I'm not afraid, says Gumbo

HARARE - Revered war veteran and former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has said he does not care and is not afraid of President Robert Mugabe’s government keeping him under surveillance.

During a televised interview to mark his 91st birthday anniversary, Mugabe said he was watching Gumbo and his intentions.

“He (Gumbo) is an incorrigible person…but we continue to watch what he is doing and what his intentions are,” Mugabe said during the interview.

However, the war veteran said he was not afraid of that.

“They have been watching me all along. I have been watched all my life, so why should I be afraid?” Gumbo said, further claiming that even during the liberation struggle the Ian Smith-led government watched him.

Ahead of the party’s congress last year, Zanu PF went on an unprecedented orgy of violent purges of all its senior officials perceived to be sympathetic to former Vice President Joice Mujuru, which also scalped the head of Gumbo.

The brutal purges left Zanu PF seriously divided, which analysts described as one of the party’s weakest points in its 52 years of existence.

But Gumbo has fearlessly spoken against the decision, claiming it was highly influenced by mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies).

He said that mafikizolos had hijacked the party and were influencing Mugabe’s ill-fated decisions.

The outspoken former Dare reChimurenga member said he has been advocating  freedom all his life.

In response to Mugabe’s averments on him being watched, Gumbo said freedom was all that he fought for and was the prime reason he went to war.

Speaking to the Daily News, Gumbo said he was no push-over but a man who stuck to his principles.

“I have certain basic principles in life. I have not talked about anything else but freedom. I do not see anything, we want freedom, freedom, freedom. We want to be free and happy…that is what we fought for,” Gumbo said.

He queried, “Muri kuda kuti ndiite sei (what do you want me to do)?”

This was in apparent reference to the fact that he continues to fight for that freedom and does not know what the Mugabe government wants him to do.

Comments (12)

This common criminal Gumbo is now "Revered war veteran" just because he is now outside the tent and pissing in? Gumbo just like Mujuru, Mutasa, Mugabe, Munangagwa and all the Zanu Mafia are culpable for the rot.

Galore 123 - 2 March 2015

"We want to be free and happy…that is what we fought for" now that your freedom to feast from the trough has been curtailed you now pretend to be a champion for liberty. It was only a few months ago you were part of the machinery trying to frustrate others and deny them basic freedoms like choosing a government of their own choice, putting in place robust institutions so that their freedoms can be protected. You Mutasa et al were busy praising Gushongo and strategising how to entrench his power some more. Come clean on the dirty deals, corruption, stolen elections, Extrajudicial shenanigans etc if you are sincere including the ones you all participated in.

Galore 123 - 2 March 2015

Gumbo should tell this nation how Mugabe rigged elections if he wants to be taken serious other wise he is just feeling sad of being a civilian scavenging for food while a few weeks ago he was one of those who eat well in zanu by stealing other people 's properties , stealing our natural resources eg gold diamonds and grabbing farms which are full of yields which are ready for harvest . It is not freedom if people are threatened during elections that they shall be beheaded if they vote for Morgan , and Gumbo just yesterday was one of those who won parliament seats through threat . You are not fit to talk about freedom baba just shut your beak .

Diibulaanyika - 2 March 2015

Rambai Makashinga Madhlira pazhe mukaranga weMberengwa ndinoti igwai semvumba chaiko mutikurure mujoko revuranda . Tirikudhlisiwa Chitumbare chenhamo nemabhinya enyu eZANU PF mukatibetsera kuvhura zhira inemabhangare akandimikigwa neshamwari dzenyu tingafare . 2018 TOVUYAKO HOKOYO

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 2 March 2015

@Diibulaanyika. Well said. Yesterday he was Mugabe's lead cheerleader and now he is crying foul bc he has been canned. He should share Mugabe's sins period

Qiniso - 2 March 2015

Insignificant and inadequate individuals the whole lot.

Gudli'ndlu - 2 March 2015

Tell us Gumbo, everything. Open up, tell us how they used to f*** your ass, tell us how they turned Chimoio into a gay brothel, tell us how the ZANU PF you have been a member for so long riggs elections, tell us how they put you in a gomba, tell us how they offered you an olive branch a fw years ago, tell us who killed Chitepo, tell us who murdered Tongo, Rex and many others, tell it all that we do not know about Mugabe...go on telling us Gumbo if you want to educate the young people and maybe they will sympathise with you. Go for it Mr Hero Rugare Gumbo

Garikayi - 3 March 2015

tongogara,chitepo,rex,rashiwe......they all knew what type of man you are dealing with.Cunning like the old jackal but is now weak because he has now let musikana wayekera uyu kuti ataure but vese havana kuchena.siyayi zvipondane zvega.Time will decide,inga makanzi naJonathan rambai makashinga!

tina - 3 March 2015

Gumbo kana usina zvokutaura nyarara pene kungoti nyaudza.

mutonga - 3 March 2015

Jonathan Moyo has succeeded in destroying Zanu pf the man is CIA no doubt, it was planned to coincide with Mugabe`s diminished mental strength

Harare - 3 March 2015

it looks like the guy is destroying our party masikati machena.

taurai - 3 March 2015

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