Worried Mugabe runs amok again

HARARE - Rattled by the dramatic re-entry into formal national politics by former Vice President Joice Mujuru, President Robert Mugabe is embarking on a new wave of savage purges of her perceived allies in his warring post-congress Zanu PF and government.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that there was pandemonium and much trepidation among senior Zanu PF officials, especially those who were in Cabinet and the National Assembly, amid talk of pending wholesale purges as the embattled nonagenarian fights to keep his former number two at bay.

Mugabe fired Sport and Recreation minister Andrew Langa from Cabinet on Thursday, replacing him with former journalist and Mberengwa East legislator Makhosini Hlongwane — a few days after the nonagenarian effected a major and much-criticised reshuffle of his executive team.

“There is more coming. Langa was just the first in the latest round of purges as Gushungo (Mugabe) moves to weed out all Gamatox members still around. Watch this space,” a senior Zanu PF official identified with the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks who are known as the Generation 40 (G40) group said.

Mujuru was purged from both the post-congress Zanu PF and the government late last year, together with several other party bigwigs, on untested and widely discredited allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe.

Since the frail nonagenarian, the only leader Zimbabweans have known since the country’s independence from Britain in April 1980, won the disputed 2013 elections, the economy has been on a steep downward spiral while his ruling party is in tatters as his impatient lieutenants stampede to succeed him.

The spokesperson of the rival Zanu PF formation that uses the slogan People First, Rugare Gumbo, said yesterday that what was happening in the post-congress Zanu PF was “entirely predictable” as Mugabe and his brawling party were “clueless” about lifting Zimbabwe out of its current gloom — choosing to focus, instead, on petty factional matters.

“The purges will continue. They will not stop. Zanu PF kwava kumatongo, hakuna chiriko (Zanu PF is now a heap of ruins. The party no longer has anything to offer). There is no future there,” Gumbo said emphatically.

“They do not know who their enemies are anymore and are now very confused. They are fumbling in the dark, focussing on imaginary enemies,” Gumbo said.

Another insider claimed to the Daily News that some of the people who were targeted for the sack over their perceived links to Mujuru had already had their party cars repossessed, amid fears that they would lose their other government given assets such as farms.

Amid the growing fear of Mujuru within the panicking Zanu PF, its hardliners have been threatening that the former VP and her allies face imminent arrest on account of the various alleged crimes, including corruption, that they committed while still in the ruling party.

However, the Mujuru camp has dismissed with contempt such claims, saying its leading lights will not lose sleep over the “empty threats”.

The Daily News has reported that Mugabe is “worried sick” about Mujuru’s re-entry into national politics — particularly with regards to the possibility of her reaching a possible electoral pact with popular MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, for the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Mugabe’s fears were laid bare on Tuesday when the nonagenarian threatened the country’s forthright independent media on allegations of propping up Mujuru.

Addressing a luncheon to mark the official opening of the third session of the eighth Parliament, Mugabe however claimed that he was not afraid of Mujuru.

“The media is writing that I am afraid of this person, I am not afraid of Mai Mujuru. She created trouble for herself and now there are some who would want to have her at the top even when she has done nothing to deserve it. If she wants politics, let her do it,” he said — threatening unspecified future action against the independent media.

Another source who spoke to the Daily News yesterday also claimed that more senior party officials, including Cabinet ministers and veteran legislators — who were suspected to be close to Mujuru, were facing the chop.

He said party hardliners were strongly of the view that expelling Mujuru’s perceived allies would provide “a timely and sufficient deterrent” to all members that crossing Mugabe’s path would not be tolerated.

“The national disciplinary committee (NDC) has been directed to speedily deal with all pending disciplinary cases because some of the individuals are being suspected of either creating another faction in the party or continuing to associate with Mujuru,” he said.

Among the other senior party officials who were facing the dreaded chop were the likes of Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora, suspended Chipinge legislator Enock Porusingazi, his Kwekwe Central counterpart Masango Matambanadzo, and former Health deputy minister Paul Chimedza.

The Zanu PF NDC is chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

Its other members include Mugabe’s controversial wife Grace (secretary for women’s affairs), Pupurai Togarepi (secretary for youth affairs) and combative Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who is also the party’s national political commissar.

The NDC has this year alone dealt with more than 100 disciplinary cases, many of which have resulted in expulsions and suspensions after the people concerned were fingered in the alleged and murky Mujuru plot to oust Mugabe from power, and to assassinate the frail nonagenarian.

Comments (16)

Go ahead with the purges. Dokora shld be the 1st victim. Mujuru shld not accept him either, otherwise those who sympathise with her will never support People First. I am a Bsc graduate who had been in the teaching service for 19 years. Suddenly Dokora appears and inform the nation that I'm "masquerading as a teacher", and therefore deserve to be booted out. My school recorded a record pass rate and has been among the top 10 at national level for 8 consecutive times since 2007. My 'A' Level Chemistry subject has been recording a 100% pass rate since then with 'C' as the least symbol. My 'O' Level class has been recording no less than a 70% pass rate. Surely Dokora is cruel. Ngaaende.......

Madam Mombeshora - 19 September 2015

Madam Mombeshora kkkkkk Why can't you get the required qualification or training. Note that a professional qualification is different from academic qualification.

ZGS.......2015 - 19 September 2015

We would need our learned scribes to verify Madam Mombeshora's allegations. Surely if someone has demonstrated the willingness to serve her country as she claims she needed a better treatment. What happened to the in-service teacher training schemes? Zimbabweans! we could be our own enemies.

D. N. Munonyara. - 19 September 2015

Dokora used words full of hate however getting an education qualification should be your first priority Madam. Actually, you shouldn't wait for Dokora to shout at you

BadChoice - 20 September 2015

This is what is done by people who do not have others at heart . Had he consulted well Dokora was not supposed to fire such people . They could continue with their work whilst they enrol for a teaching qualification which should las t for even a year . Dokora imboko then if he did that in our battered country.

Dokoramboko - 21 September 2015

While I understand your resentment and anger against the Minister I also fail to understand why Mombeshora in your brilliant 19 years as a 'teacher' you failed to go on and acquire the necessary skills to substantiate your stay in the field of education. Could it be you lived in the daily hope that things would change and you move on to greener pastures in your preferred first choice field. It is what deters many from taking that step. Am sorry you feel slighted.

Musa Sibanda - 21 September 2015

Dokora ndi Razaro wemubhaibheri...akamuka mushure mekunge afa..

fafa - 21 September 2015

Dokora's approach is crude, but Musa Sibanda's observation, together with that of ZGS should be taken as fod for thought by Mombeshora and those that have been affected n the same way.

Teacher H - 21 September 2015

Very,very constructive discussion here guys,Musa,ZGS.....2015,Dokoramboko and Teacher-H.You guys are of sound minds.Full of constructive ideas for fellow citizens to prosper in live.Well done guys.Pure apolitical ideas from you guys!God bless you.Madam Mombeshora, here are PURE WORDS OF WISDOM.

Nkululeko - 22 September 2015

Confused Kleptomaniacs and Securocrats the end is near . The old man was not granted immortality.

daarth vader - 23 September 2015

But I think dokora is right.we need right ppl in this field of ours.those skills are needed go for training

david - 26 September 2015

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