Anti-Mujuru crusade 'gets dirty'

HARARE - The plot to embarrass — and possibly arrest ex-vice president Joice Mujuru — has thickened amid revelations that her Zanu PF enemies are even preparing to use a variety of dirty tricks to nail her.

While insiders say party hardliners are frustrated at the snail pace of police investigations into Mujuru’s alleged corruption, abuse of office and treason, it is also understood that the hysteria was driven by panic over former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa’s imminent legal action.

Apart from the spurious illegal arms possession — and sedition — charges, the aggressors are also reportedly aiming to frame or incriminate the hapless widow’s perceived allies through honey traps and other dirty tactics.

As such, some women are even being lined up, if not pressured, to lay rape charges against party heavyweights linked to Mujuru.

The latest operation, they said, was meant to ensure that the ex-VP and her sympathisers — notably Mutasa and who is preparing a class action against President Robert Mugabe’s party — do not have “a snowball’s chance in hell” of upsetting the balance of power, which favours the hardliners.

Mujuru lost her government and Zanu PF positions in December after the 90-year-old leader and his wife Grace accused her along the party’s former secretary for administration, and ex-spokesperson Rugare Gumbo for plotting to unseat him through a coup.

In addition to personal advisors and professionals, who are perceived to be the face of her resistance crusade or movement, Mutasa, Gumbo and lawyers such as Sobusa Gula-Ndebele — the man seen as the rebels’ legal brains — may not be spared in this desperate bid to silence the popular group, the sources said.

While Mujuru was not immediately reachable for comment, Mutasa has since made it clear that he was not afraid of any machinations that could result in his arrest.

“I respect people but am not afraid of anyone. I am challenging the outcome of the congress chiefly because I am not afraid. They are many people out there in Zanu PF who cannot raise a finger against what is obviously wrong because they are afraid, not me,” said Mutasa.

Gumbo, who was thrown in dungeons prior to independence in 1980 by Mugabe, on Thursday dismissed any attempts at implicating him in any sinister plot.

“Our struggle is to correct the wrongs that took place during the congress. We are not afraid of anything. What they are doing just shows how desperate they are in covering their footsteps. At my age I am no longer afraid of anything” said the 74-year-old veteran of the struggle.

What is worrying Mujuru’s foes is the unprecedented defiance exhibited by her camp.

“They thought that Mujuru would be a pushover but the fact is she has the support of the people and some sympathisers inside. The fact that she was in government for 34 years only makes things even harder for them since she has connections,” said another source.

Charity Charamba, the police spokesperson, yesterday said she could not comment on the matter.

Comments (10)

Mujuru, Gumbo; Mutasa; all gammatox, the chips are down and the charade show is only starting. All so is predictable. The CIO are working around the clock pulling out your incriminating dossiers. As you mount your legal battle in protest of the just past praise and worship 6th elective congress, now the Mafia Godfather, RG Mugarbage, will be throwing you into custody. By the way, they roasted, Solomon like a shrimp. Welcome to the real world! It is a sad reality. The good thing is that we are all behind you at this dark hour. The only salvation of our beloved country is an answer to our prayer -implosion of ZanuPF. The unimaginable is yet to come!

Mbareboy - 25 January 2015

Fungai Mbetsa and Didymus Mutasa VaMutasa pamwe chete naFungai Mbetsa have been running Manicaland as their own household. They never followed proper procedures and through corruption installed their own people in positions of power totally disregarding people's choices. At the moment Fungai Mbetsa is going against the traditional procedure of appointing the Zimunya chief. The Zimunya people met and it was agreed that Mr Kufandada Dzobo be the new Zimunya Chief but Fungai Mbetsa THE PROVINCIAL Administrator through some corrupt ways is trying to install his own man. The District Administrator had agreed with the people that its time for the Dzobo family to be Chiefs as the chieftainship is supposed to rotate between three families namely Mungwende, Muchakaruka and Kuchakaakwa. Since the passing of Chief Zimunya there has been an acting chief and now the families met and agreed that its time for Mungwende family and Mr Kufandada Dzobo was chosen to be the chief-elect. However a splinter group from Muchakaruka family now wants to be chief again. His job as PA is to install whoever the people have chosen and not to choose himself. He is behaving like Mutasa who used to impose chiefs in Makoni region. However we wont let Fungai Mbetsa have his way. We are gonna appeal to the President regarding this issue. 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. FUNGAI MBETSA MUST BE FIRED LIKE HIS BOSS MUTASA!!!!

mungwende - 25 January 2015

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!! He even said Cde Robert Mugabe needs to consult him if he wants to come to Manicaland. He is involved in many corrupt activities which we will expose soon. We appeal to Her Majesty Mai Dr Grace Mugabe to intervene as Fungai Mbetsa together with Mutasa people were involved in booing her and other dignitaries.Pasi naMutasa, Mujuru naFUNGAI MBETSA!!!! MBETSA IS ONE OF MUTASA'S DIRTY MEN!!

MUTASA'S MEN - 25 January 2015

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!! He even said Cde Robert Mugabe needs to consult him if he wants to come to Manicaland. He is involved in many corrupt activities which we will expose soon. We appeal to Her Majesty Mai Dr Grace Mugabe to intervene as Fungai Mbetsa together with Mutasa people were involved in booing her and other dignitaries.Pasi naMutasa, Mujuru naFUNGAI MBETSA!!!!

ndege - 25 January 2015

Guys ngatitaurei chokwadi madara uyo maida kumukuduburirei now makuita yekunongedzera zanu kuti taimbovamo thank you mr president Mwari anemi chigadzirisai mamwe magamatokis asara I hope zvinonaka

moses antonio - 26 January 2015

What goes around comes around.

Brian Chikwati - 26 January 2015

iwe mungwende .,mr Dzobo is not the rightful chief he has nvere been and will never be the chief i can assure you that. Stop wasting your time and tell people the truth why he is not supposed too be the rightful chief. the rightful chief is Muchakaruka and you know that. So stop your nonscence and bringing in Amai here to bring your rubbish . i can tell you you can forget it

Fungai Mbetsa - 26 January 2015

Kudzinga ma gamatox handiko kugadzirisa nyika.Kutuka Mutasa hakugadzirisi nyika kwete.Mashoko okutuka haaperi asi pfungwa dzokugadzirisa nyika hapana .Havo baba vaakungotizira kunyika dzevamwe dzakagadzikana imo mavo ichingova mheremhere.Sori kwazvo.

RONGEKAYI - 26 January 2015

Hanzi ndatumwa namai kuti ''Rambai makashinga,women's league irambe yakasimba. Ndasiya mai vachichema.Mutasa ibenzi risingagadziriki. '' Kubvezvo,toro kuZambia.Ndiko kugona kwacho here ikoko?KUSHAYA BASA CHAIKO!!!

TAPERERWA HAMAWEE - 26 January 2015

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