'Mujuru allies' ejected from Mnangagwa party

HARARE - Two deputy ministers and an ambassador were among a number of people who were allegedly chucked out of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory celebrations near Zvishavane on Saturday because of their perceived support for expelled Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Zvishavane–Runde MP and deputy Mines minister, Fred Moyo; Mberengwa South MP and deputy Industry minister, Chiratidzo Iris Mabuwa; Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, Isaac Moyo; and Mberengwa North MP Tafanana Zhou, were all allegedly ejected from Mnangagwa’s rural home, where the new VP was hosting the celebrations.

It is also alleged that Zvishavane-Ngezi MP John Holder, former MP Larry Mavhima and Gokwe-Kana MP Owen Ncube fronted the ejections.

“Some people were invited directly by the VP and others by the organising committee. First to be ordered out was honourable Zhou and deputy minister Mabuwa. This was before the celebrations began.

“After about an hour, Deputy minister Moyo and Ambassador to South Africa, Isaac Moyo drove in and were allowed in briefly inside the homestead.

“But they were later told to leave by Mavhima and Honourable Holder.

“They were told that they are Mujuru’s people and as such they were not wanted,” a party official who attended the party alleged yesterday.

It could not be established yesterday if Mnangagwa was aware of the alleged ejections and whether he played any part in them.

“These were the bigwigs that were sent away but altogether about 10 people were chased away,” another source claimed.

“But I think the directive did not come from the VP. It had to do with personal hatred. Mavhima lost his seat to deputy minister Moyo and he is a bitter man. As such you understand why minister Moyo was not wanted,” he added.

While Mavhima and Ncube were unreachable for comment yesterday, Holder admitted that the officials were booted out, insisting that all those chased away were gate crashers.

“Let us get one thing clear, every person and family is entitled to privacy,” Holder said.

“Likewise, the Mnangagwas are entitled to their privacy. When uninvited people pitched up, they were told thank you but you are not welcome because this is a private function for the family and close friends,” he added.

“Even on my side, the function took place in my constituency and I was not given a slot to even say something. Why? Because Mnangagwa is now the VP, not of Zvishavane or Midlands, but the whole of Zimbabwe.

“He is the VP for all the MDC formations and every Zimbabwean. We have to respect that,” he said.

Holder said security considerations had also been taken into account before the ministers were booted out.

“Mind you there are security issues. The VP office was broken into.

There is the issue of the poison. So you also have to look at the security.

“That is how I feel about the issue. You know when people are kindly asked to leave, they become bitter and twist facts,” Holder said.

Zhou, on his part, said he never attended the function.

“Yes, I did not attend, I had other commitments,” he said.

Efforts to get a comment from ministers’ Moyo and Mabuwa proved futile as their mobile phones were unreachable.

High ranking Zanu PF officials who attended the event included Psychomotor minister Josiah Hungwe, Jorum Gumbo, Mike Madiro, Chris Mutsvangwa, Shuvai Mahofa and Chief Fortune Charumbira.

Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana, accompanied by the permanent secretary for Defence Martin Rushwaya, led top government officials and several army generals who also converged at the VP’s mansion to congratulate him.


Comments (14)

What were they doing there, hakusikudenha here ikoko? You know very well these are not your buddies and you develop the tenacity to try acquaint yourselves with the enemy, thats stupid.

badass - 15 December 2014

Wasn't Mnanagagwa speaking very recently about uniting the country??? Strange lot they are! They are full of hate, spite, malice, jealousy and bitterness. May the Lord raise up a man to lead Zimbabwe. Someone who will truly seek to build bridges and not tear them down.

Righteous Justice - 15 December 2014

I don't think the VP knew about the ejections because he wants to embrace all Zimbabweans notwithstanding their political affiliation. He is a father figure and those who ejected them were overzealous.

Chief Charumbira - 15 December 2014

This is why we are at where we are as a cpountry a lot of things are said to have happened behind theMugabe. And the question has always been where will he be and doing? If systems were in place and if genuinely Ngwena wants to spruce his image to the electorate as suggested by one commentitor surely she should have put in systems to ensure everyone who cared to attend was at least to kicked out by those who are now accused of being overzealous.

goodlife - 15 December 2014

Mnangagwa a father figure & wants to embrace all zimbabweans? Give us a break already. Gukurahundi blood still fresh.

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dr - 15 December 2014

A father figure with 20 000 dead zimbabweans under his belt . You people you are starting again what you used to do in the 80s when you were singing jongwe rakakunda jongwe rakakunda from sun rise to sun set and made Mugabe a king now you want to make Munangagwa another king bastard .

Diibulaanyika - 15 December 2014

Since when has Deputy Minister of Mines Fred Moyo become a Mujuru supporter except in the eyes of MP John Holder of Ngezi & Larry Mavhima who have personal grudges against the Deputy Mines Minister? Is it because he is related to the notorious Rugare Gumbo which makes him guilty by association? The party should discipline John Holder as a nhunzvatunzva in its ranks.

mageja siziba - 16 December 2014

Ngiyamthanda u President Mugabe, uyake akhulume isiNdebele lapha lalaphayana, uyazama ukuba ngowelizwe lonke. Thats my challenge

UNCLE REAL - 16 December 2014

But Mnangagwa is a VP for every Zimbabwean including MDC T's Morgan Tsvangirai. Former VP Mujuru said she would never quit ZANU PF.Then why eject Mujuru's supporters from VP Mnanagwa's celebration party? That is primitive &myopic politics in ZPF.

kAKARA KUNUNA - 16 December 2014

Mnangagwa & Mujuru are both ZANU PF diehards.Nothing will ever change for an ordinary person in the street.Those who attended Mnangagwa's celebration party will return to their very poor homes again.Back to square one.

TAPERERWA HAMAWEE - 16 December 2014

Yes, yes most of the zimbos will, after the party go back home poor poor poor........ and wallow in poverty for the foreseeable future, meanwhile the hero worshipped will be in cloud nine.

ndozvo - 16 December 2014

vanhu ndisu takapusa. too much kushandiswa ne vanhu ava. vanhu vakangoita sewe neni. ndisu tinovadengaidza kusvikira vakuona kuti they can do their bidding with us. its all our fault. we need to change how we treat them then they will treat us with respect.

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 December 2014

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