Zanu PF terrorises Mujuru supporters

HARARE - Zanu PF has launched a brutal campaign of terror against perceived supporters of former Vice President Joice Mujuru ahead of the party’s divisive primary elections to choose candidates to stand in 16 vacant legislative seats around the country, the Daily News has learnt.

To add fuel to the raging factional fires devouring the party, the schismatic process of choosing candidates for vacant Parliamentary seats also comes on the back of an equally divisive “restructuring” programme that the party’s new top leadership is undertaking.

The country is set to hold by-elections in the 16 constituencies following the recent expulsion of two Zanu PF and 21 MDC legislators from Parliament.

Seven of the 21 MDC seats will not be contested outside the opposition party as they are proportional representation seats.

Zanu PF terrorises Mujuru supporters

Victims of Zanu PF’s terror campaign against their own told the Daily News yesterday that the vicious violence, intimidation and harassment of perceived party supporters of Mujuru was escalating ahead of the internal primaries and restructuring of the party — itself, a controversial programme to weed out pro-Mujuru officials from their influential local and provincial posts.

Fearful of more harassment and worse violence, the victims pleaded with the Daily News not to identify them.

They said the fact that the MDC had said that it might not partake in any of the contested by-elections, unless necessary electoral reforms were crafted and enacted ahead of the polls, had worsened Zanu PF’s infighting as many “Weevils” felt that this was their best chance to get into Parliament.

“The Weevils (anti-Mujuru Zanu PF supporters) are running amok and terrorising all of Amai Mujuru’s perceived supporters, who they now regard as enemies in the same way that they view (MDC leader Morgan) Tsvangirai’s supporters.

“As a result, many innocent people are being weeded out of the party’s structures, harassed and assaulted, mostly because they don’t want to chant anti-Mujuru slogans,” one of the victims said.

Former Zanu PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, who maintains that he represents the pre-congress Zanu PF, confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that all supporters who were perceived to be loyal or connected to Mujuru were going through a torrid time.

“We are fully aware of the intimidation in the restructuring that is taking place, primarily because of the resistance to the ongoing thuggery by the people,” he said.

Gumbo, one of the two surviving members of the Dare reChimurenga, said an insecure post-congress Zanu PF was “targeting bona fide members in a desperate bid to scupper the chances of Mujuru” ever recovering from her ouster from power.

“They are purging anyone who they believe to be connected to Mujuru, Mutasa or Gumbo,” the liberation struggle pioneer said.

“We are hearing of massive intimidation in areas where by-elections are set to be held. We have heard reports of assaults in Chirumanzu-Zibagwe, where soldiers and the police are harassing the masses.

“The same thing happened in Mt Darwin.  However, the important thing is for people to stick to their beliefs. You do not force people to follow you.

“The party is appointing people to positions in all structures as was the case at the illegal congress that was held last year,” Gumbo added.

But reacting to the allegations, Zanu PF political commissar Savior Kasukuwere, who is spearheading the restructuring, said Gumbo, former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa and Mujuru should “shut up and enjoy their retirement” quietly.

“They must take their retirement nicely, they should just enjoy their retirement please,” Kasukuwere said.

The continuing deadly ructions within Zanu PF come at a time that President Robert Mugabe has openly admitted that he is a worried man, adding that he is having many sleepless nights as a result.

Speaking at Kutama Mission’s Centenary celebrations in Zvimba at the weekend, the frail-looking nonagenarian told gathered current and former students that he had arrived late for the event because he had only slept for two hours on Saturday night.

“I want to thank you all for coming. I was disjointed because we came back at midnight yesterday. I had two hours of sleep and ... I have the habit that if I have something that worries my mind, my mind sleeps on it and I constantly jump out of sleep and say is it not time, is it not time. That is why we were a bit late in coming to this function,” Mugabe said.

However, Mugabe — Africa’s oldest leader — did not get into details about what it was that was troubling him.

Observers said among the issues stressing the nonagenarian are the rising political tensions in the country, a worsening national economic environment, the deadly infighting in Zanu PF, his sick wife and his own failing health associated with old age.


Comments (14)

MDC dont fall into Zanu trap. Just contest the seats . Left vacant by your recall. Leave Chirimanzu its no use its the seat of a self confessed "trained to kill" man's wife who will win by jambnja. Obviously mt darwin kunofa munhu MDC ika pinda. Preserve YOUR SEATS you had. Dont give the greedy lady Grace the chance to find a soft seat in Harare to enter parly. Please put aside your congress resolution. Even if you are taken as being inconsistent

pinwell - 25 March 2015

Our president needs to retire it's sad that kas ukulele would have the audacity to say mujury should enjoy her retirement ,in the same breath he should encourage apresident Mugabe it's time to enjoy his retirement . The west is powerful because it changes its leaders regularly you can't have the same General running the army , you can't win all the battles . Amai Mugabe you are a Mother surely surely you know God will bring judgement in his time don't let it be a harsh judgement repent while you still have time .

Dissapointed - 25 March 2015

In as far as the political field is concerned Mai Mujuru still belongs to zanu pf, so am surprised why this opposition mouthpiece is worried by the fate of its enemies. Desperation at its worst.

reason - 25 March 2015

no mdc do not contest and give zanu legitimacy. no no no refuse. let them run by themselves trust me zanu will have to do something because this will be the first time zanu will be going against itself.

petros - 25 March 2015

The MDC must remain steadfast. They made a fatal mistake going into the 2013 elections with the electoral laws remaining unchanged. The opposition must make it clear to the nation, the region and the international community that they recognise NO elections until the playing field is even. Let zpf cheat and rig. The Lord is watching. I know what He showed me after 2013. The key to Zimbabwe's restoration is repentance. the opposition needs to get on its knees and seek God's will" not their will but God's will. The time is now. All opposition needs to think. why are you so divided. Read James ch 3 & 4. War and fighting come from envy and self-seeking. God will show you the way if only you will listen and put yourselves aside. repentance brings the might arm of God into play!

Prophetic Voice - 25 March 2015

Its sad to note that the MDC-T is so callous and selfish, how do you have a party with people at hearts removing constitutionally elected members of parliament representing their electorate in those constituencies and then suddenly dump them by threatening not to field candidates for by-elections. This party is so naive, the recalling of MPs was a ploy to insensitively play the boycott card best known to them to prove that which is their mind, poor politicians seeking relevance at the expense of electorate who needed representation in parliament, by the way, can these guys tell me, 'what does the constitution say about peoples right to being represented in parliament?', so this right falls away for as long as the electoral amendments are done? All in order to satisfy a clique of selfish political toddlers. Shame on you.

Ngonie - 25 March 2015

Ngonie warasika a bit. MDC is just conforming to the requirements of our constitution, unless you are suggesting for it to be amended. ZANU PF gvt is good at constitutional amendments.

Garikayi - 25 March 2015

Azibulalana izinja.

Wisdom - 25 March 2015

The BIG question now is , Can electoral and other oppressive laws be ammended under the current Mugabe led zanu pf government? Is it possible that the zanu pf can give in to free and fair elections under mugabe? Mdc-t's best option is to mobilise their 73%.

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Dr - 26 March 2015

We all know the playing field is not level. No point in contesting when the referee is the always the extra player compromising the result of the game. I feel very sad when l here people suggesting that contesting elections is the best way to go. how many times has MDC to change through the ballot. Reforms first kana vasingade ngavaite voga navana Biti and company who want to take shortcut to the top seat.

wonder - 26 March 2015

@garikayi, pls note that morgan is also good at making constitutional amendments that suit him. he changed the constitution of the party so that he can overstay his tenure as president.

zvirozviyedwa - 26 March 2015

always elections, country of elections

funchin - 26 March 2015

the future of our politics is undefined and bleak, this is a recipe for a successful "boko haram" or "al shabbab"

jussie - 26 March 2015

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