Mutasa savages Grace

HARARE - Forner Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa (pictured) — who celebrated his 80th birthday quietly on Monday — says he is shocked by the insensitivity of Zanu PF’s leaders, who threw an extravagant 50th birthday party for First Lady Grace Mugabe last weekend, at a time when most Zimbabweans are wallowing in abject poverty.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, in the wake of President Robert Mugabe’s controversial wife throwing two mega bashes to mark her half century milestone, Mutasa also doubted whether a significant portion of the money that was raised from the parties would be channelled to charities as claimed by organisers of the events.

Grace’s lavish Saturday bash — which was held at the First Family’s Borrowdale mansion, and which was broadcast live on ZBC and went into the wee hours of Sunday morning — was attended by the country’s well-heeled from both politics and business, who paid through their necks to share a table with the increasingly powerful First Lady.

But organisers of the extravaganza defended the event, saying it was meant to fundraise for the Grace philanthropic work.

Insiders estimate that up to
$5 million was raised from the glamorous gala — and on Wednesday the First Lady appeared to react to negative public sentiment by donating some of the proceeds to 50 charities, at an event at her Mazowe business hub that was attended by some government ministers.

However, Mutasa — a former close ally of Mugabe — said yesterday that there were no measures in place to ensure that money raised from such occasions was not abused and would find its way to the needy.

Talking about his own birthday, he said the occasion was a small family affair, with the day mostly “just like any other ordinary day, characterised by power cuts and water woes and dreams of a brighter day”.

“There was nothing for me to celebrate when the people of Zimbabwe are suffering. I could not do that as it would be unfair and against what I stand for,” he said.

“It is inconceivable that one can have a gala when people are suffering. If the funds raised during such occasions reach the people, then fair and fine, but what if it doesn’t?

“It is doubtful that such funds reach the people. I am a member of the presidential fund that ensured that money donated to the president is distributed well. I don’t know whether that is what is taking place everywhere,” Mutasa added.

He said the greed and corruption manifesting in Zanu PF was a cause for concern that could only be confronted by a united front of people determined to achieve their “total emancipation”.

“I sometimes wonder whether this is the Zanu PF that I once belonged to. If what is happening now is what was happening when we were in Zanu PF, then it is really sad and we regret it ever happened. I would like to apologise profusely to the people of Zimbabwe for having been part of this system that is just after power,” Mutasa said.

He spoke as Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars get nastier and messier, and after former Vice President Joice Mujuru said on Wednesday that she was content watching the ruling party’s “sad circus from the terraces”.

At the same time, outspoken war veteran Margaret Dongo also told the Daily News that it would be a “fatal political mistake” if the likes of Mujuru and Mutasa rejoined the post-congress Zanu PF — particularly now, as being suggested in some circles.

This came amid claims earlier this week that Mugabe no longer believed that Mujuru and Mutasa plotted to oust and assassinate him, and suggestions that some post-congress Zanu PF bigwigs were actively working to lure the former VP back to the warring party.

Contrary to ill-founded expectations in some quarters, the post-congress Zanu PF has not known peace since it expelled Mujuru, Mutasa and other top officials from within its ranks — with the party subsequently splitting into two distinct and bitterly-opposed formations.

Speaking in a brief interview with the Daily News on Wednesday, and after being asked how she viewed the worsening factional and succession ruckus within Zanu PF, Mujuru said: “Ndiri kuonawo zviri kuita vamwe, and it’s interesting (I’m just watching what others in the party are doing and it’s interesting)”.

She also added that she was content watching these shenanigans from the “terraces” and declined to answer any further questions — including whether she was prepared to rejoin her erstwhile comrades in the post-congress Zanu PF.

But Dongo was emphatic that it would be a mistake if Mujuru and her allies rejoined Zanu PF as Mugabe was “back to his old cunning ways” and would only seek to use them.

“It is obvious that if they make a mistake to go back, he will use the divide and rule strategy by punishing those who were against Mujuru to please her and her group. It is not just talk by Mugabe, it is a public apology. It is only a question of time before this happens,” Dongo said.

Mutasa, the former minister of State Security, who turned 80 on Monday, said the “circus” in his former party was “tragic” — as people were putting their personal interests and the pursuit of power before the interests of Zimbabweans.

Expelled from Zanu PF last year, along with a coterie of other senior party officials, on untested allegations of pushing for Mugabe’s demise and the ascendancy of Mujuru to the top post, Mutasa has since turned into a fierce critic of the ruling party.

Apart from the two major Zanu PFs that now obtain, Mugabe’s post-congress faction is also further divided along two main factions — one allegedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the other reportedly fronted by the party’s ambitious Young Turks, the Generation 40 camp that is said to include the likes of the party’s political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

Mugabe recently told party youths, in a rare and unusually candid address, that he had received intelligence to the effect that the party was polarising around Mnangagwa and Mphoko — adding ominously that people who were pushing for either of the two men to succeed him needed to stop doing so forthwith.

And while the factional fights are getting all of the party’s attention, this is happening at the expense of the country’s comatose economy — with most Zimbabweans now shamefully poorer than they were when the country attained its independence in April 1980.

Comments (47)

Please, Mutasa, I don't care what you have to say. If you were still in Z-PF, we all know you would have been at the party. Don't be mad! Just slowly slide into the irrelevance that awaits you impatiently.

Sadiq - 31 July 2015

“I sometimes wonder whether this is the Zanu PF that I once belonged to. If what is happening now is what was happening when we were in Zanu PF, then it is really sad and we regret it ever happened. I would like to apologise profusely to the people of Zimbabwe for having been part of this system that is just after power,” Mutasa said. Yes Didymus; it is simply a continuation of the looting & grabbing that you & Bob cultivated & nurtured. Nothing new, this is how you guyz have been doing it since 1980. If surely yourself (Didymus) were as honest as you would like us to believe would you be even a quarter as rich as you are today - being a mere civil servant for the past 35yrs & having gotten into Zimbabwe (in 1960) with one safari suit?? For majority, the only change in zanu pf now is that the likes of Didymus, Runaida & and their hangers-on have been temporarily relieved of their looting privileges by their god RG Mugabe.

mapingu - 31 July 2015

Mutasa should be the last person to blame zpf for celebrating when most Zimbabweans are suffering because he was part and parcel of this behaviour. I wonder why some politicians from opposition parties and now saying Mutasa has seen some light. Remember he did not voluntarily resigned from zpf, he was fired and even challenged that through the courts, meaning to say he still wants to be in zpf, and claims to belong to original zpf. So Mutasa is still zpf and will remain zpf.

Michael Mukashi - 31 July 2015

So does this buffoon (which goes by the name Didymus) just less than 18 months ago when he was busy calling RGM & wife all sorts of blasphemous praises - such as Son of god, brother of jesus, mother of god, .... - the people of Zimbabwe were not wallowing in abject poverty?? So, at what point did Zimbos degenerate into paupers, any way? Silly Didymus - once a clown always a clown. Nxaaaaaaaa.

mapingu - 31 July 2015

Mutasa should be the last person to blame zpf for celebrating Grace's birthday when most Zimbabweans are suffering because he was part and parcel of this behaviour. I wonder why some politicians from opposition parties are now saying Mutasa has seen some light. Remember he did not voluntarily resigned from zpf, he was fired and even challenged that through the courts, meaning to say he still wants to be in zpf, and claims to belong to original zpf. So Mutasa is still zpf and will remain zpf. I have been following most of his speeches ever since he was fired from zpf and I have concluded that whatever he says is not being said in good faith. How can Mutasa of all the people say that he does not remember names of opposition activists such as Tondera Ndira and Chimhini who were killed by zpf? Zimbabweans must be careful of these dubious characters.

Michael Mukashi - 31 July 2015

Mutasa should be the last person to blame zpf for celebrating Grace's birthday when most Zimbabweans are suffering because he was part and parcel of this behaviour. I wonder why some politicians from opposition parties are now saying Mutasa has seen some light. Remember he did not voluntarily resigned from zpf, he was fired and even challenged that through the courts, meaning to say he still wants to be in zpf, and claims to belong to original zpf. So Mutasa is still zpf and will remain zpf. I have been following most of his speeches ever since he was fired from zpf and I have concluded that whatever he says is not being said in good faith. How can Mutasa of all the people say that he does not remember names of opposition activists such as Tondera Ndira and Chimhini who were killed by zpf? Zimbabweans must be careful of these dubious characters.

Michael Mukashi - 31 July 2015

Amai donated something to charity whether big or small whether part or whole of it but something has been done.Can someone challenge and do the more for the benefit of charity.Tsvangirai is a national leader can he come up with something.The rain season is around the corner we are all looking up to the first family may God bless them.

mike - 31 July 2015

Please Daily News and your Mutasa guy, give us a break. We are not stupid.....very soon your sales will drop sharply. Stop insulting us, we have known this Mutasa guy for a long time. Let him rot in Rusape, he deserves it anyway.....

Charles - 31 July 2015

Thanks @Mapingu for saying it on my behalf and many others. Mutasa is simply saying "Why was I not invited?"

Kundakinde - 31 July 2015

This was not a charity event - this was an event (dis)Grace threw to make herself more important. If this was a true charity event she would have paid for the event herself, and all money would have gone to charity. No doubt a large portion of the money raised was used to pay for the event And of course these costs do not include the hidden costs of security, petrol used to get 'dignitaries' to the function, and wear and tear on the vehicles - all paid by the taxpayer.

david taylor - 31 July 2015

Tipeiwo basa nzara yega yega kana kemagobo chaiko ndafunga Mukanya

NYAMBI - 31 July 2015

There must terribly be something very wrong with Mutasa's memory. He needs serious medical attention. Tinogona kungotaura zvatinoda tichiseka tichidii kusvikira munhu akwira mugomo. I wish I could help him. Ko iwo makore ake ekuberekwa chaiwo chaiwo akamira sei?

dzidzo - 31 July 2015

This is a 2018 Zanu PF project to split votes. Mutasa is Zanu PF, period.

Mbungu Crush - 31 July 2015

Diesel Mutasa is just an oaf. If Mugabe rang him today and said Diesel! all is forgiven come back and take your place at the trough he will be there before young old Botox Bob even hangs up the phone. There is no Damascus moment for this goon. Talk is cheap and politicians do it all the time, to just say "I would like to apologise profusely to the people of Zimbabwe for having been part of this system that is just after power" is not good enough, it just doesnt cut the mastard i'm afraid.

Galore 123 - 31 July 2015

Didymus just say sorry and keep quite!!!!!

batsi - 31 July 2015

If Grace throws a party worth millions of dollars, where is the problem if she can afford it. If Mutasa has proof that State money was used, can he please say so. Chiyangwa drives a $500 000 vehicle whilst some people cannot feed their families. Its his money and noone should cry foul. Munotomukumbira kana muchidawo mari. Mugabe and his wife are business people and have a right to a kind of social life they can afford and this has nothing to do with Mutasa. I have some differences with both Mugabe and his wife, but zve-fundraising, aaaah, vaMutasa, this is too petty. Anyone can fundraise, and it's not a crime.

machakachaka - 31 July 2015

Zanu PF has always been a faction led party. Go back 15 years and you will find the party had factions that ruled from Masvingo, Mutare etc. This is simply a result of how its leading/most vocal members relate to the mafia chief (mugabe) and who is being most successful at seeking favours. ZANU PF know too well that all this talk of succedding mugabe is a waste of time knowwing mugabe has absolutely no intention of leaving power. Hence his warning above "...people who were pushing for either of the two men to succeed him needed to stop doing so forthwith". mugabe is ZANU PF and he wants no one else in control of the party. given the turmoil - economic and social that zimbabweans have been subjected to under this scourge (Z.PF), the party should exinct with the man's demise. it is an evil the country never needed. For those who doubt mugabe's evil intensions, below is a sobering read: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/opinions/opinions-and-analysis/76424/yamamoto-six-areas-of-misplaced.html

Raf - 31 July 2015

We appreciate news..good news..when you criticise oter who judges you..noone...please look at the The forner.....keep up the good news to built and not personalise..we are all accountable...to build or destroy. It takes two to tangle ladies and gentlemen.

Brian - 31 July 2015

Didymus Mutasa said his 80th birthday had been “just like any other ordinary day, characterised by power cuts and water woes and dreams of a brighter day”. “There was nothing for me to celebrate when the people of Zimbabwe are suffering. I could not do that as it would be unfair and against what I stand for,” he said. Well the economic meltdown and the purge from Zanu PF has taken its toll; who would have ever thought that the high flying Zanu PF warlord, Didymus Mutasa, will ever eat humble pie. After 34 years in power he is today enjoying the “power cuts and water woes” he helped to bring about. Didymus Mutasa did not celebrate his 80th birthday as he had done during his Zanu PF Godfather days because he cannot afford to such extravagancies now that he has been kicked out of the party and life of abject poverty is beckoning.

Wilbert Mukori - 31 July 2015

Comrade Didymus Mutasa, Please confess to the people of Zimbabwe that although Robert Mugabe is the current and de facto president Morgan Tsvangirai was and is the elected President of Zimbabwe. That Mugabe is president is only because of corruption, his misuse of the military, security agents and the police. This is what is being recorded as the TRUE HISTORY of Zimbabwe.

Sekuru Ndoronga - 31 July 2015

It appears this Dydmus, Rugare and Mujuru are spent forces. They are excess and useless baggages which we Zimbabweans should dispose of as quickly as we can because they offer no solution to our hopes and aspirations. All they are good at is screaming to be taken back to Zanu-PF. My word to them is we did not relegate you to ordinary citizen status. It was Robert and his crew whom you know very well. Crying out everytime on news websites playing some games of saintwood will not empower us to order Mugabe to re-instate you. We have totally nothing to do with your wicked relationships with him. Please coil back into your cacoons and enjoy the spoills you made of our resources. If you have moral apptitudes I think you will see it fit to leave Zimbabweans alone. We have had enough of your stories -thzey do not concern us at all. Daily Mail I amsure you can do without their shares in your paper. Infact they are corosive and it will not be long before your paper get buried with the trio.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 31 July 2015

This dude is a pure moron

Mentalist - 31 July 2015

@Blessing, I don't think your advertising campaign yields any positive results. You cannot be trusted by clients on this platform, the campaign looks bogus. As a friendly advise, please sacrifice a few dollars, register a company and have a small company logo and business cards. Make appointments with entrepreneurs and tell them the nature of business you are into and how you can assist them. This is a political platform were people have no interest in what you are writing. I am 90% confidant that you are wasting your time & precious energy trying to impress the wrong people. Make sure you make appointments with entrepreneurs before visiting them, make sure you do your research very well before you go there just so you can list all possible angles of pitching your business ideas or services.

Mentalist - 31 July 2015

@Machakachaka with all respect I think u are missing the point. Grace is not an ordinary person although she is a Zimbabwean like we are, she symbolises the mother of the nation. She is a public figure and the First lady who is expected to serve the interests of the citizens. Just because she can afford to throw a lavish party does not necessarily mean she has a right to abuse the state property (ZBC tv) meant to benefit the public. What you are saying about Grace/Chiyangwa is tantamount to saying all mothers should throw big parties to enjoy themselves whilst the children are starving and have no money to pay school fees and justify this by saying our neighbours are also throwing parties if you want to join them just ask them. Although I am not a fun of Mutasa, he is simply pinpointing the need for transparency and accountability of the funds.

Mentalist - 31 July 2015

Fake, fake fake! http://www.zimeye.com/grace-still-going-to-be-president-of-zimbabwe-military-man/

Mbungu Crush - 31 July 2015

So Mutasa is a political savage?

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 1 August 2015

Yes Mutasa was one of them but he has seen light and what he said makes sense . If Grace was organizing some funds for charity purposes the money would be donated or distributed across the country which is not the case here .The money i guess was given to zanu to sponsor thugs to rape women and beat up opposition supporters when the whole nation 's kids are suffering from kwashioka and hunger .Baba uNyathi talk we are listening you have seen light .

Diibulaanyika - 1 August 2015

This wording ===former what and what is causing new words like...former. Be serious "Deadly" news

reader - 1 August 2015

I think The Daily News is going the classic proverbial fly that follows the coffin into the grave. Surely how can they promote this buffoon as editorial policy?

Francis - 1 August 2015

One more question to you Dydmus. At the time when you were in Zanu-PF you occupied a previledged position to talk one-on-one to Mugabe . Why is it that you never raised the bad issues with him for the sake of Zimbabwe if at all you are concerned about us - and not for your stomach ? Get it from me : if I could reach you ndaikukanda mbama.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 1 August 2015

I am also one of those people who used to doubt why the Daily News was giving Cde Diesel all this space. But I've now seen that anything he says generates a lot of passion and comments! Now, please Daily News, make him spill more beans on Zanu-PF's elections rigging!

Khumalo - 2 August 2015

what have people gained from drubbing this mutasa guy? nothing. does your drubbing of the guy suggest that you are aligned to the first family? a bigger section of zimbabweans has certainly become grossly confused. you don't like and respect the first family. you have no respect for the likes of mutasa, mujuru, gumbo and sibanda. you don't want tsvangirai, biti, mangoma, ncube, dhabengwa, mnangagwa and mpoko. so, who do you want guys? nhamo ya kutenderedzai misoro shuwa.

tula - 2 August 2015

abject poverty today? an eye for an eye

agent sasco - 2 August 2015

Mutasa don`t try and pretend to care about the welfare of people many people suffered even during your era at zanu pf what measures did you take to change their lives , you even victimised several defenceles civilians during election campaigns

silo - 3 August 2015

with thousands of jobless zimbabweans roaming the streets and thousand more being sent off every you will find sme one saying pamberi nekuzvitonga seriously chibhakera chorema kusimudza

silo - 3 August 2015

I am always surprised by people who have no kind words for former ZANU PF insiders. If such people are Christians, how come they believe in what Paul wrote in Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians.......... given Paul's background. I think sober Zimbabweans should, instead of denigrating Mutasa and Co., take notes from the ousted ZANU PF cadres in order to develop arsenals that will succeed in dislodging ZANU PF. Mutasa knows it all but he just needs encouragement to let this stuff out for the benefit of Zimbabwe.

Memena WaThiongo - 3 August 2015

mutasa tell us howintelligence has been killing people in zim

deon - 3 August 2015

hatina kuzvifunga kuiira mutasa bhavhadeyi in advance to raise funds 4 zifa to pay off debt so to see musona,billard,mushekwi and others in brazil 4 the world cup or should we register the warriors as a charity so as to benefit from the 5 million raised by amai

Game changer - 5 August 2015

chero asingafungi nezvazvo ava kuda kutozivavo kuti ko zvinhu zvacho zvinombonyatsofamba sei.kkk

mazviona edzai - 5 August 2015

ana mutasa vaiti zanu ichitonga kusvikira madhongi amera nyanga.vese ana mujuru the a the same.pliz zim we can du beta than this.ngavadye madiamonds avakuuraira vanhu vakanyarara

law - 7 August 2015

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