There's still hope for Zim: Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru has described President Robert Mugabe’s administration as immoral and presiding over a lethargic and dying economy, throwing the majority of Zimbabweans into abject poverty.

In her New Year’s message to Zimbabweans yesterday the popular widow of the late liberation struggle icon, Solomon Mujuru, slammed Mugabe and his post-congress Zanu PF for being clueless and unable to extricate the country from the current economic abyss.

“As a nation, we are confronted by a sluggish and dying economy, lack of democratic space and plenty of poverty on the majority of our people, which is a result of a corrupt political leadership without focus on the well-being of the people,” Mujuru said.

Mujuru who was axed from her government and party positions on untested allegations she plotted to assassinate Mugabe warned Zimbabweans to realise that in the absence of a commitment by the country’s leadership to “BUILD a vibrant economy for the benefit of  our people, we are doomed”.

She lamented the fact that the majority of the economically active Zimbabweans had turned to vending “but there are no buyers because workers have either been laid off or not paid for months”.

Mujuru said there was hope for a return to constitutional democracy in the country where the ordinary people could express themselves freely as well as enjoy basic freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution.

Mugabe’s former second-in-command who is on the verge of transforming her People First project into a political party to challenge his former boss in the 2018  elections said she envisaged a Zimbabwe in which no citizen would be afraid to participate in political activities and where the rule of law was observed.

“In a constitutional democracy, there is a clear separation of the party and the State for the benefit of all citizens as non-party members are not prejudiced, targeted or victimised on political grounds.

“Where there is rule of law, all people who authorised the erection of illegal structures, which are now being demolished would be brought to book”.

Mujuru called for the resuscitation of industries which are non-performing by adopting investor-friendly and market-driven policies.

On the social front, she said there was urgent need for huge investments in the repair of the country’s infrastructure, including roads and rail as well as water and sanitation, education and health saying “the dire housing situation resulting in the exploitation of the poor by the corrupt and well-connected in society should be stooped”.

This she said could only be achieved by realisation on the part of the leadership of the country that Zimbabwe is part of the global village.

“We should therefore engage all; East, West, North and South who can help us achieve and enhance the well-being of our people.

“We should build bridges with our perceived foes  and consolidate our relations with all those who wish to be our true friends,” she added as she went on to pay tribute to the country’s security forces for their professionalism.

Recently, Mujuru gave written notice 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 2014 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.

Announcing her political outfit’s Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development (Build) in the country in September, Mujuru assured her supporters that she had been hard at work since her first 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.

Mujuru said unlike Zanu PF, her yet-to-be launched party’s 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.

Comments (14)

Ndovimba navo amai ava kwete zvemahure akutsvaga vana nekuti pakuda kurimwa pamberi na amai vedu mujuru

mukanya - 2 January 2016

Let Mugabe invite you back to your Zanu-PF then we can see if you are to continue with your sermon - you bloody hypocrite. Shut-up, you swine !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 2 January 2016

I get annoyed with people like Masamba.They are clueless of what politics is all about.We do not play the person,lets play the ball.Each political persuasion does have its own folowers.DO NOT INSULT.

gudo - 2 January 2016

Editor, you are responsible for laying down the rules of what is printable and then enforcing them.

Ngala/Ngara - 2 January 2016

Its not a walk in a park for one to convert into Democracy religion. There is some sense that Mujuru is being forced or name dropping to do stuff she is not interested at all. Up to date there is nothing that sticks to her and people first thing.

X-MAN IV - 2 January 2016

Yes indeed there is still hope, anything else other than ZANU PF will do.

Zero Hour - 3 January 2016

People who use insults realy show signs of limited thinking.noone needs such small minds.its like 1profesion I know ,that of driving.on the roads r garden boys,lecturers,doctors ,teachers,thieves,uninteligent n inteligent all doing 1job , its best to ignore less thinking persons n concentrate on driving,bt careful coz the driving idiot can bump intoyu thinking its platforms r like that.

viola gwena - 3 January 2016

Where was Joice standing when she said these things ? It is all lies Mutasa or Gumbo made this statement which was then put in Mujuru 's mouth so it would sound as though she is against her beloved zanu . Never ever will this woman hate all do something that harms zanu bcoz it made her who she is today with lots of properties and money including the perks she recently got after she was fired by Grace from govt ahead of Morgan who left govt before her and that is an eye opener for all level headed people to know that Mujuru is still a daughter of zanu .All those thinking she will spring a surprise attack on zanu must have their nhloko checked if it does not have sewage stuff bcoz Mujuru is zanu by blood and Mugabe is her father and that means she is just killing time very soon she will be back to where she belong zanu finish and klaa .

Diibulaanyika - 3 January 2016

This thing of using insult is Mugabe thing. Mugabe has insulted every one in this country even father zimbabwe was never spared in 1984 at a rally in H/fields in harare he called Nkomo redumbu and Morgan who he said very bad looking together with his cups at his home . So why can not other zimbabweans do the same insult all zanu and former zanu bastards for simple reason that they have brought misery to this land and they deserve to be insulted .Blood fools to all of them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diibulaanyika - 3 January 2016

@Dibuulanyika....I do agree with you totally, mai mujuru should return every ill-gotten thing she stole from the people when she was still in power if she is serious, she cannot just apologise.... no ways. This is a lady who worships mugabe, I think she should just keep quiet, she looted for 34 years and she still want us to let her loot again? No ways, Zimbos must wake up and smell the coffee. We need new untainted blood not these evil people who do not care about anyone else but themselves. Mai mujuru can you help us by simply re-joining zanu as soon as possible, that's where you belong. You can fool some people sometimes, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. I am not fooled by you maii mujuru, though others apparently are.

misty - 3 January 2016

Lack of democratic space? Why does this become apparent only when Mujuru is out of the ruling group? So lack of democratic apace can only be perceived from outside looking in and never from inside looking out? So does it mean, then, that if Mujuru happens to be our president and there happens to be no democratic space, she will immediately become blind again to this 'democratic space' issue? Mai Mujuru, you should have told us there was lack of democratic space when you were still vice president and you should have told this nation what you were going to do about it from that lofty chair you once sat in. Makanonoka, chinyararai zvenyu sekunyarara kwamakanga makaita pamakanga muchiri kudya mafuta ayo nyika.

machakachaka - 4 January 2016

Zimbabwean we are sick and tired of recycling these Zanu PF thieves , what Mutasa and company are doing is what Solomon Mujuru did when Mugabe hijacked Zanu during the liberation struggle , we want leaders who speak for themselves not who are being imposed on people , so this Joyce thing must be condoned from the start , why can't she address the people herself , i agree that she is still Zanu PF , that is why the name is PF hei Mugabe is no more they will put Zanu to make it Zanu PF , but this time they got it wrong , they won't get the support of the masses because they are Zanu PF . ICHO

Mudhara - 4 January 2016

beware of mujuru, i dont trust her at all. what if she just apologise to zanu soon before the 2018 election an rejoin the party? where will all your hopes lie? even if she does not rejoin the party, what gurantee do we have as zimbabweans that the same person who was born and bread through a certain system would be able to bring a new look to national politics?? divide and rule tactic maZimbo vhurikai meso

tsaona - 4 January 2016

Joice Mujuru,you have been part of the problem for 35 years. you are not the answer.

citizen - 5 January 2016

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