Mugabe lying: Gumbo

HARARE - Former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo says he is embarrassed for President Robert Mugabe for focusing on naked lies and pub talk instead of working to fix the country’s comatose economy to alleviate the suffering of millions of Zimbabweans.

Reacting to Mugabe’s rumbling birthday speech in Victoria Falls on Saturday where the nonagenarian got very personal against his Zanu PF political foes, especially ousted former Vice President Joice Mujuru, Gumbo Mugabe lying, says Gumbo said yesterday that as the leader of the country, the president should focus on important national issues than be occupied with “lies that everyone wants to remove him from power illegally”.

The no-nonsense liberation struggle pioneer also told the Daily News that he sometimes feels sorry for Mugabe because the nonagenarian was “behaving strangely” since his wife, Grace, allegedly grabbed power from him.

He further advised Mugabe to “stop making laughable public statements” like the allegation that Mujuru had allegedly consulted Nigerian witchdoctors half-naked to try and topple the 91-year-old from power.

“There are critical issues that we have to talk about like the economy. So, why would a whole head of State dwell on pub talk? “Is it really necessary to do that?

“Should we have a whole head of State talking of such trivial issues as sangomas? Are we being serious as a nation?” Gumbo asked rhetorically.

Gumbo and other senior party bigwigs, including Mujuru, were brutally purged before, during and after Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare in December last year, on allegations that they wanted to illegally topple and assassinate Mugabe.

However, Gumbo said yesterday that all the allegations that had been raised against him and the others were based on lies.

As such, Gumbo expressed the worry that Mugabe was ruling “basing his decisions on lies created by people he has chosen to be close as opposed to those who were elected by the people and who were with him during the struggle”.

He said this was a strategy Mugabe was using to remain in power, adding that it was a shame that the 91-year-old was doing this “to cling on to power”, in addition to “raising non-existent coup allegations”.

He said the coup allegations themselves were nothing new, as Mugabe had raised such “spurious claims” before and after Zimbabwe’s independence against a number of liberation war icons such as Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa, as well as others that included opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the late Ndabaningi Sithole when they disagreed with him intellectually and politically.

He said, every time Mugabe was cornered over governance issues, he would raise “frivolous coup allegations against his perceived opponents”.

“It’s all lies and it really is ridiculous,” Gumbo said.

He added that it was allegedly “clear” that Mugabe was now taking orders from Grace when making decisions both within Zanu PF and the government.

He said “every single wish” of Grace had come to pass, giving as an example, the fall of Mujuru and the subsequent rise of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to power.

“You can’t run away from the fact that the wife is now in charge. Everything that she has said has materialised.

“Who doesn’t see kuti mudzimai wake ndiye anoita izvozvo (that his wife is behind all this),” Gumbo said.

He said Zanu PF was as a result in “a state of chaos” since the entrance of Grace into the political arena.

Gumbo joins many other prominent figures who have recently said that Grace is now the power behind the throne.

Only a few days after her return from the Far East, where she was receiving treatment following a minor medical operation, former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and his nephew Temba Mliswa were expelled from the party.

Many analysts believe the decision to expel the two was dictated by Grace.

However, all the affected people including Gumbo have vowed to soldier on and are in the process of lodging a court application, seeking to nullify decisions made at the party’s disputed December congress.

Mutasa last week formally wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda advising him that the Mugabe-led Zanu PF was illegal and as such had no mandate to fire him or anyone else from the party.

He also said he remained the legitimate Zanu PF secretary for administration.

 

Comments (36)

What can a 91-year old do against a power-hungry 49 year old woman? We might as well talk of Her Excellency, Grace Mugabe. Everyone knows she fired Vice Pres Mujuru, and almost all provincial leaders, plus lots of ministers. And she went to the provinces on a presidential helicopter! Jabulani Sibanda's 'bedroom coup' is true. The coup has happened and the woman is ruling. Trying to pretend it away is just a fallaciious way of hiding behind the leaves in a gun battle.

Chenjerai Hove - 2 March 2015

Mugabe wava kungogara mubhurugwa raGire. Uchaziveiko uyeyu? Zvonzwisa ngoni.

Donato Matibili - 2 March 2015

nhasi Rugare Gumbo ave kunzi no-nonsense man nokuti abuda muZANU PF? achirimo maimuti no-nonsense man?. daily news munondinakidza. heheda

wind - 2 March 2015

If a ruler listens to lies all his officials become wicked. When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice, when the wicked rule the people groan. By Justice a leader gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for brides tears it down.

Zim Zim - 2 March 2015

- - - - - - Why Does Grace love Joseph Mtakwese Made so much? . . . . He pretends to be a doctor. . . . He is a handsome stud. . . . He is a good garden-boy. . . . He grows her large cucumbers and carrots. . . He did such a great job screwing up ARDA. . . None of the above. . . ALL of the above. . . .

Lloyd Mugari - 2 March 2015

Sekuru Gumbo don't give up, we are behind you and your group. Mugabe is not a Zimbabwean according to elders in Masvingo Province and Midlands.The name 'MUGABE' was a nickname given to his father Gabriel Matibiri a Malawian national brought here by missionaries. The name came about because Mr Matibiri was always sent to Morgenster mission which was running the Mugabe Printing Press because the mission is in Chief Mugabe;s area to collect textbooks for Kutama Mission. The Zvimba people were happy for his delivery of Mugabe Press books.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 2 March 2015

Saka nhasi vasekuru makubuda pachena kuti Tsvangirai was framed handiti? What were you saying when you were still in Zanu PF? Please remind us. Its a shame

Chabvondoka - 2 March 2015

musarovane vakuru vedu. tauriranai mudzokererane movhima pamwepo sezvazvaive kare. this way you are destrying the party. the next thing we will wake up without any more revolutionary party to talk about. tauriranai musorovhe maproblems enyu amicably

taurai - 2 March 2015

Mugabe wakadhlisiwa vuruzvi hwedahwa changova chitupwani chaGire kwahi zvataugwa namama ndizvozvo uchiponda nyika . Vana Madhlira chinguri makati moenda kumatare gore zvoropera muchingoita shungu dzechikamba kuda kukwira Mt Belingwe nyangwe idzo nyazvi dzacho dzemitemo dzamakatsvaka itsvimbowo dzemoto kahi. Indai kumatare tione kana mwena weSambani wagumigwa motora mamwe matano kwete kungoita ruzha gwehuku ravona Govo

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 2 March 2015

Gumbo, Mutasa, Mujuru, etc., must also be candid enough to should the blame. They surrendered zanu pf to Mugabe long time ago; and likewise Mugabe is entitled to surrender it to anyone of his choice - be it wife, girlfriend, mwana, and you name it.

mapingu - 2 March 2015

@Mapingu. You have a point there. Sour grapes period.

Qiniso - 2 March 2015

' How many times did gumbo lied as a spokesperson for zanu pf covering lies of Mugabe.

X-MAN IV - 2 March 2015

Zanu-PF has long crossed the line of evolving into a Mafia cult whose Godfather is RG Mugabe. Now Grace Mugabe is in charge behind the scenes. What constructive speech should we expect from a Mafia boss whose udder is gripped by his missus? The cause of all this rot is the total absence of democracy in Zanu-PF mob party and in deed in the country. We are a North Korea in Africa. What a shame!

Mbareboy - 2 March 2015

Gumbo na Mutasa kukururwa shirt nebhurugwa kusara nduwe chete nema Ningers. Mutasa akambozviita paSinoia apa akazopedzisira osungisa N'anga yacho. Zvino regai isu tikusvororodzeyi Gamatox nevanhu wenyu. Gumbo you are a Shame bastered boy.

hEDEEEE - 3 March 2015

Chitova Nyararai henyu. Pamaive naye Gushungo maimurumbidza mairegerei kutaura ipapo

Munyai - 3 March 2015

Reacting to Mugabe's rumbling birthday speech in Victoria Falls on Saturday where the nonagenarian got very personal against his Zanu PF political foes, especially ousted former Vice President Joice Mujuru, Gumbo Mugabe lying, says Gumbo said yesterday that as the leader of the country, the president should focus on important national issues than be occupied with “lies that everyone wants to remove him from power illegally”. Ma Jouornalist nema editor tipeiwo ma serious

Sabhuku - 3 March 2015

Reacting to Mugabe's rumbling birthday speech in Victoria Falls on Saturday where the nonagenarian got very personal against his Zanu PF political foes, especially ousted former Vice President Joice Mujuru, Gumbo Mugabe lying, says Gumbo said yesterday that as the leader of the country, the president should focus on important national issues than be occupied with “lies that everyone wants to remove him from power illegally”. Ma Jouornalist nema editor tipeiwo ma serious

Sabhuku - 3 March 2015

Daily News today you take Gumbo seriously yet yesterday when he was with Bob you called him a robber

vavi - 3 March 2015

Gumbo and Mutasa are gone people. Don't make them relevant. Next one to go is Fungai Mbetsa from Manicaland

verengai - 3 March 2015

gumbo is never a no-nonsense man. now gumbo you are talking about the restoration of economy today because you are out off ZANU PF but when you where in it you where quite. you better be quite and focus on farming zve zanu forget, they will never call you back

mutonga - 3 March 2015

asi rugare unondishamisa mudhara iwe ko wavakuchemei uri iwe wakatanga nesystem yekurasha vamwe.

gringo wegwelo - 3 March 2015

Absolutely agree with you Cde Gumbo,this fellow cde of ours is no longer fit in all senses.We can not bring the Sangoma stories to the public.he is now more than incapacitatated.He needs help but the zvipfukuto are happy with that taking him for a ride.thats just being cruel,had it been your father or grandfather everybody would give gammatox a reason.the man needs a replacement

carson macate - 3 March 2015

gumbo and daily news munondishamisa. nhasi gumbo wakusvora ZANU PF nokuti wakadzingwa? ukuwo Daily News makuti gumbo no-nonsense man nokuti akabuda mu ZANU PF. achirimo mange musingadi kana kunzwa nezvake. unotoshaya kuti zvikumbofamba sei

wind - 3 March 2015

the real reason why the fossil is agitating for the invasion of conservancies is simple. you remember the hullabaloo that accompanied the attempted take over of Manzou farm. the old man and his wife got shaken by the resistance and the harassment which they got from ZLHR and the evictees. now a new plan has been mooted and it will operate like this. do you know that a thief who steals during quiet hours is likely to make noise and awaken everybody. contrast that with someone who steals during a riot. which of the two is likely to be easily apprehended. the new plan involves creating chaos in the conservancies and it will be during that commotion that the take over of manzou will occur. this time no one will notice because everyone else will be helping himself to something simple. isnt it a genious plan by the fossil and his concubine. the problem is that it will ruin an engagement plans being mooted by Ngwena and Chinamasa. Please stand up because it will not help to be left rulling an utterly impoverished country with no goodwill from outsiders and no prospects of recovery. lets not bless the greedy of a departing man who knows that the effects of his careless actions will be felt after he is gone. he is under pressure from his dull, uneducated and undegreed concubine.

elton moyo - 3 March 2015

This talk of Mugabe being a Malawian has been with us from way back in the eighties. Can the Daily News please research this very serious allegation? Mubrandayi running my motherland into the ground!

Gwanyamwanya we Mahobo - 3 March 2015

I don`t f*cking understand why Rugare is being called a no-nonsense man now after being expelled by uncle Bob,he used to oppose the good words from Sir Mwonzora coz aidya neZanu.Inga takambokuudza wani kuti bato iri harivimbike nhasi wotinyangadza.Iyi ndiyo Zanu chinin`ina nyarara ungotarira

Mavhimbiye - 3 March 2015

you are plain worthless Cde gumbo. How dare you see the devil's gimmicks this late in history. so you never interpreted Twoboy's actions, at least. Stupid! Now you deserve decapitation with a hoe.

david maombo - 3 March 2015

I think uncle bob must quit zanu pf in peace. rather than chasing party members. because hes old now.he need rest at home.leaving zimbabwean politics

justice makgetho - 6 March 2015

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