Hired thugs target Mujuru

HARARE - As the Zanu PF “elective” congress gets under way this week, thousands of youths and thugs are said to have been hired from around the country to heckle and harass embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters during the damp squib gathering, the Daily News has been told.

The fear that violent thugs may be waiting in the wings to confront Mujuru and her perceived allies at the meeting was given impetus yesterday by controversial Harare youth league chairperson Godfrey Gomwe’s chilling threat to use all necessary means to stop them from attending the congress.

And it was confirmed yesterday that scores of Cabinet ministers and more than 100 Members of Parliament had not been accredited for the congress, which a miffed politburo member derisively called a “(President Robert) Mugabe praise and worship show”.

“There is no congress taking place this week. It’s just a Mugabe praise and worship show, that’s all.

“Reports also say Mai Mujuru’s (party) enemies have once again organised thugs to come and intimidate her and everyone else seen as sympathetic to her, just like they did at the politburo meeting a few weeks ago,” the senior party member said.

Some of the “banned” Cabinet ministers and MPs also told the Daily News that they were “scared to death” of attending the congress whose prestige and importance had been stripped away once Mugabe decided to amend Zanu PF’s constitution to give him powers to appoint the party’s senior officials.

Gomwe, a blind follower of First Lady Grace Mugabe and zealous member of the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction reiterated forcefully yesterday that Mujuru would not be allowed to attend the congress and sit close to Mugabe.

“She (Mujuru) knows what she did and she knows the consequences. If she wants to attend congress, she has to speak to the president.

“Look at what happened to the people implicated in Tsholotsho, they were expelled from the party and only came back after it was discovered that the reports were not true,” he said.

The feared youth league leader said members of his constituency would not sit back and allow Mujuru to “come close” to Mugabe because they allegedly feared for the safety of the nonagenarian.

“She is not going to be stoned or beaten up, but we are going to tell her that her plan to remove the president is unacceptable and we will not allow her near him.

“We need to protect our president. She will not get into the venue because of what she did,” Gomwe said, adding, “What is so special about Mujuru?

“What special powers does she have? Look at the past four vice presidents, they were very powerful men but none of them challenged the president. Why did she not follow their footsteps?”

If she dared to come to the venue of the gathering, he said, she would face the “consequences of her actions.”

The lapdog State media, which is controlled by hardline party apparatchiks loyal to Mnangagwa, has made sensational but murky claims that Mujuru, together with her allies, is plotting to oust assassinate Mugabe.

The claims have been supported by Grace who has made it clear repeatedly and openly that Mujuru must resign or risk being fired by her husband.

Over the past few weeks, the lickspittle State media has published loaded daily reports regarding her alleged corrupt activities and plots to oust and assassinate the president.

In addition, nine of the party’s 10 provincial chairpersons who are suspected of being loyal to the VP have been removed from office after being hit with controversial votes of no confidence.

In his interview with the Daily News yesterday, Gomwe also overtly threatened the popular daily.

“Imi Daily News munoitirei zvamuri kuita zvekunyora nyaya dzamunopiwa nevanhu ivavo? Munofanira kuziva kuti havasisina power ende zvichazokunetsai pamberi (Why are you guys at the Daily News writing stories that you are given by Mujuru and her allies? You will face the consequences because those people no longer have power)” he said.

Joseph Mapiki, the Zanu PF MP for Shamva North, said he would not be taking part in the congress as he had not been accredited.

Mapiki said there was tension in Mashonaland Central, characterised by a systematic smear campaign against all perceived Mujuru allies.

Guruve North legislator Criswell Mutematsaka, who has also not been accredited, expressed disappointment at being barred from attending the congress, describing his situation as “a difficult one” to take.

In Mashonaland East, the acting chairman Phineas Chihota, vowed that pro-Mujuru MPs from the province would not attend the congress.

“All those MPs from our province who were suspended are not attending the congress until their cases are finalised,” Chihota, who is also Seke legislator, said.

Tendai Makunde, who is MP for Murehwa North, and who has been in the provincial executive for more than 15 years, could not hide his displeasure at being barred from attending the congress, accusing Everisto Pfubvuti, a war veteran, of masterminding the ouster of several senior leaders in the province.

“I have been a political commissar for Mashonaland East for 15 years, but we have one war veteran who is refusing to accredit us, cancelling our names for no good reason.

“How can I attend the congress when I was not accredited?” he asked angrily.

Aquallinah Katsande of Mudzi South, and former Mashonaland East provincial chairlady, said she would not be attending the crucial event because “a dubious vote of no confidence was passed against me and some MPs in the province”.

Some Zanu PF MPs, who are part of the Zanu PF congress fundraising committee, said they were only helping with the logistics but would not be part of the proceedings.

“I am currently at the party headquarters finalising logistics for the event, but they said they do not want us at the congress, so I am not attending,” Felix Mhona of Chikomba Central said.

“I am doing my duties as assigned by my superiors to make the event a success since I am a member of the fundraising committee.”

In Manicaland, Enock Porusingazi, the MP for Chipinge South, who was slapped with a yet-to-be explained five-year suspension, is also not attending.

Porusingazi said he remained a loyal party cadre and would respect the decision of the party to leave him out in the cold.

“I would have wanted to come to congress but you know the problem of suspensions of provincial leaders and MPs we are experiencing. So they have refused to accredit me,” he said.

“I am a disciplined party member so I will wait for advice from the national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo.”

Ray Kaukonde, the ousted chairperson of Mashonaland East, who is accused of being the chief financier of the Mujuru camp, confirmed that he would not attend the congress.

He declined to comment further.

The aggrieved lawmakers who now stand barred from the congress accused party cadres who lost primary elections last year of “trying to launch a comeback through the back door”.

The run up to the congress has been characterised by a well-choreographed blitzkrieg against Mujuru and her sympathisers which has further divided the party.

Some of the Cabinet ministers perceived to be sympathetic to Mujuru include Nicholas Goche, Francis Nhema, Sylvester Nguni, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Walter Mzembi, Lazarus Dokora, Andrew Langa, Flora Bhuka, Olivia Muchena and Didymus Mutasa.

Almost all of these party heavyweights have also been blocked from Zanu PF’s powerful central committee.

Mujuru and Goche duly refused to submit their names for the Mashonaland Central committee elections.

The duo’s sensational abandonment of the Mashonaland Central elections came after hired thugs, who were baying for Goche’s blood, besieged the tempestuous provincial meeting in Bindura two weeks ago.

Some of the MPs and prominent politicians who will most likely miss the congress include Edgar Chidavaenzi, David Butau, Kenneth Musanhi, Temba Mliswa, Tendai Savanhu, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Washington Musvaire, Calisto Gwanetsa, Jason Machaya and Amos Midzi.

Comments (41)

Saka kunenge kunani kuCongress uku. Mudahara anozotaura kunavana ani.

Malawi Bubble - 2 December 2014

More than 100MPs, plus 50 something Opposition. Mugabe has created a monster that is going to swallow him pretty fast, soon after this imposition congress. Things wont ever be the same in zanu pf again. its a one way traffic now to doom and Gloom

busybody - 2 December 2014

i hope this is going to be a lesson to all that in life you only fear God do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.All the Party heavy weights should feel relieved that they have been in these posts for a long time and they have done nothing to change the populace living standards and it is high time that we get new blood into the party.They have looted enough,they all have farms ,businesses etc can they now focus on these businesses to create employment.Surely each dog has its day,2004 it was the Dinyane Dibbacle and now it is the Dr Grace Dibbacle.The only difference is in 2004 the group was not dressed down as we saw a few weeks ago. I hope as a people we will come with lessons from these happenings: 1.work hard for whatever you want and then you will not have to leek someone. 2.Do not be too materialistic lest you suffer the consequences. 3.Improve yourself acadmically,socially,spiritually and financially -basically do not be corrupt because we know that all of them are corrupt whether weevil or gamatox.Lastly please let us have new people,if its about war creditials there are very intelligent you

Chipo - 2 December 2014

i hope this is going to be a lesson to all that in life you only fear God do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.All the Party heavy weights should feel relieved that they have been in these posts for a long time and they have done nothing to change the populace living standards and it is high time that we get new blood into the party.They have looted enough,they all have farms ,businesses etc can they now focus on these businesses to create employment.Surely each dog has its day,2004 it was the Dinyane Dibbacle and now it is the Dr Grace Dibbacle.The only difference is in 2004 the group was not dressed down as we saw a few weeks ago. I hope as a people we will come with lessons from these happenings: 1.work hard for whatever you want and then you will not have to leek someone. 2.Do not be too materialistic lest you suffer the consequences. 3.Improve yourself acadmically,socially,spiritually and financially -basically do not be corrupt because we know that all of them are corrupt whether weevil or gamatox.Lastly please let us have new people,if its about war creditials there are very intelligent you

Chipo - 2 December 2014

Scores of ministers and over 100 MPs banned. Looks like the basis of a new political party to me! But do they have the courage to walk out like the Kenyans did?

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 2 December 2014

Mugabe has split zanu pf

Harare - 2 December 2014

ZvemuZany PF ndiwo anonzi ma 1000 chaiwo.regai vabisane pazvigaro.vachabisana kusvika party yasara isisina asara.pamwe nyika ingatangira parinani with new untainted faces kwete magamatox nemaweevils ava.

R.U. CHAIPA - 2 December 2014

I am happy and unhappy with the ZANU heavy weights that are being purged by Mugabe. This is what the opposition has been saying for 10 bloody years kuti this Mugabe thing and his gay gangsters are real criminals. Taste of your party's medicine so let us go for a third order

Garikayi - 2 December 2014

This is by no means a Congress but a kitchen party.only one or two senior Cadres are there the rest is just nothing to write home about.

carson Macate - 2 December 2014

to supporters of this party Zanu Pf who believe in their leaders or these leaders who are now in fear.Is it th Zimbabwe you want,a country where you live in fear.A country where freedom of choice is paid with death ?You where part of this cult in 2008 when MDC supporters where killed maimed.Now you fear for your life.Will you continue to support this form of governance or rather change for a party that calls for Democracy.Self review

nhai imi vakadzingwa - 2 December 2014

This idiotic mouthpiece of the dwarf Dr 10 percent has the temerity to label " thugs" to youths and other ordinary and faithful citizens of this country who want to demonstrate against this stupid thief and her bootlickers. It is the editorial team and reporters of this failed mouthpiece which is singing for its last supper from this team of treacherous dwarfs. If at all its a "damp squib gathering", then why are you concerned about the ongoings and again why is your team of idiotic and treasonous sponsors fighting to attend the so called gathering. This is a sign of confusion from the poor reporters and the stupid lot who in their vain attempt to stage a palace coup, failed dismarkely.

reason - 2 December 2014

The name 'Renewal Team' is no longer in use now,isn't it high time the ousted ZANU PF members formed their own formation and name it that? If ever there will be a perfect time to try and convince us that you are men and women of merit, who have the guts to say enough is enough ( although we know better), then there is no better time than the present one at hand. Mujuru and Tsvangirai's MPs must put up a united front in parliament and call for fresh elections. Real change is coming, I can't wait for the end of this circus they call congress to come to an end.

Dr Know - 2 December 2014

All along these chastised members had a choice to choose between Mujuru and Mnangagwa and they chose mujuru. Sadly Mugabe unexpectedly joined on to the bandwagon to safeguard his personal interests, siding with the mnangagwa camp which suited both his short and long term plans. indeed, its actually Mugabe who has betrayed these people not the other way round because these are cadres who were very loyal to the nonagenarian.

Deceptive leadership - 2 December 2014

Joice Mujuru has no future in Mugabe's ZanuPF. We are looking beyond congress. I am putting my money on Gideon Gono and Sithembiso Nyoni to be handpicked as Mugabe's Vice-Presidents and Herbert Murerwa as party Chairman. Mugabe has to be seen to include someone from Matebeleland, and a female. He will appoint those who do not pose a threat to his position. I cannot see Mnangagwa being appointed Vice-President. I could be wrong but that is the way I see it panning out. This is not a good time to be a ZanuPF politician. Not many people will be willing or eager to be appointed ministers after this cull. All those who went to the graduation celebration in Dotito are out. Sekeramayi, Solomon Mujuru's nephew, tried to sit on the fence - he has been found out - also on the way out. There's no hiding place - party thugs will smoke them out. Edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Musona - 2 December 2014

Vane vision would know kuti Kasekuru kaita secure position for his hubla, kapedza zvako Gabriel. Imi muri busy kupenga asi varikungodya. Satani!!

John Madhir' - 2 December 2014

Animal Farm Zimbabwean Context MR Jones - Whites (The British Settlers) Old Major - The Founders of Zanu Pf (Ndabaningi Sithole, Herbert Chitepo) Napoleon - Uncle Bob Snowball - Mujuru Farm animals - Povo Napoleon's Dog Squad - Zanu pf militia , informers , Police , Army

Chinoz - 2 December 2014

Dai zvaramba zvakadai zvinofumurana zvopedzana zvoga. Its a good turnaround of events

Dai zvaramba zvakadai - 2 December 2014

If Munangagwa never gets the post of vice president at the congress of idiots then i fore see the slaying of a very very very very old owner of zanu taking place the writing is on the wall.

Diibulaanyika - 2 December 2014

yes it does look as if the justice minister might miss out on the vp's position. this time heads did roll for real. I feel for those who lost their jobs but then, this might be the process that will see the country move forward. these are in deed very hard times. if we could spare a moment to pray for our country.

taurai - 2 December 2014

Zvazo buda pachena nhasi kuti Mujuru akaurayiwa nevanhu veZANU pf, Hapana kana nguva Solomon Mujuru atisiya, nhasi moti mudzimai Wake ngaachibuda muhurumende. Asi Solomon achiri mupenyu you would give Joice all the respect, manyanya vanhu veZANU pf, hamunyare here? Ukuwo kumatabeleland moti pamberi naGrace makanganwa gukura hundi here?? Mugabe ngaeende naGrace Wake!!!!!!!

Gondo Harishaye - 2 December 2014

do u stil remember prophet makandiwas prophecy that you all blasphemed, watch out

mutakiwa - 2 December 2014

The picture in the Herald of Shamu, Khaya Moyo, Hungwe and others at the congress is hilarious - playing happy families when they know they are on the way out.

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doc - 3 December 2014

mugabe like all revolutionary leaders will die a shamefull death, to Joicy if possible lets act now who is Mugabe to us rombe zvarowo iro rinokwira hure rotadzakufunga

gutsa - 3 December 2014

Dont worry, after the Congress all the sidelined Zanu pf will be recalled to the Party and we will give them junior positions. They have nowhere to go, most of them are 100% Zanu pf beneficiries. They decide to leave Zanu, we repocess all their party issued farms, cars etc

ndeyeropa - 3 December 2014

The problem is mujuru and her allies are allergic to democratic values as such zanu will not split. That is why they will be heckled at the clan's gathering. A 10.1 dts sound output cheering and clapping hands for mugabe will be the order of the days to come. Zanu will never transform but will continue to be even more brutal.

X-MAN IV - 3 December 2014

Asi Daily News makarambidzwa kupinda mu congress here zvamakangoti ziii. tell us the developments

The Atomic - 3 December 2014

saka muporofita uya akaporofita zvose izvi zviri kuitika ava kumberi kwedu tose!!! but he gave one condition that Pray Pray Pray Pray for Zimbabwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

simple - 3 December 2014

Kana Mai Mujuru vane100 plus MPs let us unite &kick out Mugabe.

McPYTHON KATIYO - 3 December 2014

I make all the plans, but God has the final decision

mariyeti Mpala - 3 December 2014

Here we are God alone is great! We can do all we can to make sure that noone understands the goings on but alas! God will make sure that the writing will be on the wall for everyone. We might spend all the little time we have over trivial issues and later on discover that it is not necessary to have these dog-fights at the expense of the ordinary voter. If we won resoundingly in 2013 then let us shine and make everyone happy. The country is in a liquidity crunch and yet people have the audacity to spend such fortunes just over less than one week. God is great and will preside over such merciless people. As long as we live just watch the space and see who is the next target. Is that what millions of gallant sons & daughters perished for??

Takarwa Hondo - 5 December 2014

Mugabe anoenda kun'anga. Mugabe anotya kutofawo? Mugabe haadi kubva pachigaro chete. Mugabe anoshandisa vanhu vasina kukwana mupfungwa. Kana wakawina 2013 elections resoundingly then where are the jobs? Where is the industry? Is this not happening because of Joyce's corruption? What age would you want to leave office because you can no longer talk or read audibly? You are just too OLD madala and please leave the job for the young ones. Did everyone go to war just for you mwana waBonna? We are tired of your dirty antics and God will judge you soon or later. Father of all dictators. What happened to Mabuto? Sadham? Amini? Mummar? you will follow same route, wring is on the wall!!

PROF MAKAOMA - 5 December 2014

Test your own medicine Teurai Ropa Mujuru. Only fools will sympathise with you! Didymus and company please face the music, Zanu Chiwororo. Ask Manyika who sang Zanu ndeye ropa, Zanu ndeyekushupika!!

PROF BIGGERS - 5 December 2014

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