I'm not afraid - Gumbo

HARARE - Suspended Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who now also stands accused of sensational treason charges by the State media and his party enemies, says he is neither afraid nor losing sleep over the “trumped-up” allegations that he was involved in a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

And grounded former Cabinet minister Fay Chung, who is a mother to Gumbo’s daughter, weighed in on the burning issue yesterday, saying forthrightly that the treason allegations that were being levelled against the outspoken former Dare reChimurenga member were fictitious.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News, Gumbo reiterated that he was now watching Zanu PF’s increasingly violent factional and succession wars “from the terraces”, adding that his only regret was that Mugabe had not approached him privately when he had been “fed lies” about him before the president launched a vitriolic attack on him in last week’s heated politburo meeting in Harare.

“I am not worried about being arrested because I have done nothing wrong,” he said when asked whether he was afraid, seeing how serious the allegations that were now being levelled against him were.

Gumbo also rubbished the purported recording that his party enemies say they have of him plotting to assassinate Mugabe, saying it was a clear result of malicious “voice morphing” — a technique also referred to as voice transformation and voice conversion, and that is used to modify speeches to sound as if this was spoken by a target speaker.

“They are using voice morphing. That is what is happening and they are now attributing their (morphed) recordings to people aligned to the Vice President (Joice Mujuru),” he said.

Gumbo, who is not new to the political wilderness, having been arrested and kept in inhumane dungeons by Mugabe during the liberation struggle in Mozambique in the late 1970s, said it was unfortunate that the president now believed the “lies that are being peddled by infiltrators” as well as the “desperate manipulation of voices of persons perceived to be loyal to Mujuru”.

The veteran nationalist was left in the firing line alone at last week’s tempestuous politburo meeting when Mugabe took deadly aim at him, with other pro-Mujuru members cowering in shock at the treason charges that the president levelled against him.

With Zanu PF’s elective congress now just two weeks away, the attacks on Mujuru and all her perceived allies have reached a crescendo, with the political careers of the majority of Zanu PF’s provincial chairpersons lying in choreographed ruins.

Asked whether he had attempted to engage Mugabe after his suspension, Gumbo said he felt that would not make sense as it was the president who had decided to lay the serious charges on him, in an open politburo meeting.

“I have not tried to talk to the president. The fact that he didn’t talk to me on the side shows that he believed hook, line and sinker all the lies. He should have asked me in private. But I’m not worried about it,” he said.

Chung, the former Education minister, who knows Gumbo very well since the days of the liberation struggle, said the allegations against her ex-partner were fictitious.

“I think they (Gumbo’s detractors) are playing political games. I don’t think I can see any evidence that he tried to kill anybody. This is clearly an exaggeration of the little evidence they have.

“He is a nationalist. He has devoted his whole life to Zimbabwean politics. When he made the decision not to return to Zanu and instead said he would support Zanu Ndonga that meant that he removed himself from the party, but he came back,” she said.

Asked whether Gumbo, who was kept in a pit, along with other members of Dare around 1978 was still bitter, Chung said he was never rebellious.

“He doesn’t have a rebellious streak. He supported the leader of Zanu at any given moment during the struggle. After the struggle, he supported Ndabaningi Sithole and I think this was because he was bitter that he had been arrested when he thought he was innocent  I do not think he has the capacity to assassinate anyone.

“If he has done what they say he did then he should be taken to court,” she said.

Chung said although she last met Gumbo two months ago, she sent him a message when she heard that he had been suspended.

The State-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper at the weekend fingered Gumbo and equally beleaguered Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa — perceived close allies of Mujuru — as having recently “spoken of assassinating” Mugabe.

The paper also said its “investigations” had revealed that another senior Mujuru ally and Cabinet minister from Mashonaland Central had allegedly “made contingencies for such a scenario (Mugabe’s planned assassination) during recent meetings with potential hitmen in South Africa and Israel”.

But Gumbo flatly rejected the accusations.

“Vanondipa mbiri yandisina (they are giving me fame that I don’t deserve). I will not do anything to harm anyone. Now I am suspended, what more can I do? All I can say is I dismiss the allegations with the contempt they deserve.

“My stance has always been the same, that the party has been infiltrated. I remain resolute and convinced that there are people destroying the party from inside. Now I will be watching from the terraces and see what will happen,” he said.

His alleged partner-in-crime, Mutasa, politely declined to comment on the matter.

But former Cabinet minister Dumiso Dabengwa — who also faced treason charges and was incarcerated by Mugabe’s government in the early years of Zimbabwe’s independence — said at the weekend that the accusations against Mujuru and her allies appeared designed to “cripple her chances” of retaining the VP post at Zanu PF’s December congress.

“I hope this is not being done to de-campaign her so as to disqualify her from retaining her position. If there was any truth in the accusations we would expect that she would have been charged already,” the Zapu leader said.

“When we were charged with treason, an arms cache was found at our farm, the whole idea being to destroy Zapu,” the former Home Affairs minister added.

Dewa Mavhinga, a Human Rights Watch senior researcher, said the very serious allegations “around Mujuru and business people perceived to be financing her amount to warning shots before drastic action is possibly taken”.

“Mujuru’s problems are mounting and things could get worse before they get better. Her perceived allies in the provinces have been purged and this latest round of troubles is an escalation of pressure for her to resign before congress,” Mavhinga added.

Giles Mutsekwa, an ex-soldier and former co-Home Affairs Minister in the unity government, said no one in Zimbabwe could ever contemplate assassinating the ever heavily-guarded Mugabe.

“It is not feasible that the vice president would ever contemplate that, and going by the kind of security that we have around the president it is absolutely not possible. They are just trying to soil the vice ahead of congress,” he said.

Pedzisai Ruhanya, a director of local political think-tank Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), said people behind the smear campaign were “evil”.

“Those allegations are legally, coherently and politically very shallow. Zanu PF should do the honourable thing and fire Mujuru if it no longer wants her. To criminalise the VP in that manner is archaic and existed in medieval politics.

“If Mugabe wants to maintain the little left of his legacy, he is (better) advised not to criminalise that liberation war widow. That woman contributed much along with her family, for this nation to be where it is today,” he said.

Analyst Chris Mugaga noted that the likes of Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Ndabaningi Sithole, Justice Dumbutshena, Patrick Kombayi, Morgan Tsvangirai and now Joice Mujuru had all, among many others, “been accused of treason each time Mugabe’s power had come under threat”.

Comments (41)

mai mujuru should not have the mentality of Simon Muzenda yekuti 'imi vana Tsvangirai mukabvisa President Mugabe ini ndinozoita Vice wani. Vakaitawo wani vice president for 10 years, she must move on not to die in that seat. either she resigns and give others a chance or she contest for Presidencey like what Zuma did to Mbeki and what Mothlante did to Zuma, thats politicks. its unfortunate cz when she also rose to here current position similar and false allegations were also levelled aganist Mnangagwa so what goes arount comes around. She must also leave Zanu pf like what Biti and friends did when they saw that Tsvangirai was losing direction or what Makoni and Dabengwa didi

murombo - 19 November 2014

mai mujuru should not have the mentality of Simon Muzenda yekuti 'imi vana Tsvangirai mukabvisa President Mugabe ini ndinozoita Vice wani. Vakaitawo wani vice president for 10 years, she must move on not to die in that seat. either she resigns and give others a chance or she contest for Presidencey like what Zuma did to Mbeki and what Mothlante did to Zuma, thats politicks. its unfortunate cz when she also rose to here current position similar and false allegations were also levelled aganist Mnangagwa so what goes arount comes around. She must also leave Zanu pf like what Biti and friends did when they saw that Tsvangirai was losing direction or what Makoni and Dabengwa didi

murombo - 19 November 2014

Treason my foot, i have a feeling the Chines have a hand in this.They do not trust Mujuru one beat.For them lacorste is a sure bate,open your eyes you foolish ZANUist. Mujuru going out Manangagwa in Chines aid mofa nayo.Ndiyo game yacho (tapedza isu zvedu ma real analysts)

Javaz - 19 November 2014

Jonathan Moyo, Kasukuwere and Munagagwa are nothing but a gang of crooks.

Gary Munyoro - 19 November 2014

there isn't any legacy left for this old crook to protect. he was always, and will ever be a deceiver, crook, jealous and power hungry mongrel. Haanyare mudhara uyu nezera rake kutititira matakanana akadai.

Crook has no legacy - 19 November 2014

gumbo ndimudara. haatye nando sezvinoita vamwe vanongo imba rumbidzo isisngapere. people lets learn to stand for what is consciously in our thinking. what help do we contribute to our country if we are only good for affirming our leaders. its good to tell them where we stand and why we stand there. this gumbo is large hearted. it will not surprise if the president noticed the consistency in him and perhaps rewarded him with a much high portifolio than before. big-up my brother rugare you are a real man.

zvirozviyedzwa - 19 November 2014

Dear Editor, We have already read a similar article not so long ago, and i think it was well covered. i hope we dont see a similar one soon

Repeat - 19 November 2014

Dear Editor, We have already read a similar article not so long ago, and i think it was well covered. i hope we dont see a similar one soon

Repeat - 19 November 2014

e; e; e; e' mose nyaratai apa. ushe madzoro kani. ehe Joice anodawo kupindaka panyanga handiti ndizvo takarwira Hondo here. umwe otonga obvaka tichingodarozve. Kwete kuita chinamira sechikwekwe. Pamberi naMai Teurairopa Mujuru.

igwe - 19 November 2014

Sekuru Madyirapazhe ,people are behind you ,you have been traumatized by Mugabe but don't hold a grudge against him. Soon and very soon Mugabe realise that he is misled by Mnangagwa and Jonathan Moyo.You are a candle in a storm.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 19 November 2014

the reason why there is this charade to stampede the VP out of her post is that these goons have read the Constitution and realised that they cannot fire her as purported by Mai Makamba. the issue is according to the constitution the procedure for the election of the President and VP is the same. this also goes for their removal. a president or VP is selected by the President as a running mate and is elected with the President. he/she does not serve at the mercy or pleasure of the President. if a VP is to be removed, he/she is removed through a parliamentary procedure where a certain minimum number of members of the houses must conform by an affirmative vote that they have lost confidence in such VP. currently these goons and yobs cannot contemplate such a measure, itself being too ghastly to contemplate because in initiating such a procedure, one can also burn one's house in the process. the numbers are currently tilted against Gushungo should one of them through lack of pedestrian understanding of the law ever contemplate that.

jason moyo - 19 November 2014

There's an old adage that all political careers end up in failure. Gumbos long political career has now ended in acrimony. He might come back after Mugabe has died. In primitive Zimbabwean politics it is not what you have said or done but what the main actor, Mugabe, thinks of you or what he has been told by bootlickers who are constantly trying to curry favour with Mugabe. We are told Robert and Grace are devout Catholics but their behaviour is anything but. The pretend-Christians, Robert and Grace, even went to the Pope's beatification a few weeks ago. Trying to assassinate Mugabe right now is no different to someone trying to murder someone with terminal cancer. Pointless. What fool would do such a thing? The plot is designed to clear the decks for the forthcoming congress - so that party apparatchiks are handpicked by Mugabe rather than elected. The plan is going to work. Those fingered in the plot would not dare set foot at the congress. What some gullible morons and liars refer to as “protracted armed struggle” or “liberation war” was nothing but a similar almighty, frenetic struggle for power between people in the SAME party. After congress all perceived culprits/plotters will be pardoned but with no positions - job done. All perceived plotters will have to leave the farms they occupy - the farms belong to Mugabe. They stand to lose their jobs, government houses and government vehicles - the ultimate humiliation.

Musona - 19 November 2014

vadisgrace ngavaudze nyika kutiivo mari vakaiwana kwaani yokutanga ma bhizinisi avo awo avanosvera vachitungamidaza pamberi kudai. Mabhero mangani avakatengesa kuti va wane mari yokuita mabhizinisi avo. ngavatibvire apa basa rokupiwa ma 20million nema China. manje constitution haibvumiri murume wavo kudzinga vp pachigaro tine. vachamudini zvaasikuda ku rezaina.

MASHAVI - 19 November 2014

The tragedy is that the Zimbabwean political psyche has been victimised by ZANU PF to the point of failing to construct or imagine any political formulation outside the narrow confines allowed by a victimised cognitive system. The greatest level of victimization is when the victim starts to symphathise with the oppressor and to envisage the underdog in the oppressor's movement as a progressive ally towards his self liberation. A goat must never befriend or sympathize with a hyena that has been mauled by its peers...that will never make the hyena a goat or make it forget the palatable taste of goat meat. ichooo!!

Sinister Motive - 19 November 2014

its now a dog eat a dog or a frog kick a frog situation in zim

nino - 19 November 2014

be afraid, be very very afraid, we are watching you.. even in your bedroom!, ask Joice kkkkk,hahahah

Jmoyo - 19 November 2014

Va Rugare Gumbo History of the whole world will always repeat it's self. Get ready now to travel the Haig where the truth will be out very soon.

Karigamombe - 19 November 2014

Murombo uri murombo nepakufunga ndazviona. Munangagwa akapomerwa chii? Haana here kuenda nana Jonathan kundoronga kubvisa Mugabe KuTsholotsho. Wakambomunzwa akazviramba here? Now here is the potentail leader of our country at list who has shown to be having the fear of God, being persecuted through fabricated crimes, woti ngaasiye wakafa pakufunga chokwadi. The only way out let Zimbabweans as a whole speak on the matter. Put Mugabe, Mujuru and Munangagwa on ballots for president and see who will come out alive. As for Munangagwa, it is only naive Zimbabbweans who would consider a murderer of his calibre for president. Taneta nemhondi ngatimboedzaiwo vanotya Mwari nekuremekedza vanhu.

Sabhuku Mberikwazvo - 20 November 2014

Murombo uri murombo nepakufunga ndazviona. Munangagwa akapomerwa chii? Haana here kuenda nana Jonathan kundoronga kubvisa Mugabe KuTsholotsho. Wakambomunzwa akazviramba here? Now here is the potentail leader of our country at list who has shown to be having the fear of God, being persecuted through fabricated crimes, woti ngaasiye wakafa pakufunga chokwadi. The only way out let Zimbabweans as a whole speak on the matter. Put Mugabe, Mujuru and Munangagwa on ballots for president and see who will come out alive. As for Munangagwa, it is only naive Zimbabbweans who would consider a murderer of his calibre for president. Taneta nemhondi ngatimboedzaiwo vanotya Mwari nekuremekedza vanhu.

Sabhuku Mberikwazvo - 20 November 2014

Truly speaking, its not necessary to antagonize each other over change of leadership. All of them , Mai Mujuru, His Excellency and his wife, Zanu Pf Cadres have played major role in getting the country where it is today in terms of black empowerment. Now why are we pointing fingers and creating jambanja to change personalities on the top echelons? I suggest to let Mai Mujuru retire in peace or better still reassign her another duty , for example Ambassador to UN, without soiling her good name and Mai Mugabe to be given the respect she deserves as First Lady. I therefore appeal for calm and immediate stop to humiliating one another because we still have tomorrow to live together harmoniously.

Zvanyanya - 20 November 2014

Grace is respected and will only be respected by prostitutes (Mahure chete). She is too loose to be respected . a bitch on hit

fambai - 20 November 2014

When ZANU PF has targeted you, they have targeted you for real and they will throw all spanners to let it stick. This is nothing but a repeat of the Ari Ben Menashe case on Tsvangirai some years back. Remember also that shoe lace slained Nkala guy who was dug out by the roadside in a shallow grave. What will and should happen is that Mujuru will lose her Vice presidency of the party but not that of the country as that would have to call for fresh elections, something they are not willing to go through. What we are eager to hear from the likes of deposed people like Gumbo are dossiers on their aggressors because they also are a kettle calling the pot black. No need to put on a brave face for the show Gumbo, you know very well what your former comrades are capable of. We await to hear how their comrades now turned enemies rigged their way to victory in all the elections, particularly after the year 2000 when the MDC emerged.

Dr Know - 20 November 2014

How people easily forget, and a big sign of being thick headed, You quote Fay Chung, another mavambo rebel, and ZANU PF, is quite clever, it proves what Mai Mugabe has repeatedly mentioned, that Mai Mujuru is AN mdct and Mavambo activist. Rugare in the interview in this MDCT/MUJURU Daily, has just admitted that he is a Mujuru ally. The daily news refers to Gumbo as the 'veteran nationalist ', - my foot, he is a veteran rebel, and he deserves the boot. What Mugabe and team are saying is that go and work with Chematama, Sikhala and a whole lot of other political misfits and leave ZANU PF ALONE. The same to the rest of Mai Mujuru supporters, join hands with your other mdct losers and try to pick up from where your captain, legend of the seas, Dr RICHARD MORGAN tvangidhongi has left. Simple, what is the problem here, i see nothing wrong with being an opponent of Mugabe, its only that most of the opponents are outwitted by Bob, and its not surprising when a team of dull politicians, Richard, Joyce, Job, etc meet, they end up fighting for petty cash and pants.

reason - 20 November 2014

Picture this. Congress sees Mugabe booted out and ZANU PF continuing without him but with Joyce at the helm. I wonder if Reason will still supoort it coz the way Reason defends anything ZANU PF reminds me of VaMuzenda MHSRIP saying " chero tikaisa dhongi kana rakanzi ZANU chete unotorivhotera".

ndozvo - 20 November 2014

MESE MURI KUTAWURA RUBISH ABOUT MAI MUJURU LEAVE HER ALONE WONAYI NEZVEKUTAMBUDZI KURI KUITA VANHU KWETE KUTAWURA ZVISINA BASA

lord - 20 November 2014

Kumasowe, Amai Mujuru vachadzingwa ku Congress. VaMugabe vachaisa Munangagwa pa VP na SK Moyo zvisinei kuti mwoyo wavaMoyo urikuna amai Mujuru. VaMpofu nekudawo huVP vachanetsana naaMoyo but nemacharges ecorruption vachavhundutsirwa ne jeri vonva vasiyana nazvo. Pamberi apo amai Mujuru vachanobatana nevamwe vemapato anopikisa voita sole candidate ya 2018. VaMugabe vachatadza zvavo kumiririra musangano weZanu pa 2018 nekuda kwashe. Achamirira ZANU vaMunangagwa vachadyiwa zvekusawana 10% yevote against amai Mujuru. Ndipo panotangira Zimbabwe kusimuka ipapa. Amai Mujuru will not stand for two terms semakaro aripo aya but will successfully lead the country for one term. Ndimadzibaba vakataura izvi kwaChihota nemusi weChishanu. Tamirira kuona kwazvakananga.

Bindu Mupindu - 20 November 2014

REASON, can you tell the world who is not corrupt in ZANUPF . Help the world to understand your part since you seem to know everything.

nhaiwe? - 20 November 2014

I am worried if Gumbo says he is not losing sleep knowing his party he must be losing his sleep and even his relatives are losing sleep.

maita - 20 November 2014

reason is our a daily visitor on this forum. let him say his mind. he is another of the daily news committed readers. anga endepi iyo herald ichingo nyepa day in and out. reason you are most welcome on this forum.

tula - 20 November 2014

Dr Know it is possible for Mugabe to fire Mai Mujuru without necessarily calling for election because hers is an appointment but when Mugabe's wives become men yes they will resign enmasse in sympathy and then Mugabe will be forced to call for an election.

maita - 20 November 2014

free advice for Joyce, how much you have worked for this country may be debatable.However nobody can dispute that you have worked so much for zanu pf.Your long association with this party what kind of people you all are in zanu pf, heartless.You know for sure that zanu pf no longer wants you.Remember zanu is Mugabe,that's what you have made him to be.Now you have been given two options,either you resign or you get fired.In my opinion if you resign you will maintain not only your dignity but also the material gains you made while you were still the favored one in zanu pf.That you are going to lose your post(voluntarily or forcibly) is not debatable.If you wait to be kicked out your dignity is at stake here and you are surely going to lose your farms, businesses and possibly your life.I am not saying resign because i believe you to be guilt of any of the allegations leveled against you, no. but i know at the end of the day you are going to lose your post.So all what i am saying is that lose it honorably.

Matilda - 20 November 2014

It is sad to note that there are no pple at all in zanu [put on fire] except coward who put their tails between their legs when called by bob, just like a dog called by its master. honestly I cannot believe that seasoned "politicians" of the likes of Gumbo, Shamu, Mujuru, Mutasa, to mention just but a few, can be tossed around, undressed and humiliated by nonentities and still hang around, waiting to see what happens next. Come on guys, wake up and look ahead. Or maybe its because your hands are too dirty lest you be thrown kuSikombela. kikikiki. manje vapfanha vachakumatisai madhara.

Tichaonerera - 20 November 2014

matilda, resign yourself. let her do what she sees right. you and i know very little regarding this issue. if you are desperate for someone to resign, just resign yourself then someone would have resigned wobva wafara.

tula - 20 November 2014

When there were exactly similar smear campaigns against Dr Joshua Nkomo, did any of these Mujuru sympathisers come to Nkomo's defence. Akere it was "rovai", "zidumbu", "zimuNdevere" all the way. Sometimes Zim tribalisim stinks to high heavens I tell you. What a shiithole of a country!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 20 November 2014

Matilda, you are probably one of the least intelligent to suggest resigning for doing no wrong is honorable. Wakapata hako shamwari. Whetehr Mujuru resigns or waits to be fired there are consequences and the obvious one is firing her needs justification from those who will fire her. Pamberi apo these people will be known to us the voters of tomorrow and we will judge Mujuru fairly then. Resigning is admitting wrong doing which you must be very clear by now that she has denied. Otherwise waungadei uchiti a resigne ndiPresident venyika nekuti nyika yatambudzika muutongi hwavo so the wrong doing is clear. I am sure you can't imagine that Matilda murume iwe!

Bindu Mupindu - 21 November 2014

its unfortunate cz when she also rose to here current position similar and false allegations were also levelled aganist Mnangagwa so what goes arount comes around. She must also leave Zanu pf like what Biti and friends did when they saw that Tsvangirai was losing direction or what Makoni and Dabengwa didi

Butchwa bonda mtuvi belingwe - 21 November 2014

Bindu Mupindu,you misunderstood me, Mujuru has been rejected,not by the people, but by the monster that mujuru and other people in zanu have created-Mugabe.It is his word that carries the day anywhere.he has said Mujuru must go and she is sure to go-like it or not.Tell me, who do you think will give you the opportunity to judge mujuru fairly,today or in future?It is not in the culture of zanu,instead all leaders are imposed on you by mugabe.You allowed him unlimited powers thinking that you were fixing the west, Tsvangirayi or some such imagined enemies but he is eating into his own.If you want it ,wait for the disgraceful exit from the political scene together with the vp.

Matilda - 21 November 2014

imi musataure zvamusingazive. Cde Gumbo suffered enough humiliation in the dungeons - munoaziva here madangeons imi. Ana Badza vakafushirwa varivapenyu munovaziva. Ana Opah vakatiza hondo PaNyadzony vachida kuroorrwa na governor dhori Moyana vana SUper Star. Nyarari edu apa tisati tazokufumurai. Iyo muhuri irikubva yaita mukadzi nemurume kunge ndovega vakarwa chimurenga. KuMaputo kwa kune Front her amai ningi? Baba ningi makangamwa makambosendekwa posting nekutaurisa.

Mwanawehondo Haikona Zvekuudzwa - 21 November 2014

kumasowe..........................Maimujuru vachatonga chete

madzibaba - 22 November 2014

jonathan moyo once rebelled from zanu .but now because his belly now ok . he is using the position to shut out others . its called divide and rule

farayi - 24 November 2014

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