Zanu PF in flames over Mujuru claims

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF is on fire over contentious claims that General Solomon Mujuru plotted, with his much-harassed widow Joice, to oust and assassinate the nonagenarian before the revered late liberation war icon’s charred remains were found after a mysterious inferno at his Beatrice farm in 2011.

The divisive allegations against Gen Mujuru, whose funeral at the Heroes Acre in Harare drew the largest crowd ever seen at the burial site, are contained in a report prepared by Zanu PF’s disciplinary committee and was adopted by the party’s politburo last Thursday.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday yesterday described  the claims as “scandalous”, saying it now raised questions around the death of the liberation war pioneer and why the party’s leaders had still seen it fit to bury him at Heroes Acre despite knowing about these grave allegations.

On the other hand, analysts said it was now “a fait accompli” that the brawling ruling party was destined to split along factional lines, especially after the recent controversial expulsion from the party of the popular former VP Mujuru, as well as the ill-thought attacks on her respected late husband, Solomon.

At the same time, the family of the late army commander was said to be planning an urgent meeting to discuss the “disturbing and extremely serious” allegations, what the allegations meant and whether this had “played a part” in the death of the liberation pioneer.

Former Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa, who has intimate knowledge of Mugabe and the ugly goings-on in Zanu PF, said the maligning of Gen Mujuru’s name raised questions around the manner the revered late army commander, whose nom de guerre was Rex Nhongo, had lost his life.

“It was never anything as serious as they are talking about now. Zvebhora musango hazvina kuitwa naMujuru ega (the late Mujuru was not the only one linked to the Bhora Musango project) and why now when he is dead?

“Is that correct? They should find better reasons for expelling Mai Mujuru, like the fact that she has too much support. Zvavarikuita tirikuzviona sekupenga kwavo (we regard their actions as madness),” Mutasa said.

He added that said his “blind and desperate” erstwhile comrades in Zanu PF should remember that “Zimbabweans understand the truth” and that “the country is now different from what it was in 1950s”.

“They should listen to the people. They are only where they are now because they have the ammunition and money,” he said.

Specifically asked if there was anyone among those in the post December 2014 Zanu PF politburo who would have mastered the courage to confront Gen Mujuru over the slew of charges he now faced in death, Mutasa said “there is not even one”.

“They would not have said anything if he was alive. And now we are beginning to question the death of Mujuru when they start to make all these allegations after his death. And to treat her (Joice) like that hazviitwe pachivanhu, yave shirikadzi (it’s not a done a think in our culture because she is a widow),” Mutasa said.

Another liberation war hero, Rugare Gumbo, who was once thrown in the dungeons by Mugabe during the liberation war, said the treatment that Gen Mujuru was getting even as he lay at the Heroes Acre showed that the politburo was packed with “pseudo revolutionaries”.

“Why now?  Bhora musango happened years ago. The Mujuru family propped Mugabe in Mozambique and even here they were loyal to him. The issue of whether Mujuru urged the president to step down is neither here nor there because everyone is entitled to his opinion.

“But if Mujuru was here they would not have have done what they are doing now. This is a bigger plot to undermine the Mujurus’ credentials. It is sad because it is being done by pretenders, pseudo revolutionaries who are desperate. But the truth will eventually come out,” Gumbo said.

A Zanu PF central committee member who also spoke to the Daily News on Sunday yesterday said the claim against the late Gen Mujuru was “scandalous”, and was leading Zimbabweans to “speculate anew” whether this meant that senior Zanu PF officials had been involved in the revered liberation pioneer’s death.

“This is not just so sad, it is scandalous beyond words. Unfortunately, this comes across as an unwitting confirmation in some people’s eyes that Zanu PF eliminated Rex because he wanted President Mugabe to retire and hand over power to a younger person.

“Many comrades are also desperately searching for logical answers as to why Rex was not confronted with these allegations when he was still alive, and why they still went on to bury him at Heroes Acre knowing fully well that they viewed him as a traitor,” the official said.

Another regional party official based in Mashonaland East said “everything that has been happening over the past four years is now very clear”.

“Solomon will never rest until the truth is out, and I pity all those who had a hand in taking his life so callously, as they will pay sooner or later. The only good thing here is that we now have a clearer idea of what happened.

“Our worry is that the same people may also harm his wife Amai Mujuru, seeing that they also fear her just as they feared her husband. Is this what the revolution has come to now,” the official said, adding that it was also now “clear” why Zanu PF bigwigs had pressured police last year to compile a dossier on her and to raid some companies where it was falsely alleged that she had investments.

According to the report prepared by Zanu PF’s disciplinary committee, the late army general and his widow Joice had been plotting since 2004 to oust Mugabe from power or to even kill him.

“From as far back as the 5th National People’s Congress, the party and Government was aware that Joice Mujuru was either leading or complicit in a plot to oust the President.

“She, then with the help of her late husband had plotted to thwart the President’s nomination at the 5th National People’s Congress, mainly through the agency of her cabal’s handpicked or imposed provincial chairmen.

“Even though she (Joice) says she should not be held accountable for the actions of her late husband, her actions after his death in 2011 show that she was much in the plot and continued with the scheme of the husband,” the report says.

Ironically, the late general is widely credited with catapulting Mugabe to the leadership of Zanu PF in the mid 1970s. However, he was also seen as the only senior party official who could challenge the nonagenarian.

His wife, who was once seen as Mugabe’s de facto successor, was booted out as Vice President of both the ruling party and the government last December following a vicious political assault on her by controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe.

The former VP was expelled from the party altogether last Thursday, the day that Grace resurfaced in the public domain after weeks of speculation regarding her health.

Comments (35)

Zvese zvichabuda pachena chete. Kutonga nedemo kwakaipa. Kutonga for too long kwakaipa, it breeds evil and corruption.

redemption - 5 April 2015

Rega uone Zanu pf iyo yonaka kunge mukadzi vemunhu! Regai zvifumurane and the country will be a better place after this.Thanks Ngwena,Jona and Grace for causing all this mess.Now we will have our country back

Gamatox Mutasa - 5 April 2015

mujuru is now paying the price...hameno ikoko

nyika yaramba - 5 April 2015

Saka zvokuti ngana aida kudii nhingi,chokudaro akazokauriswa nokudzingwa pachigaro kukaiswa ngana aidirwa zvakati ndozvichauisa mabasa nemari kuvarombo nevasina hama dzine simba nezvinhu here? Zimbabwean politics is a circus.Not productive at all!

Bugwa - 5 April 2015

I have always asked asked this question over and over again and will ask again. Please select one answer from this question. Who killed Mujuru? a) R. Mugabe. b) E. Mnangagwa.

Ziziharinanyanga - 5 April 2015

I just wonder how long will Zimbabweans lesson to such stories or neglect their consequences while there is no Industries left and for what are they waiting for until finally to act accordingly be removing the whole system if no otherwise than by blood.

Emperor - 5 April 2015

R G Mugabe achatura hake.acharotomoka chete akatiudza all the rigging and murdering of innocent souls.

Muzukuru - 5 April 2015

Truth is if anyone asks most of us who know the struggle history whether Solomon Mujuru was a traitor or not the answer is a resounding "YES" . Albeit not a traitor in the current Mugabe-zanu pf portrayal of him. Actually he sold out the whole struggle by suppressing majority disapproval of Mugabe's leadership back then in Mozambique. Tongo, was also an accompli too in this regard - and possibly that blunder cost him his life. Of course, with hindsight, most agree that the propulsion of Mugabe to the helm of zanu pf by Mujuru & a few others, just be4 the end of liberation war was a curse for Zimbabwe; and surely those who paid dearly for opposing the move must have seen through the kind guy Mugabe is, back then. I have no doubt Mujuru, was then blinded by tribal preferences; hence he sold-out struggle by handing over power to a despot which most struggle of his liberation colleagues had already realized, and warned him against it.

mapingu - 5 April 2015

The truth will set you free. His successor will be removed violently.Its now clear that Zimbabwe is going to be free now. Mugabe knows what is coming and I will not be surprised that he will die outside the country. Those who are behind the abductions and murders , people are going to skin you alive. CIO organisation will be abolished by the next democratic elected government. Believe me we have the power and influence to push for the the breakup of this notorious organ.

dzasukwa - 5 April 2015

Haiwaa,PREMIER MEDICAL AID (psmas)NGAICHIPA MAservice provider mari dzavo.hevooo vobhadhara kaviri pagore, tofa heduzve nezvirwere tichiramba kurapwa nemhosva yavo.

psmaskubhadhara - 5 April 2015

DZAsukwa what you are saying is exactly what the late Priest said would happen. Mugabe's successor will not last long. You may actually see Mujuru or Tsvangirai in power one day imposed by the UN...i know you ZANOIDs don't want to hear it but profecy is always right.

mupostori - 6 April 2015

Zvakaoma tichazorora rinhiko iwo vana vachingotamburaa

rmanguwo - 6 April 2015

You got to give it to Gushungo. He knew about hora musing. Laid low. Gave the people behind it a long rope. Aka dziirwa. Then he took the first step, eliminating the ring leader. Laid low again after that. Allowed the situation to stabilise and cool down. Now, with full information, he is hitting the pawns in numbers. If only all this kind of skill could be used for the economy.

Chauruka - 6 April 2015

Someone knows what happened or knows what is happening right now. People should confess and move forward. Punishment is for everyone. You may not be forgiven or charges may not be withdrawn if the accused does not plead guilty. The death of Mujuru was mysterious to me and this may cause mayhem in the near future..

Dingani Sithole - 6 April 2015

Most revolutions end up eating themselves. Look at what is happening in ZANU (PF), a party of killers. I feel so sorry for Grace for allowing herself to drown in ZANU (PF's) bloody mess, You will regret why you did not remain a secretary.

Dzapasi Dzapasi - 6 April 2015

Why concentrating on matters affecting ZANU ,YOU HAVE YOUR MDCs who failed to unsit ZANU PF,Mujuru is nothing and has nothing to offer Zim

cobra - 7 April 2015

Why would a hyena be worried about a lion's cubs, this is exactly what the daily news is doing. Whatever you write or your opinion is invalid because its based on idiotic and sell out sentiments.

reason - 7 April 2015

The Chihambakwe report must be released and the Gukurahundi issues settled once and for all. You Gukurahundi ZANU PF people have a case to answer - it will never be forgotten.

Phunyukabemphethe - 7 April 2015

ZVICHABUDA ZVESE GORE RINO

GANDANGA - 7 April 2015

zanu put their people some without quilifications in CEO positions such that they milk these parastals to finance them look at TELONE

mr honest - 7 April 2015

rinamanyanga hariputirwe

mushayachivanze - 7 April 2015

Zvino kuchagozova riniko, isu taneta nekumwa misodzi?

Professor Do Take Foto - 8 April 2015

Here at Namibia we areenjoying political peace. Thank our opposition parties for kept this scarce peace.

Fritz Tuyoleni - 8 April 2015

It surprises me that: 1. People are still arguing that Solomon Mujuru was murdered, 2. Some think the CIO will disappear under the next (demoncratically elected) President. They will be used just as ruthlessly, and 3. {People think there is someone other than Mnangagwa who will take over after RGM goes (willingly, unwillingly or by passing away in office).

Ndaba - 9 April 2015

zanu kill murume wemunhu grace uchaitawo shirikadzi

muzukuru - 9 April 2015

Does anyone know how Gen Mujuru should have died?

Chauruka - 10 April 2015

Dzapiringana chimhini nacharuveki. Joko raramba kukwana mbiri mombe ndiye pidigu chikeyi uko charuveki yofuresora ichiziva zvayo mangwana pajoko. Nhai ndiyani akambowana mabhuru maviri mudanga. Ahh rimwe rikarara panze hazvirevi kuti hazvinoti gwiba kumafuro. Isu tukomana twemombe tokuza zvedu. Miridzo tsvetetere. Dzose dzakafurira nokumweta mudhireni, dzokono dzodya mashanga nemashamba avanhu. Tarira uone nyundwa maiwee gore rino padhibha tinonakirwa. Hapana inofuta imwe kungoti gwiba aahhh towokera zvedu isu vana Tumbare. Uyuwo Tarubva nerake bhuru gore rino regai tione kuti zvichafamba sei. rakabvaranyurwa musana wese uyu asi tisatambe nebhuru rine mavanga. tsvitsvitsvitsvitsi tsviyoooooo gore rino kunemakuwerere. Maburu padhimba isu vemuraini gore rino tinoonerere. Mombe dzisingadhibhi dzinozara nemadare. Ngadzidhibhe tizive matikiti akatsikiswa. Danga rose rasara nemombe siri, dzakafura dzakasairirwa kumafuro. Jubheki yakapwanya ruzhowa. Yakapfigirwa kwayakapwanya ruzhowa.

Mabhuru padhibha - 11 April 2015

Dzapiringana chimhini nacharuveki. Joko raramba kukwana mbiri mombe ndiye pidigu chikeyi uko charuveki yofuresora ichiziva zvayo mangwana pajoko. Nhai ndiyani akambowana mabhuru maviri mudanga. Ahh rimwe rikarara panze hazvirevi kuti hazvinoti gwiba kumafuro. Isu tukomana twemombe tokuza zvedu. Miridzo tsvetetere. Dzose dzakafurira nokumweta mudhireni, dzokono dzodya mashanga nemashamba avanhu. Tarira uone nyundwa maiwee gore rino padhibha tinonakirwa. Hapana inofuta imwe kungoti gwiba aahhh towokera zvedu isu vana Tumbare. Uyuwo Tarubva nerake bhuru gore rino regai tione kuti zvichafamba sei. rakabvaranyurwa musana wese uyu asi tisatambe nebhuru rine mavanga. tsvitsvitsvitsvitsi tsviyoooooo gore rino kunemakuwerere. Maburu padhimba isu vemuraini gore rino tinoonerere. Mombe dzisingadhibhi dzinozara nemadare. Ngadzidhibhe tizive matikiti akatsikiswa. Danga rose rasara nemombe siri, dzakafura dzakasairirwa kumafuro. Jubheki yakapwanya ruzhowa. Yakapfigirwa kwayakapwanya ruzhowa.

Mabhuru padhibha - 11 April 2015

Motive established! Now we know why they killed Solomon Mujuru. Since they suspected that he planned to assassinate their leader, (a wild claim without a shred of evidence as usual) it was a convenient excuse whether true or not to assassinate him first as they percieved him to be a threat to them! Simple!

James Chimera - 12 April 2015

Dzapiringana chimhini nacharuveki. Joko raramba kukwana mbiri mombe ndiye pidigu chikeyi uko charuveki yofuresora ichiziva zvayo mangwana pajoko. Nhai ndiyani akambowana mabhuru maviri mudanga. Ahh rimwe rikarara panze hazvirevi kuti hazvinoti gwiba kumafuro. Isu tukomana twemombe tokuza zvedu. Miridzo tsvetetere. Dzose dzakafurira nokumweta mudhireni, dzokono dzodya mashanga nemashamba avanhu. Tarira uone nyundwa maiwee gore rino padhibha tinonakirwa. Hapana inofuta imwe kungoti gwiba aahhh towokera zvedu isu vana Tumbare. Uyuwo Tarubva nerake bhuru gore rino regai tione kuti zvichafamba sei. rakabvaranyurwa musana wese uyu asi tisatambe nebhuru rine mavanga. tsvitsvitsvitsvitsi tsviyoooooo gore rino kunemakuwerere. Maburu padhimba isu vemuraini gore rino tinoonerere. Mombe dzisingadhibhi dzinozara nemadare. Ngadzidhibhe tizive matikiti akatsikiswa. Danga rose rasara nemombe siri, dzakafura dzakasairirwa kumafuro. Jubheki yakapwanya ruzhowa. Yakapfigirwa kwayakapwanya ruzhowa.

Mabhuru padhibha - 12 April 2015

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