HEARD IN A COURT OF LAW FOR FEAR WHAT WILL BE SAID WILL IN-CRIMINATE NOT JUST YOU BUT THEM TOO! THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE HAVE BEEN DYING TO SEE CORRUPTION DEALT WITH AND THUS RELISH THE PROSPECT OF ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CRIME AND OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE NATION BROUGHT TO BOOK. IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN NOW, YOU CAN BE REST ASSURED THAT IT WILL HAPPEN SOME DAY SOON. THERE IS NOT ONE RIGHT THINKING ZIMBABWEAN OUT THERE WHO BELIEVES THAT YOU SERVED THEM WELL OR THAT YOU ARE NOT CORRUPT! NOT ONE!

Wilbert Mukori - 17 November 2014

If someone is corrupt, who kill people during Gukuraunde and sanctioned massacre in 2002 and 2008, during elections and the so called Border Gezi youth. they should also come out clean on Gukuraunde

nick - 17 November 2014

Pliz u pple in Zanu Pf dont look at us ordinary pple for sympathy coz there isnt any. u call us useless povo. Pliz kanganai ikoko. Mai Mujuri itsvai nemafuta enyu who cares. Pamai luma zvainaka ka, its politics in case u dont know wat u into. kkkkkkk kuseka parank.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 17 November 2014

If someone is corrupt, who kill people during Gukuraunde and sanctioned massacre in 2002 and 2008, during elections and the so called Border Gezi youth. they should also come out clean on Gukuraunde

nick - 17 November 2014

First and foremost the President has to teach his wife how Government is formed then the different organs of its formation. He was the one who capped his wife with a Doctorate now he has to learn from this blunder that if you give a mentally ill person horn to blow make sure the mad person will blow it everywhere. President makapa benzi pito so see the results. In the history of ZANU PF where did you suspend so many people like what you are doing now. Next thing your wife will be right on your throat because you are allowing all this to take place. Mucha tosvorana manje manje that's when you will think of the late Sally who was always moulding you time and again

Karigamombe - 17 November 2014

This is so wrong at many levels and just proving that Joyce's advisors are poor. And yet here you are claiming she has hit back! How can a sitting Vice-President have a press release? Let alone to answer to media allegations of gossip and jealous! PR dzekukiyakiya chaidzo!

Hahaha - 17 November 2014

This is just one of those tricks by ZANU-PF !! be careful

cal F - 18 November 2014

politics is a game. time will tell whether she made a good move with this press talk. she seems to be in control of herself and quite mature than her opponets. some of them sound very desperate and scared. they want her out yesterday. my reading of the whole issue suggest that she is a powerful politicians. otherwise she would have just been rubished off and unceremoniously dismissed like jonso after the tsholotsho debacle.

zvirozviyedzwa - 18 November 2014

I dont understand what Mujuru is trying to do when she says," I have briefed my lawyers to take neccessary steps". What steps? These are Mafia style games hazvidi malawyer izvi. No law can stop zanu pf cartel. Mujuru is number two in this Mafia organisation and she wants to restore her good reputation, Really? Mujuru"s boss has decided her fate, and she will get whats coming to her wether sweet, spicy,chilli or extra hot.

X-MAN IV - 18 November 2014

Karigambe you are right brother,but the problem is who will teach who as paita bhiza nengoro apa.What a disgrace a head of state identifies himself with a faction.He apparently is the brains behind the evil doing around burnt on destroying our party with his few unpopular leiutenants.

carson Macate - 18 November 2014

In as much as we detest the language being used by Grace, the fact remains and is now clear that Mujuru has lost the support of the President. Constitutionally, Mugabe is waiting for the congress and let the people vote her out of office. Noone will want to be seen associating with Mujuru and even proposing her name for any position during the stage managed congress and it will be left to Mugabe to appear as a good father and leader and appoint Mujuru to a lesser position in the party and not in government.

Dunga - 18 November 2014

Zanu-PF is a mafia cult. RG Mugabe is the Godfather. Joyce, you are the number 2 gangstar mafia boss. Now they do not need you. Robert himself is behind your demise. This signals Robert's departure and to them, you are not tough enough for a mafia boss. You are not ruthless enough. Zanu-Pf has no rule of law and you know it. Therefore, what legal channels are you going to take? If there was rule of law, we all would have come out in our millions to demonstrate to your support. We think you are somewhat level headed. That is exactly why they do not want you among them. By fair elections at the congress, you could even push Robert out of the seat if all being equal. Alas, there is no such a thing in Zanu-PF. There will be no secrete ballot. You have heard them, Robert is going to appoint presidium positions. There is no constitutional adherence. If there was constitutionality, how would some house wife come out on national TV insulting the vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe on baseless allegations? By the way you supported this lawlessness by Zanu-PF. Now they are using the same against you. They are also throwing around the story that you are the one who killed your own husband. Put up a good fight to which we all can jump in to pull this cruel lot down. It is about time!

Mbareboy - 18 November 2014

lyc t r nt, ndokupera kweZanu uk. Tsvangson ari zii zvake. Tarisa hako uone kwazvinoita vachapedzana vega vakakubirira vakat zvarongeka kkkkkkk today, tommorow r smday zanu ichaparara chete n zim wl b a state again

titi - 19 November 2014

WE HOPE THAT JOICE AND ALL THOSE COHORTS WITHIN ZANU PF WILL LEARN TO APPRECIATE THE ROLE OF THE INDEPENDANT PRESS. CAN THEY IMAGINE WHAT WOULD BE HAPPENING TO JOICE NOW HAD THERE BEEN NO INDEPENDANT PRESS TO TRY AND TELL HER SIDE OF THE STORY AND EXPRESS OPINIONS OF SUPPORT FROM THOSE BEHIND HER?? SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN CANNON FORDER FOR THE STATE MEDIA!!!!

SHIBOBO - 19 November 2014

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