Mujuru 'tsunami' ruptures into life

HARARE - A close aide of former Vice President Joice Mujuru — who formally presented herself to the nation yesterday as the leader of the new political outfit, the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — described her as a tsunami that was set to change the face of Zimbabwean politics for good.

The aide — who was among hundreds of Mujuru’s exuberant supporters who congregated at Meikles Hotel in Harare as the former VP hosted her inaugural media conference as an opposition figure — also proclaimed excitedly that “(President Robert) Mugabe and Zanu PF are finished”.

Speaking at the packed Press event, Mujuru herself did not disappoint, throwing the gauntlet at her erstwhile Zanu PF comrades and declaring boldly that she was ready to face Mugabe in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

And in a savage back-handed swipe at Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe, she said she was neither “a witch nor an assassin” — making it clear all the charges she had been slapped with while she was still in Zanu PF had been contrived.

The seemingly relaxed Mujuru also said the hard and trying times that Zimbabweans were currently living under called for “the truth to correct our past wrongs” — adding that some of the areas that needed correction included foreign policy, investment laws and the respect for the rule of law in the country.

“We are living under an unjust system. There is selective application of the law, one for the poor and the powerless, one for the rich and the powerful, one for opposition party supporters and one for ruling party supporters,” she said.

Drawing parallels between racist Rhodesian rule under Ian Smith and that of Zanu PF under Mugabe since 1980, Mujuru quoted the late liberation war icon, General Josiah Magama Tongogara, who famously said “we are not fighting against the white man, we are fighting against a system”.

She said pointedly that 36 years after Zimbabwe’s independence, the same unjust system that Zimbabweans had fought against during the colonial days “remains a noose around our necks, as that system has stolen any hope for the people of Zimbabwe”.

Describing yesterday as a historic day, Mujuru laid into Zanu PF’s “smash and grab” policies such as its controversial Indigenisation and fast-track land reforms.

She promptly marketed ZPF as “a viable, home-grown and inclusive political party” that was willing to engage other like-minded persons to dislodge Zanu PF from power in a free and fair election.

She said her party would among other things, review the Indigenisation and also conduct a comprehensive land audit to flush out multiple farm ownership — necessary moves that her former Zanu PF comrades have refused to take.

“Zimbabwe is broken. In dark times such as these, we look to the government of the day to serve as builders of a better country for all ... We know we will not get this from the government of the day.

“It has broken the social contract that should exist with the Zimbabwe people,” Mujuru said, further exposing Zanu PF’s failure to implement the country’s new Constitution.

She said People First would contest all future elections to “remove the unjust system (Zanu PF) once and for all through economic, political and social reform”.

While Mugabe, whom she refused to talk about during her media conference, has shown the West the middle finger, Mujuru announced that she would, once elected, drive the country towards re-joining the global community.

“We shall rejoin the Commonwealth,” she said emphatically of the group of nations that Mugabe moved out of when pressed to effect political reforms in Zimbabwe a decade ago.

And in a further thinly-veiled attack on Zanu PF, Mujuru said “unlike others who had vested power in one person”, ZPF is not a “one-simple woman party. What we are, is a party with one People Centre of Power”.

“I must also speak for myself. I have known only one political party since I joined the liberation struggle. I am now outside that party. I am neither an assassin nor a witch ...

“If there is any crime that I am guilty of, it is the belief in the periodic constitutional and democratic renewal of leadership from within, and this is the same position I am now promoting within Zimbabwe People First,” Mujuru said.

Asked to clarify her party’s position on a grand coalition with other opposition parties, Mujuru — whose husband Solomon died in a mysterious inferno in 2011 — said the last time that she met main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was in 2013.

However, she expressed her willingness to form an opposition alliance that would take on Zanu PF in 2018.

Mujuru, whose nom de guerre was Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood), said her party would work to restore some of the tenets that led many to join the liberation struggle to fight and dislodge the Rhodesian government from power.

“We fought for the right to self-determination, the right to freedom, the right to vote under the principle of one man one vote, and not one man voting for us all,” she said.

Asked about the role that the army had to play in Zimbabwe’s politics, Mujuru — whose husband was the country’s first black commander — said war veterans, the army, police, air force and intelligence services must defend the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Betraying the anxiety of Mugabe’s ruling party around Mujuru’s official entry into politics, ahead of the eagerly anticipated 2018 national elections, Zanu PF apparatchiks ratcheted up their withering attacks on her and her party yesterday.

Some of those within Zanu PF who attacked her viciously pointed out — with neither a sense of shame or irony — to the fact that she had been part of a “corrupt, dictatorial and murderous regime” for many decades.

Comments (66)

as long as as she has the likes of Bright and not so Bright Matonga ,old horses like Rugare Gumbo and Mutasa this project is bound to fail

JUMA - 2 March 2016

From the line-up, this party is nothing but Z.A.N.U (P.F) (M).From their pronouncements, it is clear that, all along, they have been aware of the problems bedeviling the country. They chose to ignore same as they were on the gravy train.

Cinhema - 2 March 2016

tsunami sounds like an overstament of mujuruand her PF. anyway Iets wait n see.

SaManyika Chaiye - 2 March 2016

if mdc t can take a leaf from mrs mujuru's strategy, that would help them in the future. the woman knows how to talk, what to say and how to appeal to the electorate. first, rejoining the common community, second, respect for the soldiers, police, air force etc. dai ari morgan aingo wawata hehe state machinery this and that. she is appealing to all relevant stakeholders in zim politics. this is what we have been longing for for years. come 2018, the going will get going.

zvirozviyedzwa - 2 March 2016

Where can I get the membership card?

chimuti - 2 March 2016

What would you expect from Brigt Matonga who brought Zupco down, Mutasa former Manicaland mafia boss, Rugare Gumbo , Basikiti all failed dogs hapana tsunami apa.

JUMA - 2 March 2016

What would you expect from Brigt Matonga who brought Zupco down, Mutasa former Manicaland mafia boss, Rugare Gumbo , Basikiti all failed dogs hapana tsunami apa.

JUMA - 2 March 2016

We want the membership cards ASAP

nenivo - 2 March 2016

I hereby welcome the new kid on the block in the name of ZPF. I wish its leadership well. I have been very sympathetic to Rugare Gumbo who have been tormented for a long time from 1975 to date. He can be likened to a candle exposed to a violent wind. He has never experienced an environment of peace and tranquility. However after having said this, I would like to remind ZPF that it is not going to a stroll in the park. ZanuPF is baying for their blood. ZPF is going to be ZanuPF enemy Number 1 for the simple that Dr Mujuru and the entire leadership might reveal the darkest part of Mugabe and those under him. I am still not convinced that ZPF alone can unseat ZanuPF. ZanuPF claims that in 2013 it got over a million votes though this is questionable in the sense that the election was thoroughly compromised and highly flawed. With this in mind one sees a situation whereby ZanuPF burst into numerous fragments with tiny areas of influence. So these will be dividing the one million plus claimed support base thus effectively weakening ZPF. We are likely to see people being arrested on false allegations and their property being taken. Hard times are coming but what I know is a long night cannot prevent the coming of the next bright morning. We are like caged birds crying for their freedom. We have suffered for a long time.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 2 March 2016

Pachinerwendo-asi ndaratidzwa MADHARA ari kudedera-let bygones be bygones-ngatitorei ma CARDS.

Chilufya Zoto aka-prophet 271262 - 2 March 2016

Let's rechristen her Teurai Ziya. Let's work for Zimbabwe it's about time

Inini - 2 March 2016

We been in the tranches for almost 20 years! I have had enough of Chematama winning elections but failing to capture state power. Hazvibatsire to keep on hoping and placing our votes in the wrong basket. Zimbabwe yakuda vanhu vane zvivindi kwete vanotya kufa. Shuwa unoti wahwina election vakutiza nyika! Remember in 2008 what happened? Biti na Chamisa vakasara woita press conference ku Miekles Tsvangirai atiza nyika kare! Guys lets give change a change zvinoda vakashinga izvi. I doubt that if Mujuru wins an elections she will run and hide in the Netherlands Embassy.

Chibaya T - 2 March 2016

PF if you dont join hands with tsvangirai and other oppoistion parties, hapana nyaya, you are heading nowhere. Musaite makharo ekuda kutonga nekuti makadzingwa. Going it alone wont help . PF strategy should be to unite the opposition and face the enemy head on. .

A.Mukamato - 2 March 2016

I am a bit skeptical about this team and its composition. These are the same people who terrorised us for more than two decades depriving us of the socio-economic and political rights, and now they say they have seen the light. Mutasa left a trail of blood shed in Rusape and Headlands, would not tolerate any opposition, now today you want us to take you serious.No comrade ! You need to confess first all the pain and the brutalities that you committed on poor Zimbabweans. Maybe it was also high time you told us what really transpired between 2000-2013 before we can take you serious. Our hearts bleed for the truth to be told and only then can we take you serious.

joe tsoka - 2 March 2016

Mubvunzo imi vanhu vedaily news, you sound very much excited by this; Zvavaitamba negudo vachiti harina mahobi makore ose aya, nhasi mahobi abvepi?????

Mahweda - 2 March 2016

As long as she stands as an opposition in Zimbabwe, this lady could change Zimbabwe within a single election. She has the vital resources ranging from manpower that could exceed that of zanu pf in quality and balance , grassroots support to capital resource. Refute it or not, that is what is on the ground. Wezhira.

dhurun'aru - 2 March 2016

Cinhema waida kuti vaite sei iye Mugabe ari panyanga. Tell me even one munhu akambogona Mugabe since independence. Chimbojoina zanu pf yacho uone kuti zvaunotaura zviroto and that's the day you will begin to kill people iwe pachako because you will be changed and ukada kuonesa they cut your throat. Kkkkkkkk.

dhurun'aru - 2 March 2016

“We are living under an unjust system. There is selective application of the law, one for the poor and the powerless, one for the rich and the powerful, one for opposition party supporters and one for ruling party supporters,” she said. WAZONDIPEDZESA JOICE. NDIWE IWE URIKUTAURA KANA KUTI ISVIKIRO RAKUBATA ? THERE YOU ARE ZIMBABWEANS. EVEN THE DUMBEST AMONG US CAN DRAW A LESSON FROM HER STATEMENT. THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE LIKE ME AND MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR DECADES: MUGABE AND HIS CRONIES (INCLUDING JOICE MUJURU) KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT WHICH SHOULD BE DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY , BUT THEY CHOOSE TO DO THE OPPOSITE FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH ENDS. The same for the African continent as a whole. WE HAVE BEEN LET DOWN BY OUR LEADERS AND WE REMAIN A LAUGHING STOCK THE WORLD OVER. The solution may never be found because whoever we put in the position does exactly the same like the other preceding buffoons. IS IT IN OUR GENES AS BLACK PEOPLE ? CAN SOMEBODY OFFER AN ANSWER OR EXPLANATION. I cannot understand it.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 2 March 2016

Mai mujuru is doing a good thing by trying to turn around the system and challenge Zanu pf. Lets be real, the MDC has long lost its meaning and appeal to the people. Putting our differences aside, the Mai Mujuru party is a positive alternative for Zimbabweans. To those who pursue real change, people first is the progressive party that will move the country forward. Forget the past, the real enemy is Mugabe, Mnangagwa and ZANU pf not Mai Mujuru.

yana - 2 March 2016

Mai Mujuru sure here kutaura kuti Bob is as bad as Smith and for 36 years and yet you mai Mujuru you were a VVIP at every ZANU party gathering, chanting pasi nethis and that. We will never ever vote for you. Never for a ZANU PF reincarnation. PAMBERI NAMORGEN PAMBERI NEMDC YEDU, PASI NEZANU PF AND THEIR PROJECT X, PROJECT Y was another useless Simba Makoni

gamuchirayi - 2 March 2016

Mai mujuru the crowd surrounding yu nooo.whr r the violas ,jabus,the comrades.wthout them ,mammoth task.get viola yo friend.

look - 2 March 2016

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Chamakonya - 2 March 2016

Viola is cming.she will soon be paraded for all to see.pachena.macomrdes aya.Runaidha n Viola

ndugu - 2 March 2016

I WANT THE MEMBERSHIP CARD YESTERDAY

J MOYO - 2 March 2016

This does not smell nice at all. I smell a rat here. How can "hundreds of supporters" converge in Harare without being "teargassed" or "watercannonned"? Unless of course they are not considered a threat to Uncle Bob. Are these not actors of the new Zanu PF soapie called ZPF with Joice of course being the leading actor. I will believe this kana Joice ambovharirwa on trumped up charges or kumbodhekeshurwa sezvakamboitwa Morgan zviya. Here us the catch: over the weekend an MDC-T rally could not be given the green light by the police because it "coincided with a football match in the same area" but now little Joice can mobilise hundreds of people into the city centre to launch and 'opposition outfit".....No no no. Try harder guys. We were not born yesterday. Fool some people some time but not all the people all the time.

Tozvireva - 2 March 2016

This does not smell nice at all. I smell a rat here. How can "hundreds of supporters" converge in Harare without being "teargassed" or "watercannonned"? Unless of course they are not considered a threat to Uncle Bob. Are these not actors of the new Zanu PF soapie called ZPF with Joice of course being the leading actor. I will believe this kana Joice ambovharirwa on trumped up charges or kumbodhekeshurwa sezvakamboitwa Morgan zviya. Here us the catch: over the weekend an MDC-T rally could not be given the green light by the police because it "coincided with a football match in the same area" but now little Joice can mobilise hundreds of people into the city centre to launch and 'opposition outfit".....No no no. Try harder guys. We were not born yesterday. Fool some people some time but not all the people all the time.

Tozvireva - 2 March 2016

Shumba yakapfeka dehwe rehwai

Chitsiga - 2 March 2016

Lets face it guys, this beautiful nation needs. Those who are in power today have failed to revitalise the economy. Corruption is very rife. We are under emense suppression where the national television and radio stations are serving as ZANU PF stations. The only thing that I dont despute which the ruling party has succeeded in doing is to instill fear in its citizens. Go all the way Dr we will rally behing you. ZANU YAORA.

Tagutanazvo - 2 March 2016

Well as long she does not say how they used to rig elections no one will take Joice serious and from what she said nothing new at all instead she should have told Mugabe those things 34 years they had been working together . She waited till she was chased away by Grace from zanu to say these these things hayi mani this is rubbish . If a snake dies its bones are still dangerous so in this case the dead bones of zanu such as this people first are dangerous people must be careful not to follow it bcoz it will kill them at the end just as zanu did .But it is natural that we have political prostitutes who just follow zonke nyakanyaka but they are fewer fortunate

Diibulaanyika - 2 March 2016

We are staying put in the MDC T A CIVILIAN LED POLITICAL PARTY AND FORMED BY WORKERS . THOSE WHO WHO WANT TO BE FOOLED BY GAMATOX BECAREFUL YOU WILL BE INTOXICATED SUWA NYANISI .

Diibulaanyika - 2 March 2016

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Ziggy Zigawo - 2 March 2016

Arambirei kutaura nezvaMugabe. Thus exactly means vanozivana.Zimbabwe ngwarai.She refused to comment about Mugabe,,she knows that they have their secrets about this whole stupid party. VanaTsvangirai vanorohwa asi havatye kumuudza mugabe.I dont trust this woman at all.Vanoshandiswa nasatan vanhu ava,,havana basa nekushupika kurikuita vanhu.Dai Mwari atibatsira serious

matsotsi - 2 March 2016

Be warned.....this tsunami will first strike ZANU PF and then spread to the ordinary masses.Remember pataiimba ZANU NDEYE ROPA taiimbira kuuraya mabhunu nhasi toiimbira kuurayana pachedu....We will ululate as the tsunami strikes zanu pf ....for now.....once in office, the tsunami will let the povo run for their dear lives....chati homu chareva.........

powderkeg - 2 March 2016

even when she hasn't said how zanu rigged election some of us already support her people first party. remember zimbos are looking for an alternative to zanu pf . thats what made tsvangirai popular then he misjudged the people's expectation of him as a leader and went on a marrying spree. he also became a dictator who doesn't want to pass the baton to another even though his stipulated term lapsed in 2014. people are seeing a real prospect for change. machinja, please do not disturb this process. mai mujuru is willing to work with all progressing people thats what she said in her speech. pls pls machinja do not disturb the 2018 election by splitting the vote zpf needs that vote.

zvirozviyedzwa - 2 March 2016

makorokoto mai mujuru people have been waiting for you ma membership cards ngaaende kuvanhu

chisunga - 2 March 2016

Nyama inonaka inotaura yega.

Liberty Shungu - 3 March 2016

Only gamatox is looking for alternative we are happy with out Chematama bcoz he is not muchekadzafa.

Chimedza matombo - 3 March 2016

Hey the other day i laughed when i saw some few confused gamatox ululating for death and poverty .this is how people were warned in the 80s when they were praising satan from to sun set and they were surprised when it killed them and refused to go .Now we have same satan coming in a different form called pf

Diibulaanyika - 3 March 2016

siyai mai vamboitawo. Simba Makoni paakabuda mubato hapana chamakataura makamuvhotera. saka nhasi munhu wese kuna Amai makanyarara. We learn from the past and rite now mai vari kuziva secret of winning

Kana zvaita - 3 March 2016

Musalvation army wese kuna amai.

chimuti - 3 March 2016

People should learn to change. If Mai Mujuru has changed so what. Yes she was kicked out of zanu but that does not mean that peolple can't change. I voted for zapu long back and will vote for her now.True Zimbabwe has a law for the poor and powerless, a law for the rich and powerful, a law for the opposition and and a law for zanu supporters. My advice to mai Mujuru is for her to be brave and reveal all. That she was part of the system is irrelevant

zim zim - 3 March 2016

Maybe Bright was a bright light put under the table then

Nqindi - 3 March 2016

ngavatange vadzorera zvose zvakabiwa. kana vachinazvo ngavanyarare zvavo mai vekudotito ava.

jurumame - 3 March 2016

People should learn to change. If Mai Mujuru has changed so what. Yes she was kicked out of zanu but that does not mean that peolple can't change. I voted for zapu long back and will vote for her now.True Zimbabwe has a law for the poor and powerless, a law for the rich and powerful, a law for the opposition and and a law for zanu supporters. My advice to mai Mujuru is for her to be brave and reveal all. That she was part of the system is irrelevant

zim zim - 3 March 2016

I bate Mai Mujuru will never win the elections. She managed to acquire real life time dislike across the country. Remember kwachiyadzwa there are crying graves there

chikware - 3 March 2016

Pamberi na Mai mugabe mu office kana zvichiita

chikware - 3 March 2016

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uuyeewrrrrrrrrr - 3 March 2016

Ko nhasi news updates how far waiting for Moyo to write Mutsvangwa's firing here

hameno - 3 March 2016

She refused to comment on Mugabe coz she is aware of the consequences that follow and besides she is very professional in her dealings, why insult an enermy? Zimbabwe needs results and assurance of the way forward not cheap politicking of insulting each other on the public. Majaira politics dzekutukana saka makuti Joice is still under Bob, jairai zvitsva imi

People First - 3 March 2016

I have one question inini, as long we want progress in Zim there has to b an understanding btwn all Opposition parties including ZPF, so if all u opposition members cant embrace mujuru then we will have 8 presidents standing against the ruling party and l hope u know the result after that, don't work up and say Zanu rigged whilst u rigged yoselves by not reaching a common ground whilst its still early. A coalition is the way out then the leaders of all the opposition parties will meet from district level to national level and elect a leader against ZANU PF

khuboni - 3 March 2016

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