Mutasa fires back

HARARE - A defiant Didymus Mutasa said yesterday that no one could expel him from the “real Zanu PF” — vowing to do everything in his power to “rescue” the strife-torn party from the brink of collapse.

Pouring his heart out in an exclusive interview with the Daily News, as party hawks ratcheted up their vitriolic attacks against him by pushing for his summary expulsion from the former liberation movement, the strong-willed Mutasa said their “machinations” would come to nothing and he was at peace with the world.

He also dismissed contemptuously the recommendation by his Manicaland home province for him to be expelled, saying the only Zanu PF that he knew and recognised was the one that existed prior to the “criminal congress” held in Harare late last year.

“I want to know which Zanu PF they are talking about. Is it the Zanu PF after congress where they are members of, or which came to being after the 6th congress?

“If it is that, I am not a member of that. I am a member of Zanu PF which goes up to the 6th congress and they cannot expel me from that and because they are not anymore members of that Zanu PF,” he said.

Although Mutasa still fondly refers to Mugabe as Baba (father) he said his erstwhile comrades who participated in the damp squib “elective” congress last December effectively fired themselves out of the real “law-abiding Zanu PF”.

“They all moved to their Zanu PF after their congress, which was illegal, and I don’t mind how many times they expel me from that because I have never been a member of it,” he said.

The outspoken nationalist added that given the liberation struggle history that he shared with Mugabe, he was shocked that “Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) were now calling the shots in “the Zanu PF after congress” and “even advocating” for his dismissal from the “real” ruling party.

He gave as examples of Mafikizolos, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa and Agriculture minister Joseph Made, both of whom, he said, had opted not to join the liberation struggle although they had been old enough to do so.

Asked what had motivated him to be part of the hard-hitting statement that had so upset party hardliners as to want him to be expelled from Zanu PF, Mutasa said he had felt compelled to act after he realised that the party had not only diverted from its core founding values, but had also been “hijacked by Mafikizolos”.

“What is motivating me is that a handful of people are misleading our president and I am trying to rescue him from that misleading group to restore his own standing, because as you can see I still have his painting in my house,” Mutasa said, pointing to Mugabe’s portrait hanging on a wall in his sitting room.

The former Presidential Affairs minister, who not only lost his position in the party, but also in government after First Lady Grace Mugabe fronted and agitated for intra-party purges that also claimed the head of former vice president Joice Mujuru, added that his was not being driven by bitterness but was inspired by a heartfelt desire to rescue Mugabe and the nation.

“I am very worried and I do not think the way he (Mugabe) is moving with this group of people is the right way for him, for us as a country or the region. It is not, definitely not.

“People always point at (Information minister) Jonathan Moyo ... because if you look at the whole group that is calling themselves Zanu PF and have given themselves positions in Zanu PF, none of them except (Vice President Emmerson) Mnangagwa has a history in the liberation struggle.

“(Ignatius) Chombo does not have that history, (Saviour) Kasukuwere doesn’t have, and in fact the rest of them have no history in the struggle at all and they are just taking this issue as if it is a playing matter.

“There are a lot of people who lost their lives in the struggle, and we cannot handle them like this. It’s evil to handle them in such a way. We must respect their lives, we must honour their integrity and not change,” Mutasa said.

He said contrary to the “false explanations” that were being given momentum by obsequious State media that those who were raising their voices against Zanu PF were doing so because they were bitter, Mutasa said he was “jolly-happy” that he had not been appointed to be part of the “Zanu PF after congress” politburo.

“I am not bitter at all. I am actually very happy. In fact, I have never been happier than now because I would be very sad if I had been included in this group. I would have been very unhappy.

“I am the happiest man. I am going to start again where we started with the Zanu PF they are destroying,” he said.

Yesterday’s interview with Mutasa followed an unprecedented move by many party stalwarts on Monday of confronting Mugabe head-on — a development that has not only rattled hardliners, but is also truly shaking the ruling party to its core.

Analysts also say the statement could possibly result in the party of liberation splitting down the middle.

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

They also, ominously, pooh-poohed 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.

The statement, which was provocatively signed by Mutasa in his capacity as the ruling party’s secretary for administration “in the broad interest of democracy and in defence of the Zanu PF founding principles” called for the nullification of the entire process of “the so-called congress (last December)”, 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 has shaken the local political world 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 (22)

if only these people settled their differences then the party would be saved from collapse. there doesn't seem be to any wisdom in perpetuating division in the party. tauriranai muvhime pamwepo baba vaHandishayi na baba vaRutsoka.

taurai - 18 January 2015

But who are these other leaders for whom Mutasa is speaking. Why is the daily news not naming them?

Zwelani - 18 January 2015

taurai - pfutseki wako chimu CIO. zvaunonyora hazvina ne njere. unogoti tauriranayi ivo varipakati pekurwisana seyi? isu veruzhinji tiri kufara kuti varikurovanana kusara kwako iwe mwana we febe.

Der - 18 January 2015

Mudzimu waro bonga kuwana huku dzichirwisana let them destroy chiparty chemhondi.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 18 January 2015

Mucharwa mega ini ndiripo, mucharwa mega ini ndiripo, mucharwa mega ini ndiripo. (song yakaimbwa neMweya mutsvene pana Madzibaba Ishmael). Mweya wakati mucharovana, muchapedzana ini ndiripo zvangu ndakakutarisai. Handei tione kunowira tsvimbo nedohwe. Musadherere Didymus he is serious and raring to go.

GENERAL - 18 January 2015

On the 14 th of this month while contributing on the topic Mujuru allies pin Mugabe . I pointed out that Mutasa must not be taken serious bcoz he is saying all these things bcoz Mugabe is not around and as soon as Mugabe arrives he will say Mugabe is being misled and he wants him to fix the problem bcoz he is a good man. But he has just said that before Mugabe arrives . As soon Mugabe arrives if he arrives alive you will never hear of Mutasa . So pliz lets not waste our time thinking Mutasa is a changed man he is Mugabe 's wife and will remain loyal to him till death do them apart . Meanwhile as soon as Mugabe arrives he will screw Mutasa and all the cheek from Mutasa will vanish.

Diibulaanyika - 18 January 2015

To be frank the Zanu pf 2 which is now in government is far too inferior to Zanu Pf 1 that was victimized by the Mafikizolos.Only V.P Mnangangwa and Mpoko,Mohadi are the only true comrades left and the rest are little nothings to write home about.

carson Macate - 18 January 2015

Gamatox has spoken, please take note - there are 2 zpf's- the one after or before the congress.

tariro - 18 January 2015

Ktli ktli ktliiiiiiii lomdala madoda! He wants us to believe that all has been well in Zanu(pf) and in Zimbabwe generally - that we were the most democratic country in the world until just before he was booted. If anyone out there believes that, then I am the Saviour!

OkaSlwane - 18 January 2015

"Real law abiding zanu pf". 15 years of non stop brutality, plunder, corruption and lawless. Mutasa being a minister in the security organs. Mutasa uses a picture of mugabe in his house as trump card to win mugabe's heart. In mutasa famous words "Zanu pf does not have a reverse gear'. Mutasa will be fired by Mugabe himself. First it was jabulani sibanda noone came to his aid 2nd Rugare gumbo the same 3rd is mutasa. Mujuru's faction is disorganised thats why it was beaten during this "bhora resimbi'. Mutasa's partners must come out quickly or die a natural death.

X-MAN IV - 18 January 2015

Remain focused cde Mutasa. You have 95% of the country behind you. These coup plotters will soon disappear very soon when they realise they only represent 5% of the country. Let them enjoy their temporary banana sledge. Zimbabwe is now liberating itself from the grip of a deadly croc on one side and a vicious lion on the other. Come on General fight for us from the grave, fight from the mountains, fight from rivers and everywhere. Zimbabwe will be democratic and soon.

NewNation - 19 January 2015

ZANU PF chava churu chakapinda nyoka.This is no longer the revolutionary party we know. Of course Mugabe wants novices so Grace may find it easy to control the party in the near future.These new guys will praise sing loudest counting themselves lucky to remain after the firing of senior pple from the party.But the new guys will indeed destroy ZANU PF because of little or no political experience at all.

NDANGARIRO - 19 January 2015

Mr Mutasa, this is all out of bitterness. Kuramba mugarambe zvenyu. Makatanga kuzviona rinhi kuti ZANU PF is going out of its founding principles. You journalist just ask him kuti zvingani zvakaitwa ne ZANU zvainge zvisiri in line negutsaruzhinji. Murambatsvina, Gukurahundi, Kudzingwa kwaana Tekere, Mavhaire only coz he had called for leadership renewal etc. Nhasi uno zvaipa coz imi masvipwa. Go and do farming in the many farms you allocated yourself and your family members. Zvavekunetsa nokuti hapachisina Fertilizer yemahara yamaipiwa ku RBZ. Come down and have a feel of the real Zim.

felix - 19 January 2015

Mutasa would love to have us believe that ZANU PF was a democratic and law abiding party, until he was ousted, what hogwash, how ridiculous can one get. If his scalp had survived the chop, would we be hearing this same nonsense from the old man, I think not. When Makoni broke away and formed his own party, didn't we hear the same muffled noises from the shadows of people who promised they would join him, what are they still doing there in ZANU? Will they ever really come out and risk losing their ill gotten wealth with their so called disgruntlements? Only time will tell.

Dr Know - 19 January 2015

As look of things, it seems as what Mutasa is saying, there are backers behind because after the Congress all out spoken members are now quite .Now Gomwe is figthing Tsvangirai who is not in the equation diverting us from the really story.

Nobody Knows - 19 January 2015

In 2002, Mutasa controversially said that it would be a good thing if the population were halved: "We would be better off with only six million people, with our own people who supported the liberation struggle. We don't want all these extra people." The idiot must stew in his own juice.

Musona - 19 January 2015

Mutasa is saying all what he has been saying bcoz his inkosi Mugabe is not around.He is trying to fool us around . But we know he loves Mugabe too much that is why he hangs Mugabe pictures in his house despite the fact that all sane zimbabweans hate Mugabe too much. Never take this guy serious something is kokayi in his bald head .As soon as Matibili arrives Mutasa will remain zwii and you will never hear of again he will take cover with his tail in between his soiled frail legs. .

Diibulaanyika - 19 January 2015

Let Mutasa say all ZANU PF evil things. There is nothing democratic in ZPF & Mutasa can see it now.Let all criticize Mugabe&he won't survive. That is the best&surest way to defeat a despotic leader without using violence.

DZENGA - 19 January 2015

Mr Mutasa is a very naive man indeed! Does he think Zimbabweans have forgotten his poisonous rhetoric against all opponents of Mugabe dictatorship? Up till now he still believes Mugabe is being misled.Mr Mutasa, please know this: No one has ever, or is now, or will ever mislead Mugabe- he is evil in his very own right.He does not need to be led in that respect. He leads other people into evil.

Johno - 19 January 2015

That Headlands boy wamakakonzeresa kuti apisirwe mumba just becoz his parents are MDC supporters avekupfuka watch out DIDDY MOTO UYO!

Baba Joe wepaTsanzaguru - 19 January 2015

Vanhu vese vari kutaura vanomuziva mushe here mudhara Mutasa. Rinongova VOICE. Pepepe nhana.

muvengwamunindivengerei - 19 January 2015

If only we had always behaved this way then Zimbabwe would have been different

Timothy Thorton - 20 January 2015

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