Mujuru fishes in Zanu PF pond

HARARE - Post-congress Zanu PF insiders say many of the party’s structures are in turmoil amid reports that former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s yet-to-be launched People First outfit is vigorously “fishing” for members from among their ranks.

Following her expulsion from both the government and the warring ruling party on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate President Robert Mugabe, Mujuru and her team of disaffected liberation struggle stalwarts vowed to fight back and expose Zanu PF for the “paper tiger” that they claim it is.

And while there has been talk of Mujuru working to reach an electoral pact with former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to challenge Mugabe’s 36-year grip on power, the People First movement is also raiding the ranks of other opposition parties to build its base.

The MDC’s Budiriro MP, Costa Machingauta, who is also a senior member of the party’s national organising committee, confirmed that Mujuru had taken her fishing rods into opposition precincts.

“Those who are joining People First are former officials who had joined (Tendai) Biti and (Elton) Mangoma when the party split, the likes of (former Masvingo MP Jefferson) Chitando, (former Harare deputy mayor Emmanuel) Chiroto. Otherwise all our structures are intact,” Machingauta told the Daily News yesterday.

While the mobile phone of Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere was unreachable yesterday, dozens of the party’s former leading lights and current officials are known to be consorting with People First.

Among them is a former ruling party councillor in Masvingo who was expelled last month after it became public that he had effectively crossed the floor to the new kid on the block.

In a letter dated December 17, 2015 that was addressed to the council chairperson by the Zanu PF provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira, the party barred Ward 12 councillor Rosiwita Chinyaure from taking part in council activities.

“This letter serves to advise that Clr Rosiwita Chinyaure of Masvingo has ceased to represent the interests of Zanu PF and its people.

“The party prays for necessary steps and legal proceedings to be activated through the normal channels to advise the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of this development and call for a by-election,” reads part of the letter.

Contacted for comment, People First assistant spokesperson Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi said the decision by many councillors to cross the floor to People First only helped to demonstrate how big the Mujuru project was.

“If you see people sacrificing their jobs, livelihoods and money to cross over to PF it means that that’s where the light is.

“There is an exodus of people joining our structures from all the political parties on a daily basis, and this is indicative of the faith Zimbabweans have in the leadership of Amai Mujuru,” Mbudzi said.

This comes after the Daily News revealed last week that a panicky post-congress Zanu PF was making frantic preparations for yet more Parliamentary by-elections after it emerged that dozens of the party’s legislators were holding meetings with Mujuru with the intention of joining her.

Zanu PF insiders said it was “panic stations” among ruling party bigwigs who understood the fact that People First “is a reality and major threat” to their fortunes ahead of 2018.

“Never mind the fake bravado that the chefs (senior party officials) mouth off at public platforms, it is panic stations in the party.

“Provinces, particularly Mashonaland East, have been instructed to prepare for tough by-elections for the MPs who want to ditch us,” one of the sources said.

This was also confirmed by Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Joel Biggie Matiza who said party supporters were suspicious about the motives and machinations of some of their comrades who they were no longer willing to continue working with as the comrades were said to be planning to join Mujuru.

“That is the exact reason why we recommended that some of these people be expelled because we realised they are no longer with us as they are now working with the opposition. We are only waiting to hear from the politburo concerning their fate,” Matiza said.

Comments (17)

she is a rotten fisherwoman fishing rotten fish from a rusty pond!!! like a pendulum work done at the end of the day equals zero!!! joice and the rest of the zanu cast are jointly and severally responsible for our misery today so celebrating their success kungofarira n'anga inobata mai. VIVA SAVE VIVA!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 7 January 2016

Continue fishing

Legendof Elegance - 7 January 2016

Why am i surprised that the Dailynews has now become a Mujuru mouth piece?

MkanyaGP - 7 January 2016

Surely people who have made us suffer for so long will be back again to torment us l m really not sure of these people Save must be very careful why doesn't Mai Mujuru be the bigger person and tell us what Bob did in 2013 or maybe they did it together l think and even Nyathi and Gumbo were pleased that they had cheated the opposition ZIMBABWEANS PLEASE LET US NEVER BE FOOLED TSVANGIRAI IS THE ONLY REAL DEAL HERE unless these people tell us what they did in 2013

moses - 7 January 2016

Let the Daily News be the mouth piece for PF because it is the only paper in Zim determined to change life to good and advocates for democracy. Zanu pf is dead.

Dhurun'aru - 7 January 2016

With due respect to PF they should not 'fish' by employing ZanuPF tactics lying and soiling other opposition parties. I do support them morally but I still follow MDC-T. VaGumbo is my uncle so there are no hard feelings. I encourage them to keep people in suspense but to quickly launch their PF. I wish them good luck in whatever they are doing.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 7 January 2016

the problem is as ordinary Zimbabweans we are divided so wat ever we say zanu pf will always rule this country wetha u like it or not Mugabe will die a president because u a all rotten in your miond as you cant support the real deal Amai Mujuru

MASEKO - 7 January 2016

Jona destroy from within and Mujuru destroy from outside and you will all meet in the middle. Then the chains of bondage can be undone and independence can start.

Galore 123 - 7 January 2016

Mujuru's net is in a wrong pond were she will catch poisonous creatures that will pose a danger to society.

Mentalist - 7 January 2016

All this is nothing to write home about. A leopard is highly unlikely to change its spots. The acronym PF stinks to the core. Its synonymous with mismanagement, corruption, abductions and murder, destruction and downright incompetence. Those that are defecting from the old one just want the gravy to keep flowing. They realise their relevance will soon be in doubt, hence the boldness to jump ship. Just judge their character by someone who says the only thing slowing their departure is the bonding by cars that the govt bought them. See their intentions. I say we now need a new political dispensation with minds and bravery of the likes of Patrick Mugadza. Lets go guys. Away with the old useless guard as we usher in new systems...

Realist - 7 January 2016

The route to PF is road to death. If they were really serious why didn't they change the name completely, why take people from Zanu Pf, and why is Mutasa and the so called assistant spokes person speaking and what is so difficult in Joice coming in the open and say her intentions publicly otherwise this might sound as a conspiracy theory but it now looks like another way of keeping Zanu tacts in play and no good will come out of it. Either the Zimbabwe public goes with real opposition already there or new blood. For real change forget these all folks let new things bring new eras.

Zim Analyst - 8 January 2016

Tsvangirai haana dhiri, I think Amai Mujuru will make a better and respected Presideent. We need someone who can control the securuty services as well. Those guys do not respect Morgan, and he has a weakness for women and dictatorial tendencies. Forget that moron

Billy - 8 January 2016

Mujuru fishes in Zanu PF pond ?? What you are saying is Zimbabwe which is the pond belongs to Zanu PF .

Hayibo ! - 8 January 2016

kkkkkkkk zvino fish ndiyo yazobvuta fish hook.

ita ndione - 8 January 2016

Change is constant rebuking it necessitate friction hence friction results tearing. Only husband and wife share the same as they are one flesh give Mai Mujuru chance.

Alec Chinyerere - 9 January 2016

..inside a zanu pf pond one can catch a plain thief, conman, extortionist,robber and the biggest you can take home is a murderer. That pond is just to filthy...

X-MAN IV - 10 January 2016

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