Mujuru resurfaces

HARARE - A thriller of epic proportions — if the political climate does not turn typically violent and even murderous — is on the cards in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, after the Zanu PF formation that uses the slogan People First confirmed yesterday that former Vice President Joice Mujuru (pictured) will lead the party.

President Robert Mugabe’s warring party split into two bitterly-opposed formations at the end of last year — at the height of the former liberation movement’s internal ructions and subsequent ruthless purges of its senior officials — with many of its liberation struggle stalwarts moving to reconstitute the “original” Zanu PF that is now taking on the nonagenarian’s faction-ridden post-congress Zanu PF.

Spokesperson for the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan People First Rugare Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday that after months of dithering and not showing her hand publicly, Mujuru was now ready to come out in the open and lead the party — whose official launch insiders say is imminent.

Were this to happen, it would mean that the popular former VP would be among a stellar cast of candidates, that include indefatigable opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who will take Mugabe head-on in the 2018 presidential elections — if the nonagenarian will still be the post-congress Zanu PF’s candidate for those polls.

Gumbo said yesterday that the group of liberation struggle pioneers, war veterans, security sector bigwigs and “millions of other Zimbabweans” who were involved with the People First movement were all acutely aware that time was not on their side to launch the party to contest the 2018 elections.

“Mai Mujuru is absolutely part of the project. She is actively involved. She is there and determined to see to it that the aspirations of those that liberated this country are realised,” Gumbo said.

Pressed to say why Mujuru had thus far not publicly pronounced on her association with the rival Zanu PF formation, he said the widow of the late and revered liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru, had “wanted the dust to settle”, in the wake of the chaos that followed her expulsion and that of her perceived allies from the post-congress Zanu PF.

“We also believed that it was not necessary for her to pronounce herself on the issue because the situation was still cloudy. So, we respected the position that she took. She needs to now come out in the open and show direction, and we are sure in a few weeks’ time she will do just that.

“We have a movement that has been looking into the logistics of coming up with the party consulting on how best we can go about it. We think we are moving in the right direction and we have no alternative than to look into that direction of coming up with a party.

“We had to do something because there are a lot of things we are not happy about. For example, we are concerned about the government’s use of force to remove vendors from the streets. While we believe that there is need for order in the way vendors do their business, we are against the idea of chasing them out without providing an alternative.

“Government must understand that the vendors are there out of desperation. They are looking for markets for their wares and it is incumbent upon government to engage them to find an amicable solution, but you cannot push them to the outskirts where there are no markets,” Gumbo said.

Probed further on the launch of the People First movement, he said it had already started building structures at grassroots level, as there were many disgruntled members dotted across the country, who were “itching to start working for the party”.

Analysts and insiders who have spoken to the Daily News have said that the recent splitting of the party into Zanu PF Mugabe and the “original” Zanu PF, amid much acrimony and bloodletting, meant that the prospects of reconciling the two factions any time soon were “slim to non-existent”.

“The die is cast my brother and it’s too late to stop the Rumble in the Jungle that will be the election in 2018 between President Mugabe or his proxy Ngwena (Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa) and Mai Mujuru,” said a top Zanu PF official who requested anonymity.

“The third leg of this titanic battle will, of course, be Tsvangirai who as everyone knows beat Gushungo (Mugabe) cleanly in the 2008 elections and will once again be running,” the official added.

Commenting on Mujuru’s prospects in politics, senior researcher for Southern Africa for Human Rights Watch, Dewa Mavhinga, said recently that the fact that she had been a minister for 24 years and a vice president for 10 years, meant that she had a significant following within Zanu PF and across Zimbabwe generally.

“Most of those fighting and opposing her in Zanu PF are mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies) who have no support base in Zanu PF and who rely on smear campaigns, violence and the use of sections of the security forces to bulldoze and impose their will upon Zanu PF structures.

“If Amai Joice Mujuru is given a fair chance in the absence of persecution and harassment, then it can be said with fair certainty that she is a front runner in an open, democratic process.

“But opposition forces are better off coming together to form a grand coalition to push for democratic reforms ahead of 2018,” Mavhinga said.

Joy Mabenge, regional co-ordinator for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said there was an assumption that Mugabe would be available in 2018 and that he would still be within “the requisite capacities to contest and head the country at 94”.

“That assumption may be a fallacy given the fact that all forces of nature relating to him are now clearly pulling in the opposite direction. There is a real possibility that Mujuru may actually bounce back into Zanu Patriotic Front as its leader before 2018.

“However, if we go by the assumption that Mugabe will still be there and fit for purpose in 2018, then a Mujuru presidential candidacy as a head of a faction of Zanu will most likely be more of a gift to the MDC than it would be to Mugabe, assuming that die-hard MDC supporters and die-hard Zanu PF supporters remain (by numbers) constant and do not swing.

“History has taught us that splinter factions cannot and will not be able to easily create their own social base, but will instead want to tap, first and foremost, from the pond they are splitting from, before they try, with difficulty, to tap from other ponds.

“The reality is that the pool of voters is neither elastic nor expansive and therefore a split of votes is more likely,” Mabenge said.

Gladys Hlatywayo, a civil rights activist and political analyst, said it was difficult to give a prognosis because electoral outcomes in Zimbabwe had less to do with real support on the ground.

“Allegations of rigging and absence of a level playing field make it difficult to point with precision to the outcome of these processes.

“What is clear though is that Zanu PF is now in a serious quandary. The once homogeneous liberation movement is now reduced to a shadow of itself with news of expulsions and suspensions making headlines each day.

“This, coupled with an ageing leader, will be the Achilles heel of Zanu PF. The former vice president is a contender in the race although there is still no empirical evidence to prove her chances.

“Based on lived experiences of previous elections, it might be strategic for all voices against Zanu PF to coalesce and collaborate towards 2018.

“There is a real opportunity for change in 2018 but it depends on what opposition political parties choose to do between now and 2018 and I would argue that working together will be the game changer,” she said.

Comments (41)

I think Mai Mujuru has the capabilities and determination to be a people`s leader, having been in a party that abuses power (though she had no power to voice her concerns because of the Zanu pf dictatorial tendencies) I think she is the right candidate to lead a new and rejuvenated party that zimbabweans desperately needs. Wish you all the best Amai Mujuru..... not the other stupid and fake Amai we all know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yankee - 23 July 2015

MDC T should be careful when dealing with people are or were associated with zanu pf, we all know zanu only cares about staying in power, Tsvang should not take things for granted, maybe this is a grand plan by zanu to destroy mdc because knowing zanu the so called zanu people first would not be existing, MDC should be careful, imagine time is flying whilst we are just concentrating on mai mujuru, mutasa, gumbo, mliswa etc. Imagine how much time has been wasted, this may be a grand plan by zanu to buy time then people will just realise it's election time but no electoral reforms have been made. I personally think the most important thing is to strategize on how to make sure all necessary electoral reforms are done NOW not in 2017. There is SO MUCH that needs to be done to cater for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe, I mean SO MUCH guys. Remember whilst we get caught up in these zanu dramas, they (zanu) are busy creating new ways of cheating come election time. I know Tsvang you read daily online, please consider this, it might sound stupid but could help.

misty - 23 July 2015

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 23 July 2015

Daily news never say Mujuru is popular . Who is she popuar to ? The woman is evil every sane zimbabwean knows that and no way that Joice can be clean and better she will not form any political party bcoz she is very weak and unwise .Please leave her alone so that she can continue chewing her loot in hiding if you make too much hoho hoho to her she will be choked by sikafu.

Diibulaanyika - 23 July 2015

Original liberation fighters and collaborators are not selfish. They are not arrogant. Vane Unhu/Ubuntu kwete neo-liberal and self -serving mafikezolo vasina kana kumbounza jira kupungwe

Original - 23 July 2015

This was a comment from Rugare Gumbo which is said to be the resurfacing of Mujuru? Be clear you foolish reporter

masvingo - 23 July 2015

It never seizes to amaze me about Zimbabweans who continue to look up to the likes of Mujuru, Mutasa and Gumbo as prospective replacements for Mugabe. Unless people have short memories it should be remembered that these characters are dyed-in-wool Zanu-PF lynchpins who have been right there since Zanu-PF's conception. To this day they are amongst the top beneficiaries of Zanu-PF's cleptocracy and they actually walked away with obscene fortunes and innumerable properties. They were not kicked out of Zanu-PF because they were fighting and advocating for Zimbabwe's poor. Instead they got the boot because they were perceived as wanting even more and not being too discreet about their intentions to eventually replace their benefactor. Can anyone think of any instance over the past 35 years when either one of them said anything or stood opposed to Mugabe about the brutality and corruption that Zimbabwe has endured? So all this talk about courting or waiting for any of these born-again crooks tells me that some Zimbabweans are just gluttons for punishment. Seriously, are these the kind of people that Zimbabwe hopes to provide a clean break from the current mess and crisis? Surely there must be lots of untainted, qualified Zimbabweans out there that stand ready to dig us out of this hell-hole! Mujuru, Mutasa, Gumbo and YES even Tsvangirai are crooks that Zimbabwe will be best advised to stay away from.

Themba - 23 July 2015

Themba is right, zvimbavha zvevanhu izvo zvinana Mudhidhimasi na Joice. Madyira zvavo haisi mbavha but if they hadn't been fired would they be complaining, they are crying for self serving interests and nothing else !

Dzvinyangwe - 24 July 2015

Themba is right, zvimbavha zvevanhu izvo zvinana Mudhidhimasi na Joice. Madyira zvavo haisi mbavha but if they hadn't been fired would they be complaining, they are crying for self serving interests and nothing else !

Dzvinyangwe - 24 July 2015

Thank you Mr editor I thing MDC must be very careful the mujuru team are shouting people first 35years later and beause they were booted out ZANU PF ,we cant be cheated by these robbers they cant lead zimbabwe imbavha makudo ndimamwe vakaba vakaguta magandanga imbava uye havade vanhu matsotsi hativade.

maputo - 24 July 2015

Thank you Mr editor I thing MDC must be very careful the mujuru team are shouting people first 35years later and beause they were booted out ZANU PF ,we cant be cheated by these robbers they cant lead zimbabwe imbavha makudo ndimamwe vakaba vakaguta magandanga imbava uye havade vanhu matsotsi hativade.

maputo - 24 July 2015

MUJURU RESURFACES....THE BEST HEADLINE IN A LIFETIME. Daily News yapera seMDC

changara - 24 July 2015

Rememeber that ZANU PF is at its weakest . War vets no longer have power in this rotten party . Its being led by so called AMAI small house zvayo . Even all our court cases favour small houses not real ones . Bullshit

Named - 24 July 2015

When we reflect upon the past 30 years of ZANU PF rule, I have to ask myself, "did Cde Mujuru or any of her clan ever complain about or oppose the way elections were rigged or the way people were intimidated and oppressed often in a most brutal way? I have no evidence of this ever happening in fact she always seemed to be first in line for some of the lucrative handouts. So why should anyone in their right mind now trust or respect any former ZANU PF official? Their pre election promises are hollow and no different to the empty promise Mugabe repeatedly makes. Vakomana, it is time for change, time for a breath of fresh air. We have many young and talented potential leaders, let us encourage them to now make a stand and let us rid ourselves completely of this ZANU PF dirt. Unfortunately Morgan isn't an option, he has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he lacks what it takes to defeat Mugabe and run this country properly. It is time for a fresh start, a new beginning. May God bless all of you.

Pastor Eric Dhlamini - 24 July 2015

Have you ever heard of the "First 100 days". I think we are past that now. Simbi inorohwa ichapisa. Kungadai kusina ma birthday bash right now if these guys had balls.

UnBanked - 24 July 2015

Nhai daily news ko makadzingawo vanhu basa muchishandisa court ruling. munosvodesa

changara - 24 July 2015

It would seem Rugare Gumbo is taking his imagination a little too serious. And the reporter makes us wonder by believing him as well.

Sadiq - 24 July 2015

As it stands now the only liked presidetial material in zim is Morgan like or hate it that is how things stand now right across all tribes of this country unless if you hate him for giving torrid time to your granny .

Diibulaanyika - 24 July 2015

I think its a little misplaced to celebrate any Mujuru resurfacing. Like a few comments note that the political game playing at the moment is not a straight forwad open game. Zanu pf have been in politics for far much too long to give away their game plan easily. However in a grab it all scenario like ours one can not rule out real conflict in the ruling party. As for the other opposition parties strengthening their structures now and not later would be wise. Any hope of a grand coalition with Mujuru and them is both ill advised and unworkable.

eddy - 24 July 2015

I think its a little misplaced to celebrate any Mujuru resurfacing. Like a few comments note that the political game playing at the moment is not a straight forwad open game. Zanu pf have been in politics for far much too long to give away their game plan easily. However in a grab it all scenario like ours one can not rule out real conflict in the ruling party. As for the other opposition parties strengthening their structures now and not later would be wise. Any hope of a grand coalition with Mujuru and them is both ill advised and unworkable.

eddy - 24 July 2015

drama you are at it again, leave venders and adress zimbabwe issues.

tapera - 24 July 2015

The gameis clear. It would be painful for our president to swallowhis words, "Surrendering the country to the West". The People First is Original and this is where the power shall be surrendered and blessed at the dawn of everything. This is a party in re-encarnation. That is the strategy.

Disassemble to Assemble - 24 July 2015

Nonsense only lunatics can think of zanu rejects including Joice as good leaders the normal thinking citizens know that Mujuru is rubbish just like Mugabe and can never afford to have such people to lead this country again bcoz they do not want to continue drinking sewage water and eat shiite .

Diibulaanyika - 24 July 2015

I will never support or vote for any political party in Zimbabwe that is Shona - led. Most of these Shona politicians can not be trusted. They are not forthcoming on Devolution; even as and when they criticise ZANU PF, you find that they kind of molly coddle Robert Mugabe and avoid taking him on directly like Welshman Ncube or Dumiso Dabengwa. They kind of resort to attacking his side kicks like Mnangagwa, Kasukwere and others, but pointedly avoid attacking him directly. I mean, the man is the leader of the govt, how can you keep saying he is being misled? What nonsense is that? Mugabe knows exactly what he is doing Period.

Phunyukabemphethe - 24 July 2015

I am very happy that most right thinking mind that have responded above are seeing exactly that which I am seeing. This Daily News paper I Think it is now wholly being run by CIO operatives. Honestly paper that we all respected has all of a sudden turned to be Herald. Mai Mujuru and her team of thieves are nothing if not just nonsense. This is a typical game plan by Mugabe and his dogs. We will never wait for the stupid 2018. Mugabe wants us to keep hoping for nothing that is why he is paying Daily News to publish such a stupid report. We will make sure that Mugabe has gone before we go for elections. Zanu people think that they can dribble us again this time around. Who is Mujuru? Is this what she, Mugabe and Mnangadwa were planning as they killed Rex Nhongo. We are fully aware that mai Mujuru was totally involved in killing her husband so she would start doing such rubbish. All the Zanu PF people and the remnants should go. We want a completely new Gevernment. There are so many cappable men and women out there who can take us far. Zimbabwe is not for these thieves, no. This Rugare Gumbo is just an Idiot who was busy killing people in Mberengwa. His brother Joram Gumbo is also another Zanu PF killer in Mberengwa West. I am only happy that most Zimbabweans now see. These so called Political Analysts are not analysts at all, they are fake. Most of them are stupid CIOs. Do not listen to such rubbish.

Albert Matapo UCAD President - 24 July 2015

I understand your point point wethu Punyuka kodwa even the Ndebele led political parties are useless worst still Ncube 's mdc is every weak Ncube himself is dictator . While Dabengwa is very tired and just does everything in hiding and is known of crafting the worst pieces of law in the history of this country . So as a peace loving zimbabwean of baTonga origin i would go with any politician from any tribe who is persistent and not sellout . this thing of tribalism must be left to Mugabe alone and the rest of us lets move together and united so that we do not fall .

Diibulaanyika - 24 July 2015

Hooooooooooooooooooooo

NYAMBI - 24 July 2015

m not surprised, everybody knew mujuru was going to resurface but the timing may be a awkward.perhaps they want to ganner the support of the vendors

botty - 24 July 2015

@Diibulaanyika No I am not talking tribalism. I am talking democracy. Democracy is all about voters voting for those parties and leaders who they think will best meet their expectations. So far, non of the Shona politicians meet with my expectations as a Mthwakazi/Matebeleland resident. Non of them are keen on Devolution; which I consider priority number one. Most of them prefer the status quo. The current Government system system favours the majority Shona people and I can not support it. This is why most people from Matebeleland are working in SA and Botswana. I will not accept second class citizenship in the name of unity - deputy this; deputy that - noways. All Zimbabweans are equal before the supreme law of the country; our Constitution.

Phunyukabemphethe - 24 July 2015

@Phunyukabemphethe wena ophuma bevalile njengo mthakathi what you should know is the problem in zimbabwe is not entirely the Shonas it is Mugabe finish and klaa and he is not Shona as we all know . Any other things are secondary .Let me remind you as you are you have a Shona blood in your family be it your sister or your son married to a Shona person just as Mugabe has a Ndebele blood in his family so this thing of saying i do not want a president of such tribe is not democracy is tribalism bcoz you mention tribe as your choice . Remember even the great Mzilikazi was not tribalist he built his nation by bringing all tribes under him and even made them have indunas from their tribes within themselves and that is why the majority of tribes in this country are in Matebeleland .What you should not forget wena phunyuka is any one dwelling too much in tribalism is either coward or has no confidence just as like Mugabe as a good example .

Diibulaanyika - 24 July 2015

Dibulaanyika, why don't you form a political party, I think a lot of folks would join you. This country needs people with your mindset.

native - 24 July 2015

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Nombuso - 27 July 2015

Diiubulayanika i thought you had gone the Dzamara style you had gone quite

Thandie - 28 July 2015

i think i agree with @misty. remember the baba jukwa sage. i sincerely believe it was used to lull mdc into a false sense of invincibility. so let us strategize now and not waste time on personalities who might just be fronts.

gorongoza - 29 July 2015

The Devil you know is better at this time when we are testing the democratic process lets stick to MDC-T . Not that it is the best of all the candidates but it stands a better chance. Zvaana Mujuru parizvino kwete taimboti Simba Makoni aiwa nyika yeZimbabwe ndatiregei kuita zvenjuga pachikamu chino

zaldo - 30 July 2015

if these guys (Tsvang and Mujuru) really want to remove Zanu PF they should just join hands and fight zanu together because all this separation will only make zanu stronger and leave us with Dr. Amai (the stupidest tittle I've ever heard) pulling the strings

simba - 7 October 2015

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