'Mnangagwa a liar'

MASVINGO - As Zanu PF’s ugly factional and succession wars continue to escalate, a fuming Kudakwashe Bhasikiti (pictured) — the recently fired Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister — has pointedly labelled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa a shameless liar.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, Bhasikiti — who has been publicly harangued by President Robert Mugabe for being a close ally of former vice president Joice Mujuru — rubbished sensational claims by Mnangagwa at the weekend that he had raised money from some companies to bankroll the nonagenarian’s ouster and assassination.

“I want to set the record straight and categorically state that what came out in the Sunday Mail is not true. I never at any time fundraised money to hurt the president.

“The only money that I fundraised from Tongaat and Bikita Minerals was for the (disputed December 2014 party) congress and all the proceeds were channelled to the party bank account,” Bhasikiti said.

Mnangagwa, who has lately been unusually garrulous, was quoted by

State media at the weekend literally threatening the two companies implicated in the untested political conspiracy (Bikita Minerals and

Tongaat Hullet) with unspecified action on the grounds that they were allegedly funding anti-Mugabe activities.

“What do we say to Tongaat Hulett and Bikita Minerals which were behind funding Didymus Mutasa and his ‘gamatox’ team who wanted to remove President Mugabe from power even by killing him?

“Bhasikiti was fired because of Tongaat Hulett and they should be warned that we will not hesitate to deal with them,” the feared VP was quoted saying.

But Bhasikiti rejected the allegations “with contempt” yesterday, saying that the money he had received from companies in his home province went towards funding the party’s December congress, and not to any party faction as alleged by Mnangagwa.

“Tongaat Hullet donated 20 000 dollars which it deposited directly to our Zanu PF account at the Party Headquarters. Bikita minerals donated 20 000 in the Zanu PF account at Bank ABC in Masvingo, which was transferred to the party’s HQ account.

“As is procedural, all proceeds were directed to the party headquarters, as they were raised,” Bhasikiti said.

Bhasikiti claimed last year, when he was still a member of the politburo, that he had written a thesis on Mugabe’s leadership, something he said was a sign of his unquestionable loyalty to the 91-year-old leader.

This was after Mugabe had told him to his face, and in front of fellow politburo members and gathered journalists that he was skirting on thin ice because of his alleged support for Mujuru.

“You should get out of the wrong basket. I hear that you are not consistent. Get into the right basket,” Mugabe told Bhasikiti then.

Mugabe eventually moved to wield the axe against Bhasikiti last week, although the formal dismissal communication from the president’s office claimed that this action had been taken ostensibly because Bhasikiti’s “conduct had become inconsistent with his prescribed duties and functions”.

Apart from Bhasikiti, Mugabe has fired 16 other ministers since December last year — all perceived to be close allies of Mujuru, with

Zanu PF sources saying yesterday that the brutal purges are far from over.

Surprisingly, and despite relieving the 17 bigwigs of their duties — amid the grave claims that Mujuru and her supporters were allegedly plotting to illegally oust Mugabe from power and to assassinate the nonagenarian — not a single person has so far been arraigned before the courts pertaining to the serious claims.

Virtually all the victims of the ruthless purges have said that the coup plot and assassination claims are nothing more than a crude political hatchet job against them.

In yesterday’s interview with the Daily News, Bhasikiti also revealed that he had sourced funds for the disputed congress from individuals and the corporate world amounting to $63 000 dollars and 23 beasts.

Thus, he quipped tongue-in-cheek, that instead of being dismissed from government for “fundraising very well” for the party, he should be given a pat on the back.

“But I have already thanked the President for what he did to me. I wrote a letter and sent it to him appreciating the time I served in government,” Bhasikiti said.

In the meantime, the long-mooted court action by disaffected Zanu PF stalwarts is set to reach the bench this week, amid fears that the ruling party could soon split into two bitterly opposed camps.

The spokesperson for the aggrieved party pioneers, Rugare Gumbo, said at the weekend that they were hopeful that their court challenge regarding the alleged illegality of Zanu PF’s disputed damp squib “elective” congress — that was held in Harare late last year — would begin soon.

“Everything that’s needed to be done has been done and we are now ready. I can’t say much more now because the court process will determine everything,” Gumbo said.

A well-placed source also confirmed the imminence of the court action, revealing further that “several top legal brains in the country have volunteered to work on the application, which is going to be one of the most bruising and intriguing legal battles ever fought in Zimbabwean courts”.

“There are dozens of affidavits from bona fide Zanu PF members, party officials and others who were illegally kicked out by the illegal congress.

“This court case will expose president Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF as tyrants who think they are above the law. It will be a very interesting case for the judges because the illegalities around that fake congress are so obvious and glaring, and there for all to see,” the source said.

Retired, but hugely respected party elder, Cephas Msipa, was among the first prominent party members to criticise Mugabe openly last year for failing to deal with Zanu PF’s often violent infighting and for refusing to take advice on the party’s escalating factionalism.

In an interview with the Daily News that was carried in mid October last year, Msipa said pointedly that he feared for the worst for Zanu PF if intra-party relations remained as fractious as they were in the ruling party.

“If people continue being dissatisfied with what is happening, it is possible to have a split. I think the president has the key to all these issues. I hate factionalism and if it continues I don’t know what will become of the party,” he said ruefully.

He also attacked the party faction aligned to Mnangagwa for behaving as if it “owned” Grace Mugabe — a development that he said was fuelling factionalism in the party.

Among the disaffected party stalwarts are former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, who has courted the ire of his erstwhile Zanu PF comrades by continuing to present himself as the ruling party’s legitimate secretary for administration despite being “expelled” from the party last Wednesday.

In a no-holds-barred statement he signed last year, Mutasa called for the nullification of all “purported constitutional amendments drafted and railroaded 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”.

In another scathing press statement released on Thursday, Mutasa described his purported recent expulsion from the party as “null and void and a serious breach of our party constitution and indeed the Constitution of Zimbabwe”.

“Over and above this, this disciplinary committee (which allegedly looked into his case) is improperly constituted anyway given that, the (party’s disputed December) congress and the First Secretary of the party unlawfully breached the party constitution by failing to elect the party national chairperson, who is the only one who can chair such a meeting,” he said.

Amid this ongoing acrimony, many Zanu PF members fear that Mugabe, who turned 91 at the weekend, has abdicated his powers to his much younger wife, Grace, whose return from her two-month sojourn in the Far East a week ago marked the demise of not only Mutasa and Temba Mliswa, but also Bhasikiti who was fired on Thursday night.

And with the ranks of disaffected party members swelling by the day,

Gumbo said Mugabe and party hawks should brace themselves not only for their impending court challenge, but also for “other programmes aimed at restoring legitimacy” to Zanu PF.

Comments (38)

Go Mutasa Go, Ndizwo Nyati

Lever - 24 February 2015

heya maitotora zvenyu mari kumaCompanies to sponsor maprogramme ebato? iyezvino those companies are struggling to pay their workers munhu achiita 6months asina pay honai honye dzamaisa..Mwari vanoona zvirikuzhe.

Nyemba - 24 February 2015

Bhasikiti everybody in zanupf is a liar, once they hate you they spice it with lies and make it daily headlines to make it appear true, unfortunately you used to be part of that. From Gukurahundi they lied, elections they lied, 2008 they lied, murambatsvina they lied, assasinations of Mugabe they lied, the killing of Cain Nkala they lied, the death of Mujuru they lied, the Mai Mujuru accusation unproved lies so what is new here sir, it is the basket you are in now.

maita - 24 February 2015

Mhondi dzeZANU PF hadzina tsitsi vakomana kundoisa maCompany pachiribhani kuti vakupei mari chero vachigombegwa . Tinehama dzirikushanda kunzimbe hapana chadzirikuwana varikunungira mafufu sesvosve ivo vondotora mari yose iyo . Kutambura kwenyu havakendenge chero mukasvosvo gavakava mukahwa mudumbu vanofara mabhinya eZANU chavanogwarira kupfachura matumbu awo oga ruzhinji gweZimbabwe kuchidhla mhondo yemaombera . Nehanda Nyakasikana tosvika rinhi kovo tichitambura , mweya unoyera ndizvo here zvamakagwira Chimurenga kuti mhondi dzeZANU PF dzihle dzoga isu tichikambura nhoko dzezvironda . PASI NEMBAVHA DZEZANU PF ,mabhinya anoshaiwa rudo segwaJairos Jiri gwokubetsera

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 24 February 2015

ZANU PF is a party of murderous and evil men and women. Since the war of liberations they lied that that they defeated Britain in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) Britain was defeated by Ian Smith when he declared UDI. ZANU PF and ZAPU fought Ian Smith and the Rhodesia front. That time Rhodesia was even under the UN and British sanction. Now Basket is realising the lies in ZANU PF and Mnangagwa. They are now after you Basket. You may not see 25 Dec 2015. Join the true revolutionary party, MDC

ananian - 24 February 2015

Zanu pf must put an end to all lies or lies will put an end to zanu pf. Its all about who gets what, when, where and how much.All the milk is finished they just suck blood to the few remaining companies. Zanu pf is busy decaying and soon it will die a natural death. I am surprised zanu pf has a bank account.

X-MAN IV - 24 February 2015

We are good at discussing how this Zanu Pf minority government is hurting all of us....I think its high time we start discussing a working plan to rid ourselves of these demons. All of them are demons!!

Charles Moyo - 24 February 2015

Bhasikiti deserved to be fired. He is an idiot.

shungu - 24 February 2015

ok, the Basket has been off-loaded, who is next?

samaz - 24 February 2015

Aaaah BASIKITI Shame shamwari, you have been made a biscuit by ZANU! My advise to you is: USAFA WOGA SHAMWARI. You know how many skeletons are in their cupboard so this is your chance to spill the beans! Kusirikufa ndokupi? you are already in the rifle sights wena so its better KUFUMURA GURE Before you are given a "HEROES BURIAL" with speaches that portray you as a hero while they have the guts to fire you. You are welcome to join MDC and teach the the skills of vote rigging. However you can only start as a card holder until MDC successfully riggs the next Election, Deal or No Deal?

TAPESANA - 24 February 2015

“This court case will expose president Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF as tyrants who think they are above the law. It will be a very interesting case for the judges because the illegalities around that fake congress are so obvious and glaring, and there for all to see,” the source said. Could not agree more; the whole electoral process was rigged and Mugabe did it confident that no one would dare challenge him because he is above the law. So the first step is to challenge him because that in itself disproves his two basic premises that no one would dare and that he is not above the law.

wilbert Mukori - 25 February 2015

All the statements about Grace taking over from Mugabe are nonesense. Zanu PF and the service chief have always vowed during the elections that Zimbabwe can only be led by someone who fought the war of liberation. So Grace cannot take over she did not fight in any war. Unless if Mugabe bedroom has become recognized as a field of war. This goes to show that Margaret Dongo was right after all. All men in Zanu PF are Mugabe's bitches

BobsW#ores - 25 February 2015

Nyati ipi. Mutasa Upi. Hatimuziwe isu. kanenge kamu Moscan ka blaaz aka. Munofa Didymus.

Munofa Nyati - 25 February 2015

bhasikiti kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk .bhasikiti kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk basket kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

rapozo - 25 February 2015

“I want to set the record straight and categorically state that what came out in the Sunday Mail is not true. I never at any time fundraised money to hurt the president. “The only money that I fundraised from Tongaat and Bikita Minerals was for the (disputed December 2014 party) congress and all the proceeds were channelled to the party bank account,” Bhasikiti said. Wava kupupura Professor. Wakashevedzera mukuru kuti PUTSAI BHASIKITI. Hezwoka izwo. Ndaifunga kuti pataifunda Animal Farm na Julius Ceaser you learnt something. Moto wembavha haudziiwi , no matter kuti kunze kurikutonhora sei. Zanu yataiziva yakaparara in the early 1980s. "Bhasikiti claimed last year, when he was still a member of the politburo, that he had written a thesis on Mugabe's leadership, something he said was a sign of his unquestionable loyalty to the 91-year-old leader." Loyality to who ? Are you living in North Korea ! In Zimbabwe you can only be loyal to the state , not to an individual. That is provided iri state inogutsa zwido zwavazhinji. Ndiyo mistake #2 yawakaita. Its because of people like you, Mutasa, Mujuru vana Gumbo and a lot others who for many, many years have been singing for their suppers that so many Zimbabweans are suffering today. When the going sours be prepared for dog eats its own like cannibals.

Chorosi - 25 February 2015

How does being on the receiving end taste Mr Basket? Bitter ka?

MkanyaGP - 25 February 2015

I think Munangagwa now must appreciate that his new office no lnger needs him to continue to perpetrate hate speech even agianst perceived offenders. He must now become the unifier and not a monster.

Ngazvigarezvakadaro - 25 February 2015

Mugabe is now senile to tell the truth who the hell is this grace

lodza mhika - 25 February 2015

How can vampire be a unifier . he does not care about you . Mnangagwa ano tyiwa chero kumusha kwake

lodza mhika - 25 February 2015

guys just listen to Zhakata;s sakunatsa was banned because of the truth in it.surely will see that most of the people are foreiners

mr hnest - 25 February 2015

Mr Godfrey Mtima,l think you put the wrong pic for yo article.

Ntsimbikayigobi - 25 February 2015

This is getting interesting.....lmao... Now what does these companies say on supporting political parties? What about their Shareholders in Sandton and Kings Governance Code of Conduct? Yhooooo shareholders arise!

zvakare - 25 February 2015

SIMUDZAI DINGA NYATI RIITEREI MAHWANI RACHEMBERA

zvorwadza - 25 February 2015

My dear poor friend Bhasikiti, I told you in 2010 that Zanu PF is evil and lies to Zimbabweans all the times. Zanu PF has destroyed our beautiful country. You are all fake. Hezvo, zvavakwauri nhasi. All of you should quit, damn liars.

Anadi Arnold - 26 February 2015

This NYATI MUNOFA guy is showing the world that is suffering from mentally hemohorrage or mentally diahorreah . What Mozambique have to do with Mutasa? Why is he linking bad things with Mozambique? Are all evil men born in Mozambique? If Mozambicans were bad and evils as portrayed by this guy Zimbabweans living and working here in Mozambique could have been living and enjoying better life? Bata imbwa yako.

Josiah Nyamunda - 27 February 2015

So after raising $40 000 dollars and more, you were banned from congress. Hahahahahahahah, you are a basket case. Next time don't put your eggs in one basket, Bhasikiti. Take that money and chow with your wife. Mugabe is not worth writing thesis about, raising money for or prasing. He is a backbiting phimpi! Beware

Phaphamani - 1 March 2015

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