'Mnangagwa must shut up'

HARARE - Former Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa, has warned Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to zip up “in his own interest” or risk being exposed as a charlatan who played an insignificant role during the liberation struggle.

Responding to Mnangagwa’s frontal attack on him and other liberation struggle stalwarts at a rally in Headlands on Tuesday, Mutasa warned yesterday that he would unleash a “treasure trove of damning information” that he had on the VP if the post-congress Zanu PF strongman continued to “mouth falsehoods” and act maliciously.

Brushing off Mnangagwa’s utterances that Mutasa did not play a significant role during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, the former close confidante to President Robert Mugabe said ominously in an interview with the Daily News yesterday that “those who live in glass houses (Mnangagwa) should be extra-careful about throwing stones”.

This was after Mnangagwa told Zanu PF supporters that Mutasa had allegedly spent most of his time in exile in Mozambique holed up in his wife’s house there rather than contribute tangibly to the liberation effort.

But Mutasa rubbished the claims as “utter nonsense”, while also dismissing Mnangagwa’s assertions that he had fled the capital Harare after receiving news that Mugabe had been soundly thumped by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the 2008 presidential elections.

The 2008 polls were later widely discredited as a farce after desperate ruling party hardliners delayed the announcement of the election results for weeks on end, before employing barbaric methods to retain power.

While the MDC has always maintained that it won those elections hands down, the fallout between the warring former Zanu PF comrades is threatening to reveal salacious details of what really transpired when Mugabe and his party lost those elections to Tsvangirai and the official opposition.

In fact, Mutasa revealed yesterday, Mugabe’s inner circle — including Mnangagwa — had been “scattered around the country” during that period of June 2008 when the announcement of the results of the presidential elections were deliberately delayed as authorities worked to manage the situation.

“We were all in our constituencies during that time. Iye (he) Mnangagwa was also in his constituency,” he said.

Further mocking Mnangagwa for abandoning the Kwekwe constituency for the comfort of a “tailor made” seat of Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe, Mutasa also said that the VP was “a well known loser who prefers to run away” when the going gets tough”.

“We all know he is a loser and he failed to win in Kwekwe and ran away. When I heard the results (of the 2008 elections) I quickly came to State House. I was the only one who stood by the president during that day until others started trickling in,” Mutasa countered.

Analysts predict that the brutal purges in Zanu PF that have seen the expulsion of former top officials such as Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and former Vice President Joice Mujuru from the party, will soon result in the disgruntled members “baring their souls” about Zanu PF’s secrets that have kept the ruling party in power since 1980.

Mutasa said pointedly yesterday that individuals in Zanu PF, including Mnangagwa, had “a lot of skeletons in their cupboards”, which would embarrass them and shock the nation if they were exposed.

“He was trained to kill but he cannot kill the truth. He should not say zvinhu zvenhando (nonsense) because we know a lot about him. He should just shut up, otherwise tinomupfumura (we will expose him).

“When he was released from detention in Zimbabwe, he went to Zambia and stayed there. I will not say much about those days. What I know about Mnangagwa is not for public consumption for security reasons. I will not speak much, at least yet,” the former senior Cabinet minister said.

Bernard Manyadza — a former member of the Zanla High Command whose nom de guerre was Parker Chipoyera, and who trained top military officials during the liberation struggle such as Air Force commander Perrence Shiri and Army general Constantine Chiwenga — has in the past said that he only met Mnangagwa once in exile and never heard of him.

“I didn’t know him. I met him once at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka when I was introduced to him. That was the time when people were arrested in Boroma, the time we had Zimbabwe Liberation Council, and we said to him since you know Zambia can you help us rescue comrades in Boroma so that we take them to Mozambique but he said he could not assist because he wanted to complete his studies,” Manyadza recently told the Daily News.

Mnangagwa, whose alleged political ruthlessness is captured in his nickname Ngwena (the Crocodile) has been an enigma to many Zimbabweans, with another war veteran alleging yesterday that he was “a minor league player” during the liberation struggle, who only came to the political forefront towards the end of the liberation struggle as a presidential aide.

However, Mnangagwa has described himself as “soft as wool” and that the moniker Crocodile came from the famous Crocodile Gang that allegedly blew a train in Masvingo during the liberation struggle — a group he says he was a member of.

 

Comments (62)

So what are you waiting for Mutasa, spill the beans about Mnangagwa. So all of you Zanoids have been lying to us all this time! Shame on you all.

Tendai - 4 June 2015

Mutasa has already insinuated a lot apa guys, i'm sure more will come out soon vachiri kumbozezana hehee tichanzwirira gore rino!!

redemption - 4 June 2015

This circus is become embarrassing. Never in my life have I witnessed such nonsense. Mutasa sings and sings like a bird..whilst some VP claims to have blown up a train?? One would have expected the so called crocodile to chronicle a more respected history of involvement in the struggle for independence. Sticking some explosives on a rail track in a remote place??? Really and you want people to believe you are a hero !! True fighters spent a couple of years in the bush fighting not some of these opportunists who hi-jacked an armed rebellion ...from a distance in the comfort of their offices or colleges somewhere in Africa or Europe. Tell us more about each other...go on and on. Tell us who f%$£d who and where...tell us all about it.

Garikayi - 4 June 2015

Kancane kancane pole pole very soon the beans will be spilled . The moment you do that baba Mutasa telling us how elections were stolen everyone is going to see that you mean business . But as of now we are not yet convinced till you empty every thing then yaa you will be considered to be indoda sibili .Some of us know Munangagwa as a sigebenga and that has spilled innocent blood in this country . You remember how he planted arms catch by the zipra farms in the 80 s resulting in the abductions and butchering of civilians .He thinks we forget easy like kunku .But time is moving fast very soon he will be running away from justice and trying to hide him self in the main holes .

Diibulaanyika - 4 June 2015

If blowing a civilian passenger train is heroism then I will rather be a coward!

dick mboko - 4 June 2015

Mr Mutasa is becoming a hero tell us all I remember Joshua Nkomo's words that Zanu iginye I poison izofa kancane kancane, sekuqalile manje asazi think zwiii

zvangu zvauuya - 4 June 2015

In the meantime we have real heros of the struggle like Noel Mukono who is buried at Warren Hills. Yes hatimuzivi because like many other bonafide heroes, they were shoved aside by magwara anenge vana Mnangagwa, Chombo etc. I challenge Daily news to dig deep the real heroes of our struggle and honour them as we go into Heroes holiday 2015.

Samaita - 4 June 2015

How did I know of Noel Mukono, some may ask. Well his widow is still alive near the husband's burial place. She told me how the Comrades were meeting even in their home in Lusaka. Big names indeed. After googling because I simply did not believe that this old Gogo was telling the truth, I realised that Mukono was actually senior to Tongogara on the Dare Rechimurenga. Can you believe it Zimbabwe? Such a luminary, not even given respect of burial at the national shrine? I believe, most of what we term history of the struggle are just falsehoods and utter lies. The truth is buried somewhere.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 4 June 2015

Mnangagwa was in line for the gullows while Mutasa his in foreign lands

dreaded one - 4 June 2015

elections where stolen while morgan was on holiday with the south african woman who wanted to block his wedding to eriza. guys you do not realisze how much your handiende type leader cost you this far. if you don't change your leader you are unlikely to achieve change that you only want to happen to other people. asked to change your leader, you refuse.

zvirozviyedzwa - 4 June 2015

I am no a prophet of doom but with the way things are turning up, I foresee bloodshed, unexplained deaths especially to those who do not have the privilege of state protection. My advice goes to Mr Mutasa not to expose the nakedness of the heir apparent.

Fidel Castro - 4 June 2015

I will repeat it again. Slowly but surely as Zanu pf falls apart gloves are coming off and we are headed for unmarked graves that are scattered around this teapot shaped country of ours. Zanu pf will die a natural death. Everyone in zanu pf is holding a nuclear in his hand. No one will win these zanu pf wars. They will all perish and its funny how its coming to an end. From Enos Nkala's house the revolution party is in self destruction mode. R.I.P . See you in Hell.

X-MAN IV - 4 June 2015

All what Mutasa is saying is, Mnangagwa is not Zimbabwean. He is very Zambian. Will not say anything further. Batai manzwi

Zvarebwa - 4 June 2015

At this moment in our history I see no reason why we should care about who did what during the armed struggle. These stories come up because they are used to justify undeserved government positions some people have. It's been 35 years. The war was fought. The people won. We go our independence. And we screwed up. It's what we do today that should matter, not whether we had a big or small part in Chimurenga.

Tom Berenger - 5 June 2015

At this moment in our history I see no reason why we should dwell on who did what during the armed struggle. These stories come up because they are used to justify undeserved government positions some people have. It's been 35 years. The war was fought. The people won. We got our independence. And we screwed up. It's what we do today that should matter, not whether we had a big or small part in Chimurenga.

Tom Berenger - 5 June 2015

I think finally freedom of expression has died av death, the daily news has worked hard to, progress its extinction, more journalists out of woek. he said she said type journalism the disgrace of Zimbabwe is now disgused by cabinet, watch how the law works in the publics interest remembering there are not enough journalists to succeed in any vote democratically. fools they had it all there own way, disrupting society was a non starter, has never worked anywhere in the world..

john - 5 June 2015

This @john above sounds like a deranged Zanoid high on hashish. Kkkkkkk!

Kt - 5 June 2015

hapana chakahwanda chisingabudi pachena,,our God is able...cry Zimbabweans cry...

nasty o - 5 June 2015

Guys, hondo takarwa and we won our independence. Some did more than others, and this should not be an issue. The question is, what must we do to take our country out of the current mess we are in?

machakachaka - 5 June 2015

while there is a mnangagwa clan in zambia, it appears the vp is a zimbabwean. the guy was born in zimbabwe. its just that he was educated in zambia otherwise he is a zimbo.

taurai - 5 June 2015

Bernard Manyadza's account seems to resonate well with another account by Wilfred Mhanda. Then on ED's claim that Cde Mutasa was not involved in the war, i dont think it is accurate. A BBC "Rhodesia 1976" documentary on You Tube seems to show Edgar Tekere, Simon Mzenda, Didymus Mutasa among others as being part of the Politiburo of ZANU at that particular time.

Save Marukutira - 5 June 2015

it is 35 years after the war ,can we now talk about rebuiding our nation,can you just provide us with 2 million jobs you promised

qoqa - 5 June 2015

Mutasa why are you waiting to spill the beans. I guess its one of our fundamental rights that of access to information. Zimbabweans have the right to know the truth of the kind of leadership they have.

Beaven Dhliwayo - 5 June 2015

Guys the hondo yakapera 35 yrs today , you are still talking , lets remove Zanu Pf , thats tha war we must be talking about , Mutasa and Mujuru must tell the masses how they used to , kill , maim , torcher and rig elections then we know that they have repented or else like what i previously said , you can not teach a old dog some new tricks , they are part and parcel of Zanu Pf , don't be fooled by these thieves , why is he not telling us what he is saying its so sensetive , this shows he still has the coward heart , so he should stop fool us saying they are clean , Him and his fired friends are dirty we dont need them whether they fought the war or not , Mugabe didn't fight but he is ruling , Jabulani was a boy but he lead the War Vets for eleven yrs , in Zanu Pf they don't believe in election or democracy , they impose and create history from nothing . @ Save Murakatira asked a simple question about your tube documentary , can Mnangagwa or his spokesman answer to that .

Mudhara - 5 June 2015

The Daily Mutasa nonsense!!

buster - 5 June 2015

Let's go for it...I will blow up an empty stationary train and claim I am a crocodile!! How about that for a hero in 2015 like somebody???

Garikayi - 5 June 2015

jobs jobs jobs jobs....this war rhethoric is not helping us get jobs yu old pple...thanks yu for fighting the liberation war but the real point is who cares abt that war anyway. i am born free and there is nothing to prove that yu old men and women went to fight a war whereever yu went for the war....hatidyi hondo byechimurenga and it alreadyb proving that ZImbabwe will never have an accurate history after all...this calims they downed an aeroplane, this claims i burned a train and that one claims this onje is telling the truth and that one is lying...whose report is correct...what a bad example for those who were born free....

charira Muzimbabwe - 5 June 2015

I am so disgusted with the Daily News for being a mouth piece of some politicians. Are Messrs Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Jabulani Sibanda the only news makers!? I am sure Ms Maragaret Dongo is now feeling useless because the Daily News has all of a sudden abandoned her!

Lance Kajokoto - 5 June 2015

Pakaipa

x - 5 June 2015

The liberation war history is littered by an avalanche of lies. This why not a single of these guys can give us one battle which they fought. At least D Mutasa used to attend the meetings to direct the war with Mugabe in chair. Mnangagwa is no where to be seen in the history of Zimbabwe War except some stories about stupid bombing of a train.

Dzasukwa - 5 June 2015

Shameless thieves ruling on a stolen ticket kusanyara.

Chitsiga - 5 June 2015

Munangwagwa is there in plotting the Gukurahundi massacre. Since he is not there in the really war..he created his own war after 1980.

The Kijana - 7 June 2015

We all appreciate the war was fought and freed us. And now we need to eat to survive. VPs must think ahead of the post Mugabe era. We need solutions to the current economic meltdown,then we can talk ngano takaguta. Plizzz

Tee Macho - 8 June 2015

"Mutasa said pointedly yesterday that individuals in Zanu PF, including Mnangagwa, had “a lot of skeletons in their cupboards”, which would embarrass them and shock the nation if they were exposed." Diesel, if you are honest about this people first project then expose warts and all. Dont wait till someone dies and they cant defend their record.

Galore 123 - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

zvese zvekuti kurwa kurwa izvo matoto, tiri kuda chingwa nemanyautsamukanwa pamatafura edu mudzimba umu. zvinhu zvava matengumutinya nguo dzouswa muchingotaura zvekurwa kwamusina kuit kana kuona, apa mochemberera pazvigaro pasina kana chamuri kuitira nyika kunze kwekuiondonga, mazikonyora evanhu

chandokupisa - 8 June 2015

yaaah waimbovepi uye wairegerei kuzvitaura geta away mhani mutasa and yor family.zanu ndizvo

gore - 8 June 2015

People making history, is anyone writing their true experiences and putting them away with special instructions to surface only when they are gone so the world will eventually know what really happened. We know some things can not be said now but please don't go with the truth in your head. Our beloved country cries today.....we will need to know why....

Ndangoti nditi... - 8 June 2015

What are saying to a 35 year old man. Does he understand what happened during the liberation war? What did Mutasa do after independence? What is Mnangagwa doing now for Zimbabwe? You bombed a train so what? I did my part and I am not going to boast about considering the state of my country. Talk economics now. Talk democracy. The train you bombed will not bring bread to my table.

Dzvuke Muchaina - 10 June 2015

sour grapes buddy...dei usina kudzingwa waiti chii? Ndezvako izvo...ngwena varipanyanga iwe hausi....better iwewe utoita shut-up yacho!

Rodney - 11 June 2015

Yah We should all write an account of what we are facing so that our children will have first hand information, unaltered history

Jaja of Opobo - 11 June 2015

there you r guyz.most of our beloved countrymen and women have been butchered by our erstwhile so called respected people occupying high offices. But from my point of view, everyone in ZANU PF has a skeleton in their cabinet including Mudidiwakhe Mutasa. Very soon these guys will tell the correct history, not the distorted one they are telling us.

zyalolokela - 11 June 2015

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