Zanu PF MPs meet Mujuru

HARARE - The worst nightmares of President Robert Mugabe’s warring post-congress Zanu PF could soon be confirmed as dozens of the party’s legislators are holding meetings with former Vice President Joice Mujuru with the intention of joining her People First movement, the Daily News can reveal exclusively.

Well-placed sources confirmed yesterday that many post-congress Zanu PF MPs (names supplied but withheld on request) — a significant number of them from Mashonaland East Province — met Mujuru in Harare on Tuesday and pledged that they would soon come out in the open in support of her.

If the MPs follow through on their promises, this will set the cat among the pigeons in the post-congress Zanu PF which is reeling from its deadly and seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Ruling party insiders who spoke to the Daily News last night said the mooted move by the concerned legislators would deal “a fatal blow” to the brawling former liberation movement ahead of the country’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

“We had fruitful discussions with Mai Mujuru yesterday and pledged our commitment to the cause of democratising the country to the benefit of millions of suffering Zimbabweans.

“She wanted us to state our position unequivocally regarding the People First project and the majority of us happily pledged to go with her,” one of the legislators who plan to ditch the post-congress Zanu PF said.

Contacted yesterday to establish whether he was one of the disgruntled ruling party MPs who had met with Mujuru, Maramba Pfungwe legislator Washington Musvaire accused his Zanu PF rivals of working overtime to get him expelled from the party.

“I know that there are malicious people in the party fighting me because they are still bitter that they lost to me in the primary elections. I am not feeling well right now and I am not aware of the meeting with Mujuru,” Musvaire said.

But post-congress Zanu PF insiders said the soon-to-be departing MPs, many of whom are said to be either serving suspensions or facing expulsion, were keen to leave as they were frustrated by the ruling party’s mindless bloodletting and its bigwigs’ lack of appreciation for them.

“Mai Mujuru, being the experienced politician that she is, who also knows Zanu PF inside out, is simply taking advantage of these useless fights to build People First. 

“We cannot continue pretending that all is well with us when it is clear that we are no longer reading from the same page with the people who now control the levers of power in Zanu PF.

“In any case, the ship is clearly sinking and you have to be foolish to still believe that the party can take Zimbabwe somewhere,” a Zanu PF central committee member said.

“The beginning of 2016 will be very interesting because there will be dozens of parliamentary by-elections as many MPs join Mai Mujuru and People First.

“The general feeling among many people is that there is no more room in Zanu PF for loyal and honest cadres,” the official added.

People First spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, confirmed that many post-congress Zanu PF MPs were contemplating joining the yet-to-be officially-launched party.

“There are many of them who are meeting her (Mujuru). Remember, they are politicians who are being chased away by their party. Where do you want them to go? They are obviously looking for a new political home and they feel welcome here,” he said.

In the meantime, analysts say should the Mujuru MPs, who are said to number well over 100, proceed to jump ship; the move could trigger early national polls, which could crank up the heat on the bitterly-divided ruling party which is already reeling from its seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Zanu PF is also under pressure from the looming pact among the country’s opposition parties following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and other parties to demand key electoral reforms before 2018.

The agreement is widely seen as a prelude to a more comprehensive electoral pact, which could see all opposition parties rallying behind a single presidential candidate against Mugabe.

Mujuru also recently launched her Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development (Build), throwing Zanu PF into panic mode and even provoking the open ire of Mugabe, who bizarrely went on to threaten the independent media for propping up his former second-in-command.

The latest developments corroborate a Daily News lead story last week which revealed plans for a second “Bhora Musango”, after it emerged that a number of Zanu PF legislators were readying themselves to join Mujuru.

“While many of us were hopeful that the recent conference in Victoria Falls would calm the rampant factionalism in the party, things are getting worse and not looking good at all going forward.

“As you may know, more than 200 senior officials, a good number of them legislators, have either been expelled or suspended from the party over the past year, which has bred the ideal climate for more chaos and infighting.

“The worry we have is that if dozens of MPs resign en masse, and some say up to 100 legislators could join Mai Mujuru ahead of 2018 because many of them feel unwanted anyway in the party, things could get a whole lot worse both in the party and the country,” a senior Zanu PF official said dejectedly.

A fortnight ago, the Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial executive recommended the expulsion from the party of legislators Felix Mhona (Chikomba Central), Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Uzumba), Musvaire (Maramba Pfungwe), Phineas Chihota (Seke) and Tendayi Makunde (Murewa North).

Contacted by the Daily News for comment then, Musvaire said Zanu PF would be shooting itself in the foot if it carried out this threat, alluding to the fact that many provincial and district officials were thinking of resigning from the party en masse in protest if this happened.

He said while he would “respect the party’s decision because I am very junior and they are my elders”, his Maramba Pfungwe constituency was in turmoil and a fertile ground for Mujuru to make rich pickings as the ruling party’s factional and succession wars continued to escalate.

“While we as leaders are trying our best to calm people down ... those below us may not understand all this. We know the party leadership has not sanctioned our expulsion but rather lower ranking officials who lost to us in primary elections.

“What is saddening though is that all the party structures that supported us in the primary elections have been labelled Gamatox (Zanu PF code for Mujuru supporters) and district chairmen throughout the constituency are threatening to resign,” Musvaire added.

Another post-congress Zanu PF official said with Mujuru said to be launching her party in February next year, the ruling party was “clearly panicking” and hence the “irrational threat” to ruthlessly purge all officials who were suspected to be working with the former VP.

A legislator who has been “falsely accused of being Gamatox” also told the Daily News that he and many other Zanu PF MPs were indeed contemplating jumping ship “because we are not wanted”.

“If bad things can happen to the likes of (War Veterans minister Christopher) Mutsvangwa, imagine what can happen to little ones like us in this mad war. It is very clear that they want to finish us all one by one, and so we will not allow them to dictate to us.

“What our chefs (leaders) don’t realise is that what is happening is political suicidal and could backfire in spectacular fashion as it could open floodgates for en masse resignations not only by us MPs, but also by other party officials who have been labelled Gamatox,” the MP said.

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George C - 31 December 2015

Zimbabweans are not educated people but cowards. Mugabe continuously capitalize on this cowardice and now has gone to the extent of 'urinating' on our heads. Our children and grandchildren are suffering with us. We are being starved to death while Mugabe and his family are enjoying the so- called 'holiday' in the Far East. They have bought properties there while the generality of the Zimbabwe populace cannot afford a decent meal a day. The question needs to be asked is does Mugabe deserve to go on his annual rest? What honest work has he done since 2013 that warrants him to go on a holiday that is too expensive? He knows clearly well nobody including the war-veterans criticize his decision. We were told that Ndabaningi Sithole was removed from the leadership of Zanu because he refused to come and see bodies some comrades who had been killed by the enemy. My question why do we still have Mugabe who leaves us in this hunger while he is having a Merry Christmas in the Far East? Is this not worse than what Sithole is claimed to have done? The country has run out money, food and everything except threats of violence from Mugabe because in Zanupf they hold 'degrees in violence'. ITAI DZAMARA the only courageous young activity was abducted in broad daylight by the CIO. We all know this but we remain quiet and composed as if nothing has happened. The reason for this shocking silence has nothing to do with being a highly educated lot. Education does not make people so submissive and stupid, it opens one's mind by making us and brave to say enough is enough we cannot tolerate any more. We are cowards.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 31 December 2015

haaaa Zimbabweans are stupid fools why being screwed by a few individuals without taking action.Rich Zimbabweans who are fxxxd by Zanu policies are the most stupid why not organize themselves to remove these morons

takaifira - 31 December 2015

Pinning their hopes on Joyce Mujuru? Zanu and anyone with association with it past and present lacks good judgement & you can shuffle the seats of the sinking ship it will not change the outcome. Mujuru, Diesel Mutasa et al remain staunch Mugabe worshippers and his disastrous policies and incompetent leadership.

Lt General - 31 December 2015

mai mujuru is by far a better candidate than the ever blundering tsvangirai. there are masses of people who see her as an alternative to rgm. mt is a handiende type who doctors the constitution in order to overstay. by his own word, he should have passed the baton in 2014.

zvirozviyedzwa - 31 December 2015

Up to 100??? The corrupt life these zanu pf people have lived, has sunk deep in them. Tsvangirai must stay as far away as possible from Mujuru and her people first outfit. Each political party for itself for accountability. Winner takes all, then its easy to evaluate, these political shops going forward.

X-MAN IV - 31 December 2015

Close but no cigar! But then again the Berlin Wall came crashing down as a result of East Germany's own stubbornness and bureaucracy. Blunder on RGM change may come before you die oh Klingon!

Nooshie - 31 December 2015

Post congress. Which congress

Realist - 1 January 2016

Well said Moyowaonda! Good story.However, look in the mirror. What have you done yourself to do even a fraction of what Dzamara did. Zero! Yes it`s comfortable and easy to be armchair critics. Take the initiative! We are 2 years from holding the next elections. That is when your vote and my vote will be required. Let us vote wisely then. RGM, Mujuru, MT - take your pick.

Mutongi Gava - 1 January 2016

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Brian - 1 January 2016

Well said Mutongi Gava,other people label Zimbabweans cowards yet they themselves have never killed even a rat. Is it an issue of violence to end Zim problems? I see this saying Tsvangirai is wrong Whats wrong with Tsvangirai? Did he not deliver when he was the Prime Minister?Did we not experience textbooks for all the students in our schools for the first time? What we are having as a few US dolars now are the remains of MT and MDC in govt after Zim had been left for dead.Mai Mujuru was in RGM's govt when the country almost perished and MT and MDC saved their faces.So what has MT done.This is how we as Zmbos mess it up we do not seem to be able to evaluate and analyse events.Lets wake up and know who is who in Zim.If you cannot notice the good in MT and MDC then there must be something wrong with you.Guys lets face reality and make sure we vote the right people in the right places

midlands patriot - 1 January 2016

does that mean that mt has to be the face of opposition in zim until donkeys come home to milk? he did his party and time is up by his own mouth. what some of us are objecting is the idea of one person being the all in all in zim. there is yet other great names that can take this country to prosperity. there is therefore no need for us to be fixed on one person.

zvirozviyedzwa - 1 January 2016

Unfortunately some of his supporters like us view him as the father of opposition politics and we are going to vote for him coz we see a lot of positive leadership in him.Remember he only called on civil servants to go back to work and the did within 2 days.He made the economy tick within 3 months in unity govt.Hate him or dispise him the man is a darling of Zim.He is capable brother.We wonder how God made such a brother for a time like now.Let him stay 1 term in office then we can look for another in a democratic Zim whereby people can actually scrutinize leaders for now we cannot really learn about electable leaders because the media is controlled

midlands patriot - 1 January 2016

very moderate my brother. hats off to you. at least you see a need for a democratic exercise in choosing leadership. you are just shy of saying what he did in 2014 is wrong even though he has some positives. my take is that he should have groomed someone to take over after him. that is the way it should go not what is happening now. thanks for a straight comment.

zvirozviyedzwa - 1 January 2016

as Zimbos whether we hate the former zanu pf members per say Mujuru, she is a better devil to lead us after His Excellency not the man cause they have failed but a mother can do better, who a we who can not forgive and forget cause yes mujuru was part of the RG gvt but because of the reforms she wanted to make in the party she was fired but now she is willing to work with us Zimbos RG has more than a thousand ways to beat MT but not his right hand lady Mujuru so l say we vote for the woman

khubo - 1 January 2016

We all know Morgan is the best political leader that Zim has ever had, Bob knows that too. Some people are so obsessed with criticising him just for the sake of it. Tsvang has people at heart, mugabe does not.

misty - 1 January 2016

tsvangson is not imposing himself to be the main oppostion leader bt its only that he is well suported all over.thats y some want him to go so that their desired candidates will have support shame on you.hw may opposition leaders in zim why are they nt popular than mt ,bt you hear pple shouting mt must go as if he is the only leader of opposition

Gondo - 1 January 2016

This is utter nonsensical sensationalizing of a non event based on desperate idiotic reporting. If the so called MPs met Mujuru why cant you disclose their names and venue. Is it any offence to meet THE BiTCH, DO NOT THINK SO, IF you no longer have any political clout, just shut this daily nonsense.

Truths - 2 January 2016

Zvirozviyedzwa, Mt is not that by default but by actively being involved as we who think can do better hide behind pseudo names whilst he puts his name on the frontline. Name who is the face of the opposition, its not forever but for now he is the one with numbers and some like PF are coming so you cannot accuse him of coming into the open as we hide.

wamaromo - 4 January 2016

Truths why are you angry even on a keyboard, prove she is a bitch? we have bitches but prove this one is. This is not a non event or they are rocking your boat?

wamaromo - 4 January 2016

Mai Mujuru was there when people's homes were destroyed in 2005. She was there when Ndebeles were butchered during Gukurahundi together with her husband. General Mujuru was one of the Zezuru comrades who recommended the elevation of Mugabe to lead the party, the so-called Mgagao declaration. So Mai Mujuru played a part in creating the current circus.

gasho - 4 January 2016

HWA.You couldnt do us favour could you mate?Seeing as you lend money.Our government in Zimbabwe..im sure you have heard of it,its a teapot shaped country in Africa.Unfortunately its broke at the moment.A couple of billion or so? Dont expect to be re-paid back though! Ta very much.

Rawboy - 6 January 2016

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