Dongo rallies behind Mujuru

HARARE - In line with the adage that a week is a long time in politics, firebrand war veteran Margaret Dongo yesterday pledged her loyalty to former Vice President Joice Mujuru, dispelling concerns that she was working against the “original” Zanu PF formation that uses the slogan People First, which is locked in a bitter power struggle with President Robert Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF.

Seven days ago, Dongo was identified with a new political outfit, the Movement for People First — which was said at the time to be different from the “original” Zanu PF that is fronted by stalwarts of the country’s liberation struggle, and whose presumptive leader is the popular widow of the late feted guerrilla leader, General Solomon Mujuru.

But concerted lobbying behind the scenes by Mujuru’s close allies, as well as successful appeals for “patience” on Dongo’s part and that of a group of restless war veterans who were rallying behind her, appear to have persuaded her to abandon the plans to form her own separate political party.

Dongo, the interim chairperson of the Movement for People First, told the Daily News yesterday that she and her comrades were fully behind Mujuru, whom they wanted to lead the People First movement and rescue the country from “the edge of the precipice” where it had allegedly been placed by Mugabe’s “35 long years of misrule”.

“It is necessary to correct the seeming impression that what we have launched is a fully-fledged political party that works against      the People First’s aspirations to form a new political party in Zimbabwe.

“The correct scenario is that the Movement for People First is a grouping that is set to work towards a common political front under Cde Joice Mujuru, but with an interim mandate to do anything and everything that the looming larger party would have done had it been launched.

“We are therefore a mobilising and information-gathering tool of the coming bigger party, hence the reference to me as interim chairperson of the Movement for People First and not its president,” Dongo said.

The formation of the Movement for People First had come amid fears of the heavy infiltration of the “original” Zanu PF formation by State agents, even as the liberation war stalwarts who are spearheading its uncoiling were adamant that nothing would stop the formation of the planned party.

Sources privy to the goings-on in People First also told the Daily News yesterday that Mujuru herself — who is apparently very close to Dongo — was being kept abreast of the planning work for the official launch of the “original” Zanu PF. The former VP had also apparently impressed it on all her supporters to unite and work for a common cause.

When Dongo announced the launch of the Movement for People First, she said it had “a great team of patriots driven by a very strong conviction that there is need, given this country’s prevailing political, social and economic circumstances to come up with a truly and practically people-centred, patriotic political formation whose premise is the people themselves”.

Analysts told the Daily News then that Dongo’s move would put immense pressure on the seemingly hesitant Mujuru, who had been touted as the leader of the People First movement, although she is still to personally and publicly pronounce her association with the rival Zanu PF formation herself.

“Therefore, for all those persons who have been enjoying it on the fence, claiming they are out of Zanu PF, we say this is the occasion for them to show where they really stand, whether they like it or not. The enemy has been provoked, it is time to engage,” Dongo said in remarks that were interpreted as targeted at Mujuru.

Dongo, who says she was mentored into politics by Mugabe’s first wife Sally, recently received death threats, allegedly from government spooks, because of her political work. She has regularly challenged Mugabe and Zanu PF on their failings and misrule.

Comments (8)

Timing is very important when launching a political project in Zimbabwe esp when u hv people's backing . The case study is the MDC project of 1999 which was launched a year prio to the major elections. The people first project shld be launched not more than a year before 2018 , this will able the party to create all the necessary confusion for ZANU pf. Launching a party now will enable zanu pf and its apparatus state security to tear it apart using hook and crook.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 14 August 2015

Please Guci Grace siyana naMai vangu DR Amai J.T Mujuru. Wakavanyadzisa zvakwana, Nhasi ndezvako mangwana uchamama

jnr - 14 August 2015

Dear Gogo Dr T.R Mujuru. This is an assurance that true Zimbabweans have all the support you need to lead (Not Rule) this country. I know you have this country at heart because you once said it to me at Dotito during the counting of the ballot pana 2008 paya. That is when I really came to understand how much you care about Zimbabwe. I know there are some people who want to write on this platform degrading you and demonising you. I want to assure you that these are the same people who fired you for standing for your principles, and standing by your opposing views. They don't want to accommodate those who do not agree with their opinion. Once again let me assure you that there are several people who are longing to be associate with your agenda. There are now only a few thugs who do not agree with you. I wish you could listen to us we have waited for so long.

For Mujuru - 14 August 2015

People of this country are not stupid to bring another zanu in power through back door . We were not born last week we know all zanu pf tricks we have leaders who stood by us through thick and thin and that is non other than Mogan like it or not Morgan is the best leader that we have in the country today and we will never abandon him never . We know zanu has a tendency of splitting itself into small dangerous complicated groups like AIDS virius in order to weaken its enemy hence the creation of PEOPLE FIRST just like the Mutambara thing , This time around every one sane is watching zanu .s movement and will never be lured into following these bogus movements bcoz they are zanu which is no longer wanted in this country .

Diibulaanyika - 14 August 2015

So much of people hallucinating about Joyce being their ghost leader. Go drag her out of the caves where she is hidding instead of whimpering all the time like injured dogs. Have you forgotten that she needs to be led in order to lead ? Anotya, igwara ! Chaanogona chete ndechinoitwa pachivande - corruption. Mukavhunza Bob anokuudzai imwe area of specialization yake mukadzi uyu. Handichadi kuramba ndirini ndoga ndoga ndirikuzwitaura. Zwinozenge ndini ndakamuona achiperformer. Aiwa, ini ndinongotaura zwinenge zwataurwa zwavapachena se.....

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 14 August 2015

Margaret Dongo is typical Zanu PF despite her protestations.Why was she dormant all along ? She should repent and join MDC-T .

PhD (UZ) - 14 August 2015

@For Mujuru.“Saka madzimai zvirikutidyira nguva yedu hazvina basa,” she said. “Izvi zvekudyiwa kwemazimari ..." A woman with the country at heart ! A woman who care about Zimbabwe ! a woman who stand on her grand principles and persecuted for her opposing view of kudyiwa kwemazimari asina basa kuma Zimbabweans. Masamba is a thug because he does not want to agree with you. Mati kune chinga chinja muZimbabwe kana kuchine vanhu vakaita semusharukwa akaita seuyu anozwiti For Mujuru ? Musharukwa, ndiani akataura mashoko andatanga nawo ari in quotation ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 14 August 2015

Mai Mujuru I salute you, kana munhu wamu respector you dont change, You respect your leader wagona. I respect you too.

mariyeti mpala - 17 August 2015

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