Goche, Mujuru in politburo no-show

HARARE - Embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru and the equally under-fire Public Service minister Nicholas Goche were conspicuous by their absence at yesterday’s Zanu PF politburo meeting in Harare.

Mujuru, who refused to present her papers for consideration to Zanu PF’s powerful central committee, reportedly sent an apology to the meeting that was chaired by President Robert Mugabe.Party insiders said last night said the beleaguered VP had merely indicated that she could not make it to the gathering, without giving clear reasons although Mugabe would have been secretly made aware of the causes.

Well-placed sources said with the party’s forthcoming “elective” congress set to be a damp squib, following the brutal decimation of the pro-Mujuru camp, it was possible that she and her sympathisers now viewed attending the party’s important meetings as a waste of their time.

“The past few days have been hectic and I would completely understand if some colleagues now think that it’s not worth their while to attend meetings as the outcome (of the congress) is already pre-determined,” a senior politburo member said.

However, Goche, a key ally of the VP, was yesterday reported to be feeling unwell and had been briefly admitted to hospital.

Mujuru, who until recently was regarded as the heir-apparent to Mugabe, stands accused of plotting to assassinate the 90-year-old party and government leader, among a litany of other nefarious claims, with Goche fingered as one of the chief architects of the plan.

The two staunchly deny the allegations that are being purveyed by State media and First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Some of the VP’s loyalists who have been booted out of the party’s Soviet-style central committee include Cabinet ministers Francis Nhema, Flora Bhuka, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Dzikamai Mavhaire.

Didymus Mutasa, the party’s secretary for administration,  has also not been spared the chop in the blitzkrieg, as the increasingly violent succession wars in Zanu PF have reached a crescendo.

As Mugabe strode to take his place in yesterday’s indaba, greeting his colleagues, most of them looked visibly uneasy.

Zanu PF youth league chairman Absolom Sikhosana proffered an unsolicited explanation to Mugabe about his crushing defeat at the central committee elections.

Sikhosana told Mugabe after the nonagenarian had greeted him that he had lost his position because of rampant vote-buying.

“Ngadliwa ngendaba yemali president (I lost to vote-buying),” Sikhosana said.

Mugabe said in jest that it was not possible for money to use people as it was people who used money.

“Ungadliwa ngemali kanjani? Abantu yibo abadla imali hayikhona imali edla abantu?” said Mugabe speaking in isiNdebele. He quickly translated his remarks to English.

“He says he was eaten by money, but how can money eat you when it is people who should eat money?” Mugabe chuckled. “You however, need to stay focused and be principled, it will be okay.”

The Zanu PF leader also sought to understand why Mutasa was in the meeting when he was supposed to have been in Mozambique attending a meeting of liberation war movements.

“Ko imi muri kuitei muno? (And what are you doing here?),” he asked, to which Mutasa responded that he had not managed to go.

“Zvino makagoregererei kuuya kuCabinet kwacho? Handiti taive neCabinet nezuro? (Then why did you miss yesterday’s Cabinet meeting?)” Mugabe quizzed. Mutasa told him that he attended the meeting but left early.

Yesterday’s meeting was due to discuss proposed amendments to the party’s constitution among other issues, as Zanu PF makes final preparations for its damp squib “elective” congress next week.

The amendments will be forwarded to the central committee, the principal organ of the party, for consideration.

Consisting of 230 members, 10 of which are appointed by Mugabe, the central committee acts on behalf of congress when it is not in session.

It implements all policies, resolutions, directives, decisions and programmes enunciated by congress.

Comments (10)

Abantu yibo abadla imali hayikhona imali edla abantu?” Kkkkkkkkkiest.................

smoyo - 27 November 2014

Flora Bhuka fainted after news that she had failed to make it to the central committee reached her, Goche is in intensive care suffering from hypertension. Cde Mujuru could not make it due to a stress related illness, I wonder how many visits she has had to take to her General Practitioner over the past two or so months to get her blood pressure checked. It's called Karma, the pain you inflict on others will come back to bite you someday. You show love, love will love you back.

Dr Know - 27 November 2014

Pathetic lies, she never refused to present her papers to the central committee, but she was rejected by her own people, why would she refuse to present her papers when she flighted adverts in this confused mouth piece a few days ago trying to get public sympathy and claiming that she is constitutionally elected. The level of your idiotic blind spport of dead horses is alarming.

reason - 27 November 2014

Reason nomatter how hard you ignorantky support Mugabe regime and your invincible ignorants.You will continue to suffer the nemesis of this Satanic regime and its a pity sad indeed.You are so disgraceful and an easily controlled block,ululating and whistling for another man who is easily destroying this country called Zimbabwe.Mugabe never done anything good for this country except propaganda and fails claims.Some went on to say he introduced best education policies,but those polices where implemented my Smith education ministry during the talks between 1978- 1979 .The education policies which also included rehabilitation and education of the former guerrillas.There always was better education even during the war.My parents went to school way before 1950s and they are well educated.Nowadays thus where we witiness real Mugabe education Undergraduates can not speak proper English with correct gramma.

maua - 27 November 2014

This is a lesson to all ZANU PF cadres and all Africa revolutions. Direction of revolution should be clear and stay focused. Revolution is like a bulldozer if you lose focus it will over run you.

dungas - 27 November 2014

tichaona kunowira tsvaimbo nedohwe. in the meantime, let us pray for our country.

tula - 27 November 2014

the ZANU PF constitution was changed for the secretary of the party to nominate the vice and other holders of key position. Ko vaMugabe vakasurudza people from camp Gamatox munodii nhasi Zvipfukuto. Ndakangoteya nzeve hangu

Mafikizolo - 27 November 2014

the ZANU PF constitution was changed for the secretary of the party to nominate the vice and other holders of key position. Ko vaMugabe vakasurudza people from camp Gamatox munodii nhasi Zvipfukuto. Ndakangoteya nzeve hangu

Mafikizolo - 27 November 2014

"Its Game Over".

X-MAN IV - 27 November 2014

Chapter 2 - THE CONGRESS of the ZANU circus will see Jonathan Moyo, Kasukuwere, Chombo, Chinamasa, Gomwe and a few other dump gays being systematically purged for different reasons...ZANU sinjonjo. Mugabe is self centred, does not have any friends, neither does he trust any stupid politician. He is so selfish that he is sacrificing the future of his own family. He has been playing his f***ing games since 1976

Garikayi - 28 November 2014

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