'Mugabe is a scared man'

HARARE - Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa says President Robert Mugabe is running scared despite maintaining a facade of bravado and resoluteness in public, in the face of the open revolt to his misrule by his former trusted senior lieutenants as well as the deteriorating economic climate in the country.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mutasa — who knows Mugabe and the workings of the ruling Zanu PF intimately — said the nonagenarian was “scared stiff of people power”, as well as the prospects of losing his position.

He added that if hard-pressed Zimbabweans became more resolute and properly organised themselves to mount ‘Mugabe is a major mass demonstrations over the country’s worsening political and economic crises, there was no doubt that they would manage to pressurise the long-ruling leader to reform because he was “scared of losing his position”.

Offering a rare glimpse into the life of Africa’s oldest leader, Mutasa said far from the long-held view that Mugabe was a hardliner impervious to the abject poverty of his people, the 91-year-old “has a conscience” but was now surrounded by fawning “yes men who are feeding him with lies”.

The fact that Mugabe was now in the “vice-like grip of Mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies), Mutasa said, this meant that it was time to force his hand and take him head on “to demand a people-centred government” that could rescue the country from its current myriad problems.

“People should organise themselves and demonstrate because things are getting worse by the day. But the protests should not be violent. I have no doubt that the president will listen because he has a conscience.

“When he is confronted, he is afraid because he loves his position so much,” the soft-spoken Mutasa said.

He said with the majority of Zimbabweans groaning under intolerable economic hardships that were spawned by Mugabe’s 35 years of misrule, as well as “looting by his ministers”, it was time a people-oriented government was put in place.

He also called for the ditching of the ruling party’s populist policies such as the “disastrous Look East policy”.

“The look East policy makes a few people very rich and then leaves the rest suffering. We have a major problem in our hands as these few, politically-connected rich people are building mansions while the rest suffer.

“Until when there is a change of government, a change of the operating system, people are going to continue suffering. But our people can come forward and demand the better life and two million jobs that were promised through peaceful demonstrations,” Mutasa said.

Asked why he was only criticising Mugabe’s economic policies now, having enjoyed close to three decades on the gravy train, Mutasa said it had been difficult to do so while he was part of the system.

“I can now complain because I could not complain in the past since I was part of the system.

“There was a time in the 1990s when I complained about Esap (Economic Structural Adjustment Programme) and I was kicked out. So I could not risk that again by raising such sensitive topics,” Mutasa said.

In addition to battling the country’s ever-deteriorating economy, Mugabe is also wrestling with the open rebellion to his continued rule by senior officials in his party which has seen Zanu PF officially splitting into two distinct and bitterly-opposed formations.

This has seen disaffected party stalwarts — including liberation struggle pioneers, war veterans and security sector bigwigs — coalescing under the principles of the “original Zanu PF” and now operating as Zanu People First.

Well-placed sources say former Vice President Joice Mujuru was set to lead this “original Zanu PF” which would use the slogan “People First” to “distinguish itself clearly from the one led by Mugabe.

Retired, but hugely respected party elder, Cephas Msipa, was among the first prominent party members to warn of an imminent split of the party, going on to criticise Mugabe openly late last year for failing to deal with Zanu PF’s deadly infighting and refusing to take advice on the party’s escalating factionalism.

In an interview with the Daily News last October, Msipa said pointedly that he feared for the worst for Zanu PF if its ugly intra-party ructions continued to obtain.

“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.

Msipa also bluntly warned Mugabe that his failure to unmask and stop the party’s real factionalists would result in the party splitting into several opposing camps, further attacking the party faction aligned to Mnangagwa for behaving as if it “owned” the divisive Grace — a development that he said was fuelling factionalism inside the party.

Analysts have said the country’s political stage was now delicately poised between the two bitterly-opposed Zanu PF formations, as well as opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, ahead of the crucial 2018 national elections.

Sources have also said that many expelled and serving Zanu PF ministers, legislators, Youth and Women’s league officials who had been victims of the party’s harassment and brutal purges of the past few months, which had been fronted by Mugabe’s controversial wife Grace, supported the idea of Zanu PF “People First” and were pushing Mujuru to lead the party.


Comments (39)

What becomes of a party that feeds on lies and never desiring to hear critical advice of others. Lies will never get you anywhere

pride - 14 April 2015

Soon Mutasa will have nothing to say!

godfrey gudo - 14 April 2015

and you @gudo CIO will not have nothing to comment on lol

jojo - 14 April 2015

“I can now complain because I could not complain in the past since I was part of the system. “There was a time in the 1990s when I complained about Esap (Economic Structural Adjustment Programme) and I was kicked out. So I could not risk that again by raising such sensitive topics,” Mutasa said. This is breaking news!!! ZANU PF is full of fearful people. Morgan, though deficient on grey matter, is braver than any ZANOID, regardless of claims to liberating the country.

Kunda Kinde - 14 April 2015

So you knew all this and kept quite because you benefited? You now speak because you know longer enjoy the benefits? Its now an issue of sour grapes hee? Sorry old man, we won't listen to you. You are equally brutal if not worse. Soon you will have nothing to say old man.

Kwazvo - 14 April 2015

why didn't you criticize and condemn Mugabe way back before he expelled you.You wait for him to fart on you then you talk.Same with mai Mujuru she is cryptically send message.It shows Mugabe is your God all you Zanuids.Real man should hold a press conference and declare that Mugabe must strep down.

mutasa - 14 April 2015

Strange how people can change! is this D. Mutasa speaking like this?? Whatver you say DM, Mugabe is a star. He made sure you remained quiet for many decades until you were not useful to him. Please go the Herald and get interviewed!!

Garikayi - 14 April 2015

Mutasa just shut up we are suffering because of you.Mutasa akurwara nepfungwa kana kunzwa nezvako hatidi.People we need serious leaders not mudhidhimasi

mhofu - 14 April 2015

Mutasa you created and nurtured the system in Zanu pf. I am really enjoying your cries now. Izvi zvinonakidza izvi. Dydimus kuchema?

machakachaka - 14 April 2015

you are missing the point here guys, the putchist cabal was booted out of zanu pf and gov simply because they were beggining to question mugabe's ability to continue ruling the nation. that is exectly the reason why we witnessed those record breaking purgings. they were covertly , and now they publicly criticise their former boss. plain and simple. those guys rebelled way back before they were shown the door

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Lets hear from the hoarse's mouth. Tell the people Cde Mutasa who killed Solomon Mujuru?

Ziziharinanyanga - 14 April 2015

Biased news daily n told as such.

akoma - 14 April 2015

Biased news daily n told as such.

akoma - 14 April 2015

It pains me when fellow Zimbos are being persecuted in SA while someone preaches to South Africans that he hates white people but sees nothing wrong with desperate Zimbos being burned alive. Where are we going as a nation. i wonder. I dont feel proud being Zimbabawean

inini - 14 April 2015

This is absurd!!... Will this bloke lead the protests? Talk of sour grapes! He has been chucked out of the gravy train now he suggests mass demonstrations... why did he not talk about this before he was fired from Zanu PF?... Daily News, you are wasting space and resources giving this bloke a platform. Vana vani vaanoda kuti vaende kunofesana ne riot police?

Gore Dema - 14 April 2015

Mutasa is talking nonsense. He has been part of the system from the first day. Why didn't he lead the protests from within? Ncxa.

BadChoice - 14 April 2015

I dont know why you waste acres of space on a failure like Didymus Mutasa. He cant even organise a rally

Majuru - 14 April 2015

at least Mutasa is trying what is left for him is to tell us how zanu rigged the last elections since now he is out of zanu and free to tell us the evil things they were doing in that party . if he does that he will gain some respect from the citizens

Diibulaanyika - 14 April 2015

of course the guy was part of the system for long but what he is saying now makes a lot of sense infact even some still in zanu pf politiburo agree with him. Unfortunately we are cowards that we cannot partake in mass protests as he is suggesting instead we choose to dwell in the past and we will miss the opportunity to utilize information gleaned from those who have lived with the devil.

ninja - 14 April 2015

VaMutasa sekuru,baba, madii manyarara henyu varume vataure. Hamusi imi here uno uno zuro maiti zvese zviri nani. Ku farm yenyu yamuinayo kana amuinawo mune zvinhu zvingani zvamakaba? Zivai pese pamaiba makanga musinga bire murungu asi kuti munhu. Nyararai henyu baba ,sekuru , mutambe nevazukuru the stage where we are we need fire brand leadeaprs who are not afraid about what will become of their own persons but are always thinking about the millions of zimbos suffering in silence. This stage we need to pray seriously that god sends a messiah , a person immune and not corrupted by the system like you. I would even vote on the grave of learnmore jongwe if i could. Step aside tsvangirai, step aside biti where are you young people rise ,rise , against demonic rule rise against a party and an opposition which is afraid to werge serious confrontation against a system gone wrong. Who is amai mujuru? Who is tsvangirai ? Isnt she the woman who was singinging praises last month. Isnt he tsvangirai the guy who slept with the enemy for a morsel of bread for sometime? There are no courageus young people in zim .coming through the colleges ,brave and fire brand those are the ones we will follow not tired tried old horses who day dream as they walk

Rafael santos - 14 April 2015

this Mutasa noise is now boring us. leave Mutasa daily news. very soon he will beg to be readmitted into ZANUPF and he will start vomiting venom again. Rememberr Prof J Moyo was one expelled and readmitted. Chisiyei chimudhara ichi

wind - 15 April 2015

mazimba tine dambudziko rekufarira kusvotesana. kusvotesa vamugabe, kusvotesa vamutasa, kusvotesa maimujuru kusvotesa tsvangirai. zvino chatino wana chii ipapa? lets not live too much in the past like this so we may be able to see clearly and make good decisions for our country not these emotions. kutukana hakuunze kudya patafura hama.

taurai - 15 April 2015

Lets bury the hatchet comrades about the wrong doings of Mutasa and Mujuru during their tenure. The Almighty Lord has his own way of reforming his people. There are stories is the bible of people who were succumed to various bad omens for one reason. In the bible God through Jesus Christ reflected his anointing power for these people to repent. For Mujuru and Mutasa to be in this "chatisement" its the true reflection the calling......and this is not the end of the calling....a lot is coming....watch this space...

Analyst - 15 April 2015

ngatinamatirei hama dzedu dziri kusouth africa kwamuka mweya weruvengo. vana vamutasa bitterness yenyu haibhadhari. you were part of the system that sent our fathers, mothers, brothers and sister to a land they are now being persecuted while they had in gone to search for greener pastures. Zim system had completely shut down in 2008 i remember vividly and thats when most people fled. saka nyarara mutasa hapana zvazvinotipa izvo.

lol - 15 April 2015

finish Mutasa off guys .He has no space on earth

hahaha - 15 April 2015

finish Mutasa off guys .He has no space on earth

hahaha - 15 April 2015

any voice against zanu pf should be welcome guys. the more the better.

zambezi2limpopo - 15 April 2015

Mtasa be quiet, and very quite you the very person who caused this disaster . Unless you tell yu us how the elections where rigged , how most you guys ammassed farms taking even all the stocks in those farms, coz your explanations for now are based on regrets,temper but very b honest if you were in the syystem now cldnt be killing us more than the new system how i wish you reamain out of the system and see how were suffering because of your adminstration guys in any fairness mtasa must be held accountable for our relatives who perishing in south africa for genocide yoself .this our country needs selfless leaders i concur with you man for voting for l jongwe

Gundura T - 15 April 2015

we dont want to hear anything from you coward.

Chitsiga - 17 April 2015

This man declared himself that he was a 'ruthless'ZPF enforcer'. These are his words. What does that mean? Over the past 35 years he has been at the epi-centre of ZPF's misrule and having a good time. I remember him saying on ZTV to quote him @I love this old man (RGM) and we will carry him all the way. I want Mutasa to repeat the same words today. This man man is evil. He is pretending he loves people. This guy and his lot are self serving and have no principles. If Mutasa had people at heart he should have resigned form this murderous and Gang called ZANU PF. But he never did so because he is self-seeking and selfish. Given that he is now 80 years old what does he hope to achieve in politics apart from self aggrandizement? Mutasa like Mugabe is a megalomaniac. Go hang Mutasa!!!!

Mhofu YeMukono - 17 April 2015

ndinoshamiswa naMtasa pachiVhitori chaipo waakuona kuti tiri kutambura nhasi ko nguva yese iyi

chirisamhuru - 17 April 2015

VaMutasa you are a confused man. Hamusimi makaenda kudhiziri kuChinhoyi here matumwa naMdhara. Nyararai henyu Nyati/Samaita. Your political identity is questionable.

Samaldo - 20 April 2015

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