Mugabe threatens Mujuru with arrest

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe ratcheted up his brutal assault on embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday, branding her a thief and a coward who was too scared to attend Zanu PF’s ongoing congress.

The long-ruling nonagenarian also warned of the possible arrest of Mujuru and her supporters if concrete evidence of their alleged treasonous plots against him is brought forward.

Mugabe promised thousands of his supporters on the first day of the damp squib “elective” congress being held in Harare that he would rid the party of all “rotten elements” — a not-so-subtle reference to Mujuru and her allies who he accuses of plotting to oust and assassinate him.

Among a litany of other charges that Mujuru faces are those related to gross corruption, abuse of office and fanning factionalism within Zanu PF.

“When leaders are chosen by the people, they must not choose to be thieves.

“We heard a lot about corruption involving diamonds and gold in which she (Mujuru) is being implicated.

“Now, if you are the leader and you are not honest, how does that work? Who will apprehend the thieves?

“You can never set a thief to catch another thief. Leaders are supposed to be morally upright,” Mugabe thundered ominously.

He called on the police to investigate all ministers and other senior government officials who had been implicated in corruption.

“If you are a minister, deputy or civil servant and you are found guilty, you will be prosecuted and we will in turn dismiss you from your position in government and the party,” he added.

He tacitly blamed his wife and the party’s women’s league for advocating Mujuru’s rise to the presidium a decade ago.

Mugabe claimed that his wife Grace had enthusiastically supported Mujuru when women suggested that she be made vice president, not knowing that she would one day plot the First Family’s downfall.

“I thought we were working together with some of us who had their own things, planning on how to change and kick the president out of power and I regret that we have let people down,” Mugabe said.

But as he officially opened the congress, the nonagenarian cut a lonely figure after two members of the four-person presidium, Mujuru and party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, once again failed to pitch up.

Mujuru’s ongoing boycott of the congress was first reported by the Daily News last weekend, with her sympathisers saying there is nothing for her to gain by being at the hostile gathering.

“You can see some of the leaders at the top are not here,” a miffed Mugabe said, adding, “Where are they?

“We have not barred them from coming here because we wanted to hear what they are planning but they have sneaked away without telling us the reason for their absence.

“That is the behaviour of thieves”.

Although Mugabe seemed to take umbrage at the snub, his wife Grace and supporters of Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa had vowed that they would never allow the widowed VP and her allies anywhere near the venue of the congress.

On Tuesday, rowdy youths booed and harassed Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi’s wife Tsitsi, denying her accreditation.

Some of Mujuru’s other perceived allies such as Miriam Chikukwa, the Harare State minister, who braved the threats and attended the gathering, were jeered and seriously roughed up by hired thugs.

Mujuru’s invidious position in the party was also worsened on Tuesday after Mugabe openly accused her of plotting to topple him when he addressed securocrats and war veterans.

This was the first time he had done so since the brutal infighting engulfing the party burst into the open a few months ago.

Mugabe reiterated his claims yesterday that the naivety of Mujuru’s plot against him included her working closely with the MDC, as well as soliciting regime change funds from the West ahead of last year’s elections.

Comments (3)

Mujuru should have been careful and realized that she would be used as was Muzorewa because of her proxisimit to RG. This is a well known formula used by whites in Zimbabwe. Bob is the only man in world that beat colonialists hands -hands -down. The story of RG is not complete if you do not realize he stands on side of GOD!

dungas - 5 December 2014

The world we live in today is now a Global village. Any normal sane person needs more friends and less enemies. In today's world living in isolation and primitive style is not helpfull at all and you will not have anything to show as your achievement. Democracy is growing world wide and to me I think it has attained the status of being called a "Religion". It does not make any senses in this modern world to just hate a person because his/her colour is pink,green,white or black. Mugabe has nothing to show off that zimbabwe is better place than colonial Era. $USD is colonialist property. To listen and seek advice from any person in this world does not amount to being used by that person. For 34 years Mugabe has beaten up, killed and tortured fellow black people hands down. Coal and Gas reserves have been doubled in "Hell" in anticipation of arrival of a 1924 model.

X-MAN IV - 5 December 2014

Is this mugabe congress or zanu congress.

tobias - 6 December 2014

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