Mujuru defence 'spot on'

HARARE - Analysts yesterday said beleaguered Vice President Joice Mujuru’s statement against a slew of damning allegations, including corruption and a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, has put the case to the court of public opinion.

This comes as the Zanu PF number two has launched a spirited defence of her political and business life, and in which she has also said she is alive to the unconstitutional means to remove her from power — through the State media, and otherwise.

Pedzisai Ruhanya, a media and democracy scholar, said: “She (Mujuru) did it properly. She put the case to the court of public opinion. The court of Zanu PF, public media, even the judiciary will muzzle her.

“That’s why she decided to go to the broader court of public opinion which is the people of Zimbabwe. That is why that letter was addressed to the people of Zimbabwe. The people of Zimbabwe know that she does not have the evil mind to assassinate the president,” he said.

Dewa Mavhinga, the Human Rights Watch senior researcher, said the issues at hand were politically-motivated and her factional opponents may be angling to use the State judiciary system “to persecute her, and possibly push her to step down ahead of the Zanu PF elective congress”.

“Where such serious allegations are made, impartial and non-partisan police and other judicial bodies should carry out proper investigations away from the glare of the media and let the law take its course, but, as suspected all along, these criminal allegations appear driven by politics leaving VP Mujuru fighting for her political and literal life,” Mavhinga said

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National Students Association Union (Zinasu) and analysts have dismissed Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) president Leopold Chakanyuka’s call for Mujuru to resign within 14 days as “idle talk” not worthy of attention.

“It’s a personal opinion but we as Zinasu, believe that when it comes to the Vice President of Zanu PF it’s for the members and people who are aligned to Zanu PF as a political party because we as students, especially Zinasu, are a serious organisation, we have more things to concentrate on rather than concentrate on illegitimate political squabbles,” Gilbert Mutubuki, the Zinasu president said.

“We also believe… that the current president (Mugabe, Mujuru and all Cabinet ministers) should resign because they have failed. We want to urge all students nationwide to stay away from politics of political parties. They should not be used as political condoms by political parties,” he added.

“We want to urge Zicosu and their president, and even the First Lady to stop abusing students in fighting their personal battles. We also want to say this to the citizens that students will only support a democratic person with student issues at heart.”

On the other hand, Ruhanya, who is also a former student leader, said: “The vice president of the republic was not elected by bogus organisations such as Zicosu. The statement… does not deserve any attention of any serious citizens of this country.

“We know that Zicosu is a political appendage of the political cabal that is running riot in Zanu PF. What they should understand is that Mujuru is not just a Zanu PF leader, she is a national leader with impeccable liberation credentials,” he added.

“She is one of the few women liberators of our liberation struggle. To criminalise such outstanding women in the history of State politics in Zimbabwe is to criminalise the significant role played by women in the struggle for independence,” Ruhanya said.

“This is not simply about our country; it is about the nationhood of Zimbabwe. They (Zanu PF) will not be able to re-write history. The history that we know is that Mujuru and the late general (Solomon) are authentic heroes of our country.”

Mavhinga said Chakanyuka’s attacks on Mujuru were nothing, but factional.

“Instead of these fights, Zanu PF supporters should be guided by their party constitution and regulations, and… respect the Constitution of Zimbabwe when it comes to handling of crime allegations and succession issues,” he said.

    Comments (29)

    spot on ruhanya. these attacks on the vp have future negative implications. to rubbish the contribution of this lady in the struggle for freedom may be read as rubbishing the struggle itself. also, denegrading her in public may also be misread to imply that leaders can be treated disrespectfully. if she is going to be shamed this way, it may be important to be mindful of the harm such actions would do to the office of the presidium. every cause has an effect. tomorrow the same people who are singing abuse will turn against the one who send them.

    tsanga - 18 November 2014

    we as the common court exornarate the mrs mujuru. in any case she is conducting herself respectfully in spite of the vernomous attacks aimed at her. she is such a gaint. imagine all that is thrown at her and she is just guiding the missiles away by her character. because of the way she is being treated, this time she has my sympathy.

    zvirozviyedzwa - 18 November 2014

    Kana muchida kuziwa matsotsi anoshanda neback door muPrivate Media batai Mujuru na Chitsinde weSpoken Word muchikurubi. Ndivo matsotsi achoo!!

    Chitsinde Mujuru Matsotsi - 18 November 2014

    its time we as Zimbabweans should start talking war

    War - 18 November 2014

    stupid grace is used by the bloody dictator himself to tarnish the vp,whats new,

    amza - 18 November 2014

    stupid grace is used by the bloody dictator himself to tarnish the vp,whats new,

    amza - 18 November 2014

    stupid grace is used by the bloody dictator himself to tarnish the vp,whats new,

    amza - 18 November 2014

    stupid grace is used by the bloody dictator himself to tarnish the vp,whats new,

    amza - 18 November 2014

    stupid grace is used by the bloody dictator himself to tarnish the vp,whats new,

    amza - 18 November 2014

    You ZPF is a den of thieves sungsyi zvese point kuti asiri mbavha ndiani? ndofiro kureva

    Javaz - 18 November 2014

    "Spirited defence of her political and business life" Isn't this your wish. I don't see anything spirited here. You just want to portray bravo which unfortunately is not the intention of the statement. The statement is simply denying the allegations and asking for justice through due process. Idiots!

    Tshotsha - 18 November 2014

    generally people are saying they do not see anything wrong with the vp's conduct regarding this issue. it just mere gossip for which she is being denegraded. that does not seem to be the best way to approach the problem anyway. if she was wrong as is being portrayed by those against her, why wouldn't she be respectfully asked to step down? denegrading her will ony fuel more support for her from the public. by end of the day mrs mujuru is becoming more and more popular. if she was a danger to the country, there are processes in place to deal with such threats certainly not this one. it seems she is innocent.

    zvirozviyedzwa - 18 November 2014

    WHY COMING TO THE PUBLIC COURT NOW? WHEN GUKURAHUNDI OCCURED THE MUJURUZ WERE QUITE...MURAMBATSVINA...QUITE..ITS TOO LATE...

    Gavin Fumai - 19 November 2014

    Why are you saying she does not have the evil mind. Kana akadonhedza ndege anogotadza Mugabe here munhu zvake

    ndini uya uya - 19 November 2014

    thank you all zvipfukuto team for campaigning so hard for the nation `s beloved vp and widow.if grace knows the bible as she claims ,she should also remember that the same bible teaches us not to abuse widows and orphans for He also has the capacity to turn Dr Grace into a widow.stop your hypocricy because God is the true husband of widows.sorry grace.pamberi na Mai Mujuru

    inosplitter chete - 19 November 2014

    "Unbridled ambition,misplaced self-righteous adulation and hubris, offends the Lord and can only lead to the ruin of the person(s), and the party and therefore government" Mujuru said.This is what the brained ones say not the BRAINLESS DIS-GRACE full of self ego.Its a shame 14million zimbos are seized with a FOOL as first lady. zvakaoma....

    ndozvo - 19 November 2014

    "Unbridled ambition,misplaced self-righteous adulation and hubris, offends the Lord and can only lead to the ruin of the person(s), and the party and therefore government" Mujuru said.This is what the brained ones say not the BRAINLESS DIS-GRACE full of self ego.Its a shame 14million zimbos are seized with a FOOL as first lady. zvakaoma....

    ndozvo - 19 November 2014

    "Unbridled ambition,misplaced self-righteous adulation and hubris, offends the Lord and can only lead to the ruin of the person(s), and the party and therefore government" Mujuru said.This is what the brained ones say not the BRAINLESS DIS-GRACE full of self ego.Its a shame 14million zimbos are seized with a FOOL as first lady. zvakaoma....

    ndozvo - 19 November 2014

    Pointless attempting to strive with the pope when you live in Rome.

    Just Mee - 19 November 2014

    "Unbridled ambition,misplaced self-righteous adulation and hubris, offends the Lord and can only lead to the ruin of the person(s), and the party and therefore government" Mujuru said.This is what the brained ones say not the BRAINLESS DIS-GRACE full of self ego.Its a shame 14million zimbos are seized with a FOOL as first lady. zvakaoma....

    ndozvo - 19 November 2014

    Is this the same Grace Mugabe who owns the Orphanage at Mazowe, who was not paying the workers there and feeding them with sadza with cabbage to the point that they left job.Now those who are grouping arround her what they think they will get.People stay away from her meetings.What she is doing is a sign for her and husband that they have failed the nation. Addressing students at Mazowe she said "Mujuru she is old she has to go she is now 65 years." thank you for that it also aplies at her home Mugabe is now 90 years old, 25 years senior to Mujuru. So both Mugabe and Mujuru has to go and all lot there.Why one when they are many in same old age.

    mduduzi - 19 November 2014

    nhasi private media yanaka yamaisinyomba nhai. Dairai nyaya yenyu kuHerald Amai

    kapfukuto - 19 November 2014

    come out of her my pple, Jezebel. Jracebel the wife Roberahab. Siyanana namai avo, asi Mnangagwa ndiye akanzi musara pavana here. Oda kaMhuri kwekanaGrace katonge kuDRC kotonga futi kuZim. Supa mandiwanzira tsiura maiguru vako and claim your wife. Aren't you Eunuch ... you shall both be tread upon by horses. Gracebel-o-grace.

    Jezebel - 19 November 2014

    VIVA Mujuru, even if she is wrong the fact that the more guilty person is talking then Mujuru becomes right. Worse more that they degrade her it shows that they are afraid of who she is, a well educated VP, at list it proves that she is learned, hana kushandisa position kuwana her Dr. if you see a whole First lady who is meant to be full of respect reducing her self to gossip ye ku zviborane level it shows our country is in trouble. First lady respect yourself usashandiswe

    viva VP. M - 20 November 2014

    First hure deputized by Oppahure

    Rudi - 21 November 2014

    Assassinating Mugabe is far from Evil! Its as good and godly as the adjective can be.

    Fogofogo - 21 November 2014

    Viva VP indeed! If Mai Mujuru is wrong it is only so because its wrong not to be corrupt, not to loot farms and factories, not to steal public funds and not be an upright personality, in ZANU PF.

    papa paddie - 24 November 2014

    ko vaChitsinde vapinda papi apa am lost please help. is he not a Pastor or he is a politician help me want to know.

    confused - 25 November 2014

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