Zanu PF wants Mujuru back

HARARE - Amid claims that President Robert Mugabe no longer believed that former Vice President Joice Mujuru had plotted to oust and assassinate him, it is now also being suggested that some post-congress Zanu PF bigwigs are actively working to lure her back to the warring party.

Sources within both the post-congress Zanu PF led by Mugabe, and its rival formation fronted by liberation struggle stalwarts — the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan People First — claimed in interviews with the Daily News yesterday that with Mujuru seemingly prevaricating about her association with the People First movement, this was encouraging some of the nonagenarian’s lieutenants to court the former VP “to return home”.

A politburo member said with factional and succession wars worsening within the ruling party despite last year’s brutal purges of Mujuru and dozens of her close allies, some bigwigs were now actively campaigning for the former VP to be readmitted to the ruling party.

“If she keeps her silence and stops waffling like what (former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus) Mutasa and (People First spokesperson Rugare) Gumbo are doing, there is a good chance that she will be readmitted.

“Remember, she has a constituency and enjoys a lot of support from the grassroots. She is not a person one can simply wish away. So it makes sense to rope her back,” the senior Zanu PF official said.

But Gumbo dismissed the likelihood of this happening, as well as growing fears within the ranks of the “original” Zanu PF that the party had been infiltrated.

“That is just talk. I will tell you when the time comes. At the moment we are still working towards forming a party,” he said.

Asked whether Mujuru or anyone in the People First could rejoin Zanu PF, Gumbo — a close ally of the widowed ex-VP — said “she cannot abandon the people”.

“As far as we are concerned right now, there is no way we are going back to Zanu PF, unless if the allegations they made against us are withdrawn. But even so, what we stand for is different. We want democracy, we want a corruption-free society.

“They (in the post-congress Zanu PF) know she has support and may want to use her, but how will she explain to the people that she is going back to the party that made her suffer. I know they are desperate to have her because she has grassroots support, but it is not possible to imagine that right now,” Gumbo added.

However, there are fears within the People First camp that some people who were given short suspensions from the post-congress Zanu PF could be fancying their chances of returning to the ruling party before the 2018 elections — while Mujuru’s continued silence regarding her political future is unnerving some of her supporters, as they fear she could abandon them at the 11th hour.

“Some people were suspended for two years and that means by 2017 they could be back in the ruling party and be free to defend their parliamentary seats. Mujuru should give us the leadership we so desperately need,” a self-claimed People First follower said.

Other insiders in People First have also revealed that there is hesitancy among the movement’s rank and file to form a party, as they fear that some at the top might have “serious skeletons in the cupboard” which the ruling party would latch on to.

This comes as some analysts have said that Mujuru may be playing her cards close to her chest to protect her political interests.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said Mujuru’s could also be a calculated strategy to ensure her personal safety and business interests.

“She is seen as the leader of the Gamatox faction. She would rather leave the others in her flock such as Jabulani Sibanda and Mutasa to make the noise. On the other hand, she has maintained her loyalty to Mugabe and has repeatedly indicated that her allegiance to him is strong despite Mugabe being supposedly misled by some people around him.

“Her silence is a sign of continued respect and loyalty to Mugabe. Who knows, maybe Mugabe may come back to his senses and realise he was being misled regarding Mujuru.

“Look at the recent reappointments of Mujuru’s supposed allies like Fortune Chasi. On a personal level, remember also that the late General’s estate is still to be executed and there is a lot for Mai Mujuru at stake,” Saungweme said.

Other observers also say the conciliatory tone that Mugabe’s wife Grace displayed in her weekend interview with State media was another sign that the First Family was now aware that it had been misled about the former VP when they ruthlessly expelled her from Zanu PF.

Sources who spoke to the Daily News at the weekend claimed that events of the past few months had “clearly shown” Mugabe that some “hyenas”, and not Mujuru, were behind the seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars that continue to devour Zanu PF.

“All indications are that both the president and Dr Amai (Grace) are now aware that the allegations against Mai Mujuru were a contrived narrative by some ambitious hyenas who manufactured the plots for their personal benefit.

“This is why the president has not acted further against Mai Mujuru, even as these hyenas have continued to push for her to be incarcerated on account of the false claims of treason that she and others allegedly committed.

“Most people also noted at the weekend that Dr Amai made it very clear that she felt used by these over-ambitious hyenas who, after manufacturing the false claims against Mai Mujuru, were now pushing the equally-false claims that she wanted to succeed President Mugabe,” one of the sources said.

Grace, who was nicknamed “monya (giant) for hire” in the chaotic run-up to Zanu PF’s disputed congress late last year, tried to cut a motherly figure in her weekend interview — a sharp contrast to the belligerent and uncaring persona that she appeared to actively cultivate at the height of the ruling party’s internal ructions.

Comments (14)

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Shiri Chasura - 29 July 2015

buddie inowanikwa kupi padhuze kuno uku...?

kababa - 29 July 2015

never say nevea

sherpard matete - 29 July 2015

I have said it before and I will say it again....this whole thing is nothing but just a desperate game of distraction by zanu pf. The Mugabe zanu and the so called mujuru zanu (people first) are partners trying to confuse the general public and buy time until the next general election. I am surprised by the political analysts who are buying into the idea and making different analysis each and every time....this is zanu strategy to just divert the minds of the masses from the real problems which are: (1)electoral reforms, (2)the lack of jobs because of the collapsing economy and just about every other problem etc. Come on guys these people are together but as true Zimbabweans (and MDC) let us make sure we do all we can to make sure the necessary electoral reforms are met and that the election will be free and fair come 2018 because we all know Mugabe has never won an election against Tsvang, and therefore he is increasingly becoming desperate and anxious so they are trying all they can to take our attention away from the real issues. Hanzi people will have sympathy for mai mujuru then vote for her, and their strategy is: it's still zanu pf (which is zanu people first). Vanyangira yaona.

misty - 29 July 2015

Mr Editor, why is it that your headlines does not touch on any developmental issues? You always amaze me with lack of meaningful news in your paper. It seems you favourite news is any of the following: Mujuru Joice, Jabulani Sibanda, Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa, Bhasikiti, Grace Mugabe, R.G. Mugabe, or the two deputy Presidents. However, your sources are known. You sound as if you know best what is good for the President and his party. Unfortunately, your tone betrays you; to the fact that your are anti-ZANU (P.F.)

ivhu kuvanhu chete chete - 29 July 2015

We what is happening now in ZANU of. It's safe for Mai Mujuru and her supporters to operate underground for now. At least no one know what is coming and it's a good strategy. 2018 is almost 3 years away and one day in politics is just a long day .Keep them guessing and your strategy for now is do nothing, wait for events to take shape. Zanupf is falling apart anyway and by the time we go to 2018 nothing will be left . Mugabe might still be the leader but very ineffective. Grace will continue brith her parities and the tow Vps will be just fighting each other. So Mai Mujuru just park your ideas and observe the how the political dynamics mutates.

Dzasukwa - 29 July 2015 in Mugabe and ZANU PF.

Ziziharinanyanga - 29 July 2015

We will not go back unless charges against us are withdrawn ,thats people first. Its either gamatox is stupid, brain dead or both. Mwana we nyoka inyoka! Don't forget to take note books with you on your way back its now a requirement.

X-MAN IV - 29 July 2015

people should be wary of being distracted from bread and butter issues. PF is out to display its dirty tactics the have an intentional distancing of the people from the real problems engrossing the nation. please ,all positive thinking Zimbabweans come together and rally for good governance that can bring jobs ,remove fear of the unknown and restore confidence.

mukanya - 30 July 2015

In reality Joice Mujuru is a lying thieving witch. (i.e. a typical Zanu pf liar and looter). Only the likes of Western Ambassadors Lisa Stadelbauer, Singe Winding and Giles Enticknap think that she is a leader with no defects. Sten Rylander

Sten Rylander - 30 July 2015

people should be wary of being distracted from bread and butter issues. PF is out to display its dirty tactics the have an intentional distancing of the people from the real problems engrossing the nation. please ,all positive thinking Zimbabweans come together and rally for good governance that can bring jobs ,remove fear of the unknown and restore confidence.

mukanya - 30 July 2015

Cde Mujuru isn't a bad person and many of us did not believe some of the stories about her plotting to overthrow Mugabe. I have always known her to be loyal to the party and to our President. The way Amai Mujuru was smeared and ridiculed did us and our party enormous harm. All our opponents rejoiced at the disintegration of our party. Feelings have been badly hurt and it remains to be seen whether the scars can be healed and the poor victims accept this hand of reconciliation? Even more important: will they ever be able to really trust one another ever again? Those responsible for this ugly and malicious scandal are the real enemies and need to be weeded out and punished immediately, if not sooner?

Silas Ncube - 30 July 2015

History always has a way of repeating itself. This is not the 1st time that ZANU(PF) has had infights. I have scars from the liberation struggle that were inflicted on me when I was perceived to be sympathising with the Vashandi guys. Reason was I was just in good books with the guys and had fallen in love with one of the guys. I suffered, got raped, was put underground at Chaminuka, got tied "Zhatuyapovho" a highly painful tying of one's hands behind one's back - and guess what, I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN THE SUFFERING i was put through. Luckily my God stood up for me and I survived the onslaught. Same thing has happened to Mujuru. Whilst I think Mujuru (Teurai Ropa) had also become too big for her boots, SHE COULD BE INNOCENT in all that she is being alleged to have been plotting. ZANU(PF) is dirty but one day the truth shall come out!

Rosemary Manhombo - 1 August 2015

just another zanu pf political strategy,,,zanu pf would never oust mujuru from the party...its just distraction and confusion to the public

kk - 16 November 2015

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