'Tsvangirai must rejoin Zanu PF'

HARARE - In an unexpected turn of events, former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa has called on all democratic forces, including opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, to join him in the “real Zanu PF” to rescue the country from its current political and economic crises.

In an apparent response to the weekend appeal by MDC national executive member Nelson Chamisa, for Mutasa and other disaffected Zanu PF stalwarts to join hands with the MDC as the only way to defeat what he called the spectre of tyranny in the country, Mutasa said yesterday that this was not the solution.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News, the Headlands legislator said it did not make sense “to leave a vibrant organisation (the real Zanu PF), notwithstanding the challenges” it was facing at the moment.

“No, we cannot join the MDC. If anything, they should come and join Zanu PF because we are the biggest party.

“Everyone in MDC was once in Zanu PF, including Tsvangirai. So, it should be them who come to Zanu PF, not the other way round,” Mutasa said.

He said even though he and other Zanu PF officials, including former vice president Joice Mujuru, had been treated unfairly by their erstwhile colleagues in the Zanu PF that emerged post the party’s disputed “elective” congress that was held in Harare last December, he would never leave the “real Zanu PF” and join another party.

“I have never left Zanu PF and I will never leave the party. I am in the old Zanu PF and I belong in that Zanu PF. However, I am not in the illegal Zanu PF and that one I do not recognise,” Mutasa said.

Addressing party supporters in Kuwadzana on Sunday, Chamisa said it was good that Mutasa and other prominent Zanu PF members now agreed with the MDC that the ruling party had too many “fatal deficiencies” to be allowed to continue misruling the country.

“We call upon people like Mujuru, Mutasa and all other democratic forces to come and join Tsvangirai. I even told Mutasa come, come, come and unite with us as Zimbabweans to extricate the country from the economic mess that it finds itself in,” Chamisa said.

The Kuwadzana East legislator said all democratic forces should take advantage of Tsvangirai’s massive grassroots support and coalesce around him if they entertained any hopes of dislodging Zanu PF from power.

But Mutasa, who maintains that he is still the bona fide Zanu PF secretary for administration, said opposition parties interested in democracy instead should join the “real Zanu PF” to advance the interests of all Zimbabweans.

Meanwhile, the ruling party’s disciplinary committee, headed by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, that will decide Mutasa’s fate is set to start its work soon, following the return of First Lady Grace Mugabe from her long Far East sojourn, where she allegedly underwent a minor medical operation.

But even then, there is apparently serious disagreement among Zanu PF hardliners about how to deal with the dissenting former Presidential Affairs minister, who is also contemplating dragging Zanu PF to court.

Although Mugabe and his legal advisors have warned Mutasa against taking the court route, Mutasa is undeterred and insists that the party should repudiate its December congress and return to a more democratic dispensation.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that while some of the hawks were agitating for Mutasa’s summary dismissal from the party — as had happened with former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda and former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo — others were not sure that this would serve the warring party’s interests.

Grace demonstrated the immense power she now wields in Zanu PF when Cabinet ministers, service chiefs and Zanu PF bigwigs scrambled to Harare International Airport to welcome her back to the country on Sunday after she had been away in the Far East for more than two months.

Most observers were agreed that the fact that senior government and Zanu PF officials had felt compelled to converge at the airport to welcome her back to Zimbabwe in the manner that they did spoke volumes about how much political power she now wielded in the country.

President Robert Mugabe himself admitted during the ruling party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare late last year that Grace now often directed him what to do.

There was much pomp and ceremony as Grace arrived at the airport, with one senior Zanu PF official who spoke to the Daily News describing her welcome as “fitting for a Queen”.

“She (Grace) is now probably the most powerful politician in Zimbabwe, which is why her welcome back to the country today almost rivalled the treatment that the president gets when he returns from his trips abroad.

“To not go and pay homage to Amai at the moment amounts to virtual political suicide and everyone knows this. Her welcome was fitting for a Queen,” the central committee member who requested anonymity said.

Among the bigwigs at the airport were Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, politburo member Shuvai Mahofa and fast-rising Youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi.

Mugabe himself only came back from the family holiday late last month, claiming at the time that he had left his wife in the Far East recuperating, after she had undergone a medical operation. Mugabe reportedly sneaked out of the country a few days ago so that he would accompany his wife home.

Speaking at the welcome party, Togarepi wasted no time in reminding the gathered Zanu PF bigwigs that it was in fact “Comrade Stop It”, as Grace is now popularly known in party circles, who was in control.

He bluntly told them that the honeymoon was over for those who had taken advantage of her absence to misbehave and frustrate the ruling party’s youths.

“We are happy as the Youth League that mother (Grace) you are back. We were being persecuted when you were away. When a mother is not there, others take advantage and push you, but this is our time to report them to you” he said to loud applause.

Comments (22)

joining each other or not joining each other, His excellence idhara redu. Nyika ichanaka under Zanu Pf leardership not these puppets

wind - 17 February 2015

Ko Grace neka harawa robert vanoshamisa chiyi chacho? Asi ka harawa aka pakanofa tichaonerera akomana.

Der - 17 February 2015

the daily news is being mischievous, the big wigs were there for mugabe if mugabe dies you will see grace does not have any power

Harare - 17 February 2015

Mutase and Robert should actually join Zapu. Zanu broke away from Zapu.

Chingaenda - 17 February 2015

I would like to express my support of all members of ZanuPF alleged to be supporters of Amai Mujuru. They should come out in the open and resist all those hyenas that are feeding on the sweat of really warveterans. I am encouraged by the bravery displayed by my sekuru Rugare Gumbo, VaMutasa. Kudzai Mbudzi,Jabulani Sibanda,Fortune Chasi and others who are silent. I urge others not to be afraid of people who were putting on napkins at independence in 1980. Grace Mugabe, Kasukuwere, Pupurai.Zhuwao and Chipanga are the mafikozolo who are enjoying the product of Mujuru & colleagues ' sweat. My advice for Mujuru and others is to form their plitical party with a different name not to say, 'we are the really ZanuPF' because very few people are associated with this party. Like I used to tell people Mugabe formed ZanuPF and is qualified to treat it as his property, therefore

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 17 February 2015

Ndineurombo vaMutasa ndimi mega musati makufunga ini nemudiwa wangu Joice takato Joiner kare ma Chinja

Chiukomba Cha Joice Mujuru - 17 February 2015

Mutasa of the Diesel from the Rock fame is politically irrelevant, he got to his station because of patronage as one of Mugabe's "wives" now that he has been cut off by his benefactor because he is a donkey that will never see sense all is finished for him. We ofcourse look forward to his jester activities.

Lt General - 17 February 2015

At least there is some common ground

perfect moyo - 17 February 2015

Mutasa is as irrelevent as Tsvangirai to the Zim cause. They are all spent forces which were used and dumbed by the clever ones. Let them go and rot.

zindman - 17 February 2015

Only the Incorruptible God, knows whose who now in Zimbabwe...His name is Ho Theo's Ho hupsistos...us the bashed, mesmerised, trodden, we wait in prayer, standinding in the gap and praying for Zimbabwe to be delivered from all forces of evil, no one knows who they are, but we see the glaring fruits of their labour.....deceiving and being deceived..even tricking the very elect. Zimbabweans this is no game if you thought otherwise, we are losing precious time....redeem the time coz the days are evil...this is the soup of evil, Gukurahundi came and went, opposition carnage came and went, bloody farm invasions came and went, now it's the time for resenting voices to be silenced by blood...I invite Jehovah Sabaoth to revisit Zimbabwe......I cry to Lord God, the true and just....Have mercy Son of David, have mercy,

Msuuunuuuuu - 17 February 2015

tsvangirai izanu secret. he pretents to be opposition iye achi chesitirana na president. pachavo vanhu ivavo. inga akati wani vanomwa tea vese imi vanhu muchi swero dashurana. anosiirwa keke uyu. don't bother him, he is already zanu pf.

zvirozviyedzwa - 17 February 2015

Well i think the pills that Mutasa was taking which he obtained from India have run out .He always talks of the old zanu why not call a rally for that old zanu and demonstrate that the party he always talk about really exist .How can Morgan join a party which is in Mutasa 's imagination that is crazy indeed . Now i begin to believe that Mutasa is a fool as his old friend Mugabe told us Where are the offices of the old zanu and who is the leader of that party you are inviting people to join? Heish malume I am afraid you must got back to India get more supply of pills otherwise very soon you will run to the mountains mad .Mutasa muntu ugula .

Diibulaanyika - 17 February 2015

Dibulaanyika, you made me laugh whole night?

L. C. Muza - 17 February 2015

I would like to advice Mr Mutasa to wake up,smell the coffee and move on.Stop living in the past and move on.You are no longer wanted at Zanu pf.

Daniel Kasuza - 18 February 2015

@Dibulaanyika, you are right the pills have certainly run out. ZANU PF or Zanu old or new remains a Satanist Party and all its tricks have run out and is heading for the bottomless pit where it will never again rise from. The saying goes that 'those that the gods want to destroy they first make them mad' who surely can not see the madness in ZANU PF-ESPECIALLY ITS TOP LEADERSHIP ?

Referee - 18 February 2015

Kkkk, the pills have certainly run out. Mutasa is going bananas. How can he talk of old ZANU (Pf). Who is its leader right now? Truly, Mugabe is always spot-on with his team members. If someone's boss call him fool never doubt that 34 years experience. Truly, Mutasa is gone mad.

Tasa tasa Mutasa - 18 February 2015

tsvangirai hatimude ku party kwedu plz plz.

wind - 18 February 2015

he zanu he zanu yawora iyi mutasa huya chisati chazara chikepe

johanne - 18 February 2015

he zanu he zanu yawora iyi mutasa huya chisati chazara chikepe

johanne - 18 February 2015

lets join hands for coming with good ideal of joining fellow guys

w k kasongo - 18 February 2015

'..... mugabe will rule as long as he like..." didymus gamatox mutasa do you still remember uttering those sentiments for public consumption. the guy named Bob has proved that he is here to stay. with respect, allow me to say praise God, you have been saved from the ill fated humiliation band wagon

fire links - 21 February 2015

do you think your cause is worth fighting for

fire links - 21 February 2015

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