Tsvangirai right on Zanu PF ills: Mutasa

HARARE - In another ringing endorsement of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa says the MDC president was always right on his “principled stand” against a “rotten” Zanu PF led by “self-seeking looters” who now belonged to the “dustbin of history”.

Speaking to the Daily News at the weekend, the former close confidante to President Robert Mugabe also said he regretted the fact that he distrusted, and was even spiteful of Tsvangirai when they worked together during the era of the Government of National Unity (GNU) when the latter was prime minster.

“During the GNU, I was prejudiced against him, I thought he was a puppet and at that time I didn’t see anything other than that. But looking at things now dispassionately, he was always right on Zanu PF.

“I remember the things he and the MDC used to say, and their views when they said Zanu PF yaora (Zanu PF is rotten). At the time I said these people are mad, but looking at it now, how else can you describe Zanu PF.

“The president has to act very quickly and think very quickly to resolve the problems because Zanu PF smells and is now a big stink,” Mutasa said.

Although Tsvangirai “shared” power with Mugabe in the tenuous coalition government from 2009 to 2013, in the capacity of prime minister, many senior officials from the ruling party — including Mutasa — openly defied him as he had no binding executive powers in reality.

But times have changed, with Tsvangirai and Mutasa — a key player in the People First movement that is associated with former Vice President Joice Mujuru, and which plans to forge alliances with other opposition parties ahead of the much-awaited 2018 elections — are now singing from the same hymn book.

Addressing his own supporters at a recent rally in Honde Valley, Tsvangirai said it was heart warming and remarkable that people like Mutasa now saw Mugabe and Zanu PF “for what they really are”.

“But if we now see the same way that our country needs change in terms of leadership, then we are moving in the same direction. We should put our

efforts together to see that Mugabe and Zanu PF go,” Tsvangirai said.

Kent University law lecturer and former close aide to Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa, said it was critical in his view for the leaders of the MDC and the People First movement “to park their egos and engage in coalition talks”.

The one major hurdle that Magaisa foresaw for the conceived grand coalition would be the fact that there was no love lost between Tsvangirai and People’s Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti, who is said to be close to some of the top players within the People First movement.

Still, Magaisa said, it was time for the fragmented opposition in the country to set aside their personal differences and work together.

And Mutasa told the Daily News at the weekend that he was aware that there were attempts to scuttle the mooted coalition talks by “some selfish individuals in both the post-congress Zanu PF and the MDC”.

“The question that one has to ask is are these envisaged coalitions for the leaders or the people, or is it just the same selfishness that we have seen over the years?

“I would want a coalition that includes all the parties and the leaders who have been tested and who are strong, who want their nation to go forward,” he said.

Mutasa said the envisaged coalition, that has since rattled Mugabe and the post-congress Zanu PF, should not be about positions but rather about finding solutions to “extricate crisis-weary Zimbabweans from the jaws of poverty that they have been placed in by Zanu PF’s rotten policies”.

“We are in a very sad state and it is really worse for people in the rural areas who have no dollar to buy bread. They are placed in the worst economic conditions imaginable.

“There is nothing these people can expect from this government but to wait for the rain, and even when the rains come, few have the seed. I would like the government to announce something that gives people hope, but they are just fighting among themselves. The situation is untenable,” Mutasa said.

Resultantly and obviously so, Mutasa said, Zimbabwe — formerly viewed as the bread basket of southern African — was now a basket case and a net importer of food where at least 1,5 million people were in dire need of food aid, ironically from the West.

Comments (46)

why would "gamatox" say this now, this man wants a political mileage for the last 34 years we have suffered because of such kind of people. Where were you all these years Gamatox to now the light. Its better you shut up.

ephraim - 20 October 2015

Didymus Mutasa,Rugare Gumbo and Joyce Mujuru are all part of the rotten ZANU pf that Mutasa is talking about here.It is because he is no longer enjoying the self seeking looting that he now criticises ZANU PF.ZANU PF People First is part and parcel of everything that is wrong in Zimbabwe. No need to re-cycle these old greedy,ruthless,selfish and heartless geriatrics. We need a clean change,not spring water missed with used oil.

Billy - 20 October 2015

MUTASA,MUJURU AND GUMBO, are CONFUSED PEOPLE.TSVANGIRAI please dont accept these idiots to be part of the coalition.NO to COALITION,each party on its own.ndimi maituka tsvangirai nhas moti toda kubatana naye,tsek,mutasa wakaurayisa vana ku headlands,fuck you.

masamba - 20 October 2015

why are you mr editor always seeking this mole from his hole...that is exactly where he belongs with his murderous past. You are doing the nation a disservice by offering him undue publicity. Don't let your short memory be a burden to the people of Zimbabwe mr editor.

socrates - 20 October 2015

This is zanu pf just buying time....the reason why MDC keeps losing elections is because there's need for electoral reforms in this country, without the reforms no opposition will ever win an election so this whole drama of mujuru, mutasa etc is just for everyone to lose focus about the reforms and these morons are succeeding without anyone noticing. Very soon it will be election time again and no reforms have been made and zanu retains power yet again and mujuru, mutasa & company rejoin zanu. Zimbos WAKE UP!!!!!

misty - 20 October 2015

It's foolishness to expect Mutasa to have said that when he was still in ZANU pf . As we write there are people in ZANU pf now who do not agree with what is happening but the moment they say something now then they will be thrown into political dustbins . A wise person will. always keep his head cool especially in a skewed democracy like ours .

Be warned! - 20 October 2015

apa nyati varasika. tsvangirai is same fanana na bob. he is a handiende type, purges opposition and corrupt to the core. zvese mdc ne zanu zvaora. mdc is the worse than zanu pa kuora.

zvirozviyedzwa - 20 October 2015

Good baba Nyathi at least now you have seen some light but its too late .At least you are taking responsibility to say you were wrong to think Morgan was a puppet of non exist masters and Zanu wrong and stinking like a rotten dead donkey by saying you were an idiot during the time of shared govt at least you show some seriousness in your fight against Mugabe . But please stop hoping that Mugabe will announce something good for the country he is totally stupid and they is nothing to expect from this moron only resignation .

Diibulaanyika - 20 October 2015

VaMUgabe vakati uyu anokuma sedhongi uyu.

changara - 21 October 2015

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Comrade Nungu - 21 October 2015

Mr Mutasa should just retire from politics and allow young opposition cadres to rally,instead of trying to launder him self from his role in ZANUPF from 1980 ,in government.

Chief Economist - 21 October 2015

vamutasa vanonyepa kwazvo. makore mangani muri muZANU? madzingwa manje, mapurazi 16 mavekuda kutorerwa saka mave kutaura zvisina maturo. zimbabwe does not like you and will never forgive you for all the wrongs that you did in 34 years. you mean that you now realise how bad ZANU PF is now because you were booted? kkkk. zororai murugare na rugare gumbo na teurai munonyeba fani.

kunyepa - 21 October 2015

kkkkkkk Mutasa akupenga zveshuwa hanzi anofamba nevhu muhomwe ka mface uyu sascam chairo

shumba - 21 October 2015

kkkkkkk Mutasa akupenga zveshuwa hanzi anofamba nevhu muhomwe ka mface uyu sascam chairo

shumba - 21 October 2015

At times politicians tend to confuse the masses whether they are very serious or not , u wonder! Yes it is good to focus on the future and face new challenges , but when it comes to political matters it's likened to a couple at cross roads. At times they re-unite for the good of the children and worse more do not for the fulfillment of their egos. That is the situation we are facing in Zimbabwean politics. Now talking of reforming it is very wise to consider the relationship between the the booted former Zanu Pf and the current chaos rocking their colleagues and their intention in their protest to form a formidable force with the tried and tested opposition MDC-T. This might work for the better if it is carefully orchestrated. At times it pays to venture into such movements, even though some might be very doubtful.

Diramombe Nyamakate - 21 October 2015

Didymus Mutasa has nothing to offer the people of Zimbabwe neither do we want to hear his 2cents .I agree with a writer here who said this paper needs to stop giving him a platform for publicity.He is nothing but a washed out political parasite,spewed out by his own kind.Leave him out in his splendid isolation to reflect on his injustices to the Zimbabwean people.A pathetic old man leaving out his last days in shame. As for Tsvangirai,he is no better.Embodied with the same spirit of greed and corruption.He has tasted a bit of power and wants more of it at all cost.

Tongogara - 21 October 2015

Mutasa, had you spent your time in Zanu-PF trying to persuade your fellow looters that its against the goals of the revolution to destroy Zimbabwe we could be listening to you today. I don`t suppose Zimbabweans have all of a sudden become so stupid to believe that you have been sacked from Zanu-PF you are now an angel. You need to do more by exposing the rot and crimes you and your fellow Zanuids perpetrated against citizens of our country. This way, and only this way, can you buy some credits from us. Otherwise you, Mujuru and Rugare Gumbo remain barking dogs making noise pestering your boss Mugabe to re-admit you in Zanu-PF. Unfortunately I do not see this happening at any time because Grace has no connection with you lot. Trying to identify yourselves with Tsvangirai to make good your images will not help you either - you misssed the opportunity.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 21 October 2015

ichokwadi Mutasa is now out of his mind nxaaaaaaaaaaaaa

paidamoyo - 21 October 2015

mutasa wanyangira yaona

Maybe - 21 October 2015

The damage done to this country by Mutasa, Mujuru included is beyond repair. Mutasa should get into the dustin bin, we want to close the lid. NO to coalition!! MDC-T has been targeted by gamatox group. Over the past years there has been other opposition groups fighting zanu pf misrule. Why did Mujuru and company opted not choose a coalition with Zapu (Dabengwa) , Ncube ( MDC), Mavambo/Kusile Makoni or even Madhuku NCA.? These smaller groups despite trivial differences, have been fighting Zanu pf just like MDC-T. Gamatox group is simply brushing and cleaning their dirty stinking bodies against MDC-T. Tsvangirai must leave these muchekadzafa people because the end is near.

X-MAN IV - 21 October 2015

At times politicians tend to confuse the masses whether they are very serious or not , u wonder! Yes it is good to focus on the future and face new challenges , but when it comes to political matters it's likened to a couple at cross roads. At times they re-unite for the good of the children and worse more do not for the fulfillment of their egos. That is the situation we are facing in Zimbabwean politics. Now talking of reforming it is very wise to consider the relationship between the the booted former Zanu Pf and the current chaos rocking their colleagues and their intention in their protest to form a formidable force with the tried and tested opposition MDC-T. This might work for the better if it is carefully orchestrated. At times it pays to venture into such movements, even though some might be very doubtful.

Diramombe Nyamakate - 21 October 2015

i am more worried by morgan in power than mujuru. morgan has mastered the art of holding on to power such that once he is in the office, nobody will be able to move him out. going forward, we want politicians who take turns. only those who are willing to serve stipulated terms of office should be given nyanga. morgan haalume.

zvirozviyedzwa - 21 October 2015

Mutasa go to hell!! Dai dzinza rako rese rikamama nehuori hwako. Mr Editor murikumupirei nguva mubepa renyu mhani?! nemiwo munatwo!! Haadaaa

Mafirakureva - 21 October 2015

Please MaZimbabweans, Look and listen. There is no permanent enemy as we try to find common ground. What Cde D. Mutasa is saying is true and needs to be supported. No one person has a monopoly of ideas. We should all work together for the good of the nation.

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gift mather - 25 October 2015

Its a diversion this party by joyce mujuru and Didymus mutasa.These are all Zanu PF's strategies to divide the votes. AFter all i wonder why there are elections when we all know they are always rigged ,awake Zimbabwe where are the Prophets of God in the Country.They are our only Hope , ZANU PF will never allow a fair election when they know they will loose.

ITAI - 1 November 2015

Many people lost their lives standing for Morgan and what did they get in return : Morgan may have the Love for the people but to be a President you need a strong minded person and yet humble. Our president eventhough he allowed curruption to thrive by his friends e.g chombo , made ,obert mpofu ,mai mujuru ,didymus mutasa etc he failed to control their greediness and looting. Also using the zimbabwean army to cause fear and misery to the same people you say you Love is mere gimmick. Rigth now the country is down not even on its knees but nedumbu chairo and yet we thought diamonds would help the country but instead it was all personalised and shared amoungst local and internation friends in excahange for more weapons to defend their dictactorship position. 91years still in leadership its a clear sign of a parrty which does care about the future and development of the country as a whole but its a sign for a party which is there to push foward their interests.

itai - 1 November 2015

Many people lost their lives standing for Morgan and what did they get in return : Morgan may have the Love for the people but to be a President you need a strong minded person and yet humble. Our president eventhough he allowed curruption to thrive by his friends e.g chombo , made ,obert mpofu ,mai mujuru ,didymus mutasa etc he failed to control their greediness and looting. Also using the zimbabwean army to cause fear and misery to the same people you say you Love is mere gimmick. Rigth now the country is down not even on its knees but nedumbu chairo and yet we thought diamonds would help the country but instead it was all personalised and shared amoungst local and internation friends in excahange for more weapons to defend their dictactorship position. 91years still in leadership its a clear sign of a parrty which does care about the future and development of the country as a whole but its a sign for a party which is there to push foward their interests.

itai - 1 November 2015

MDC renewal may have the ideas and plans but bhonzo rekutamba bhora iri rembabvu .........uuuuuum ??? i find them wanting. ndiko kutsamwa kwedatya kufutira bhazi. rinongotsikwa and no one will notice kuti patsikwa datya.the whole idea of MDC either tsvangirai or mutambara or welshman or renewal its all Chaos. One party kubvarukabvaruka kunge mbatya dze benzi. If the party could not hold on together like that and the very same people now have their own parties which some call Rebel parties this maybe a sign yekuti even if they go into power there will be chaos and back stabbing and killing eachother .

getw3tg - 1 November 2015

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