Defiant Mujuru hunts Mugabe

HARARE - Ii is now officially game on between President Robert Mugabe and his former long-serving deputy, Joice Mujuru, after the popular widow of the late liberation struggle icon, Solomon Mujuru, gave written notice yesterday that she would be taking Zanu PF head-on in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

This means that as previously predicted by the Daily News, a political thriller of epic proportions — if Zanu PF does not typically resort to violence to retain its iron grip on power — is on the cards in the 2018 polls, with the indefatigable former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his re-awakening main opposition MDC also strongly in the mix.

Mugabe’s warring party split into two bitterly-opposed formations at the end of last year at the height of its internal ructions, with its purged liberation struggle stalwarts moving to initiate the re-establishment of the “original” Zanu PF — which uses the slogan People First. In a statement yesterday, announcing her political outfit’s Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development (Build) in the country, Mujuru assured her supporters that she had been hard at work since her last statement in early June in which she savaged the post-congress Zanu PF and apologised to Zimbabweans for the mistakes that she and her erstwhile colleagues in the ruling party had made since 1980.

“I wish to share with you, in brief, how we propose to translate our vision for a better Zimbabwe into reality, through the proposed Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development,” she said.

Moving to distinguish People First from the post-congress Zanu PF, Mujuru said their policies would be informed by a desire to see Zimbabwe move forward as a proud member of the international community; a determination to create a just and equitable society in which all people would be treated equally in line with the founding principles of the liberation struggle; and a desire to see the country grow and create equal opportunities for all.

“Zimbabwe must move forward, economically, socially and politically. Let us BUILD Zimbabwe together,” she implored Zimbabweans, adding that the country belonged to all the people who called it home, regardless of colour, creed, disability, gender, race or religious background.

“Together we can BUILD Zimbabwe into a modern democratic State, with a vibrant economy where every citizen is responsible for peace, freedom, democracy and can prosper,” she said.

Explaining for the first time in detail what People First stood for, Mujuru said, “We are national democrats, guided by the values of the liberation struggle, of self-determination, self-dignity, self-pride, expressed through the adoption of market-driven policies under a constitutional democracy, with the State acting as a facilitator and regulator to allow for a level playing field and to provide equal opportunities for all”.

Getting into the details of their policies, she said the civil service would be apolitical under the party, which would promote meritocracy and professionalism. Crucially — at a time that ghost workers are a major problem for the State — People First would commission a biometric skills audit to inform an effective manpower planning and development strategy, and to ensure effective service delivery.

“We shall clearly define the roles of ministers, deputy ministers and heads of ministries. We shall promote accountability and transparency by giving the Auditor-General more resources and authority to initiate or recommend criminal prosecution.

“We shall encourage and promote a “small but effective” government structure. We shall review the State Procurement Act in line with international best practice and BUILD, in order to ensure transparency, timely delivery on national projects and value for money.

“We shall ensure that Government’s role is to facilitate, promote and regulate a level and sustainably stable economic playing field. We shall establish as a think-tank, a Presidential Economic and Advisory Centre for Excellence (Peace), made up of experts from various sectors, to advise, assist, comment on and support government policy formulation, implementation and review,” Mujuru said.

In terms of democracy and human rights, she said People First supported a free press, stating unequivocally that they would repeal the hated and misnamed Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) which was passed in 2002 and later used to unjustly shut down the Daily News for nearly eight years in September 2003.

They would also review the licensing criteria under the Broadcasting Services Act, allow diasporans to vote, acknowledge dual citizenship, repeal the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) and replace it with a modern legislation that would be in line with the Constitution, align the Criminal Code Codification and Reform Act to the Constitution, and amend the Electoral Act to “FULLY comply with the Constitution’s provisions and requirements”.

On property rights, they would enforce, promote, and respect property rights and address historical compulsory acquisition through fair and transparent compensation. They would also respect and uphold the rule of law by treating all people equally before the law,

“All political leaders should be accountable to PEOPLE FIRST and observe State laws. We want  our political leaders to be honest, have integrity and be trustworthy,” she said.

Turning to economic issues, she said her administration would engage bilateral and multilateral creditors and commit to a debt resolution strategy tied to the party’s socio-economic development initiatives under BUILD.

“A wholesale review of the Indigenisation Act will be effected. We shall emphasise economic empowerment that attracts investment and promotes the broad based socio-economic and infrastructure development objectives of BUILD,” she said.

On land, she said all people who called Zimbabwe “home” shall be entitled to access land and participate in its sustainable utilisation. They would also rationalise existing farm sizes in line with agro-economic regions and production capacity.

With regards to mining, People First would make mining legislation investor friendly, in line with International Best Practice under BUILD, and they would “ensure that the proceeds from the extractive sector flow to the people”.

On the key security sector, she said while they recognised and respected the role of the sector in fostering law and order, and maintaining peace and security in Zimbabwe, they would ensure that the security establishment was apolitical.

Commenting on Mujuru’s prospects in politics, senior researcher for Southern Africa for Human Rights Watch Dewa Mavhinga told the Daily News 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,” he said.

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

When Mujuru made her last statement in June, in which she savaged Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF and also apologised to Zimbabweans for mistakes that she and her erstwhile colleagues in the ruling party had made since 1980, it put the cat among the pigeons within the ranks of her Zanu PF enemies.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News then that the statement had rattled senior party bigwigs who had assumed that she no longer had the stomach for a fight and higher political ambitions after she was brutally purged from both the post-congress Zanu PF and government together with a coterie of her most loyal supporters.

Comments (78)

Kwaziwai chidhoma chiya chazabuda chinonzi Teurai Joice Mujuru zvino tino kupisai

Colonel - 8 September 2015

Mai Joyce Mujuru you were supposed to implement everything you are talking about when you had your chance in government, you were minister then vice president, you really are a typical politician, good on paper but no material. Even the zanu that you were part of for 34 years were singing a similar song to what you are singing now when they wanted votes. Why did you not implement all that you are suggesting when you were vice president? This makes me believe that you are not capable of making anything you have stated a reality. If people fall for this then we are in trouble as a nation. You are simply supposed to retire from politics, if you were part of a group of people who destroyed the economy, abused peoples' human rights, abducted citizen etc what makes you think you can turn around the economy and make it better. To believe something like this would be foolish. Be careful of people like mai mujuru, she is zanu and will always be. In my opinion MDC is the only party that could turn around the situation in the country. Viva MDC Tsvangirai!!!

misty - 8 September 2015

remember the story of David and Saul,David was going to lead the people because time yakanga yakwana.Mu zw nguva yakwana saka izwi ririkudaidzira,hwamanda dziri kuridzwa,tarirai Jerico iyo,vana vevanhu vodzukinurwa.Mwari vatiyeuka munyika ino.

neyto - 8 September 2015

just splitting our votes these ones. failed us since 1980. its their game. go away for ever you thugs. mave kuda kutinyepera nematehwe ehwai, tinokuzivai kuti muri mapere. kwachiyadzwa makaluta madiamonds tichifa nenzara hamunyare!!!

munhuwevhu - 8 September 2015

I/WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENTOUS CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE ONCE AGAIN IN THE COUNTRY'S POLITIAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. I/WE had abandoned our legal right becoz of lake of choice. The current government/ZPF had foresaken the aims of the struggle & concentrated on personal agrandisement. We are poorer than what we despiced in Rhodesia. I heard you speak about ubuntu in 2008 & advised youths kuti ngozi haibate akutuma. Ndiko kuti amai kwete zvimwe zvinomora mari zvichinyepera kubatsira vasina.

EL-DODO - 8 September 2015

it is better than Tsvangirai and company tell us what are you offering not Mugabe must go.

DIVAR - 8 September 2015

it is better than Tsvangirai and company tell us what are you offering not Mugabe must go.

DIVAR - 8 September 2015

uneshuwa mujuru iwe nezvaurikutaura here?

tina mae - 8 September 2015

This show performed by the Gamatox crew is nothing short of the biggest con Zimbabwe has ever seen. Nobody must believe this nonsense because it is nothing but a well rehearsed show designed to fool the public into believing that Gamatox is the real opposition. These guys fully intend to form a coalition with ZANU PF once the elections are over, this I guarantee you. Please listen to me, I am telling you the truth.

Upright - 8 September 2015

Mugabe must be having sleepless nights. Even those in the CIO who are used to killing must be thinking how to emigrate with their lives. Because obviously Mujuru will go for a coalition with Tsvangirayi. (The other parties are just barking dogs to a passing train). Grace will soon realise that she has no gravitas. At last, the horizon of ZANU hegemony is within sight i all circumstances. But lives will be lost come 2018. Many more than before as ZANU tries to cver up all its skeletons - yes by killing more. Even the international community is looking with interest.

Danai Pazvagozha - 8 September 2015


nkululeko - 8 September 2015

Good intentions, but most of the things they want to change will still be law and will be used against any opposition in 2018

Tindo - 8 September 2015

Good intentions, but most of the things they want to change will still be law and will be used against any opposition in 2018

Tindo - 8 September 2015

Munyika hamuna vanhu here, kuchinja hembe hazvirevi munhu achinja

Davy - 8 September 2015

Misty haufunge . Aigoita sei iye ange asiri panyanga . Panyanga pana mudhara saka painge pasina mukana wacho you know how the old man subotages others so that him and him alone can be recognised. Jongwe rinoita sei pamusha?. Give Joice the chance now and you see the results . Not to be mentally colonised by the old man hauchafungi iwe woga

Zvaita - 8 September 2015

while it remains mujuru's democratic right to stand as a presidential canditate in 2018, i think it would make much more sense to join forces with other democratic forces in the country. From to date Mujuru has been labelled an enemy by Zanu pf and she not going to be given space.She is not used to opposition politics.If serious the party should start approaching bigwigs such as Morgan T so that opposition vote is not seriously split in favour of zanu.At least she was booted and repented.

Mwana Wevhu - 8 September 2015

Way to go Mai Mujuru. Some of us believed in you even during your days in Zanu pf. We all know that under Zanu pf no matter how senoir you are in Zanu pf, everything has to be done the Robert Mugabe way. It is his way or the highway. Am glad you chose the highway this time around and join all the progressive side of politics where we all belong, with the exception of a few). I trust that you will dedicate yourself to the course of all suffering zimbabweans. I believe you have people`s interests at heart. We will support you till the doors are open.

Yago - 8 September 2015

anhu wee kubva riinhi tichitongwa nekamudhara aka he was the honour when my father was Graduating in 1984 and then i was 2 years old,now was the honour last year when i was graduating count years guys vose vaaka kepa hapana waakaona kuti angamupewo chigaro ichi here sure. Pamberi na mai mujuru read the speach even thou nothing yet delivered but its a mature introduction more shall come than Grace anongoti STOP IT STOP IT pamberi na Doctor Joice

Mhondoro Watyoka - 8 September 2015

Viva MDC Tsvangirai

Mhondoro - 8 September 2015

Good move, now work towards a coalition with Morgan in 2018, Zanu Pf will be annihilated, the people of Zimbabwe will be free to get on with their lives, Zanu yauraya future yevana vedu nxaaa..!

Ngongoni - 8 September 2015

Well done Mai Mujuru ,will vote for your blue print is achievable ,zvasiyana ne ZIMASSET yaunoshaya kuti chii even them cannot explain ,MDC is now a spend force ,a distant shadow ,you are now the only hope to dethrone these people called ZANU PF because its nolonger an organisation

Elder - 8 September 2015

Well done Mai Mujuru ,will vote for your blue print is achievable ,zvasiyana ne ZIMASSET yaunoshaya kuti chii even them cannot explain ,MDC is now a spend force ,a distant shadow ,you are now the only hope to dethrone these people called ZANU PF because its nolonger an organisation

Elder - 8 September 2015

@Misty your analysis is incomplete and very shallow. ZANU PF is comprised of 25 politburo members that make decisions for the party. Mathematically, the probability of Mujuru successfully influencing decisions in ZANU was 0.04 which is so insignificant. I am not saying she is the best candidate to run for the hot sit in 2018 but one thing I know for sure is that she has better presidential qualities than leaders of some political parties and she knows what to say to members of the public.

Mentalist - 8 September 2015

@Mwana Wevhu who have said a very valid political argument. Opposition parties should iron out their differences and join forces. We have one powerful enemy that has been terrorizing its citizens for years using all illegal means

Mentalist - 8 September 2015

A coalition between Mujuru and Tsvangirai with Mujuru as President and Tsvangira as PM without 2 vice presidents can work. Mujuru will consolidate rural support and capitalise of rigging knowledge by Zanu and Tsvangi on his Urban support

cremora isina Cream - 8 September 2015

This woman thinks we are fools. To you my fellow Zimbabweans with very, very short memories read this: and then VOTE for Joyce at your own peril.

dick mboko - 8 September 2015

I don't have a particular view on this Mujuru lady. But surely even you @dick mboko know that that website is a Zanu Poo project that is also currently enmeshed in the party's factional politics.

Musorodamba - 8 September 2015

When you are number two you run with the vision of your boss. Now she has the chance to put into practice what she is advocating. My take is mudhara is such a hopeless failure that Joyce will be much better. I have had the misfortune of watching mdara failing at everything except keeping power.

Ron - 8 September 2015

Zimbabwe. are will running out of aces or what? this joyce mujuru after how many years in this system. iye zvinhu ave kuti anoda imwe chanzi!!! imwe chanzi? to do what? vamwe vanodawo mabasa, iye arikuda imwe chanzi. yei hatidi kumbonyeperana

Hapanahapana - 8 September 2015

Zimbabwe. are will running out of aces or what? this joyce mujuru after how many years in this system. iye? zvino ave kuti anoda imwe chanzi!!! imwe chanzi? to do what? vamwe vanodawo mabasa, iye arikuda imwe chanzi. yei? hatidi kumbonyeperana. defiant? defiant for who?

Hapanahapana - 8 September 2015

your own information Dr Mujuru, Never expect victory to the helm of the state of Zimbabwe, but once you choose to stand somewhere behind Tsvangirai,ndokuudzai mungatomboravira kkkkkkk!

dyooo! - 8 September 2015

I am patiently waiting to see how Dr J. Mujuru will achieve such objectives given that she failed to influence change for more than a decade when she was Vice President. Although this manifesto is born out of frustration after having been unceremoniously fired, I salute these Zanu PF rejects a.k.a Gamatox Team for challenging Mugabe.

Ndabazezwe Viki - 8 September 2015

the only obstacles yasara ndiTsvangirai, ndiye anofunga kuti apart from Mugabe hapana umwe anofanira kutonga. Amai JT, wanga vasina mukan vekuchinja zvinhu because panga pane rimwewo jongwe raitonga..Pamberi naJTRM

Gidza - 8 September 2015

What difference does it make?. Mujuru, Mugabe birds of the same feather.

Qiniso - 8 September 2015

Some years ago there were 3 articles in The Independent: 1 about Strive Masiye being worth 600million - oh ah, what a successful businessman; 2. Zim economy worth 10 billion; 3. Solomon Mujuru's estate worth 9 million. Do the maths everyone. Where did Mujuru get that kind of bucks? When did they ever care about "people first"? Not fooled

scott - 8 September 2015

I am surprised as to what people are getting so excited about, I think this excitement is born out of desperation and frustration. Imagine if mai mujuru had not been booted out of zanu do you think she would be publishing that blue print. This is a woman who did not voluntarily leave zanu remember guys. I think we are at a crucial point where we should not be using emotions to make important decisions but reason rather, mai mujuru is zanu and she is not the way forward. In my opinion Tsvang is the person who can lead us out of this mess. Be careful of zanu, do not get too excited about this episode, this is a grand plan by zanu, ever wondered why they still retain the name zanu? Have you thought about the confusion that will arise to some of the people regarding 2 zanus, remember what they call splitting of votes and confusing the electorate. If mai mujuru was repentant as she claims she would have long resigned from zanu to form her own party and not wait to be kicked out, it's as simple as that. She is a politician remember, she will tell you what you want to hear and then you start singing praises. Do not be surprised come election time mai mujuru will be the presidential candidate for a coalition of the 2 zanus. Wake up Zimbos!!!

misty - 8 September 2015're spot on on Teurai but offside on Tsvangison. Tsvangison has no clue about turning around Zim. His song is ...Mugabe is what? I had a convo with one of his surrogates over the weekend and the message was the same."would you want to be ruled by a 91 year old man"

Qiniso - 8 September 2015

Where are the good leaders? Shandai nezviripo. Some say Makoni but where is he? Why is he still struglling years after lauching his party. He definitely lacks something. Being a technocrat does not necessary make one a leader.

James Gray - 8 September 2015

You have my backing amai Mjuru.We have been waiting patiently for this moment.Tsvangirai has run out of steam but I still believe that we should welcome him on board and Together WE can BUILD a better Zimbabwe.

BOB STEP DOWN - 9 September 2015

Vanhu vese kuna Dr Amai Mujuru...

WechiMhari - 9 September 2015

Amai we had been waiting for the moment for a long time. Take the bull by its horns. We Love you and come 2018 you will definitely lead this country. Mark my words. Dont be discouraged by any negative comments.

felix - 9 September 2015

This written statement has nothing to do with and infact is not directed at us zimbabweans. Its the old usual story were any new political formation seeks funding from both foreign and domestic. It contains the material potential funders want to hear before releasing their monies. The fact that Mujuru did not call and address a press confrence herself puts the credibililty and authenticite of this statement a big dark cloud. Either its Bhasikiti or the usual lawyers who wrote it. 35 years into independence a new political outfit is still guided by " Liberation values" The country is in state of mess because of these liberation values . Tsvangirai beat both Mujuru and Mugabe combined at 2008 polls. If Tsvangirai makes a pact or a coalition with Mujuru , I will certify Morgan as a fool. Each politacal party for its self and god for all zimbabweans.

X-MAN IV - 9 September 2015

mujuru to hell with you, zimbavha remunhu you think just becoz you have used sugar coated words we will vote for you. kkkk i am not that stupid. SAVE NDIVO MUNHU WACHO: CHIKOMANA CHEPABUHERA PANYANGA; ZIMBABWE YANAKA: NDISAVE ANOGONA KUTUNGAMIRA NDISAVE ANOGONA

mujuru to hell - 9 September 2015

Think about it logically by analyzing our past and what has happened to those trying to effect real change? Nearly all of them and without exception have died under mysterious circumstances, brutally assaulted or just disappeared off the face of this earth without trace. Did this happen to any of the Gamatox crew even though they were accused of planning to assassinate President Mugabe? Threatened with prosecution for their crimes not one of them has been investigated or appeared in Court for whatever crimes they supposedly committed? We all know that Mugabe would never ever tolerate any such real opposition and it is therefore reasonable to assume that in spite of what they might say in public against Mugabe that they are all still actively working for him? Not so? Do not be fooled by any of these former ZANU PF stooges because they are all still very much part of the Mugabe camp. Their intention is to try and give everyone the impression that they are anti Mugabe and working for the people but if elected will form a coalition with the ruling party and absolutely nothing will have changed. You have to see through all this deception and realize that we need new blood in our whole political system in order to see any improvement. Realize that Mugabe and his comrades now realize just how unpopular they are and are desperate so will resort to any trick to try and stay in power. Heed my advice, I am telling the truth.

Speak Up - 9 September 2015

As a point of fact MUJURU have support than Mugabe,Tsvangirai and others.She is charming and have good oral skills .ZIMBABWE WILL VOTE FOR THIS IRON LADY COME 2018.If you are a good historian just listen to her public clips since independence and you will tell.SHE IS A LEADER PER EXCELLENCE haikona zvana tyson hee Jona professor hee mbanje rasta muzukuru zhuwao hee garwe ngwena hee mboko hee mtsvangwa hee doctor pfambi

MUCHADURA - 9 September 2015

DR Joice T MUJURU for Presidency....yu may hate her but i know you are feeling the heat inside of you and you know that the women is higly capable...,aida aite sei when she was a deputy who worked under a Mugabe crafted Job diiscription? Pamberi nemi Amai Mujuru

GHoST - 9 September 2015

Ko ma membership card ePeople First anotengwipiko?

WechiMhari - 9 September 2015

Being my lecturer sometime in university, i had a chance to ask Jonathan Moyo to align what he used to say during those days about Zanu PF and what he is saying now,Moyo told me that power is sweet and that if he were to give me his potifolio for 30minutes i would not want to give him back easily.I find this true about Mai Mujuru also.After destroying this country with mudhara for all this time she still has the feeling that she has something to offer.She wants to come back in another form pupportedly reformed, yet she is just the same person.You can take a San man from the bush but not the bushy-mind from him.People want power and it is the same reason why Mudhara thinks he is still as good as he thought he was.

juks - 9 September 2015

ZANU PF fired Amai Dr Mujuru after realising mugabe will be out voted by her @ the congress. She had taken a different path with the dictator ideologicaly & many seem to suport her [were fired & some still in]. Mugabe's failure will never be @ any door step other than his. I WANT TO BE PART OF THE CHANGE, HASTEN THINGS AMAI.

EL-DODO - 9 September 2015


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