Mutasa tears into Mugabe

HARARE - Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa says the way President Robert Mugabe had failed to recognise the late Amos Midzi as a national hero showed that the ruling party had now morphed into an “undemocratic animal” that was controlled by one man — the long-ruling nonagenarian.

A former minister and diplomat, Midzi, died on Tuesday last week in a suspected suicide and was buried at the Glen Forest Cemetery in Harare, with Mugabe and the ruling party flatly refusing to accord him hero status, not even at district level — because he was linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Sources who spoke to the Daily News at the weekend revealed that Midzi had died “a very bitter man” and had been unable to take his “ruthless rejection by a party he worked so hard for” on untested charges of being part of a so-called “putschist cabal” linked to Mujuru that was allegedly plotting to oust and kill Mugabe.

So controversial were the circumstances that led to Midzi’s death that many in the warring ruling party have raised serious questions about how exactly he met his fate, in addition to re-igniting raging national debate about who qualifies to be a national hero in the country.

Mutasa, a former politburo member who faces the same inglorious fate that Midzi had to endure until his death despite his long service to the divided ruling party, told the Daily News yesterday that it was clear that Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF were determined to deny many deserving Zimbabweans the status of national heroes — just because these people had dared to challenge the party or were wrongly suspected of plotting against Mugabe.

“It now appears as if anyone who is not in good books with the post-congress Zanu PF will not be recognised. Even people like me who have worked for Zanu since its inception are going to be ignored. Zanu PF ought not to be selfish as they are doing now and should recognise anyone deserving to be a hero,” Mutasa said.

By making this call, Mutasa joins opposition parties, including the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC, who have long lost faith in the partisan way used to select national heroes — who now derisively call the National Heroes Acre “Gushungo Heroes Acre”.

On his part, Mugabe has urged those who question the ruling party’s partisan role in determining who becomes a national hero to find “their own mountain” and bury their dead there.

Asked whether Zanu PF’s criteria when bestowing hero status was holistic given his inside knowledge Mutasa, a former influential politburo member and close confidante to Mugabe, said “things (the selection) should be simple and straightforward”.

“Our sympathy goes to the Midzi family and we sympathise with his daughter and we support her and what she said about her father being a hero,” he said.

Probed further by the Daily News if Midzi, who was once linked to the Zanu PF vigilante militia group called Chipangano that terrorised opposition party supporters in the Harare high density suburb of Mbare ahead of the 2013 polls, qualified to be a hero, Mutasa said he had “the attributes that eclipsed” those of some who were buried at the Heroes Acre.

“There should have been some recognition of what he did for Zanu. At least he should have been given a provincial hero status because he was the Harare chairperson and thus automatically had the credentials to be a provincial hero.

“The work which he did for Harare province should have been recognised by Zanu PF. What is beyond doubt is that Midzi was indeed a national hero. The fact that he was suspended is neither here nor there. He did a lot for the party,” Mutasa said.

Midzi’s death came at a time that Zanu PF is being disembowelled by deadly factional and succession wars. It further exposed the deep fissures in the ruling party as his funeral was characterised by clashes between the two distinct and bitterly-opposed Zanu PF formations that now obtain since late last year — with most liberation struggle stalwarts now operating as the “original” Zanu PF.

Mutasa said the seemingly unstoppable fights in Zanu PF explained in part why Midzi was totally ignored by the warring ruling party as a hero.

“The people of Harare province were very happy with what Midzi did for the party.

“They should have worked hard to ensure that he was declared a hero, but the supposed chairperson (now expelled Godwills Masimirembwa) could not do anything because he appears to be in trouble himself,” he said.

Quizzed on whether only people with connections to Zanu PF were supposed to be declared heroes, Mutasa said “even vendors who are soldiering on” deserve to be recognised as heroes.

“All sorts of people need to be recognised if they did something outstanding for the country. Unfortunately, this has been personalised and Midzi’s death shows how democracy has died in Zanu PF,” Mutasa said.

Comments (33)

Is this the same Mutasa who used to anounce the confererement of Hero status on some individuals and denying others the same status. What hypocriite?

Morrison Makuvatsine - 16 June 2015

It is very unfortunate that the real heroes are either accorded the Provincial hero status or none at all. That Midzi was not regarded a national hero should not come as a surprise for they are a number of heroes who were denied the hero status because they dared challenged Mr President or factored out and formed their own party. The likes of Ndabaningi Sithole, James Chikerema, Look out Masuku, Enos Nkala to mention but a few. That shouldn't be a factor because heroes should cut across the spectrum be it politics, cultural social, work, sports but highlighting the national leadership. Else zanu needs to define for the nation the meaning of hero and what qualities or attributes one need have in order to be a national hero?

pride - 16 June 2015

The conferment of hero status should be done by a non-partisan body composed of eminent Zimbabweans or better still a Parliamentary Committee. The late Ndabaningi Sithole was the Architect of the armed struggle having been the founding President of ZANU but the present Government failed to bestow him the fitting status. Other illustrious sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, the likes of Jairos Jiri, Lookout Masuku, Noel Mukono and Tarisai Ziyambi were denied hero status thus making a mockery of the whole hero business.

Chief Charumbira - 16 June 2015

No mhani Amos is not a hero but a thug who inflicted a lot of pain to the residence of Harare south . He was a chipangano gangster which has has jammed development in Mbare so that can not make him a hero but a pure thug isigebenga ubhiya qobolwakhe .

Diibulaanyika - 16 June 2015

What about Edgar Tekere? What were they afraid of?

Chitototo Chipashumaranga - 16 June 2015

Agree with u Morrison hypocryte for sure. Now Mutasa is able to see the one man in Zanu coz he is outside looking in. All those who where denied b4 Mutasa was there so dont cme up with yo silly comments telling us here there.

mahwindi - 16 June 2015

Brother Chirf Charumbira Cdes Lookout Masuku and Jairos jiri are national heroes,however,they are not on the national shrine like Cde Lookout Masuku because his family refused owing to the circumstances of his death.Now i dont know of Cde Noel Mukuno and Tarisai Ziyambi.i agree that there is a lot of injustise for our history being done but some individuals who think they are the ones to determine the story of the people of Zim and their struggle so by failing to recognize officially some of the sons and daughters of the land their hero status.anyway that isnt a problem at all because we know who are real heroes are

carson macate - 16 June 2015

What they are seeing today is what we saw long back.

Chitototo Chipashumaranga - 16 June 2015

I like it when a tyrant now wants to absolve himself of the past. I don't take Mutasa seriously at all just like the rest of the tyrannical gang in the so called ruling party

Tony - 16 June 2015

ZPF is the ruling party not the developmental party and everything in government is for ZPF benefit and to hell with non ZPF tax payers if any? ZPF has their own definition of employment, unemployment and now heroes? Are we in trouble or not? Forget Mutasa, a zebra does not change its own stripes!!!!

Okech - 16 June 2015

Zimbabweans can still reverse all this made Heroes and confer their own true heroes once this man is dead in less than 5 years to come. He wont last forever that real.

Ziziharinanyanga - 16 June 2015

Zimbabweans can still reverse all this made Heroes and confer their own true heroes once this man is dead in less than 5 years to come. He wont last forever that real.

Ziziharinanyanga - 16 June 2015

musatinyangadza vanamutasa. vangani vamakanyima ugamba muchiri kutonga? vana ndavaningi sithole makarega vachindovigwa pachuru vakadyiwa namajuru. where exactly is your conscience? sometimes it helps to shut up!

munyazozo - 16 June 2015

In a normal country the national museum and munument committee shld be set up to determine a hero not a pplitical party .what will happen if that party loses an election ,will they find their own mountain please zimbos u sound educated but u lack the brains of an educated person .your criteria is unfortunately stupid

hebert - 16 June 2015

ZANU PF has always acted wickedly since inception and advised their supporters to do wickedly. They are terrorist, evildoers and have massacred people more than any regime before them. Only a wicked person could code name the massacre in Matabeleland ''Gukurahundi'' in what way could people be likened to ''hundi'', callous murder unprovoked thus absolutely satanic. Its to your destruction to ally yourself to wicked people. Read the Book of Chronicles in the Bible how they died. ICC is an impartial International court but African leaders don't like it because they have committed crimes against humanity. Only a criminal can dislike or run away from a Policeman.

Dee - 16 June 2015

Quizzed on whether only people with connections to Zanu PF were supposed to be declared heroes, Mutasa said “even vendors who are soldiering on” deserve to be recognised as heroes. “All sorts of people need to be recognised if they did something outstanding for the country. Unfortunately, this has been personalised and Midzi's death shows how democracy has died in Zanu PF,” Mutasa said. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME ASK MUTASA WHAT HE SAID WHEN BULAWAYO PUT THEIR REQUEST TO HAVE ADAM NDLOVU DECLARED A NATIONAL HERO? REPEAT THE WORDS HE SAID BEFORE I SAY THEM, HE STARTED BY SAYING , NONSENSE, STUPID AND THE REST WAS UNPALATABLE.

Ambassador Percy - 17 June 2015

Guys vana vembwa havasvinuri musi umwe vamwe takaoona kare, uye hauoni kuresva kwako kana uri muground unozoona ma mistakes wabuda, i no Midzi akaurayisa machinja akawanda but in the history of Zim aifainira kunge ari Provincial hero. But guys who now no kuti Mugabe achapapinda anogona kungoisawo kwaZvimba its about time guys.

fireman - 17 June 2015

Wth Tekere cnt answer u wy guyz

kuda Tekere - 17 June 2015

Heroes burial place is a national place since its financed by public funds. Its only a old mean fool like Mugabe, who does not know the separation of personality differences from professionalism. being a leader means nothing to him except killing and retribution. I pity his sleep, whether its sound or restful like many of us. So much graves around him, Tongogara, Mujuru, the 20000 gukurahwindi genocide

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 17 June 2015

Mutasa, Mutasa , Mutasa takakuudza kubva kare. Zvino zvobaya. Midzi ari nani akatovigwa Ku Gren Forest if I am right. Iwe Kwako kwaRusape with the very people you made suffer. Hapana chauchataura apa.

felix - 17 June 2015

what heroes when the country is in such a mess?It means.It means we no longer need to use that word in our vocubulary.We used to have heroes some 20 years ago and what is left are misanthropic leaders.I hate Zimbabwe!

baba jukwa - 17 June 2015

Ko akapa comrade chibage chekudya, akadyirwa huku, akatenga majean, akararwa naye, akaridza pfuti, akaratidza comrade kwayenda nemasoja nekuvaudza pfuti dzavanga vanadzi haavasi maHero ehondo here.

Kidza - 17 June 2015

Gore rino tichadzidza zvakawanda-lets share tisingatukani hama,

isheunesu - 17 June 2015

"SINCE WHEN HAVE WE STARTED ACCORDING HERO STATUS TO FOOTBALLER" MUTASA YOU SAID THIS WHEN THE NATION WANTED ADAM NDLOVU THE WARRIORS CONFERRED WHE HE DIED IN A CAR CRASH....... YOU USED TO SIT IN THAT COMMITEE YOURSELF AND MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT.... AM GLAD AYEBO BAZOKUSOWA MBULI MUNKALA ... WEEMPWE

SWITLOLO - 17 June 2015

"SINCE WHEN HAVE WE STARTED ACCORDING HERO STATUS TO FOOTBALLER" MUTASA YOU SAID THIS WHEN THE NATION WANTED ADAM NDLOVU THE WARRIORS CONFERRED WHE HE DIED IN A CAR CRASH....... YOU USED TO SIT IN THAT COMMITEE YOURSELF AND MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT.... AM GLAD AYEBO BAZOKUSOWA MBULI MUNKALA ... WEEMPWE

SWITLOLO - 17 June 2015

aah aah kune wachirikuchemera kuitwa Mahero makuva hukuchina kwasara rangu naGushungo chete. Hero or no hero status tose tiri makuva kupiswa kurinani

maromo - 17 June 2015

what if someone like me, homogeneous African black passes the remark: "them kaffirs claimed they knew how to do things. now, look, they have reduced that once most brilliant Rhodesia down to perpetual quarrelling - indoors and transcontinental - vendors and police thugs, poverty and disease". would the remark be dishonest?

maombo david - 18 June 2015

Mutasa should just SHUT UP! THAT MAN HAS NO MORAL AUTHORITY TO CRITICISE ZANU PF. NOW YOU WANT MIDZI TO BE AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE, KO SITHOLE NDABANINGI WAKATII ABOUT HIM? THIS OLD MAN THINKS WE ARE FOOLS, YOU ARE IRRELEVANT, AND THAT IS EXACTLY YOUR NAME, IRRELEVANT. SHUT UP AND WAIT FOR YOUR CURSED FATE!

Zvichanaka Chete - 19 June 2015

Cde Dydmus Mutasa stop dreaming its real that you were fired live with it life is a misery outside ZANU PF no one is bigger than ZANU PF.

lovemore - 19 June 2015

the only issue I differ with Dydmus is the reason he advances for Midzi's hero status. he says he worked well for ZPF. I donot think such a reason is plausible enough. ZPF is only one of those players in Zimbabwean politics. therefore I belief the Yardstick should be Zimbabwe not a mere political party.

NELSON NDLOVU - 19 June 2015

I know that MR MUTASA HAS BEEN WITH ZANU PF SINCE THE BEGINNING AND WHILE HE WAS IN THE SYSTEM HE NEVER RAISED COMPLAINTS AGAINST ZANU PF NOW THAT HE HE IS OUT HE WANTS TO SPEAK ONLY TO MAINTAIN RELEVANCE I THINK HE SHOULD JUST RESPECT US AS ZIMBABWEANS AND SHUT UP.

PLATTAH - 20 June 2015

Mutasa, we the people are not easily fooled or hoodwinked by your comments.You were instrumental in making " Hero " decisions.Strange how you now criticise the same committee you sat on.

David Lane - 22 June 2015

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