Life goes on - Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru says she has accepted her recent dismissal by President Robert Mugabe and wishes him, his wife Grace, the new vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, and all the new Cabinet appointees well.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mujuru said she had “absolutely nothing” against those who had been chosen by Mugabe to replace her and lead the country.

She also dispelled unfounded speculation that she was heading for top US college, Harvard University, to further her studies, saying emphatically that she was staying put in Zimbabwe.

A vice president for 10 years in Mugabe’s government and for many years tipped to become Zimbabwe’s first woman president and only the country’s second post-independence leader, Mujuru said she was grateful that she had had her time in office and that life had to go on.

Asked whether she did not harbour some resentment about the fact that she had first been humiliated and then sacked, she told the Daily News that she harboured no ill-feelings towards anyone.

She in fact, surprisingly, went on to congratulate Mugabe, his wife Grace who led the vicious attacks on her leading to her dismissal, Mnangagwa, Mphoko and all the new Cabinet appointees.

Mujuru was fired last week at the instigation of Grace who had threatened to deal with the former VP herself if her nonagenarian husband did not dismiss her.

Mugabe, who has openly admitted that Grace tells him what to do, duly fired.

Mujuru subsequently, claiming that the popular liberation war heroine had plotted to oust and  assassinate him.

The sensational allegations have not only not been proven to date, but Mujuru and all those accused of plotting to assassinate the

90-year-old leader have not been charged either.

“I am congratulating the president for the successful (Zanu PF) congress (that was held in Harare early this month),” Mujuru, who snubbed the three-day gathering after receiving death threats said.

“I also congratulate the First Lady on being appointed the Women’s League secretary. My congratulatory message also goes to all those in the (party’s) central committee and the politburo,” she added.

Asked about her future plans, Mujuru said it was too early to talk about them, although her life “will not stop” because she was no longer in Cabinet.

“Life goes on,” she said.

However, she reiterated the importance of keeping peace in the country and helping to resuscitate the economy.

She also called on the ruling party and its leaders to shift their focus from the current anarchy devouring the movement, to bread and butter issues that would assist long-suffering Zimbabweans.

“We want peace in this country,” she said.

“Hatichada kuramba tichitaura nezve (Let’s move forward from the) congress. Let’s solve the problems we are facing as a country because we are running out of time,” she added.

Political analysts have said that although Mujuru has been thrown into the political wilderness, she remains a force to contend with both in Zanu PF and outside the party — and could bounce back spectacularly depending on how the political situation inside Zanu PF and the country progresses going into the future.

And while some of her political foes have been gloating about their victory over her, Mujuru said the country should forget about the events of the past few months — which

extinguished her political career, at least for now — and concentrate on bread and butter issues.

Still, some hardliners in the ruling party are agitating for more drastic action to be taken against her and her allies, with some calling for her arrest over the murky assassination plot.

Mujuru responded to this by saying that she was “here to stay” and would not leave either the country or Zanu PF.

In the meantime, analysts say there is a real danger that Zanu PF hardliners are manipulating Grace knowing fully well that she now wielded undue influence on Mugabe in his dotage.

In interviews with our sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday at the weekend, the analysts said all indications were that Grace was now effectively running Zimbabwe and increasingly instructing Mugabe, 90, what to do and who to appoint to important national offices.

This sentiment was made as Mugabe himself had also recently publicly intimated that he is now often instructed what to do by Grace.

Speaking at Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress, the president meekly admitted to the party’s 12 000 delegates that the First Lady tended to direct him on what to say and do, be it at home or while on official engagements.

This was after Grace was seen furiously advising the nonagenarian what to say, even going to the extent of ordering him to sit down at some point because Mugabe was allegedly talking too much.

The analysts who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday said the fact that Mugabe had seemingly now carried through all of the commands and threats that Grace had pronounced in the past few months, almost to the letter, meant that the First Lady now wielded undue influence on her aged husband.Life goes on: ex-VP Mujuru

 

 

Comments (60)

The old one is in pampers. Can be used as a toy by Grace and associates. He is just a Grace puppet now. sorry maningi!

Sheila Goreraza - 15 December 2014

ndozvo mai mujuru,u r a tru leader. enjoy you new found freedom, u will be back in the office soon. mark my word.

soko mukanya - 15 December 2014

On the 21 September 2014 (*Before Congress) Ignatius Chombo said the nation stands to benefit immensely from Mujuru's judicious guidance. “We look forward to your continued astute guidance as we strive to bring sound local governance to people of Zimbabwe,” he said. “May your achievement be an inspiration to your family, women and the nation at large.” “Your military prowess (Joice Mujru) that you exhibited as a guerrilla fighter set you in good stead for ascendancy to the position of vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and your academia achievements will further widen your knowledge base for the benefit of the people you serve,” Chombo said. Chombo belongs to the Mujuru camp.

Musona - 15 December 2014

“…for many years tipped to become Zimbabwe's first woman president and only the country's second post-independence leader…”, - tipped by who? The one and only reason why Joice was appointed to cabinet and remained in cabinet was because Mugabe wanted to please Solomon Mujuru whom he was scared of. It's as simple as that. She was never meant to be President at all. Solomon Mujuru was effectively Mugabe's vice all along and most senior government and party appointments were made at Solomon's behest. When Solomon died Mugabe felt Joice her outlived her usefulness and had to be jettisoned.

Musona - 15 December 2014

Spot on Musona

tongesai - 15 December 2014

Where is this force to reckon with behind Mujuru? It seems her power is ephemeral and largely a creation of the figment of the imagination of the Daily News.

Observer - 15 December 2014

It seems the Daily News is obsessed with losers, from chematama, mavambo etc, i can't stop laughing at this nonsensical publication.

reason - 15 December 2014

Harvard University? Give us seriousness

Galore 123 - 15 December 2014

Indeed puppet paper obsessed with losers.

peter geroge - 15 December 2014

Let us be honest even if Mai Mujus is conteplating whatever move she is not under any obligation to announce to the nation unless of course if it's something pertaining to her political plan. Well done Joyce...no need to antagonize these your not so long comrades in arms turned monsters...for now.

Garikayi - 15 December 2014

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madzibaba - 15 December 2014

ummmm amai vachange vakadhakwawo futi ava.......why is she afraid of saying anything negative about her now enemies?...pachine chekunyengerera here apa?..They call u muroyi weDotito and you say ah heee I wish them well...ah!...ndezve kuchurch izvozvo..idzi ipolitics idzi!

vanhu vakuru - 15 December 2014

Mháma Mjuru is handling the fiasco very well. Can't you see that Mnangagwa's colours will not shine for as long as the anticipated confrontation is concelled out by golden quietude? One of the real loosers is the first Lady whose drumbeating seems to have put her right at the mercy of not-yet-hungry crocodiles. Once its dinner time, she might not have anywhere else to run to and will be devoured mercilessly.

selele - 15 December 2014

Mujuru, you just lost in your own game, you have no sympathy from me, you were a poor leader in government, corrupt and did little for the people, except amassing wealth for your family since 1980.....For all I care you can go hang! Thousands have died directly or indirectly from your actions, hunger, disease...... I hope the rest of the old garbs burn each other in government, so we can have newer younger leaders more in touch with the plight of ordinary citizens

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dr - 15 December 2014

Thats how zanu pf works , It kicks you out of its moving gravvy train. Mujuru is just waiting at a cold platfom waiting to board the train again on its way back.

X-MAN IV - 15 December 2014

Never feel sorry for any one from zanu .You hear now what Joice is saying she is a true zanu snake . A snake will never be a lizard it will remain a snake .No one in zanu was chased away forevercan as far as we can remember the Mahofas of this world Spies like Chiyangwas keep on bouncing back so is Joice she will back that is if zanu will be still arround .So feeling sorry for her is waste of time bcoz she is one of them.

Diibulaanyika - 15 December 2014

What goes around comes around

Brian Chikwati - 15 December 2014

Now mai Mujuru wants to talk about peace and butter for everyone because she is out of power.Why didn't she speak about peace when her former part was butchering innocent MDC and she should even have resigned in protest of the killing of MDC supporters and officials.Mutasa even caused the death of a Chiendambuya family during the inclusive gvt .ZANU PF is for one family ,its not for everyone and never say ZANU yedu .

nzou huru - 15 December 2014

You have proved how mature you are lady. Mugabe kicked you out and he is now out for Far East for medication. Maybe, who knows. He might return in a coffin after concealing his malady for long time.

Nkwazi Mhango - 16 December 2014

Grace and Mugabe's marriage was made somewhere - I don't know where but conveniently to make sure we suffer so much. I hope we all repent our sins????????????

clement moyo - 16 December 2014

Daily News why do you shamefully write the way you do about you own country. In view of the above report is really you conscience clean?

dungas - 16 December 2014

i dont understand the sudden praise singing for mai mujuru, she has been part of this system for decades and all of a sudden she now cares about the economy of which she took part in destroying and looting? She started a game and lost it period!

wezhira - 16 December 2014

Joice is only being praised for humility given the uncouth Grace attacks and i for one admire that. As for corruption who in ZANUPF is not corrupt . The whole part is actively corrupt their fight is to out compete each other as resources are dwindling. Do you think it was only Mujuru who looted this country its all of them and they are still looting being cheered by the gyrating good for nothing choirs sorry maningi shame...... zim.

ndozvo - 16 December 2014

kunyarara kunokunda zvose. i am not taking any side but the way this lady handled this issue is admirable. no bitterness whatsoever. well done mrs mujuru.

taurai - 16 December 2014

daily cake the best daily paper in zimbabwe. critics and friends cant help but read this paper. kudos to gama and co.

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 December 2014

i for one have refused to be hoodwinked by mujuru's sympathy for the people's plight. when she was in the gravy train, i never heard her talking abt the suffering of the people. now that she has been thrown out she wants all to believe that she cares. to mia mujuru, let me tell you one thing mama, if you are just an ordinary person you don't live in fantasy and wat will be happening around you is the real world. no wonder why ordinary people understand better the plight of our economy. if you are up there at the top, zvingwa zvinenge zvizere patafura some of which you don't even know kuti chabvepi. vamwe tiri nani coz we have mastered the art of living in this cruel country.

haya - 16 December 2014

It serves the whole lot of them right including Joice Mujuru! There is nothing new that has befallen her that hasn't happened to others before right under her nose! But she shouldn't worry because soon, and very soon it will also be catching up with her persecutors!! No one will be spared! Watch this space! For God cannot be mocked by men.

Mandy - 16 December 2014

During my days I used to like this saying; "Giving a dog a bad name so that you can kick it". That is what exactly happened to you home girl. First there were these nasty allegations and you were then kicked. Haisi nyaya. life has to go on. The good thing is; hauna kufa.

Homeboy - 16 December 2014

big up mujuru

moses zhozi - 17 December 2014

big up mujuru

moses zhozi - 17 December 2014

well done VP Mujuru.

neutral - 17 December 2014

kunyarara kwacho too much

tinofatichienda - 17 December 2014

mai Mujuru you are a true politician (one of your own) please get out of that train (zanu pf)

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Please Daily news, publish the new government ministers and their deputies. We want to know who we are hosting for Xmas. The old and the looters.

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trinity - 19 December 2014

A check on the corruption outcry that has thoroughly devastated our once very sound economy- kindly list any of high ranking goverment officers to ever have been charged of the practice and dealt with accordingly. I may have fallen into some very deep slumber and missed out. Help me catchup.

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