Zanu PF bigwigs are mad: Mutasa

HARARE - Miffed  by the crude, personal and escalating insults and threats against him by his erstwhile Zanu PF colleagues, former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa says the obsession that some ruling party bigwigs have with him constitutes “utter madness”.

Mutasa also told the Daily News in an interview yesterday that the shrill threats to strip him of his parliamentary seat and to expel him from Zanu PF would not stop him and his group of disaffected party stalwarts from pursuing their planned court action against the ruling party.

“They (Zanu PF hardliners) are mad. They have been showing that madness all along. They are gangsters,” he said.

These comments by the strong-willed Headlands legislator came in the wake of his ongoing savage and public shellacking by

Zanu PF leaders, including President Robert Mugabe who is now in the unbecoming habit of insulting Mutasa each time he addresses ruling party supporters.

Ignatius Chombo, the party’s newly-installed secretary for administration, and Savior Kasukuwere, the Zanu PF secretary for the commissariat, said this week that the disciplinary committee that has been set up to hear Mutasa’s case of alleged gross indiscipline would not be altered, notwithstanding Mutasa’s reservations against the bona fides of some of the members of the committee.

Kasukuwere and Chombo, who both sit in the controversial disciplinary committee, have already pronounced publicly that Mutasa should be booted out of Zanu PF even before the veteran nationalist has appeared before their committee — raising questions of fatal bias by the arbiters-turned firing squad.

But Mutasa said yesterday party leaders were “barking the wrong tree” and he remained determined to restore normalcy, legitimacy and democracy to Zanu PF.

And reacting to claims that the party’s Manicaland leadership, which includes politburo members Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Patrick Chinamasa, had already found a replacement to take over his Headlands seat, he said such reports confirmed the rot that had now taken root in Zanu PF.

“That candidate is Chingosho, a director in the ministry of Women Affairs. We all know that they are doing all this without the will of the people,” Mutasa charged.

He said it was unfortunate that the party was not concentrating its efforts and energy on fixing the country’s comatose economy, particularly mechanisms to implement its ambitious economic blueprint programme, ZimAsset, to extricate long-suffering Zimbabweans from the jaws of poverty.

“How does my case benefit Zanu PF or the people of Zimbabwe? Nothing.

So they leave their jobs day and night and talk nonsense about me instead of looking for money to implement ZimAsset,” Mutasa said.

ZimAsset, Zanu PF’s policy framework that covers the period between 2014 and 2018, ambitiously seeks to grow the economy by 6,1 percent this year and 7,3 percent next year — in addition to the quest to create value of $7,3 billion from the indigenisation of 1 138 companies across 14 key sectors of the economy, and to unlock as much as $2 trillion in the economy.

Both political and economic observers say the project is a pipe-dream as Zanu PF’s focus remains on it’s retention of political power at all costs.

Mutasa, who earlier told the Daily News that he would attend the disciplinary hearing only out of respect for Mugabe, said yesterday the economic war should be “the only game in town” given the country’s pressing economic difficulties which are typified by a debilitating liquidity crunch, company closures, and a glaring lack of investment.

He added that he would pursue his court case against Zanu PF over its “illegal congress” because the damp squib gathering had “nothing to do with the (mooted) disciplinary proceeding”.

“I had made the decision to go to court well before the committee was set up,” he said.

Responding to why the ruling party had taken this route to deal with him instead of summarily expelling him as they did to his comrades Rugare Gumbo and Jabulani Sibanda, Mutasa said he was equally at sea about this.

“I have not been charged. I have not been invited to any hearing. All this should happen before I can decide to give in or not.

“We should therefore wait to ask and answer these questions until they charge me and invite me to the hearing,” Mutasa said.

Comments (18)

The problem with Nyathi is he seems confused he says this and then changes or wait for what his enemies will say next . He is reactionary just spill the beans , tell the nation how elections were rigged , they will do nothing to you but if you continue hiding those things they will kill you to kill evidence they know you will say it at last . May be you are still hoping to work with Mugabe who has called you a fool . Call him a thief and kick the bucket full of beans so that it spills to the ground. Never mind what you and Mugabe its over treat him the way he is treating you that is the best language he understands better ,Never respond to Mugabe puppies respond to their god father now that he is falling every where finish him off. Why are you scared of a moving grave?

Diibulaanyika - 7 February 2015

The economy has always been like that Nyathi since the time you were in the gravy train but you were busy with Tsvangirayi day and night like they are doing to you now. Had you seen that then I doubt if you would have been in this situation today. The food and jobs you wishing Zimbabweans disappeared a decade ago while you were busy day and night with Tsvangson.

Qawe laMaqawe - 7 February 2015

Nyati, you do not get it, do you? You have invited yourself into the light. Do you remember the light you learned with the Religious Society of Friends? You are now walking in light, but you keep on looking back into into the dark. You are vacillating! RG Mugabe had a choice made up for him between the two factions, Grace chose the Mnangagwa faction for him. Grace is charge! She has a vice grip of Bob's udder. Mnagagwa is Zanu-PF's election master rigger, Hit-man and yes man. That is Grace's kind of a man to lead the Zanu-PF Mafia mob. Bob said that you are an incorrigible braying donkey? Wait. Grace is coming to handle you once and for all. You and allies need to focus on the real strategies. Thus the court case and documents you are holding to be released at the right time. Your case trial in the public arena has been ruled in your favor. Do not the public down,

Mbareboy - 7 February 2015

The last sentence wast to read as; Do not let the public down.

Mbareboy - 7 February 2015

Get away MUTASA you were part of it for all these years. Now the same judicial system you crippled Is the same one you want help from. Wanzwa Butter

The Chosen 1 - 8 February 2015

Didymus said if the law does not allow Gono to be governor then we will change it, just shows what kind of a politician u are,u have no place in new zimbabwe u and your cabal u not coming back, u finished stop irritating us no wonder y u been called a fool..

Nyatiyemubhuku - 8 February 2015

Purazi totoritora kana Grace auya.

Israel Makuvaza - 8 February 2015

Zanu PF does not bother with the niceties of disciplinary hearing. What disciplinary hearing heard Rugare Gumbo or Jabulane Sibanda; they were both summarily kicked out of the party at the say so of Mugabe. Mutasa is going to face the firing squad disguised as disciplinary hearing committee only because Mutasa complained that his shoving out of politburo was unconstitutionally. Mugabe just wants to make sure that his kicking out of the party has all the outside appearance of legality by calling the firing squad a disciplinary committee!

Wilbert Mukori - 9 February 2015

Kana ZANU PF yodya vayo vana inodya nemabonzo acho nekuti haide chinosara ipapo. If you fall apart with ZANU, hauende paHerose, ndizvo here. Kana nyika iyi tikaitora vamwe venyu vanofunga kuti makuva enyu aripo tinoisa zvidzvunyu imomo nekuti chinenge chirinane kudarika imi

Bob - 9 February 2015

tinokunyimai pay isu van jonso kuti mustrike asi imi hamunzwi tinoda kugadzirisa things from within hey

Tozvireva - 9 February 2015

Ndinonzi Nyathi, the Great,,,,,I have worked for the party the larger part of my life. Even Bob knows that I'm right. Just watch this space....at Law they shall all lose and I'm going to wipe all of these gangsters into the proper line. They use violence because you are now a powerless older man, but this time I will use the wisdom of duration into politics. I see that I have political substance in the party that's the reason why these "gangsters" want to oust me out of our party, my party!!! Watch this space

Mutasa - 9 February 2015

mtasa simbi yebasa

mozah b wraezhi - 9 February 2015

dai cde Mutasa mazvipira kuti muve gamba, uye kuti mutonge nyika ini the next few hour, just say 2013 Elections were stolen and how to the nation and from there u will b a hero

pchinja - 9 February 2015

The Bob and Grace drama is a modern day version of the Ahab and Jezebel saga found in 1kings of the Bible. The end for both King and queen wa

Abri - 9 February 2015

"We all know that they are doing all this without the will of the people,” Mutasa charged. Isnt it rich, how will Mutasa know what the will of the people is or even be concerned about it when they (him and his zanu mafia/gansters) have been stealing and rigging election and victimising the electorate every election cycle.

Galore 123 - 9 February 2015

Interesting times in Zimbabwean Politics. Cde Mutasa is now tasting the medicine he dished to the rest of the Zimbabweans. Anyway, these are interesting times.

Balanganani Waniwa - 10 February 2015

VaMutasa, sanganai naBob, munozivana. Zvamakataurirana kareko, tauriranai zvinowanikwa mukukwegura. Akura mudhara. Nyanga munodzipiwa idzo, i speak volume apa. take it by force. Kumbira unonyimwa, manikidza unopiwa

Pasi neKuDenga - 12 February 2015

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