Spies hound Mujuru, allies

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies -— coalescing under the People First slogan — are reeling under increased surveillance by the country’s dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), as President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF plots to derail the emerging political movement.

Both the victims of the surveillance and placed sources within the post-congress Zanu PF confirmed the intelligence onslaught to the Daily News yesterday, whose primary objectives were said to be to derail People First and to establish the movement’s plans, membership and sources of funding.

“There is total panic within the party (post-congress Zanu PF) about Mai Mujuru and the talk of her joining hands with (opposition leader Morgan) Tsvangirai for 2018. This is why there are all these games now,” one of the sources said.

Former State Security minister (in charge of the CIO) and People First stalwart, Didymus Mutasa, also confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that it was an open secret that the leading lights of his camp were under increased State surveillance.

He described his erstwhile comrades in the post-congress Zanu PF as “democracy-averse pathological liars” who were wasting the country’s meagre resources by unleashing intelligence agents on the People First movement and its leaders.

“I know them (CIOs) as I was part of the system for a long time. Close to my gate a car is often parked there. But instead of standing there they should come in and we will give them tea. We are very hospitable people and we don’t want them to stand on top of mountains spying on us,” he said.

Mutasa added that the “hatchet job” was not just targeted at people like him, Mujuru and others who were openly identifying with People First, but also those post-congress bigwigs who were either suspected of being sympathetic to Mujuru or found themselves in a faction in the warring ruling party that had less influence in security-related ministries.

Since Mujuru recently launched her Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development manifesto, which has received widespread approval, the much-harassed widow of the late national hero, Solomon Mujuru, has come under heavy political attack from her former comrades in the post-congress Zanu PF.

The softly-spoken Mutasa, told the Daily News yesterday that the “embarrassing panic and desperation” that was evident on the part of the post-congress Zanu PF showed that “this regime is at its wits’ end and cannot deal with the pressing needs of Zimbabweans.”

“Everything they are saying about People First is a lie, these are people who are coming to their end and know that. Why follow us? In fact, we could tell them whatever they would like to know, anytime, if only they had the courage to approach us openly,” he said.

Mutasa also expressed shock that his old friend, Mugabe, could publicly threaten the country’s independent media, as he did recently, for covering Mujuru, when the frail nonagenarian was the one who had “listened to mafikizolos (the post-congress Zanu PF’s ambitious Johnny-come-latelies)” resulting in liberation struggle stalwarts being brutally purged both from the ruling party and their government positions.

He added that apart from spying on the Mujuru camp, the post-congress Zanu PF was also “hellbent” on scuttling any working relationship between People First and the mainstream MDC.

“We are aware of their plans. The fact though is that Tsvangirai is free to associate with whoever he likes. What we are fighting for is a free Zimbabwe, and these people are lying about us and Tsvangirai.

“If they want to know what we are doing they should come and we will tell them not to listen to our conversations on the phone. We are not going to be stopped, we are having our meetings on a regular basis. We are not afraid, let them engage us,” Mutasa said.

Asked if he was not afraid of being arrested or even killed by his political opponents, the fearless and frank-speaking Mutasa said he is “prepared for the worst”.

“They can kill us but cannot kill our ideas. We are putting final touches to our documents and plans, and very soon we will launch our party,” he said.

“All this (increased government surveillance on People First promoters) will come to nothing as we have absolutely nothing to hide. The fact is, we have announced our entrance into the political arena and there is no going back.

“Given the political atmosphere prevailing in the country, the only way forward is to make sure that everything goes according to plan.

“They (post-congress Zanu PF) are going to get a lot of shocks. It is simple as that,” People First spokesman Rugare Gumbo said.

Comments (35)

ndokurumwa nechekuchera. mutasa was instrumental in setting up the rogue cio unit, now its hounding him. joice used to unleash the cios on Solomon's small houses now they are turning on her. a case of taste of own sour medicine. ndiwe wakazvikanyira wega. hamulume futi magamtox, munolumila. viva save, pasi ne zanu in current of previous form. once zanu always zanu.

josphat mugadzaweta - 30 September 2015

Mutasa I like you for your courageous expression. The same applies to Rugare Gumbo and Jabulani Sibanda. Can you expeditiously form your party without fear. However, encourage mai Mujuru to come out of her shell and be bold enough to confront the dictator head on. Kana wateya mariva murutsva hauchatyi kusviba magaro.

Chamutengure - 30 September 2015

Editor: Headline should read '140th Interview with Mutasa'

jerifanos - 30 September 2015

Mutasa must first bring dzamara and then we talk about our votes,and also anofanirwa jumbo rohwa b4 he get a position in his political party,asi pamberi naTsvangirai

jukwa - 30 September 2015

It's clear that Comrade @jerifanos loves the Daily News to bits. He has been lapping and counting all your stories. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

Kt - 30 September 2015

i suggest mutasa should not hold any position both in the party and government.my worry is on his age 80 varume musatamba nadzo,instead he shouldprovide political advice to thee political drivers.pa age ndachema napo

silo - 30 September 2015

What is happening in Zimbabwe is not for the good of Zimbabweans. Zvinondifungidza makore akati kuti apfuura pataikura tichifudza mombe.Taiona makudo achigwira matamba nechakata zvichtiitira funny. Asi nhasi uno ndiri kuona zvichiitika kune avo vanozviti ndivo vakabata matomu enyika. Pane angnditauriravo here kuti Zimbabwe inyika rudziyi chaizvo ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 30 September 2015

The tone has completely changed on how the mouth piece is now describing the infamous Gamatox......."the soft-spoken", frank and fearless Mutasa........ooh my God............propaganda remains black and white propaganda for real...All of a sudden the tone changes all because he is now on the other side of the game.......

Clemence Tashaya - 1 October 2015

Comrade Clemence Tashaya you have wisely spoken

ndapotadzimechibani - 1 October 2015

Judging by the comments on this site by Zanoids and spooks, it is clear that outside of bombing the Daily News or shutting down your paper as they did 10 years ago they have no idea what to do with you any more. Kunzima!

Khumalo - 1 October 2015

who on earth would like to kill an already finished clueless sellout like dydimus

mastermind - 1 October 2015

Why is the Daily News sympathetic to the Didymus Mutasa's of this world!? These guys created all the problems we have now.

Mhofu Chaiyo - 1 October 2015

Hehehehehehehehehehehe! @khumalo u are so right. They don't want Daily News to tell it like it is. Zvino vanzwa butter!

Musorodamba - 1 October 2015

I cherish your prosperity in politics comrade mutasa/mujuru/tsvangirai

jam - 1 October 2015

I cherish your prosperity in politics comrade mutasa/mujuru/tsvangirai

jam - 1 October 2015

taura hako @clemence tashaya. it looks like even if R.G.Mugabe formed another part today they will cremora him telling us that he is 16yrs interlectual president

Butchwa bonda mtuvi belingwe - 1 October 2015

taura hako @clemence tashaya. it looks like even if R.G.Mugabe formed another part today they will cremora him telling us that he is 16yrs interlectual president

Butchwa bonda mtuvi belingwe - 1 October 2015

Hope this new formation will not die in pregnancy, or see the light and be just another ordinary opposition which will fall by the way side just like its predecessors.

remind - 1 October 2015

Hope this new formation will not die in pregnancy, or see the light and be just another ordinary opposition which will fall by the way side just like its predecessors.

remind - 1 October 2015

Hope this new formation will not die in pregnancy, or see the light and be just another ordinary opposition which will fall by the way side just like its predecessors.

remind - 1 October 2015

gamatox ndodakukuyambirai [joice,dydmus,goche and jabu]can u c kuti you are worse than wese vakasara ku zanu towards mdc.ndimi mainyanya imi muri 4,manje makungoti pano nepano,ndimizve makabomber daily news,kusanyara tumhu tumhu makuuyazve kkkkkkkkkkk mwari variko.hamulume isu vecnja tichakushandisai kusvika mastvukira hatikudei manzwa here,dziva honai mhondi dziye dzakutsvaga pekuzororera,hamulume kkkkkkkkkkkk

gono chirandu - 1 October 2015

Many people have been arrested and thrown into prison for up to 3 months for merely carrying a placard denouncing Bob. Yet Joice and her gamatox team with Tsvangirai trailing in their wake have never been arrested or even investigated for all the many serious crimes they are supposed to have committed? It is therefore logical to assume that these gamatox individuals are exceptionally privileged people who possess special CIO passes that make them immune from any form of investigations or prosecution? HEED MY ADVICE, DO NOT TRUST ANY OF THEM.

Perekedza - 2 October 2015

Musatya we are behind you, we are more dangerous than they think tisu isu, takavagara

Tisu Isu - 5 October 2015

The unsung hero of Dare reChimurenga Cde R.J.N.Gumbo wakagara waramba kubatirwa nanhasi ndizvozvo. Urigamba ramagamba. Vamwe vako vakapera ndiwe wasara wega. Ndiwe mwana wevhu chaiye.

Chitototo Chipashumaranga - 5 October 2015

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