Mutasa move rattles Zanu PF

HARARE - Zanu PF appears rattled by this week’s unexpected move by a group of disaffected party members who are taking President Robert Mugabe head-on over his increasingly contested control of the former liberation movement, with party bigwigs and lickspittle State media going apoplectic yesterday over the challenge.

Analysts told the Daily News yesterday that the over-the-top reaction by senior party officials, including threats and unbecoming insults directed at former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, left, was a clear sign that the challenge against Mugabe by many of Zanu PF’s  leading lights had touched a raw nerve.

Mutasa move rattles Zanu PF Reportage and commentary in lapdog State newspapers ranged from hysterical calls for Mutasa to be expelled from Zanu PF forthwith, to the tired refrain that what he and his colleagues were doing allegedly “confirmed allegations levelled against former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s cabal of working with the opposition to unseat Zanu PF and eventually assassinate President Mugabe”.

Zambia-based political analyst, Shakespeare Hamauswa, said the rabid reaction by officials of the ruling party had not come as a surprise, adding that it was a clear sign of the panic within the party, as well as notice of the rejuvenation of the Mujuru camp which had a strong social base.

“I would like to think that the environment now presents opportunities for the second Save Zimbabwe Campaign as we are likely to witness more chaos in Zanu PF and Zimbabwe.

“This has obviously shaken Zanu PF and they are in panic mode. It is also possible that the Mnangagwa camp made mistakes by thinking their problems are over because their enemy Mujuru had been dethroned.

“Possibly, all this explains again that Mutasa and company had realised that they still have residual influence and have realised that it is Mugabe and the other faction which seemingly won the battle, who are in tatters. Thus, they are simply taking advantage of the wrangles within the Mnangagwa faction,” the Mulungisi University political science lecturer said.

South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman, Mutumwa Mawere, said although the dispute would appear to be a domestic Zanu PF matter, the constitutional and legal implications would haunt Zimbabweans for a very long time.

“The beneficiary of the unorthodox removal of former VP Mujuru is a trained attorney and minister of Justice, but one would expect the protectors of the state Constitution to be the last to be accused of undermining it.

“When a secretary of administration of any party steps up to make the kind of allegations made, one is compelled to take notice of the implied justice. The promise of independence could not have been rule by law but rule of law as provided for in the Constitution.

“However, any instrument that purports to be legal that limits the rights of any citizen without the due process of the law cannot be clothed as a constitutional measure,” Mawere said.

Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe director, Mcdonald Lewanika, said the latest challenge could not be taken for granted, although the situation was not entirely ripe for the opposition.

“Zanu PF is definitely changing and new alliances, accommodations and compromises will be sought. But we cannot take for granted that the nature of opposition to mainstream Zanu PF will be as it was in 2008, by 2018.

“But given the nature of those who are ascendant in Zanu PF and the fact that the popular Zanu PF base is divided and possibly being decimated, we may easily see a return to the resorting to violence and coercion as a means of capturing and retaining State power?

“We have to bear in mind that the Zanu PF that we see has the architects of Gukurahundi, the authors of POSA and AIPPA and are not hesitant about using chicanery and force to capture and retain power.

“It is also clear that if the incumbent ruling party president, who is also the Head of State, were to vacate State and party offices, the chaos that will ensue is self-evident as the two VPs have no nexus with the ruling party outside the personal preference of the incumbent.

“Where would their legitimacy to succeed the incumbent come from if they have escaped the eye of the democratic needle?” Lewanika said.

A politburo member who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was unfortunate that Mugabe had pushed out fellow comrades who had helped him to liberate the country, and had thus allegedly decided to align himself with “sellouts.”

“It is unfortunate that things have been allowed to reach this point where some comrades feel they have been pushed against the wall and that it is time that they stood up.”

The politburo member also accused Mugabe of “ill-treating his liberation war comrades” at the instigation of new party cadres of a “dubious standing”.

“Mugabe was made to create enemies out of his friends by those who misinformed him that these comrades were his foes. I think we need to look at ourselves as a party and to self-introspect in order that we can bring the party back to its founding values.

“What is particularly painful is that it is seemingly impossible for us to reconcile with our own comrades such as (Didymus) Mutasa and yet we managed to do that with the whites in 1980 who were oppressing and killing us. We also did it again when we signed the Unity Accord,” he added.

Analysts have said that Mugabe faces possibly his biggest political challenge since he assumed the leadership of both Zanu PF and Zimbabwe, with his one-time trusted lieutenants now evolving into a formidable tag-team as they bid to pressure him to run the party and the country more democratically.

They also say the current pressure could see Mugabe completely losing his tight grip on Zanu PF and ultimately lead to the 90-year-old losing the leadership of the party completely.

Serving party heavyweights, liberation war pioneers and analysts who spoke to the Daily News on Tuesday said the latest “frontal attack” on Mugabe by the disaffected members sympathetic to Mujuru had “never been witnessed before” and threatened to sweep the nonagenarian out of power.

They also blamed Mugabe’s wife Grace and some Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) for “the self-inflicted mess” that now confronted Mugabe and Zanu PF.

These sentiments followed the unprecedented move by the party stalwarts on Monday, including perceived allies of Mujuru, to confront

Mugabe head-on — a development analysts say is set to shake the ruling party to its core, and possibly result in the party of liberation splitting down the middle.

The party heavyweights, led by Mutasa, have bluntly called Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare late last year “null and void”.

They also, ominously, slated all the party appointments and changes that were made just before, during and after the controversial congress — pitting themselves for a titanic showdown with Mugabe,

Grace and party hardliners who led the assault on Mujuru and all party officials who were perceived to be sympathetic to her.

In a statement that was provocatively signed by Mutasa in his capacity as the ruling party’s secretary for administration, “in the broad interest of democracy and in defense of the Zanu PF founding principles”, the disaffected party members called for the nullification of the entire process of “the so-called congress”, deeming it constitutionally flawed.

They also agitated for the re-instatement of “the entire constitutionally-elected office bearers of the party in all structures of all wings, as at the 1st of July 2014”.

The no-holds barred statement also called for the nullification of all “purported constitutional amendments drafted and rail-roaded immediately before this so-called congress”, as well as the restoration of the “elective dignity of congress and the one-man one-vote principle as enunciated by our armed struggle and constitution”.

The statement shook the entire Zimbabwean body politic and prompted many serving Zanu PF bigwigs to proclaim in interviews with the Daily News that they were ready to join the disaffected members in their fight to “restore Zanu PF to its former self” and end the party’s dictatorship.

“Just watch this space, we have suffered enough,” said a central committee member who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation.

“Since the liberation struggle, people have been treated unfairly and there is no justice in the party. We want Zanu PF to return to its founding principles and values and it is time that we all joined hands and ended this dictatorship,” the official added.

Comments (38)

ndakamboti wani hameno zvavo vane meno,mukati meno achaprovidwa musi wacho therefore we will watch and wait, Learnmore muka uone iwe

zvenyika ganda - 15 January 2015

the quicker the revolutionary party sorts itself the better. any more continued bickering will only serve to destroy the party. for the sake of the party and the country, wouldn't it be wise for all stakeholders within zanu including those who have been expelled to come together and discuss the way forward? my fear is that the party has lost too many of its trusted people in a short space of time and as a result, it appears as if there is now a power vaccum that could be exploited by anyone.

taurai - 15 January 2015

taurai urikuda kutiyi? zvaunonyora hazvina ne njere zvirinani kusanyora. chimu CIO chekuma hosteri. zvinouchaitaseyi chi party chenyu chaparara?

Der - 15 January 2015

Zvobgo: "...Ngomahuru who, once handed the baton stick in a relay, ran into the hills with it and never handed it to the next runner resultantly losing the race...." Dongo: “I hope I won't be disappointed again if they do not stand up. If they do that, then they are all Mugabe's wives.” Donato "...When the birds came to drink water, he could catch them. He was the only one who could get the birds because he could sit very quietly and that's why grandfather said it was his job." Robert Mugabe "...Yes, I preferred to keep to myself than playing with others. I didn't want too many friends, one or two only – the chosen ones. I lived in my mind a lot. I liked talking to myself, reciting little poems and so on; reading things aloud to myself." HOW MANY OF YOU ZIMBABWEAN REALLY UNDERSTAND RGM????

selele - 15 January 2015

It surprises me that some members of Zanu are crying foul now, speaking this and that about the constitution. Is this the same constitution that they have ripped to tatters when they wanted? Is this the same 1 man 1 vote system that has been abused since independence that they want??I say this surely is Karma , Joyce Mujuru Is as BAD as Ngwena she was in the same Zanu from formation, what makes her better??? why is she considered a moderate, she is in Zanu they are not moderates there. Ngwena 4 President(after Mugabe that is)

The Real Mcoy - 15 January 2015

It surprises me that some members of Zanu are crying foul now, speaking this and that about the constitution. Is this the same constitution that they have ripped to tatters when they wanted? Is this the same 1 man 1 vote system that has been abused since independence that they want??I say this surely is Karma , Joyce Mujuru Is as BAD as Ngwena she was in the same Zanu from formation, what makes her better??? why is she considered a moderate, she is in Zanu they are not moderates there. Ngwena 4 President(after Mugabe that is)

The Real Mcoy - 15 January 2015

No sane person would like to be like RGM.The real war against him is coming.Remember he addressed several election rallies saying, ''NYIKA YAKAUYA NEGIDI HAITORWE NE PENCIL.''War Vets fought for Mugabe but FREEDOM FIGHTERS fought to liberate the people of Zimbabwe. Look at what Grace is doing in Mazoe.Can we really say those Mazoe families are enjoying the so-called land reform?Can we really say those families are enjoying Zimbabwe independence?

ropafadzo - 15 January 2015

I hate ZANU PF for its sins against humanity.Of course Mutasa,former VP Mujuru,Rugare Gumbo,Nicholas Goche etc have their share of evil deeds by evil ZANU PF but we can forgive them if they truly mean war against that monisterous party&its self serving leadership. PASI NE ZANU PF zvachose!!!

kangamwiro - 15 January 2015

Am only hearing Mutasa and Gumbo where is Mujuru, Shamhu and the others, sitting on the fence, I wonder

Nyamhangambiri - 15 January 2015

ZVOBGO: Mr Speaker Sir, half the people in this August House are stupid. SPEAKER: That is very offensive and I think you should withdraw your words, Honourable. ZVOBGO: I stand guided, Mr Speaker, and would like to withdraw my words and rephrase. Mr Speaker, half the people in this August house are not stupid.

ndaba - 15 January 2015

Zvobgo answered his detractors in the typically sharp and eloquent way that only he could master. “These 'mafikizolos' have nothing to lose if Zanu PF is harmed . . . They shout Mugabe's name loudest . . . Most of them are opportunists, corrupt and incompetent. They know that people do not want them but they believe they are secure in their blind fanaticism . .

ndaba - 15 January 2015

“Ask yourself whether it is rational for a government in a democratic and free society to require registration, licences and ministerial certificates in order for people to speak. It is a sobering thought,” he said

ndaba - 15 January 2015

It is very clear that as soon as Mugabe dies, there will be an all out war in Zimbabwe for power, like it or not. Civil war is coming in the next 5 to 10 years, like it or not. Believe it or not.

Rugare - 15 January 2015

When they were enjoying the debonair lifestyle before being thrown off the gravy train, they were praising Mugabe even in blasphemous ways calling him the son of God. It was taboo for them to say anything wrong about their former Principal. When civil society, the opposition parties and the majority cried foul at the way the constitution was being trampled on and disregarded, we had people like Mutasa defending the system and telling us to go hell. Now that the tables have turned, you are approaching the very same private media you used to savagely attack to be your mouth pieces to reach the people you once spat on seeking their sympanthy. How the mighty have fallen.

Dr Know - 15 January 2015

It was Mr Mutasa himself who said most of the MPs in the august house were 'very unwitty' when he was speaker of parliment.

Chenjerai Hove - 15 January 2015

Ko maiti zvopera sei. ZANU must die. It destroyed our lives, separated many families, displaced many people, ikaita millions into marovha, ikauraya vanhu vakawanda. Paso nezanu mhani.

maiwe zimbabwe yacho - 15 January 2015

Lets wait for Mugabe to return from jabulingj in Asia and then we can know exactly where zanu is heading . As of now this is just one of the talk shows . But i think Mutasa mighty have realised that Mugabe is not as dangerous as he is painted while working in his office and he now knows his weaknesses . But the problem with gammatox is humbwende as soon as Mugabe shows up all this talk we go .

Diibulaanyika - 15 January 2015

"Vane mazeyo pavenetsenga iwe teerera" (Tuku)

Skop Dhonoro - 15 January 2015

Mutasa and his group, Mujuru included are not champions of democracy. The country is economically dead. Its wild west when it comes to laws and respect for constitution. There is nothing to save or salvage ,its too late. Mutasa has been minister for security. Non stop brutality by zanu pf machinery. Mutasa must not drag the whole population into zanu pf wars. Mutasa is fighting to be in control of this brutal evil party.He had 34 yrs long opportunity to democratise zanu pf and country. Its insulting to have people like mutasa talking and preaching Gospel that is alien to them to gain sympathy.This time hamulume!. Since when does GOD sent the Devil to to do his work.? One thing for sure as long Mugabe is alive ,mutasa will get whats coming to him from RGM. Mugabe will expel him. As soon as 1924 model kicks the bucket, these words Z , A , N, U, P, F will be up for grabs. Anyone who thinks he is entitled to something from zanu will grab something from the party. The final battle will begin .It will be a Hyena bash, Dog eat Dog. No holds barred open confrontation. That will be the death of zanu pf. My biggest guess is only Prof J.Moyo will manage to crawl into a zimbabwe post mugabe era. The man does have "nine lives". He is the only man who can survive outside zanu pf values. There is power hunger in this evil party.I dont see zanu pf existing beyond 2030.

X-MAN IV - 15 January 2015

Mutasa is one of the creators of the political moster called Mugabe. He is only whimpering because the moster he helped create over so many years is now devouring him. It would be interesting to see Mutasa locked up twice: by Smith and by Mugabe. Remember his book, Black Behind Bars.

chenjerai hove - 15 January 2015

@der, uri we party ipi iwe? you also sound zanu pf just like me. both of us are seeing fire my friend. lets hope this fighting will stop and that the revolutionary party will survive.

taurai - 15 January 2015

Let us hope they smash themselves into thousands of pieces so the pieces are blown away by the wind never to be seen again.

Changamira - 15 January 2015

@changamira, you wish our party to break into pieces and be blown by the wind never to be seen again. you must be bitter my friend. it might happen. in life no one knows what is around the corner. however, i for one would wish stability and economic prosperity for all would return to our country as before. its just a wish.

taurai - 15 January 2015

Mutasa still lives in yesteryear comfort. When he lands he will realise he is no longer a leader.

liberty shungu - 15 January 2015

@Taurai I respect your feelings but too much has happened. There is just too much pain and suffering and I don't even see one clean one amoungst this group.

Changamira - 15 January 2015

Is this the same D Mtasa that banned Daily News in rusape? and now the same DM is crying foul? and the dialy news is now his mouthpiece?

Joshua - 16 January 2015

the state of issues confronting zpf is not about mutasa and his dissatisfied group alone. while we joyously rejoice over the precipitating events, it is also noble for all noble thinking zimbabweans to join our erstwhile enemies of democracy who have woken up from their slumber. truly speaking pain is piercing into the generality of zimbabweans but the element of aggravated fear coupled too much learnedness mantra is delaying the populace to demand freedom. yes Mutasa and his group were party and parcel to a greater extent to the suffering of the masses but we should find solace in the Bible where God endeared himself into Saul`s ways and provided him the revelation of truth. Although people could not believe Paul, his deeds shifted completely and we also demand that from Mutasa and his cabal and eventually their assertions can be accepted on a wider scale.

mukanya - 16 January 2015

Pathetic Taurai&his pathetic ZANU PF!! When is this person going to learn??The dear party is no longer the same.The end is so near my friend. So many innocent souls lost limb& lives zvichinzi,''NDEYEROPA'' Ko makanganwa here mashort & long sleeves of 2008.??? CHINOBHURURUKA CHINOMHARA. Too many innocent souls crying.

KUNGOHUMANA - 16 January 2015

I now see a difference between war vets who were in prison and those who fired guns!

Ron Tan III - 16 January 2015

I strongly strongly feel that all what is happening in the political arena including both in the ruling and opposition parties is telling all the innocent peace loving Zimbabweans that the road to a better Zimbabwe is under-going REAL construction not pot hole patching because its a road where there has never been a road before. ROAD ROAD and ROAD Chaitezvi

canwell Muchadya - 16 January 2015

Thats true if we managed to forgive the settler regime for all that it did during our sanguinary struggle for liberation,then we simply fail to reconcile with fellow comrades when we differ in terms of views.This Zanu pF leadership is now a total shame and disgrace

carson Macate - 16 January 2015

the state of issues confronting zpf is not about mutasa and his dissatisfied group alone. while we joyously rejoice over the precipitating events, it is also noble for all noble thinking zimbabweans to join our erstwhile enemies of democracy who have woken up from their slumber. truly speaking pain is piercing into the generality of zimbabweans but the element of aggravated fear coupled too much learnedness mantra is delaying the populace to demand freedom. yes Mutasa and his group were party and parcel to a greater extent to the suffering of the masses but we should find solace in the Bible where God endeared himself into Saul`s ways and provided him the revelation of truth. Although people could not believe Paul, his deeds shifted completely and we also demand that from Mutasa and his cabal and eventually their assertions can be accepted on a wider scale.

mukanya - 16 January 2015

It is clear for a man to look forward. Mutasa's actions nids spprt nometa wat wen he did bfore.the fact that he knws bttr its deadly found lost key to all Zimbabweans.pamberi na DM.my hero

die hard - 16 January 2015

@died hard above...spot on man, thats the deal! Nyati pachi boy ndovakabata tsvimbo iap nyoka irikushinyira irimumba. Zvekuti Nyati vane rovambira muchiuno hazvineyi ngavarove musoro wenyoka yapinda mumba munorara vana! Otherwise yavo nyoka is a beter devil becos it is termed...sometime we have to make that choice between devils.... this may be the case of a better devil

TaTanga - 16 January 2015

PASI NA FUNGAI MBETSA NA MUTASA!!!! MUTASA IS GONE ASARA NDI FUNGAI MBETSA

chaks - 21 January 2015

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