Mujuru MPs face the gun

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s warring post-congress Zanu PF is ruthlessly moving to rid itself of all the remaining perceived supporters of former Vice President Joice Mujuru from within its ranks, including dozens of sitting MPs.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that the move appeared to be a desperate attempt by party bigwigs to end the former liberation movement’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars, as well as derail the plans of Mujuru’s People First project.

“For quite some time now, the party has been trying to persuade the concerned legislators to reconsider their positions and stay within the family.

“However, after many of the MPs indicated that they were determined to jump ship en masse and join Mai Mujuru’s People First movement, the party now feels that its hands are tied and that it must wield the axe and purge all of them.

“There is also a belief that by taking the action and moving this way first, rather than wait for the MPs to resign, Zanu PF will be taking the wind out of People First’s sails,” one of the insiders said.

In Mashonaland Central for example, the party has just recalled from Parliament its MP for Guruve South, Chriswell Mutematsaka, on allegations that he is flirting with Mujuru.

Mutematsaka confirmed the development to the Daily News yesterday saying he had received a letter dated January 20, 2015 from Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, informing him that he no longer represented Guruve South in the august House.

As a result, Mutematsaka announced that he had now joined Mujuru “after being forced out” of the ruling party.

“You cannot force yourself to belong where you are not wanted. They have forced me to join Mujuru and I must say I have gladly done that.

“What is curious though is the fact that while the party has already notified Parliament, they never wrote to me. They also did not subject me to either a provincial or national disciplinary committee hearing as required by the party’s constitution.

“They just fired me summarily, but I am not complaining about that to be honest as I have a happy new home to go to. They thought that they could decide on behalf of the people of Guruve, but it is actually them who are losing.

“The people in my constituency know what they want and who they want to represent them and that makes me sleep easy,” Mutematsaka added.

The Daily News is also reliably informed that four more Mujuru MPs from Mashonaland East will be booted out next week after the party’s national disciplinary committee recommended their expulsion for allegedly mobilising support for Mujuru.

The MPs under the gun there are said to be Uzumba legislator Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, Washington Musvaire (Maramba Pfungwe) Felix Mhona (Chikomba Central) and Murewa North’s Tendayi Makunde — all of whom are currently suspended from the provincial co-ordinating committee.

“We were told at an inter-district meeting addressed last weekend by the provincial leadership that included (Joel) Matiza (provincial chairperson) that Mhona was no longer one of us as he had joined People First.

“We were not aware of that because we had been working well with him. Many members were clearly worried about the development and vowed to go with their MP,” a youth league official who attended the meeting said.

People First spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday warmly welcomed Mutematsaka’s coming on board, saying the party expected more post-congress Zanu PF legislators to join their ranks.

“We know they are coming because several others have indicated their willingness to join us. We call upon all of them to make their decision now because the party is almost ready and our congress will be coming soon. No one should say they have been left out when the train departs,” Gumbo said.

Following reports that Mujuru may join forces with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Zanu PF has been scurrying around the country preaching the gospel of tolerance within its ranks — a move that was said to be intended to ward off the looming challenge by People First.

But Mutematsaka said many MPs were aware that this was “all fake love meant to calm them while the party executes its plan to sink us one by one”.

“In fact, I saw it coming a long time ago because the party has already held primary elections for my constituency that were won by Patrick Dutiro at the beginning of this month,” he said.


Comments (16)

People First must launch a party as soon as possible if it is interested to counter Zanu PF. If the wait for all its MPS to be booted out then it is missing the point.

chibvuragudo - 28 January 2016

My wish is to see my comander Teurai bak in nt realy hapy kudhashura comander. My memories of my comander wont let me be.but in zanu me stay always,til the love of my commander is so great.

viola gwena - 28 January 2016

what is peopie first is it a part or just an imagination? how do you join something that doesn't exist. come on guys stop playing with our minds

courage moyo - 28 January 2016

kkkkkkkkk rubbish being a wife of a commander does not make one a commander .As we all know Mujuru is finished she can not even make a decision right now as to what she must do . Form a political party or go back to zanu where she was chased away in the manor one would chase away a smelling dog from milling around people after it ate human shiite .She is stuck she can not even open her mouth as all piles of crime which she committed such as sending one now dead guy to smuggle a briefcase full of diamond out side the country and was swept under carpet when she was in govt will be retrieved and used against her . On top of that she is dander head and lazy she can not stand up and say where she is going politically . Those MPs purged bcoz her that is their end politically that is the wage of following anything that calls itself leader .

Diibulaanyika - 28 January 2016

Be warned! The People's First party is the biggest con of all time and designed to lure unsuspecting, innocent and gullible people into thinking and believing that Mujuru and her party are opposed to Mugabe and his style of rule. The plain and simple truth is that ZANU PF realize that because of their incompetence and all the misery and suffering they have caused that they have lost so much support and are no longer at all popular. So as a tactic to try and remain in power they create what appears to be a big fight within their own party allowing some of their most trusted cadres to form what appears to be a genuine opposition party hoping to fool the public and get everyone on board. By now all of us well know that any real and genuine opposition to Mugabe is quickly eliminated - how many times over do we have to witness it to realize that this is a fact. Whereas Mujuru has been accused by the First Lady in public of plotting to overthrow her husband, liaising with foreign agents and massive corruption, all extremely serious offences yet somehow she has never even put a foot in prison. This alone tells me that the People First Party is totally false. Do not believe what they say because they are all still very much part of ZANU PF. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Mbewa - 29 January 2016

amai mujuru we want to join you todii munowanikepi party yenyu inonzii who to aprch kwedu kuuzumba kwaSimba mudarikwa and senetor W.Kabayanjiri pamuswe apo

chimbwido - 29 January 2016

Dream on.we herd this in 2008.simba makoni project .hee lots of zanu leaders leaving bla bla bla.not even the general himself sumoned enuf guts to join simba.he only got mbudzi.wake up yu innocent,disobidient children.zanu has a 100 yrs ahead,rulling.the likes of mnangagwa,charamba r the vanguard of zanu.they represent the future presidents of zanu n zimbabwe.steadfast cadrs nt ship jumpers like moyo.can yu believe moyo once sat wth mdc in parliament,when he was expelled.sellout.a dishonest character.A sellout is best discribed by the people he betrayd,zanu.this second coming of his we watching,he wont betray anyone except his own .

viola gwena - 29 January 2016

mai Mujuru muri mai asi machemberawo saVAMUGABE.30 years munaVamugabe nhasi motivudza kuti vaipa.Imi naRugare wenyu munotijairira.Makadzingwa chizororai pane kuda kuti tigwe yenyu Hondo.Chiparty chenyu china dydimus mbavha huru ine utsinye kunge RUGARE Gumbo

Emmerson Chikuni - 1 February 2016

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