Mujuru attacks now comical — analysts

HARARE - Analysts yesterday pooh-poohed the “comical propaganda” that is increasingly being spewed by State media and Zanu PF opponents of Vice President Joice Mujuru.

At the same time, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC dismissed outright attempts by State media yesterday to link the party with the beleaguered VP.

Analyst Maxwell Saungweme said while people did not necessarily sympathise with Mujuru, as “she represents Zanu PF and the rot this party is about”, the propaganda in State media had now become too comical and far-fetched to be believable.

He said claims by The Herald yesterday that the VP was talking to the MDC was “one of the many hopeless attempts by desperate politicians who have control over that paper” to discredit Mujuru.

“So many such hard-to-believe stories have appeared in the paper in the past weeks and one knows that most of these stories are fallacious.

“If Mujuru wants to merge with any political party, why meet Sikhala who no longer heads any party? Why not meet Tsvangirai, (MKD leader Simba) Makoni, (NCA interim leader Lovemore) Madhuku, (Zapu leader Dumiso) Dabengwa etc.

“It’s sad that The Herald, just like the First Lady (Grace Mugabe), is choosing to sink so low, abusing its status as a State paper to report fiction, and cover raw obscenities from Grace, while throwing all media ethics through the window.

“I feel for those poor journalists at The Herald for they are endangering their careers by peddling outright lies and political hogwash just to please a First Lady who everyone can see is failing to manage her illusions of grandeur,” Saungweme said.

University of Kent law lecturer, Alex Magaisa, said although he was no longer privy to matters within the MDC, the story in The Herald smacked of “cheap propaganda designed to tarnish the name of Joice Mujuru in the eyes of Zanu PF supporters”.

“One of the tactics in this battle is to soil and destroy Mujuru’s reputation, and one way to do so is to claim that she is a sell-out. This is the label that has been used against the MDC parties in the past and it therefore makes sense for those fighting Mujuru to claim that she is an associate of the MDC-T.

“Recall also that this claim was already on the table, having been made by Grace Mugabe a few weeks ago. The whole aim is to destroy her reputation.

“Nevertheless, I cannot see why the opposition parties should not be exploring alliances with those who are out of favour in Zanu PF. It makes political sense to combine forces with those who are disgruntled with the Zanu PF way of doing things. Politics is about making strategic alliances and exploiting opportunities when they present themselves,” Magaisa said.

On its part, the MDC dismissed outright attempts by the State-controlled controlled media “to link us to one of the factions involved in the vicious dogfight to succeed the 90-year-old Robert Mugabe”.

“In its issue of Thursday, November 20, 2014, The Herald leads with a false and malicious story that gives the impression that the MDC is in talks with the Zanu PF faction led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and that a deal had been agreed upon in terms of which president Morgan

Tsvangirai will have a junior role in a unity government.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a popular political party that is ready to govern on its own and we take this opportunity to reiterate that we have absolutely nothing to do with the ongoing vicious factional fighting taking place in Zanu PF.

“In its desperation, Zanu PF has sought to rope us into their factional circus in order to divert attention away from more pressing national issues such as the collapsing economy as well as the collapsing health delivery system,” the party said in a statement.

It said the party had recently held a successful congress that came up with far-reaching resolutions aimed at strengthening the party’s structures, as well as refocusing and re-energising its institutional framework.

“We are ready to form the next government that is capable of rescuing Zimbabwe from the prevailing socio economic trepidation and suffering solely caused by years of Zanu PF misrule, corruption and mis-governance.

“As such, the MDC does not need to work in conjunction with any Zanu PF faction in order to save the country from the prevailing unprecedented human suffering,” it added.

Comments (13)

Poor Journalists at Herald kikikikki

jackovick - 21 November 2014

look Starfm is on a freefall as we speak because they took politics over business, herald hardly takes a lesson there

freefall - 21 November 2014

It seems the Daily news is unfortunate in conducting interviews with conman masquerading as analysts, thus the inaccurate analysis, which it never turns to revisit after the events on ground truly reflect the accurate situation. It reminds me of how once the Daily News, from time to time became obsessed with the baba jukwa nuisance, which later turned to turn the tables against their now defunct favourite politician, chematama. Self introspection is mandatory after feeding the public with hallucinations which only turned out to be self damaging.

reason - 21 November 2014

@Reason you are trying your best but the problem is that there is no reasonability in your reasoning. There is a big difference between having something to say and just having to say something.

jojo - 21 November 2014

"He fought bravely at the Battle of the Cowshed," said somebody. "Bravery is not enough," said Squealer. "Loyalty and obedience are more important. And as to the Battle of the Cowshed, I believe the time will come when we shall find that Snowball's part in it was much exaggerated. Discipline, comrades, iron discipline! That is the watchword for today. One false step, and our enemies would be upon us. Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?"

Owell G - 21 November 2014

Isn't it just amazing how each new day that comes brings with it fresh allegations and dossiers on the embattled Vice President, even a person with no sense of humor would find the goings on in ZANU very very comical indeed. The allegations range from not showing enough love for the first family, to corruption, extortion, showing off an unattractive body, gossiping about the first lady and now an assassination attempt on a tired nonagerian who is only a few steps from his death bed.

Dr Know - 21 November 2014

Well done Jonathan Moyo...your desired outcome is almost achieved.. total destruction of ZANU PF from within whilst these stupid old politicians are watching. Jonathan Moyo has become so obsessed with writing the nonsense we read in the Herald etc he has forgotten that there are educated well informed people in Zimbabwe. THINGS FALL APART the CENTRE cannot hold

Garikayi - 21 November 2014

“Mujuru attacks now comical” - the whole black political/nationalism story has been comical since NDP was formed in 1960. A tragicomedy. A lot of the stuff does not make any sense at all. The only reason why some of us follow is because it affects our once-fulfilling-now-miserable lives. When nationalism kicked off in 1960 and I listened to the politicians speaking one after another the first question that came to my mind was how could these nationalists say it was their stolen land when the forebears of likes of Enos Nkala, George Silundika (Ndebele), Ndabaningi Sithole, Edison Sithole (Shangaan) had come from Zululand in 1937 and 1820 respectively? Ditto when there were no borders when the whites came? Ditto when the forebears of Chikerema, George Nyandoro (Zezuru) had come from the Great lakes via Mozambique? The nationalists started attacking each other for supremacy way back in the 1960s like what we are seeing today. Colonial English was used as the instrument to show a nationalist's supremacy which I find very comical. Speaking in fluent colonial English was regarded back then, and is still regarded, as a sign of superiority or sophistication in black circles - again which I find comical. You would certainly think the much-maligned English spoken by the hated colonialists would be banned by Zimbabwe's “hardcore nationalists” or Pan-Africanists but they love colonial English more than anything else in the world. There was no “armed struggle” or “liberation war” to brag about or boost a nationalist's political credentials. Black rule finally came via a negotiated settlement in London NOT the fabled “armed struggle” but inexplicably when Zanu was voted into power in 1980 they falsely and gangsterishly proclaimed it was them who had “liberated the country” not the votes which in itself goes beyond comical. Now those in Zanu gangsterishly address each other as “comrade” - how comical.

Musona - 21 November 2014

One sentence should read, "When nationalism kicked off in 1960 and I listened to the politicians speaking one after another the first question that came to my mind was how could these nationalists say it was their stolen land when the forebears of likes of Enos Nkala, George Silundika (Ndebele), Ndabaningi Sithole, Edison Sithole (Shangaan) had come from Zululand in 1837 and 1820 respectively?" 1837 instead of 1937.

Musona - 21 November 2014

Mujuru is number two in zanu, a party that has subjected a lot of people to such kind of abuse and mostly worse than this. Mujuru and her group have put this country in a grave. Zanu is a lawless party that will do anything with impunity to achieve its self centred objective. There is noone with good reputation in Zanu. Grace is doing what Zanu has been doing for donkey years.

X-MAN IV - 21 November 2014

Lying and falsifying does not make news

liberty shungu - 22 November 2014

independence was a result of the burrel of the gun mufela. without war, there wound't have been elections. just say you are pro-anglo-saxons thats it. they gave you an opportunity to study colonialism diploma.

taurai - 24 November 2014

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