'Mnangagwa not yet there'

HARARE - The former confidante to President Robert Mugabe, Didymus Mutasa, has proffered his insights into Zanu PF’s thorny succession question — saying bluntly that acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa was far from being guaranteed to succeed the long-ruling nonagenarian.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, the surprisingly polite and softly-spoken liberation struggle stalwart also lashed hesitant ruling party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo for communicating falsehoods regarding Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare last month.

The former Presidential Affairs minister said categorically that Zimbabweans “and not manipulation of (Zanu PF) processes” would determine who would become the ruling party’s and Zimbabwe’s next leader.

Although he said he liked Mnangagwa and that he harboured “no ill-will” towards the former Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe legislator, Mutasa described the acting president as a “sly” person, adding that the VP had been elevated to his current party position through an illegal process.

Resolute in his condemnation of the way Zanu PF had conducted its controversial congress last year, Mutasa said the party’s top hierarchy had pandered to the “whims and manipulations” of Mnangagwa and his hardline party supporters.

This had resulted in the leadership sanctioning the “irregular” dismissal of provincial chairpersons who were perceived to be sympathetic to former VP Joice Mujuru, “without following due process”.

Asked for a comment on Zanu PF’s vexing succession issue, that is ravaging the party, Mutasa said the matter would not go away on its own adding that his group was dragging the party to court only because they “love it” so much and were desperate to restore normalcy and democracy in the party.

“I have never contested proper succession. We are contesting the present succession because it is being done illegally, and that is why we are fighting.

“If they had done it properly in terms of Zanu PF’s constitution, I would have no qualms about it,” Mutasa said.

Drawing parallels with Ian Smith’s minority regime, Mutasa said events of the past few months within Zanu PF and the country generally could only result in the country “latching from one illegality to another”.

“You cannot go from one illegality to another. We had an illegal regime yaIan (Ian’s) Smith. We do not want to establish another illegal regime in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Making it clear that Mnangagwa was by no means guaranteed to succeed Mugabe, Mutasa said the people of Zimbabwe, and not manipulation of party processes, would determine who would become the country’s next leader.

“I like Amai Mujuru very much. I like people like Emmerson Mnangagwa.

I like (Defence minister Sydney) Sekeramayi. I like (Health and Child Care minister David) Pariretyatwa and a lot of others.

“From Matabeleland I like (Home Affairs minister) Kembo Mohadi, (former war veterans chairperson) Jabulani Sibanda and Naison Ndlovu.

“I have worked with Sydney Sekeramayi during the liberation struggle, and in fact he was my wife’s boss. And observing his attitude to work and his honesty I have liked him very much. There is no question of liking him because of this or that, but because he is a straight forward, good man,” Mutasa said.

Asked about his views on Mnangagwa, who many say is one step away from succeeding Mugabe, he said the VP was allegedly a master when it came to covering his footsteps.

“Emmerson, I like him, in spite of the fact that he covers his own footsteps. He is very good at that. You will never find Emmerson guilty of anything because he would have covered his footsteps very well.

“But that is his character. I do not have a problem with that. That is who he is and people know it and I also know it,” he said.

Last week lickspittle State media listed Mnangagwa as one of the 12 authors of Zanu PF’s anarchy that ultimately resulted in the demise of Mujuru and her perceived sympathisers.

Mutasa said although many in the ruling party were afraid of Mnangagwa, he was not.

“I am not afraid of him. I have no fear of Mnangagwa, absolutely nothing. I am the only one who tells him the truth about himself.

“And when we were in a meeting if there was anything that I wanted to say I told him in his face. I respect people but I am not afraid of anyone,” he said.

Firing back at the demoted Khaya Moyo, who is now Zanu PF’s national spokesperson, Mutasa said the former party chairperson had surrendered all his powers to Mnangagwa in the run-up to the contested December congress and thus could not dismiss his group’s bid to reverse the outcome of the congress.

“The disciplinary committee led us to this because the chairman (Khaya Moyo) was accepting everything that Mnangagwa suggested and that is criminal.

“You do not subject people to a disciplinary committee where you do not ask appropriate questions and just say because it came from Mnangagwa then it is okay,” he said.

Mutasa also threatened to sue some “stupid” Zanu PF officials who were “wrongfully and maliciously” accusing him of nepotism and corruption.

Regarding the accusations that he was a double agent during the liberation struggle, Mutasa said there was “a deliberate plot” to rewrite history and distort facts by those Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) who had hijacked the party.

“What is motivating them to say it now? Why have not they said it before? We have lived in this country for 34 years since independence and they are raising this now because I am opposed to what they are doing.

“If I had not been opposed to that they would have been quiet and I am asking them to shut up now because they are talking nonsense,” he said.

He said the allegations that he dubiously issued offer letters to people in Manicaland were very “silly” because when he was the minister of Lands, he issued offer letters to people across the country.

“What is wrong with giving farms to my relatives? Are they not citizens of this country? Why should I leave my relatives out?” he asked rhetorically.

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 taking him head-on 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 and liberation war pioneers who spoke to the Daily News last week 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 for “the self-inflicted mess” that now confronted Mugabe and Zanu PF.

These sentiments followed the unprecedented move by the party stalwarts, 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.

Comments (34)

As the Herald interviews the Munangagwas, the Dailynews interviews Mutasa for counter views. The Herald states that lawyers have refused to handle Mutasa court cases, Dailynews goes around interview the said lawyers o counter the Herald story. I think the Daily news is losing the plot big time. There are better stories out there than Mutasa's views about the weevils. We know by now what he thinks about Mnangagwa. This is therefore a non story.

tinalex - 21 January 2015

@tinalex. Allow me to disagree. The Herald cannot be allowed to pretend as if it "owns" the truth and can write whatever it wants about people in Zanu-PF. I for one distrust and dislike what I see to be lies all over at Herald House. That propaganda mouth should find an equal and opposite entity. The Daily News is doing a good job.

selele - 21 January 2015

we are now fade up with these Mutasa stories. everyday mutasa? uhhmm do somethng plz

wind - 21 January 2015

beware that so called Mutasa is also bound to lie about the ZANU PF since they have fallen out. dont be taken for a ride. leave him this guy. Nezuro was blasting the Dailynews wen he was still in office and nw yu thnk he can give yu correct info?

wind - 21 January 2015

Why allow Jonathan Moyo and his Herald newspaper all the space to spew out their propaganda without challenge?

Johno - 21 January 2015

I wonder who is domiciled at the other's place these days, the Daily News or Mutasa. Every other day we are being fed with what goes on in that loser's nutty head. And what is so 'soft spoken' when words like 'stupid' and 'shut up' are used by this hurting old man? Mugabe has already faced his biggest political challenge, not once but many times when the formidable Tsvangirai and his MDC trounced him in all elections held since the year 2000.

Dr Know - 21 January 2015

Hokoyo na Dydmus" diesel from a rock" Mutasa. I wonder were his senses were all along. He is talking sense here and needs support of all interested in changing the fortunes of this country.

tom toms - 21 January 2015

vanhu vemusangano tauriranai muvhime pamwe zvekare. this bickering will only serve to destroy the party and the country. obviously mutasa as a once insider will hurt the party big time. why not put your differences aside and sort out the economy? kukonewa kwevakuru ivava ndiko kunopa vanhu simba rekushoropodza party and sometimes all blacks. pls pls tauriranai mudzokorerane.

taurai - 21 January 2015

Taurai,Mutasa&co're gone forever. You now remain with Lilliputians like Kasukuvere, Patrick Zhuwao etc.That's Grace's choice&you can do nothing about it.Of course the herald readers are hurt with Mutasa's case being correctly reported elsewhere.Everyone knows that the herald is a ZANU PF mouth piece& we don't care.Let the Daily News tell it like it is.

nzvengamutsvairo - 21 January 2015

Mutasa naGumbo ngavafushunure zvese kusvika Ngwena yasvotwa. Zvese ngazvinzi wayawaya.

selele - 21 January 2015

“What is wrong with giving farms to my relatives? Are they not citizens of this country? Why should I leave my relatives out?” Mutasa asked rhetorically. What an idiot! This is CORRUPTION if he does not know. I have always said if you have people from poor backgrounds they will steal and engage in sorts of vices because the temptation is too much to ignore. The other thing is the extended families. Top government officials steal to support members of the extended family like what Mutasa is saying here. Mutasa was a top top government official! How can such people run government when they pretend they do not know what corruption is? What an idiot! He has the audacity to say so in public! This man deserves everything he is getting, and much more. He should be hung, drawn and quartered. Some of these people like Mutasa need crash courses in statecraft. I have said all along that people who wanted to do farming should have bought these farms instead of getting free farms on the basis of the whims of corrupt government ministers like Mutasa. That would have been the fairest way just like how you buy your car or your house. All the farms in Zimbabwe belong to the Mutasa clan!

Musona - 21 January 2015

and who was not giving famrs to his relatives? thats what he was saying? how many farms does Grace and Mugabe have? check? and the other Mugabe siblings, nephews etc?

George Charamba - 21 January 2015

Nxcaaa! I wonder why they give stupid Dhidhimhusi acres of space as if he has anything to offer except anger, envy and emptiness

Majuru - 21 January 2015

"....... Emmerson, I like him, in spite of the fact that he covers his own footsteps. He is very good at that. You will never find Emmerson guilty of anything because he would have covered his footsteps very well. ............ I respect people but I am not afraid of anyone,” he said. Come on Didymus, don't resort to your usual lies. Everyone knows for sure that you are afraid of @ least one person in Zimbabwe, that is if u are not afraid of more scheming Mnangagwas as you claim. We know you are afraid of mudhara Gushungo to the bone, in fact u fit very well in that group which was once referred to by one straight-shooter as 'Mugabe's wives' - u are typically one of them Didymus. Mhazha imhazha zvayo mudhara Gushungo murume wenyu mudhara. Bvumai kani zvipere. iye zvino zviri pachena kuti kana Dr Amai chaivo muri kuvabvunda mudhara - musazvishingisa nhema. Muri gwara and muri criminal - mudhara Gushungo akada zvake munoswera mavakudya rakatonhora nevamwe in one of Zimbabwe's good prisons.

mapingu - 21 January 2015

Mutasa any govt that comes into being through threats , rigging elections, sending soldiers to rural areas to scare voters ,creates no go areas for its opponents , uses state properties to gain votes is very very very illegal so this zanu thing is illegal and even Ian Smith 's govt was better bcoz it had a reason why it never wanted people like you to take power bcoz you were going to create shiite all over the country which we all see flowing every where every day. As per your wishes you have destroyed our once paradise country . Is that not what you wanted ? Zanu is an illegal organisation which needs to be banned and destroyed they is no reason we can have this party in the country any more . It was formed to conduct civil unrest not to govern it knows nothing about running a country it must be demolished for the good of the citizens of this country demety!!!!!!!!! .

Diibulaanyika - 21 January 2015

Zimbabweans work up . It has been more than a month since Gushungo went on holiday , Hama dzangu vhurai meso , whatever it is this is not good for the country , a sitting president away for more than a month no country can afford that . Statements coming from Munangagwa and Mutasa a lot , they all know zviripo .

Gushungo Manangagwa - 21 January 2015

I think what daily news is doing is actual " what is best for business".Expose Mutasa and zanu pf all at one GO. Mutasa is still in disblief mode that he is no longer in government. As soon as mugabe fires him. Its curtains down. I want to hear what mutasa will say after mugabe dressed him down. Mnangagwa is not yet there and his problems will explode when mugabe dies. That is when mutasa will have a full go at zanu pf. All people in zanu pf I fighting a losing battle which will be sealed upon Mugabe's death.

X-MAN IV - 21 January 2015

Mr Nyati (D.Mutasa),since you are not afraid of any 1,its means kana Mugabe hamumutye,good. - remember your old system yakupfugamira Bob?,ko madii kubva mataura mabirwo neku NIKIVA kwaiitwa ma elections adai kupinza nyika pakaoma.Chikwata chenyu chese (gamatox)muri magwara including Madyira R.Gumbo ,Joyce etc..UDZAI DAILY NEWS MABIRWO AKAITWA MA VOTE MUNA JULY 2014,POVO INOBVA YAKUREGERERAI INLUDING ISU KU HEADLANDS,CHIENDAMBUYA, RUSAPE,INYATI MINE AREA AND MUTARE ,kana Christpowers anomuka muguva mamakamuisa

kambudzi - 21 January 2015

Mutasa and his gang should simply shut up. If they are truly bold enough they should tell us the whole truth and nothing else but the truth. They should tell us everything they know about the mysterious deaths during the liberation war and,afterwards. They should also tell us about murambatsvina, gukurahundi, willowgate scandal, the rigged elections from 2002 to date. They know who did what,how,where,when,how,etc. The political killings etc,rather than wasting their precious time telling us who they fear or do not fear. Unfortunately they are never going to say a word about the evil they perpetrated together with their allies now enemies because of the obvious reasons. They were accomplices or actual perpetrators of crimes against the innocent people of Zimbabwe.

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Rodney - 21 January 2015

FUNGAI MBETSA The record shows that the people had agreed on Mr Kufandada Dzobo as the new chief and were awaiting for President Robert Mugabe to second that and sign the necessary papers. Disregarding this Fungai Mbetsa went behind both the DA and the people and started parallel procedures to appoint someone else. We the people of Zimunya we want the authentic chief to be installed. It has to be through fair, transparent, and honest selection of the person. And according to the traditional way of selecting such a person. Fungai Mbetsa is probably being paid by whoever is to be installed. We need the police to investigate what is happening. We demand that Fungai Mbetsa follow the exact procedure and principles of installing a chief. This is how they Mutasa and Fungai Mbetsa have been running Manicaland. With Mutasa gone its high time Fungai Mbetsa is shown the door as well as they are the same people. Trying to stop Amai Dr Grace Mugabe from coming and campaigning in Mutare. We are exposing Fungai Mbetsa as being in Mujuru's and Mutasa's camp and he needs to be fired. He is well known for being a Mutasa man and boasting that His Excellency Cde Robert Mugabe is now too old to rule and Mujuru and Mutasa must come in. He calls himself the Emperor of Manicaland!!

chaks - 21 January 2015

Mutasa is correct! He has pointed out that 6th Elective Congress was not democratic and it is a fact which even ED Munangagwa very well knows that. Munangagwa is a choice of the Chinese to bring cash for Zim Asset Project. So the Chinese are dictating on who should be our president. We are now a colony of China? Zanu-PF has never brought democracy to this country and has failed to ran this country like wise. Let us not begrudge Mutasa for the past. Mutasa has turned a new leaf! Mnagagwa has always lost on all elections unless they are rigged. You must listen to crap he comes up with. He says "Zanu-PF i zhou inongo famba, ichifamba, ichifamba, ichifamba. Imbwa dzichiukura kudakara dzashoshoma no kuukura!" What crap!? What relevance does that have in solving the plight of our country's economical crisis? Munangagwa is a choice of the Chinese not ours not even RG Mugabe's. My dear country men we have to be careful. Zimbabwe could become a colony, once again, of China.

Mbareboy - 21 January 2015

Pamberi na-Nyati! Pamberi ne-True Zanu-PF iri democratic! One man One vote! We support you all the way!

Mbareboy - 21 January 2015

The party procedures cannot be challenged just because certain figures who think are the party lost to make it in the Central Committee.

liberty shungu - 22 January 2015

Mutasa, Mugabe has been ruling in this country illegally since 2002 and you did not question that - what makes you think you should do it now you hypocrite. You also know that you are not going anywhere with it. So, are you dump - ya you are man - think of diesel flowing from a mountain that should have been a dump imagination. - this makes arguing with you even useless,

clement moyo - 22 January 2015

Dr Mai Grace Mujuru, wer are have when you unearth those involved in corrupt activities. We continue supporting you in that order. I am a concerned parent with a child at Houghton Park Primary School in Harare. The Headmaster Mr Nyika, the Chairperson Mrs Gloria Mhike and the Deputy Headmaster Mrs Murangandi should be investigated immediately for they are involved in very big scandal. Sources at vthe school is saying the tender for the tilling was given to the companies of the three where they are getting huge kickbacks. Children are learning in garages where there is no ventilation and with a class of 65 pupils per class. This is really a disaster. Please send a high powered team to do a forensic audit soon.

Bob - 22 January 2015

Dr Mai Grace Mugabe, we are very happy when you unearth those involved in corrupt activities. We continue supporting you in that order. I am a concerned parent with a child at Houghton Park Primary School in Harare. The Headmaster Mr Nyika, the Chairperson Mrs Gloria Mhike and the Deputy Headmaster Mrs Murangandi should be investigated immediately for they are involved in very big scandal. Sources at vthe school is saying the tender for the tilling was given to the companies of the three where they are getting huge kickbacks. Children are learning in garages where there is no ventilation and with a class of 65 pupils per class. This is really a disaster. Please send a high powered team to do a forensic audit soon.

Bob - 22 January 2015

ma zimbos hatina kukwana mutasa ataura pake imi kunze kwekunyora mu chituka TAURAI WO ZVENYU .VARUME VESE MA YOUTH NE MADZIMAI VACHO MUGABE NDIYE MURUME WACHO.

watson hondo - 22 January 2015

ma zimbos hatina kukwana mutasa ataura pake imi kunze kwekunyora mu chituka TAURAI WO ZVENYU .VARUME VESE MA YOUTH NE MADZIMAI VACHO MUGABE NDIYE MURUME WACHO.

watson hondo - 22 January 2015

we are slaves of our own.

The Atomic - 22 January 2015

maCIO on this page asi you have nothing to do theses days. You usually fillup the herald but these days you coming here and slatting mutasa. sorry guys if you dont want to read about mutasa go back to herald

petroas - 22 January 2015

All the ministers and top ZANU government officials have given farms and land to their freinds and relatives........this is a fact. Chombo has given land to many of his relatives and friends including vakwasha etc.

Mambo - 22 January 2015

All the ministers and top ZANU government officials have given farms and land to their freinds and relatives........this is a fact. Chombo has given land to many of his relatives and friends including vakwasha etc.

Mambo - 22 January 2015

VaMutasa your party stole the ballot from the opposition. What happened at your so called December elective congress should not surprise you.

Kurwaisimba - 23 January 2015

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