Zanu PF is talking nonsense, Mutasa

HARARE - A defiant Didymus Mutasa yesterday contemptuously dismissed allegations that he stole critical documents from Zanu PF, describing such claims as “unadulterated nonsense”.

Mutasa spoke to the Daily News yesterday as the ruling party’s ugly factional and succession wars turned violent again, and hardliners threw the kitchen sink at him — including ominous threats to incarcerate him for the alleged thefts of party documents.

The strong-headed Headlands legislator also revealed yesterday that the court action, that he and other liberation struggle stalwarts were planning to try and reverse the outcome of Zanu PF’s disputed damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare late last year, would proceed soon.

Mutasa roundly slated the lickspittle State media reports that alleged that he had stolen some important party documents when he realised that he would lose his party position last December.

“Which papers are they talking about? Newspapers, memoranda, waste paper or toilet paper. It is not clear what it is they say I stole,” Mutasa said.

Apart from the allegations that he stole party documents, Mutasa is also accused together with former Vice President Joice Mujuru and other former party bigwigs of plotting to topple and assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

A former senior Cabinet minister and long-time ally of Mugabe, Mutasa is also accused by party hardliners of having engaged in nepotism, corruption, abuse of office, as well sensational rape allegations while he was still in office.

But sounding unfazed by the litany of serious allegations against him, the former Speaker of Parliament said he was not afraid of being thrown into jail.

“Why don’t they arrest me? They always talk nonsense. I am tired of hearing their nonsense,” he said.

Mutasa’s group is adamant that the party’s December congress was illegal, and has gone on to implore Mugabe to “listen to the voice of the majority” in the ruling party and ignore the advice of Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) who they say have hijacked the party and are leading the nonagenarian down the garden path.

Mutasa courted the wrath of his erstwhile Zanu PF comrades when he signed a damning statement recently which was provocatively written in his former capacity as the ruling party’s secretary for administration.

In the statement whose contents form the backbone of the intended court application, Mutasa ominously pooh-poohed all the party appointments and changes that were made just before, during and after the controversial December congress — pitting his group for a titanic showdown with Mugabe, his wife Grace, as well as party hardliners who led the assault on Mujuru and all her perceived allies.

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 sad events of the past months reflect a deep-seated historical failure by the party leadership to correctly handle internal contradictions in the party. Each time the party faces challenges, it resorts to brute force,” the statement said.

The heightened assault on Mutasa by party hawks follow last week’s deadly petrol-bombing of the Chiredzi offices of a prominent party official linked to Mujuru, as the ruling party’s factional and succession wars get nastier by the day — amid renewed fears that the ructions could soon claim lives.

Admore Hwarare, the under-fire secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Workers’ Union (ZISMWU) and a former Zanu PF provincial political commissar, told the Daily News at the weekend that he had been shaken by the bombing that had reduced his offices to ashes.

He was also emphatic in his belief that the bombing was the work of his erstwhile Zanu PF comrades, whom he alleged had also been behind what he called recent “choreographed demonstrations targeting him” to relinquish his ZISMWU position.

“My offices have been reduced to ashes and I have lost everything including very important documents.

“I think this is the work of those who have been demonstrating against me from the political front. I am now afraid that these attacks could get worse,” he said.

The arson attack, that was carried out in the dead of the night, left property worth an estimated $150 000 in ashes.

A Fire Brigade from Hippo Valley that was called to deal with the inferno battled valiantly to extinguish the fire, but could do nothing to stem the destruction of the offices, property and valuable documents.

Two weeks ago, hundreds of Zanu PF supporters were bussed to Hwarare’s offices where they staged a demonstration against him, accussing him of working with the decimated Mujuru faction.

Hwarare has lately been under a sustained attack from some Zanu PF elements who accuse him of playing a prominent role in the so-called Mujuru faction.

At the heart of the anger towards him is apparently his perceived refusal to nail former Labour Minister Nicholas Goche when the latter was accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe late last year.

This happened during the chaotic run-up to the party’s damp squib “elective” congress where Mujuru and other party officials linked to her — including Goche — were ruthlessly and controversially kicked out of their Zanu PF positions.

Hwarare appears to have courted the wrath of his comrades when he distanced himself from lickspittle State media reports that had quoted him saying Goche had allegedly spoken to him about an impending war and the removal of Mugabe at the party’s December congress.

And as the murky charges against Mujuru, Goche and other’s have begun to crumble spectacularly, at least in the court of public opinion, because of a glaring lack of evidence — angry party hardliners are meting out their frustration on the likes of Hwarare and Mutasa, who have seemingly got in the way of their plans.

A Masvingo-based top Zanu PF official said the bombing of Hwarare’s offices was not just “desperate but also frightening considering that anyone linked to Mujuru could be subjected to similar attacks”.

“Today it is Hwarare and tomorrow it’s somebody else. Who knows where all this will end,” the official said ruefully.

Another Zanu PF official who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation said the party’s factional fights were also likely to see those toppled from their positions losing their farms and other properties — in a quest to completely destroy the Mujuru camp.

“This anarchy is just beginning. If anyone thinks that we have reached the bottom, just wait and see what will happen to the likes of (Didymus) Mutasa and others in the coming few weeks,” he said.

Comments (32)

tauriranai muregererane. kwazvavakuenda kwaipa vakuru we e. party yedu yaakuitwa mamvemve nezvinhu zvinogona kugadziriswa. nyika yedu yakuvara nenzara while vakuru are busy fighting. tauriranai muvime pamwepo.

taurai - 29 January 2015

taurai - chimu CIO unonyora madhodhi chaiwo futseki. Isu tirikutambura iwe wave kuti regeranayi seyi? fusteki wako. mahosteri kwawaigara nasekuru vako ndo zvakunoita

Der - 29 January 2015

VaMutasa tipireiwo Edward Snowden kana Julian Assange mapaper iwayo nekukasika!

Dombo - 29 January 2015

“Which papers are they talking about? Newspapers, memoranda, waste paper or toilet paper. It is not clear what it is they say I stole,” Mutasa said. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

chatunga - 29 January 2015

Cde Mutasa, you are being accused of stealing ZANU PF rigging documents. Please return them to Jongwe House before they get into un-friendly hands, ndapota. We are sending a team to 'investigate' you. If you agree to give us back the documents, we may not expel you from ZANU PF. Please secretary of election rigging administration.

Kunda Kinde - 29 January 2015

I think its high time these guys stop messing ne upenyu hwevanhu. There so much to be done other than kutukana plus kupedzera mari dzedu muinfighting yeZANU

Milton - 29 January 2015

according to Mutasa the important documents in Zanpf are Newspapers, toilet paper, memoranda and waste paper, ndaseka so how can the country move when they think these papers are very important documents.

maita - 29 January 2015

Oh my God, its true we are that gullible. When you are left at home with a baby that is still suckling by its mother, when it starts crying you do all that is possible to draw its attention from its instinctive need for its mothers breast and warmth. You find a grown man jumping up and down. Rolling on the floor even slapping or play slaping himself. I have been known to bark like a dog once or twice. Each time the baby starts crying you have to try a new trick. eg salarygate, garmatox, gnu etc. Anything to keep the baby occupied. We are like mhembwe standing arround enjoying the fight between Lions and hyenas as if any good will come out of it. Perhaps.

infant - 29 January 2015

“Which papers are they talking about? Newspapers, memoranda, waste paper or toilet paper. It is not clear what it is they say I stole.” Maybe it's sandpaper, Sir!

snowden - 29 January 2015

“Which papers are they talking about? Newspapers, memoranda, waste paper or toilet paper. It is not clear what it is they say I stole,” Mutasa said. kkkkkkiiiii Mtasa idharaaaaa

uhuru - 29 January 2015

Mutasa is Saul turned Paul. Joyce, Mutasa and allies are a popular faction who meant to turn around the country on a democratic path. Grace Mugabe is allergic to transparency and accountability. Munangagwa is the Zanu-PF master rigger and hit man, and he is her preference for Mugabe's successor. Nyati, do not waste your valuable time. RG Mugabe is beyond redemption and best selling date. Grace is in charge and holding Bob by the udder. As for the documents, keep them safely with the right people to release them at right time. The disciplinary committee to try out Mutasa has been assembled by an illegal current Zunu-PF constitution. What legal fairness would it preside over Mutasa's case? Yes Zanu-PF are talking shit. Keep fighting Nyati. We are behind you!

Mbareboy - 29 January 2015

Mutasa we love you here in Manicaland, we the Manyikas are tough and we reject this fake government. Let us the Manyika lead the revolution as always...Tekere, Sithole, Chitepo and many others...we have no fear

mambo - 29 January 2015

You are misleading readers - Mutasa might have thought he was a long-time ally of Mugabe because he had known Mugabe since 1960 that I am afraid is not the case. The Mugabe I know has never had any friends, male or female, in his life until 1960 when somehow he managed to court Sally to be his trophy girlfriend in Ghana (to appear normal). Mugabe does not do friends or allies. Ndabaningi Sithole knew Mugabe a lot longer than Mutasa from the mid-1940s as teachers at the same school but the way events panned out in Zanu you would not think they had known each other that long. Mugabe takes no prisoners. I don't think Mutasa knows Mugabe that well. The only thing Mutasa and Mugabe have in common is unquenchable lust for power. Ndabaningi Sithole described Mugabe as a mad man who was “impossibly self-absorbed” and unpredictable. Mugabe has what is called narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) which is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process. If I can see that and yet I am not close to Mugabe why can't people like Mutasa and others see that? We are waiting for Mutasa to hit back at Mugabe who called him a crazy donkey. Petrified of Mugabe. Hitting back at soft target - Herald.

Musona - 29 January 2015

What an answer to the silly accusations. It needs a ZANU to answer to a ZANU accusation. The accuser has been sent back to the drawing board and we await more of the smear campaign by the hardliners. These guys are not also smart with their approach but what do we expect when they took their cue from Nyati's notes, mind you he was number four in ZANU nearly one and half months ago. Nyati has the answers to all their allegations. How do you expect the teacher to fail the exam set by his former students who happen to be using his questions and answers. It only happens in theatres and surely that's what Zimbabwe is nowadays

Fidel Castro - 29 January 2015

Mugabe's iron grip on power has lasted all these 35 years because he has carried with him the mystic aura of infallibility in true Mao Tse Tung “Great Leader” tradition. He has made some really serious fcuk ups in his political career but, because he was able to keep his Zanu PF cronies in power, has largely got away with bloody murder, literally. “The sad events of the past months reflect a deep-seated historical failure by the party leadership to correctly handle internal contradictions in the party. Each time the party faces challenges, it resorts to brute force,” said Mutasa in his commentary of Zanu PF December 2014 elections. If Didymus Mutasa was to go ahead with the court challenge and it was established that the whole electoral process was indeed a sham; Mugabe will have more than egg on his face. The case will confirm that Mugabe is not just fallible but that he is corrupt and had resorted to violence to get what he wanted. The mystic of infallibility will disappear like a mist under the hot African sun and the calls for democratic change and accountability will ring like church bells announcing the second coming!

Wilbert Mukori - 29 January 2015

Wilbert Mukori, your contribution is valuable. From the public arena trial -Zanu-PF Mutasa/Mujuru Vs Zanu-PF Mugabe/Munangagwa, we the jury deliberating on this case find the Zanu-PF Mugabe faction guilty as charged: rapping democracy, rigging elections, breaching the Zanu-PF constitution on 6th elective congress, and using undue brute force for the past 34 years. This jury grants Nyati and his allies as the original Zanu-PF. I rest my case.

Mbareboy - 29 January 2015

I really wonder how someone can have anything against Dydmus Mutasa at this point in time regardless of whatever sins he has committed in the past. I am a firm supporter of anyone who advocates for change in what ever form. I cannot understand why the Zanu-pf boot lickas would go against renewal of the party at the expense of everybody else who is suffering in this country.We all have one life to live and the quality is being compromised by a bunch selfish individuals.

Tambaoga - 29 January 2015

If things had gone well for Mutasa at the ZANU PF 6th People's Congress, would he be so vocal? I do not sympathise with him and he should go hang!

Tony - 30 January 2015

Mbareboy, i love your sense of humour

Referee - 30 January 2015

I get the point you made @tambaoga. there is no harm in trying to bring change. renewal haina kuipa.

zvirozviyedzwa - 30 January 2015

Remember the old saying, keep your friends close but keep your enemies even closer. It is a curious development that of all the senior ZANU bigwigs thrown out only Mutasa has been given the chance to defend himself before a disciplinary comittee. that in my opinion is as good as throwing him a life line that saves face for himself and his accusers as I suspect he will not be expelled from the party. Here is a man who most certainly knows where the skeletons are buried and handing him over to the Mujuru camp by the act of expulsion from ZANU is akin to shooting themselves in the foot.

wadyenhiri - 30 January 2015

Ko anaWadyejena vekungowawata nhasi varipiko? What is this guy doing?? Pamuka basa ravoka apo. Hnditi ndidzo kutu dzaMnangagwa?

selele - 30 January 2015

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