Fear hounds Mujuru camp

HARARE - Serious anxiety has gripped Zanu PF supporters of embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru as her continued tenure as President Robert Mugabe’s number two appears increasingly fragile, amid fears of a heightened clampdown on all her perceived allies.

The apprehension engulfing the Mujuru camp was given impetus by ominous State media reports yesterday exhorting law enforcement agencies to arrest the beleaguered VP’s allies who had been accused of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe.

A politburo member sympathetic to the under-fire VP told the Daily News on Sunday last night that most supporters of the 59-year-old widow were now living in ?palpable” fear, amid the ongoing brutal purges of party officials perceived to be close to her, as well as the ?chilling” arrest of deposed war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda on Friday.

?It’s terrible out there. The unconstitutional and perplexing purges of party officials all round has sent a message to all that you sympathise with Mai Mujuru at your own peril.

?The chilling arrest of Jabulani (Sibanda) has heightened people’s anxiety that a serious clampdown is underway to pummel all her supporters through both fair and foul means.

?What is even more frightening is that no one knows where all this will end and who is safe or not,” the senior official said.

A central committee member said he could not wait for the party’s congress next week to ?come and go”.

?I for one just want this rubbish congress to come and go as it is the cause of all this senseless infighting which is happening just a year after we destroyed (Morgan) Tsvangirai and the MDC.

?I’ve no doubt that when the power mongers have got what they want (unfettered power) at congress, relative peace will return to the party,” he said.

Sibanda was arrested in Bulawayo on Friday afternoon, amid authoritative State media reports that he is going to be charged Under Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which criminalises the undermining of Mugabe’s authority.

?Sibanda’s arrest prompted calls for the arrest of Zanu PF secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa and ousted Manicaland provincial chairman John Mvundura in whose company Jabulani Sibanda accused the president of plotting a ‘bedroom coup’ and threatened to march to State House to confront him,” chortled the State-controlled Herald and Chronicle newspapers in synchronised front page stories yesterday.

Amid all this, speculation reached fever pitch in the past few days, particularly after Mujuru missed last Wednesday’s politburo meeting, that she was now so despondent that she was allegedly close to quitting her government post.

There was also mounting speculation that Mugabe was set to effect a major shake-up of his administration — at all levels of government, including the composition of the Cabinet, civil service and the security sectors, soon after Zanu PF’s “damp squib elective” congress scheduled for this week, in an endeavour to get rid of all perceived Mujuru supporters.

A Harare daily owned by a Cabinet minister who is believed to belong to the anti-Mujuru camp reported yesterday that ?among those expected to be kicked out of government would be permanent secretaries and security chiefs, with some accused of leaking sensitive issues to aid Mujuru’s ascendency to power”.

The paper added that the far-reaching purges would also affect the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba said Mujuru was still the VP.

“Are they (those who are saying Mujuru has resigned) the ones who appoint? No, isn’t it where the story ends,” said Charamba.

Some analysts canvassed by the Daily News on Sunday also said Mujuru might be retained in her government post by Mugabe on the basis that she was now weak and therefore no longer a threat to powerful party interests.

Alex Magaisa, the former advisor to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai said it was difficult to second-guess Mugabe.

“Mugabe is an unpredictable fellow. He might spring a surprise and retain her because now she is no longer a threat,” he said.

Simba Makoni, a former politburo member, said on Friday that the nasty fights in Zanu PF were difficult to predict because they were not only unprecedented but were also being executed by new players.

“The latest developments are a new narrative that is difficult to unpack. While there were moves to change the leadership before, what makes the current struggle unique is that it comprises new players who seem to have adopted new methods of plotting for power,” Makoni said.

“We can only understand the developments in retrospect as the fights are full of surprises.

My guess is just as good as yours even though I have been in the party at senior level could do with the fact that some people have seen that the sun is setting and they should quickly make hay while it shines,” said Makoni.

Comments (23)

What are they afraid of? Did they honestly think this brutal dictator would pack his bags and head for Zvimba without a fight? No wonder Margaret Dongo once said all ZanuPF chefs are like Mugabe's wives. The one person who was incensed by that remark was none other Gen Mujuru and we can all see why he was executed. Morgan Tsvangirai and his colleagues have survived this brutal assault and they are still standing and fighting. These weak ZanuPF cadres should man up and fight.

War Vet - 30 November 2014

What are they afraid of? Did they honestly think this brutal dictator would pack his bags and head for Zvimba without a fight? No wonder Margaret Dongo once said all ZanuPF chefs are like Mugabe's wives. The one person who was incensed by that remark was none other Gen Mujuru and we can all see why he was executed. Morgan Tsvangirai and his colleagues have survived this brutal assault and they are still standing and fighting. These weak ZanuPF cadres should man up and fight.

War Vet - 30 November 2014

Anyone with an IQ above 60 either believes or knows that JOICE is a crook and liar who is highly capable of feathering her own clans nest. No one in the Zanu PF mafia is capable of leading Zimbabwe out of its imminent collapse and demise. Only the western stooges and others afflicted with advanced liberal brain disease who aid and abet this corrupt tyranny think Zimbabwe has any hope of reparation. The list of some of the western deadbeats and other diplomats / officials that finance, sanitize, sponsor and bootlick assorted Zanu pf cadres include:- Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, Sue van der Merwe, Sam Motsuenyane, Luciano Lavizzari, Philippe Van Damme, Catriona Laing, Lindiwe Zulu, Lars Ronnas, Deborah Bronnert, Matthew Neuhaus, Dominique Fanezzi, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, Pallo Jordan, Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, Kgalema Motlanthe, Kiwe Sebunya, Sergey Kryukov, Pedro del Campo, Thabo Mbeki, Sharon Hudson-Dean, Aldo Dell'Ariccia, Carl Skau, Shadrack Gutto, and Kofi Annan, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka Sue van der Merwe Sam Motsuenyane Luciano Lavizzari Philippe Van Damme Catriona Laing Lindiwe Zulu Lars Ronnas Deborah Bronnert Matthew Neuhaus Dominique Fanezzi Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma Pallo Jordan Sobusa Gula-Ndebele Kgalema Motlanthe Kiwe Sebunya Sergey Kryukov Pedro del Campo Thabo Mbeki Sharon Hudson-Dean Aldo Dell'Ariccia Carl Skau Shadrack Gutto Kofi Annan

Patrick Mtshaulana - 30 November 2014

Joice Mujuru's fortunes took a nose-dive from the moment her husband died. She was appointed by Mugabe as Vice-President and previously in cabinet to please Solomon Mujuru whom Mugabe was scared of. Everyone in ZanuPF was scared of Solomon Mujuru. Most senior government appointments were made at Solomon's behest. The upheavals happening now would not take place had Solomon been alive. All the cowards are having a go because Solomon is no longer there. He is the one who kept this despicable party intact all along. When he died they pretended to be in mourning when in fact they were very pleased he died. It's silly for anyone to accuse Joice of rampant corruption when we all know every single person in ZanuPF from Mugabe down to the lowest level of this primitive party is corrupt. It's just a silly excuse. They cannot cherry-pick corruption. If you occupy a farm you are corrupt because not everyone has a free farm. I hold no brief for Joice, she deserves everything she is getting, but she was doing what everyone else was doing - abusing public office. If she goes down because of corruption then the whole of ZanuPF will have to go as well.

Musona - 30 November 2014

vana magaisa.....18 years uri lecturer...no promotion. Basa rekungotaura rubbish. Hapana zvaunoziva iwewe. Even Morgays tsvangirai baby-dumbed you. Unotaurisa and you seek attention. Wandinonzwira tsitsi mukadzi wako.

Goche - 30 November 2014

@Goche, Lecturer udakuti apromotwe kuita chii?

Cde Pombi - 30 November 2014

@Goche Magaisa aita sei?Look around you.ask yourself kuti why should you support Zanu PF?Take time to think if indeed there is coup ploted somewhere?Use common sense to think if a country will succeed if anyone agree on what Mugabe say.Take time to apply common sense if Mugabe @91 has capacity to run the country effectively or Zimbabwe is better of with new leader.Ask yourself if it a crime for Morgan Tsvangirai to form an opposition party?Ask yourself why has he a huge followers.Look around as you travel and see if average Zimbabwean have a desired life which is best suited for the 20th century we live.Ask yourself does Mujuru all that devious more than any aother Zanu Pf member?Ask why her sins are mentioned now,yet she has been in power for 10years?Is Mugabe a saint,clean and anticorrupt.Think about this Goche!We are all Zimbabweans ,who ever leads Mugabe,Mujuru,Mnangagwa or Dr Tsvangirai.We should not let people used to kill your brother or sister,mother or father.We all need a better country.We should not hate one another.Lets all learn to see the difference between the truth and propaganda.

Mugabe must go - 30 November 2014

From what is happening in zanu it is now becoming clear and clear that the party never won last year 's elections but rigged . If they had won fairly they would not change the winning team bcoz they is no need to change a winning team . All this talk of restructuring talk by idiots in zanu are indications that the party is trying to win the masses back which deserted it and joined MDC T . they know they can not continue threatening rural area voters as this is exposing them more and more and it has weakened their respect regionally and internationally . But since this party was formed by dander heads it has never made any senseble program right from gukurahundi, esap, farm invasions , murambatsina printing of useless money and now this baboon fights . All this is kak that is what zanu knows kumama chete and njonja . May god take the one who has made zimbabweans suffer to this point please god take him now .

Diibulaanyika - 30 November 2014

What kind of fear can a member of a Mafia clan think of. Losing influence and the rights to steal and plunder. Losing immunity from law. I pray that this fear grip them ten fold. Democtratic and progressing people have been subjected to all sorts of evil deeds by these thugs who claim to be in fear. Stay in zanu and die in there dont come out to dilute and mess clean people outside. The end is near and is inevitable coming. People created a monster all these years now they cry foul. Thats your "PENSION" from zanu. What did you expect to get.

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chiremb - 1 December 2014

Zanu PF is a very primitive party that should not be ruling a country like Zimbabwe. This is unfortunate for us because they are ruling with such violence that they don't even care about the after effects economical. They know what to do to make things right but they just don't want to do it. All the mayhem in this medieval party and politics is about power and protection of the looted resources. The coming generation will surely think there must have been something wrong with us to allow all this to happen. But Zanu PF is a deadly violent party.

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Jo - 1 December 2014

"Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his chambers by injustice. Yet your eyes and your heart are for nothing but covetousness; for shedding innocent blood and practicing oppression and violence. (Jeremiah 22V13, 17) No man repented of his wickedness and My people do not know the judgment of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:6,7. If that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. (Jeremiah 18:7-8) Oh Lord, we cry our for you to expose all the darkness and sin in Zimbabwe. For until our sin comes out into the light our nation will languish and fester in judgment. I cry our for You, in Your great mercy, to bring a Godly sorrow to our hearts so that we may truly repent and be restored bringing your name glory and honour for in our present state we truly bring dishonour to Your great name.

Maid Marion - 1 December 2014

The probablem in zanupf is corruption. If these people in Mujuru camp were clean they would have mounted a challenge but now the corrupt who have power are fighting the corrupt with no power. What comes out of the congress is still a corrupt smelly regime. Zimbabweans are in trouble.

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Well done Mnangagwa. I like it when Zanu people taste their own medicine. But I know that whatever the outcome, Mnangagwa might not rule this country

Nduna - 1 December 2014

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