Zanu PF loses more to Mujuru

HARARE - As predicted, the worst nightmares of President Robert Mugabe’s warring post-congress Zanu PF are now being confirmed as dozens of the party’s cadres around the country ditch the former liberation movement for former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s People First.

High-ranking ruling party officials conceded to the Daily News yesterday that the decision to purge Mujuru and her close allies from the party following its disputed December 2014 congress was increasingly looking like “a costly and monumental blunder”.

“Things are not looking good on the ground as the party is now bleeding long-standing comrades to People First, and this is happening even before that party has been properly launched.

“Our worry is what will happen to the party when Runaida (Mujuru) officially launches her outfit in the next few months? I’m personally beginning to see the fact that the decision to expel her was not well-considered and that 2018 will be tough,” a Zanu PF Mashonaland East bigwig lamented.

The official also confirmed that many of the post-congress Zanu PF’s structures in the province were currently in disarray following “en-masse defections” by dozens of both officials and ordinary party members to the People First project.

“It is clear that the decision to continue suspending and expelling people from the party (post-congress Zanu PF) because of their alleged links to Mai Mujuru is becoming a major driving force behind the stampede to People First. It is all proving counter-productive,” another regional official said.

Other well-placed sources also told the Daily News that at least 22 former ruling party officials had attended a People First meeting in Goromonzi last Saturday, with “resources and a mandate to co-ordinate and aggressively recruit Zanu members”.

These officials included former Zanu PF national youth league political commissar John Mushayi, former Mashonaland East provincial executive member Bonny Mutize, and another provincial executive member Solomon Ganye from Seke.

Mushayi confirmed the defections saying since their suspension from the  brawling ruling party they had been under pressure from the public to join Mujuru.

“People are angry with the way she and all of us were treated because nobody was given an opportunity to state their case. This led people to conclude that they needed an alternative party which could usher in the kind of democracy that they have been yearning for, for a long time now.

“Although we have not started serious mobilisation yet, it is clear from what we are seeing and hearing from people that they are ready for Mai Mujuru.

“They see her as the solution to the many economic and political challenges that the country is facing and they are coming in their hundreds to ask for information about People First,” Mushayi said.

Mutize also confirmed the Goromonzi meeting, although he refused to divulge its details — referring questions to People First spokesperson Rugare Gumbo.

“The meeting of constituency co-ordinators went well, but I am not the one who speaks for the party and so you should get in touch with Comrade Gumbo,” he said.

The Daily News also reported last week that many post-congress Zanu PF structures were in turmoil amid reports that Mujuru’s yet-to-be launched People First was 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.

The Daily News has also revealed 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 told the daily that it was “panic stations” among ruling party bigwigs who understood the fact that People First “is a reality and a 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 confirmed by Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Joel Biggie Matiza at the time 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 (15)

dr amai mujuru for the high chair come 2018. she is a moderate, willing to work even with the opposition and the international community including the far east. this is what we are expecting a new zim to be. my vote is with people first.

zvirozviyedzwa - 15 January 2016

Anything that smells like zanu, no thanks. Mujuru can fish all she wants but is unlikely to catch anything out of zanu waters. Imi vanhu why muchida kudya marutsi kudaro. Lets continue on the fight for democracy that excludes zanu puke...

Realist - 15 January 2016

zviroto zviroto she has no constituency Morgen is a better horse Mujuru PF = Makoni Mavambo

gomba - 15 January 2016

She wasn't called "Teurairopa" for nothing..... Expect a "bloodbath" in Zanu(PF) as the AmaiMujuru train steams ahead.....

Peter Jones - 15 January 2016

Ignoring Mujuru would be fallacy. ignore her to your own peril. clever politicians already see where the tide is going. some find comfort in holding on to ancient hostilities, anger and bitterness. this may be understood, but will definitely not be benefial for ntional development- even with Morgan t the helm. If anything, we should be happy there is a rel chance to dismantle this diabolic institution named zpf

joe - 15 January 2016

Thus good for democratization of the political space!

Siphaqa SamaNkatha - 16 January 2016

Thus good for democratization of the political space!

Siphaqa SamaNkatha - 16 January 2016

My mind still cries for an answer to this simple question"where was this gallant reformist while her mother -party was raping the rights of poor Zimbabweans"?Who is the naive and who is the deceiver?

abri - 17 January 2016

Tsvangirai and MDCT remember the principle on which we were born. On that we fall or stand, not on capitulation.Come 2018 we win or lose as MDCT.No dilution.

abri - 17 January 2016

That is good news for the opposition in the country bcoz for the first time we will go to elections with 2 zanu zanu Mujuru and zanu Munangagwa and it is clear and obvious that in such a case Morgan will have a field day in which results will be as follows Morgan first Mujuru second and Mugabe third mark this space that is how things will come out from the 2018 elections Remember for a long time we were having elections with more than three MDCs against one zanu but now things have changed and it will be 2 zanus against one MDC T and that means victory is certain for Morgan and his followers cheeeesa mpaaaama.Woza Morgan hamba Mugabe

Diibulaanyika - 17 January 2016

Its not like people are resigning from ZANU PF to join the yet to be launched people first project. Only those who have been booted out of the gravey train are joining maiMujuru. The picture portrait on this story is misleading.

Mentalist - 18 January 2016

Mai mujuru iz not yet serious how cn people talk of a party that iz not yet launched for lets not panic until they hve structures on the ground otherways zanupf remains a focused party wth no serious opposition

tendai - 18 January 2016

kunzima loku

tinashe - 18 January 2016

mdc t has been dreaming about having a field-day in elections for the past 14 yrs. nothing has changed in the party. its the same failing mt at the helm so guys expect the same story 'elections were stolen'. no strategy. This time doctor, amai mujuru, will deliver.

zvirozviyedzwa - 18 January 2016

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