I am ready — Mujuru

HARARE - Hounded former vice president Joice Mujuru maintains that she is not afraid of the ruthless and unrelenting onslaught on her — including murky allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate President Robert Mugabe, as well as a battery of corruption, abuse of office and extortion charges that she faces and that are being “investigated” by police.

Reacting to weekend reports that her arrest by police was imminent, the widow of liberation icon, the late Solomon Mujuru, said she was at peace with the world and would face whatever was thrown her way.

In a brief telephone interview with the Daily News, the seemingly unfazed Mujuru — who has faced an avalanche of unspeakable abuse over the past few months from Mugabe’s wife Grace and other party hardliners — said all will be well in the end.

“It is not a problem,” she said of the speculation around her supposedly imminent arrest by the police.

Contacted for comment on the speculation, national police spokesperson Charity Charamba said she was not aware of the development.

“I don’t have an update on that matter (the purported looming arrest),” Charamba said.

Lickspittle State media have been reporting over the past few weeks that police were supposedly rounding up their “investigations” regarding sleazy dealings that she allegedly committed while she was still in high office.

Police also stormed the Harare head office of the country’s leading newspaper, the Daily News, last month after Grace lied maliciously and egregiously that Mujuru owned a 10 percent stake in the paper late last year.

Police went to the extent of obtaining a court order from Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe on December 18, 2014, which authorised them to search and seize key documents pertaining to the ownership of the newspaper’s parent company, Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ).

Not only is this information easily obtainable from the Registrar of Companies and from statutory media regulation body, the Zimbabwe Media Commission, a casual perusal of the warrant of seizure that the police used suggested that they already had this information anyway, rendering their mission wholly suspicious and pointless.

The quarrelsome and increasingly influential Grace first made the false claim that Mujuru bought the fictitious stake in the Daily News while addressing one of her controversial “Meet the People” rallies at her vast Mazowe business hub in late October last year — a ginormous fabrication that she went on to repeat on a number of other occasions.

Mujuru’s comments yesterday were in line with what she told the Daily News early last month when she said far from being stressed by her persecution by her erstwhile Zanu PF colleagues, she was actually “enjoying the dawn of a new year” at home and preferred to enjoy her peace without intrusions from the media.

Further asked then if she was not afraid of all the police “investigations” into her life, including the false allegations that she owned a stake in the Daily News, she said, “Hazvina basa izvo (That does not matter)”.

Political analysts have said that Mujuru’s continued harassment betrays the fact that although she appeared to be down and out, her detractors realised that she remained a force to reckon with both within Zanu PF and outside the party — and thus needed to be dealt with “once and for all” so that she could never bounce back in future.

Number two to Mugabe for 10 years and for many years tipped to become Zimbabwe’s first woman president and only the country’s second post-independence leader, Mujuru has also previously said that although she was grateful that she had had her time in office, life now needed to go on.

Mujuru was fired in December last year at the instigation of Grace who had threatened to deal with the former VP herself if her nonagenarian husband did not dismiss her.

Mugabe has openly admitted that Grace tells him what to do.

But instead of being hostile, Mujuru has surprised both friends and foes alike by being conciliatory to her party enemies, going to the extent of congratulating some of her persecutors when they were appointed into Cabinet, and quietly retreating to her farm.

The speculation around Mujuru’s alleged imminent arrest comes as some Zanu PF stalwarts who are aggrieved by the recent turn of events in the ruling party have now almost completed putting their papers together, amid talk that it is now a matter of time before they launch their mooted court action.

“My understanding is that all the papers for the court action are virtually ready and that it is now a question of timing when these will be lodged. It is imminent and this can happen anytime now,” a Zanu PF official who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation said yesterday.

Efforts to contact former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, who has been playing a leading role in the quest by party stalwarts to force the ruling party to reverse all decisions that were taken at its disputed damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare last December, failed yesterday.

But former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo told the Daily News’ sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday at the weekend that the court challenge would proceed soon.

“It’s going to proceed,” he said.

Asked further whether Mutasa had had an opportunity to engage with Mugabe since the president came back from his long holiday, Gumbo said, “He has not yet talked to president Mugabe since he came back,” adding that the reasons why the two had not been in touch could only be clarified by Mutasa himself.

Gumbo also said Mutasa had not yet been served with papers for Zanu PF’s planned disciplinary hearing against him.

But doubts remain whether Mutasa will attend the hearing given that he has said that he does not recognise the Zanu PF leadership and party constitutional amendments that emerged from the disputed congress.

However, Pupurayi Togarepi, the Zanu PF youth league chairperson, has insisted that Mutasa’s proposed hearing would proceed whether he turned up or not.

Togarepi, who is one of the six-member disciplinary committee set up by Mugabe to deal with Mutasa’s alleged misdemeanours, said the committee’s verdict would not be dependent on whether Mutasa attended or did not attend the hearing.

The other members of the committee, chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, are Patrick Chinamasa, secretary for legal affairs; Savior Kasukuwere, political commissar; Kembo Mohadi, secretary for security; and Mugabe’s wife Grace, chairperson of the Women’s League.

But legal experts say the planned disciplinary hearing against Mutasa had “fatal defects” even before it got off — particularly because almost all of the committee members who were going to look into the case had allegedly “compromised” themselves already.

In the meantime, Zanu PF’s propaganda war has gone a notch up with another faceless Facebook character, in the mould of the controversial Baba Jukwa, surfacing in recent months and dishing out damaging titbits about the ugly goings-on in the ruling party.

The intrepid political gossip phenomenon, going by the name Zimbabweans for Prosperity (ZFP), already has more than 13 000 likes in the months it has been running.

However, it is believed that hundreds of thousands more people are accessing the page anonymously daily for fear of ending up being accused by thin-skinned officials of being associated with the Internet troll, as happened to some during the Baba Jukwa era.

Like Baba Jukwa before it, it comes across as intimately connected to and in the full know of many of the ugly goings-on within Zanu PF — dishing out a steady stream of sensational claims about the party and its bigwigs, from the days of the liberation struggle to the present.

The page, which uses both Zanu PF and Baba Jukwa lexicon such as Aluta Continua and Asijiki, was created after the disputed July 31, 2013 elections, but only started blowing full steam following the recent worsening of ructions in the ruling party.

ZFP has a cover photo with questions like “why did you go to war you Zanu PF idiots?” and “Where are 2,2 million jobs Zanu PF maggots?”

Comments (42)

they are worried. i think they are worried that if they knock off bob or ask him to retire and at the extra-ord congress mujuru will bounce back as ngwenya has never won an election aywhere. times are hard and this is delaying their plans as they were hoping ngweya would take over by febuary . but now mugabe is refusing to let go of power untill they make sure joyce is out of the running completely

petros - 2 February 2015

The persecution of Mai Joice Mujuru is simply revenge against the late Solomon Mujuru who was one of the few people who could tell Mugabe what to do and what not to do. It is well known by ZPF and the nation that Mr Mugabe feared the general even after his retirement. The poor widow is being punished for what Mugabe perceives to be the 'sins' of her late husband. In an interview many years ago, the general revealed that he was offered the VP post by Mugabe but declined and preferred that Joice be offered the post, which Mugabe did. This idea and claim that it was Grace who asked her husband to appoint Joice Mujuru VP sounds to be on the verge of ridiculous madness.

Chenjerai Hove - 2 February 2015

But Daily News ka...What jaournalism is this. In the headline you claim Joice says she is ready but in the intro you say she says she is not afraid. There is a huge difference between being ready and being afraid...which is which. In the circumstances surrounding her political career, you make us think that Joice is ready to tackle Mugabe...like Mutasa is doing. It may seem like a trivial issue..but it is important the way you say these issues. We thought finally Joice has the guts to challenge her tomentors, which turns out to be not it.

observer - 2 February 2015

Screaming false headline “I am ready - Mujuru”. Ready for what? Daily News should not fight Mujuru's wars. When you see the headline you would think she was saying to hell with Mugabe and Grace but she isn't saying anything much. It's the Daily News manufacturing news. What I know is that Joice Mujuru is a doormat incapable of any resistance who entered into politics by accident. She is not going to be arrested for corruption because everyone connected with ZanuPF is corrupt. If she goes down everyone connected to ZanuPF will also go down.

Musona - 2 February 2015

You are right Musona and Observer, the title and story not adding up. These journalits need more serious trating.

MarkUNO - 2 February 2015

It is a shame that people in zanu can side with the son of a migrant at the expense of a daughter of a zimbabwean . Mark me well i am not sorry of Mujuru bcoz her husband is the one who put Mugabe where he is now . However she is zimbabwean bcoz all her parents are zimbabweans and those zimbabweans in zanu need to stand with her when harassed by a foreigner Mugabe whose father was a migrant . You gammatox stand up and together with Mutasa remove the wrong person in your party . i mean remove Mugabe he is the problem , Mutasa and Gumbo had been barking at Mugabe while the likes of Mujuru choose to move into hiding with their tails in between their soiled legs .Kanti yini ndaba ? Cowards will always eat shiite ,Remove Mugabe from zanu he is now useless and old he will bring no improvement to your party but insteady destroy it as he did to zimbabwe. Mugabe must go.

Diibulaanyika - 2 February 2015

“…the widow of liberation icon” - where were you before 1980? It took more than a century for whites to carve a modern, functioning, European-style society out of raw African bushveld. Without the whites people would be hunting and gathering fruits and berries. Your so-called liberators including Mugabe had no idea how a country's economy worked. Childlike they thought whites were hiding money for their own use only. They thought there were stacks and stacks of money hidden somewhere by the whites. They had no idea whites were working their backsides off and putting money to make more money. They soon found out there were no stacks and stacks of money hidden. Little knowledge is very very dangerous. The reality is as follows - before 1980 there were no water shortages, no power outages, plenty of jobs, neat streets, no pesky street kids, excellent schools and hospitals, the economy was second best in Africa - a Rhodesian dollar was equivalent to 2 US dollars, blacks were exempt from paying corporation taxes and income tax, no tollgates of any description, excellent transport system run by councils, no corruption, safe environment, internationally-recognised UK educational qualifications, no need to go abroad to buy goods - all goods were available in the country, workers going unpaid for a week was unheard of let alone for a month or year. Liberation??? The right terminology is “Regression”. Stop irritating me by your constant use of "liberation" - there was no liberation as I know it and never will be any liberation.

Musona - 2 February 2015

Musona, tell them tell them. They is a saying: "they know no more"

Mbareboy - 2 February 2015

We wouldn't be hunting and gathering as this muzungu says endlessly. we were already mining gold even before the arrival of the vapambe vhu nema minerals. as a matter of fact, the vazungu disturbed our technological advancement. they are the onces who brought all this chaos. If we were left ALONE, our country would have developed even better than what smith did. look at batswana who were never colonised. are they not better that most african economies? sorry sekuru you are on the wrong side of history.

taurai - 2 February 2015

ZanuPF looted around US$200 million in the farm mechanisation scandal and now the taxpayers have to sort the debt!!!!! Is this liberation? How can a black government be so heartless to fellow black people? First they take taxpayers money to buy themselves farm machinery and equipment when they fail to pay back the long-suffering taxpayer is compelled to pay the debt. This is ridiculous. Have they got no shame? I tell you what - the whites never did such a thing even in apartheid S Africa. If someone decides to do farming then he/she should have the money or borrow from the bank against some collateral not this nonsense. Is this the LIBERATION? How come the opposition MDCs are not kicking up a big fuss? Were they beneficiaries of this scheme as well?

Musona - 2 February 2015

Chinamasa is refusing the name those who looted the RBZ farm mechanisation US $200 million scheme. Chinamasa is petrified of upsetting the ZanuPF Mafia bosses who looted RBZ. So much for liberation.

Musona - 2 February 2015

It is all very well for Mai Mujuru to put on a brave face and claim she is not afraid of the net clos-ing in on the allegations of corruption and other offences make against her. She is just being very naïve because she knows that she is corrupt. She was naïve to think that she could be as corrupt as she pleased and will get away with it because she in a senior Zanu PF official. The question she should have asked herself was could she have cast iron guarantee than she will never fall out with any of her Zanu PF friends and that the party will rule for generations to come. Only someone who is really politically very naïve would answer yes to both parts of the question. Now that she has been kicked out of the Zanu PF leadership she is compounding her political situations by moving from being naïve to being downright stupid. For it is stupid for her to think that the party, having carried out the Herculean task of getting her removing from the party, will not dare go through with the more straightforward task of proving that she is corrupt. Mai Mujuru is not the only corrupt Zanu PF leader, that is true but the case and the evidence being produced to support it are not to prove that she is not the only corrupt leader but rather that she is corrupt period. Her only defence here is to attack, she must produce some of the evidence of who else is corrupt to force those after her now to make a tactical withdrawal for fear of mutual annihilation if they proceed. If she is hoping to mount her counter attack in Court then it will probably be too late!

Wilbert Mukori - 2 February 2015

This old news, daily news there is no new story apa mhani just repetition each week.

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Tee - 3 February 2015

@ Musona is an angry Rhodisian. Just leave him to rant his supremacist views...

Gono - 3 February 2015

daily news your articles are all the same, i can almost recite them now...please give us a break. concentrate on other issues

chati - 3 February 2015

cry my beloved revolutionary party

fire links - 3 February 2015

why is zim solving irrelevant problems..wat are they afraid of?????we hev real issues here, unemployment , poor service delivery etc..wryt abwt that..we are playing into their hands, removing our attention from the real issues.....

cde mamba - 3 February 2015

@Gono or taurai - stupid bastard.

Musona - 3 February 2015

@Gono or taurai or Mbareboy - I am not ranting about your mother's fat bottom you stupid moron. ZanuPF looted around US$200 million in the farm mechanisation scandal and now the taxpayers have to sort the debt!!!!! Is this liberation? How can a black government be so heartless to fellow black people? First they take taxpayers money to buy themselves farm machinery and equipment when they fail to pay back the long-suffering taxpayer is compelled to pay the debt. This is ridiculous. Have they got no shame? I tell you what - the whites never did such a thing even in apartheid S Africa. If someone decides to do farming then he/she should have the money or borrow from the bank against some collateral not this nonsense. Is this the LIBERATION? How come the opposition MDCs are not kicking up a big fuss? Were they beneficiaries of this scheme as well?

Musona - 3 February 2015

did you audit them for you to conclude that they never did it? how do you know@musona? pls note that @gono is not @taurai. you sound bitter. cool down my friend don't throw tantrums it doesn't help. these guys are corrupt and what they are doing is not in any way condonable. but pls don't bring whites in this issue. just say the wrong they did without bringing in england into zimbabwe. you know how it would affect some other people.

taurai - 3 February 2015

whats in it for you? why are you fighting for Mujuru

Jore - 3 February 2015

tell them musona vanhu ava vakajaira hupenyu hwemusango sakavachingoti chimurenga chimurenga vachiba futi ndivo vaparadza Zimbabwe ivo ana zanu pf

wilson - 4 February 2015

tell them musona vanhu ava vakajaira hupenyu hwemusango sakavachingoti chimurenga chimurenga vachiba futi ndivo vaparadza Zimbabwe ivo ana zanu pf

wilson - 4 February 2015

Think about whether it is Zanu or amai Mujuru who is distancing oneself from the people of Zimbabwe. It is war of words. Robert Mugabe can arrest amai Mujuru and amai Mujuru can not fight Robert. There is nothing to scare either Grace or Robert. They have got a lot in common that people do not know. The Daily News sells news and they are not Politicians. We are waiting for a bombshell to explode. It is folly for anyone to expel from a Government elements that can be detrimental in due course. Nicholas Goche, Didymus Mutasa, Grace Mujuru and Rugare Gumbo are capable of steering the Politics of Zimbabwe once and all. It is unfortunate that Robert can not say anything right now because his age. I have realised that he neither says no nor yes as people speak for him. I am learning about Dementia in elderly people and I do not see Robert as an exemption. Newspapers are like catalysts that quicken the reaction. The time we are facing right now should be quickened to avoid suffering for the people of Zimbabwe.

Dhingani - 5 February 2015

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