EXCLUSIVE: Mujuru tears into Mugabe

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru — who formally presented herself to the nation on Tuesday as the leader of the new political outfit, Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — has described President Robert Mugabe as a backward and power-hungry man who wants to take the nation down with him to his grave.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, the former and long-standing deputy to Mugabe also said the increasingly-frail nonagenarian was fatally “indecisive” and in the bad habit of reneging on, and scuttling even those things that he would have initially agreed to.

“To be honest with you, I felt very betrayed (when I left Zanu PF), because you would have sacrificed your life, your family and even yourself to the whole cause and then all of a sudden things turn the opposite way.

“If I had done something wrong, one would feel it was my problem and it was going to catch up with me,” Mujuru said, as the deep respect that she once had for Mugabe appears to be waning fast — while she prepares to take him head-on in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Mujuru was hounded out of the ruling party in late 2014 on a cocktail of untested charges that included her and her allies being accused of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe, fanning factionalism, engaging in corruption and dabbling in witchcraft.

Commenting on these charges, she said yesterday that it was now “clear for all to see” that she was innocent as Zanu PF’s deadly ructions had worsened after she left the party.

“When you have done virtually nothing you feel betrayed. I knew one day the truth was going to come out and I am sure it is now clear to all and that everyone is seeing what is happening.

“Rome is burning and is Mai Mujuru still there? If Mai Mujuru wanted to assassinate Mugabe why is she walking scot-free?” she asked rhetorically.

Mujuru, who has previously referred to Mugabe as her father, having known him since she was 18, tore into the man — daring him and her other Zanu PF tormentors to avail the incriminating evidence that they claimed they had against her.

“You can actually see that these were just fabrications, that they just wanted to get rid of me... I was a hindrance to those who wanted to get closer to Mugabe. The unfortunate thing is that he bought those lies. I felt betrayed,” she said.

Mujuru said as the “madness” got worse, she went and told Mugabe that she was quitting, “waved goodbye and left him in silence” just before Zanu PF’s disputed 2014 congress.

She said for a long time while she was still within the ranks of the ruling party, she had been of the view that Zanu PF could be “renewed from within”, but this had proven to be impossible.

“The country is now the laughing stock of the world right now and yet we used to be number one left, right and centre. Where are we now? Which number one position can you claim now?

“Number one of gossip, number one of occupying a podium and shouting at people who are busy developing their nations? That is our only number one position,” she said tongue-in-cheek and in obvious reference to Mugabe who is notorious for his biting anti-West rhetoric.

“He abused the respect that was shown to him. Our people have been impoverished so much that to leave Parliament you would have to first think what you will do, and how you will earn a living.

“He has the reins to make you turn left or right and use you, and do whatever he wants,” Mujuru said.

And as Zimbabwe’s economy continues to plummet precipitously, she said the question that many were asking her was “why did you go to war?”, given the widespread suffering in the country.

This was one of the major reasons which had driven her and other “reformists” who were still in Zanu PF, to contemplate leading a fresh revolution for the betterment of all Zimbabweans.

Asked if she was going to join the opposition trenches if she had not crossed swords with Mugabe and her erstwhile Zanu PF comrades, the widowed ex-VP said although she had tried her best while still in the ruling party, her “voice was drowned”.

“It is I who told President Robert Mugabe that I am leaving because of what was happening in the party. But because of wanting to save face, he said something else,” she said amid much mirth.

“Of course, he would never come out in the open and admit that he was lying,” she added.

Describing Zimbabwe as a “concoction of trouble and confusion”, Mujuru said most of the country’s problems could be traced to Mugabe, adding that this could be seen even in his “ridiculous” belief that she had dabbled in witchcraft.

“Those who talk of witches are the biggest ones. I don’t know what they were talking about, I was born an apostolic faith follower... people must have laughed to such a lie and say how can a head of State believe such a lie.

“You occupy such a high post and believe in such things? How backward!” Mujuru exclaimed, saying further that all these lies were aimed at keeping Mugabe in power.

“He loves power. There are people like that,” she said ruefully.

Asked if Mugabe, who once urged her to dream bigger and aim to succeed him when she was appointed VP in 2004, had a succession plan she said, “maybe in his pocket”.

“In my 10 years as his deputy, he never discussed anything with me... I was never promised anything... and I don’t think he ever promised anyone”.

Asked about her relationship with the First Family, particularly First Lady Grace Mugabe, who was her tormentor-in-chief ahead of Zanu PF’s damp squib 2014 congress, Mujuru said it had been “cordial” for many years.

Comments (39)

“He has the reins to make you turn left or right and use you, and do whatever he wants,” Mujuru said.

SaManyika Chaiye - 3 March 2016

Ichokwadi amai wish u da best even isuwo tiriparumana nzombe dziva rikapwa tinovuyoko.asi gire inguva zvayo achachema

gusheshe - 3 March 2016

I don't agree with Mai Mujuru on the issue of resigning. She cannot go to the head of state and say bye. She should have written a resignation letter. She is not telling the truth.

Prof Mlambo - 3 March 2016

Amai Mujuru is right,,,,. ZANU PF yamama naGrace and him uncle Bob fuelling the confusion in the party. Those who have eyes have seen it and its true uncle Bob is old and Grace the typist is now in charge, Gire from Mufakose. a young lady with no morals is now in charge. Shama shame on uncle Bob....we shall not respect such a useless and hungry dictator,,,,,Ngwena is far much better. Mahoka, the prostitute from Karoi should be dusciplined or fired from Zanu kana yakadaro,,,,.uncle Bob is gone and l believe he is now senile hence Joki from Mufakose in charge,.....

Clemence Tashaya - 3 March 2016

Amai Mujuru is right,,,,. ZANU PF yamama naGrace and him uncle Bob fuelling the confusion in the party. Those who have eyes have seen it and its true uncle Bob is old and Grace the typist is now in charge, Gire from Mufakose. a young lady with no morals is now in charge. Shama shame on uncle Bob....we shall not respect such a useless and hungry dictator,,,,,Ngwena is far much better. Mahoka, the prostitute from Karoi should be dusciplined or fired from Zanu kana yakadaro,,,,.uncle Bob is gone and l believe he is now senile hence Joki from Mufakose in charge,.....

Clemence Tashaya - 3 March 2016

Mai mujuru vanokanganwa chezuro nehope. Does anyone remember her saying zanu is the only party she ever knew, she swore she'd always be zanu I remember that, how then can she claim she resigned? What a liar you are mai mujuru!! I am praying that Zimbabweans don't get fooled by this wolf in goat's skin. She must stop taking Zimbos as fools, though I see there are a few who are buying into this crap I know most Zimbabweans are wise enough see for themselves that someone who has been zanu all her adult life cannot be reformed in a year after having been kicked out of zanu for that matter. She knows the issue with everyone is the idea of having to be booted out to start seeing that Mugabe is evil and a pathetic leader that is why she's coming up with this "i resigned" crap. We can see through your thinking madam. As far as I am concerned I believe what you said. You said zanu was in your blood and Mugabe was your father (baba). Chiendai munozorora muchirima ku ma farms amakabvuta muri mu zanu musiye vamwe vambopindewo vari fresh with fresh, new ideas not your obsolete ways of operating which destroyed the country. Vana ve Zimbabwe musashandiswe namai avo vanonzi mai mujuru. She had her chance and did not produce anything tangible. Very selfish people vanoda kungoshandisa vanhu kuti vapinde mu power vodya havo easily. I hate these kind of politicians with a passion. Endai munozorora mese na mugabe, nevamwe vakuru avo ana rugare gumbo, mutasa etc hamunyari makaita sei munoda kungoramba muchidzosera nyika kumashure. Zimbabweans WAKE UP!! This is definitely not what you need right now, to be led by these zanu old people. We need fresh blood. They looted whilst they were in govt for a very long time, got kicked out now they want come back through the back door to loot and destroy the country again? No ways, Zimbabweans will never allow you to come back and ruin whatever little is left.

misty - 3 March 2016

Varume musavarairwe Zanu pf is reinventing itself for good or worse.Look everyone who has been there is gone and still counting. MUGABE sold Zanunpf to new buyers and soon they will move in with their people. At least the country is shedding off this excess baggage (liberation war mantra)We need people who will steer the country forward rather than wallowing in yesteryear Ramboing.

view from the gazebo - 4 March 2016

If Mujuru is serious about leaviing Zanu PF and being opposition why is she still lamenting about leaving Zanu? Why is she lamenting to Studio & that Mugabe wants to destroy Zanu PF? Snakes can change the skin, but not their poison, neither do they change their names

inini - 4 March 2016

Reketai vana Mujuru naMugabe baba vako. Makazviwanira kanyika kenyu kezvitototo, zvipashumaranga.Dai Zimbabwe yaive nyika ine vanhu, vanhu vakamuka, mungadai mese nechiparty chenyu yava history.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 4 March 2016

there is virtually nothing that can come from mai mujuru, as most of us have foreseen, if she keeps dwelling into her fights with rhobhati. Zimbabwe need no gossipers and mongeres of rumour. Zim need sound brains that can diagnose the needs of the economy for the country to catch-up with other African countries as a starting pont and getting connected with the global village while preserving hunhu. comments about rhobhati, especial from joyce, must be factual to the point so that he will step down without being forced by anyone. joyce must confess in no uncertain terms that they stole elections and give details of how this was done. she must give details of murdered people and those that disappeared so that rhobhati anofumuka pachena. then will coronate the winner of all those elections and seek justice for the killed and tortured. she must testify against rhobhati rather than trying to shampoo herself using grit & mud that was thrown at her by rhobhati; its not going to work. kuswero taura kuti handisi muroyi heee handisi assassin; whaaaaaaaat! confess joyce, sinners confess to get the mercy of whoever they want to buy their story. confess and shame rhobhati, Mbeki, sadc & obasanjo.

SaManyika Chaiye - 4 March 2016

you see, the cat is out of the bag. this lady is simply protesting her ouster from zanu. are you the only one who made sacrifices for this country runaida? better still you were given your demobilisation pay which your husband looted. you also benefitted from the war victims fund were you lied that you are 90% disabled now you want to lead the country with such extent of disability? you have grabbed a lot of farms, estates, mines and buildings around the country and is that not enough. you haven't even apologised for your looting spree for the past 35 years!!! only fools will vote this zanu front, look she doesn't even want to she the zanu baggage as seen by the name of her party zpf!!! pasi najoice nezanu yake!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 4 March 2016

Varume lets be mature in handling issue ya mai Mujuru and her party. For a positive move and trategy lets forget about what Mai Mujuru said when she was booted by Mugabe and concentrate on her new statement. More is coming and the the entire nation will come to know the truth. Mai Mujuru knows very well the brutality of her former CIO and the army is. Thats why most of the time since she was booted she kept to herself. Brothers Mai Mujuru and her team are the right people to deal desicive with Robert because they know how they used to rigg the prevois elections ,know were killing base of the CIO is etc. Those who are saying we need new blood and new ideas fine come out with your party and ideas we will come to you. Remember if a lion fights with a zebra there is no story to write home about But if Lion fights with another Lion then the battle space will suffer. Mai Mujuru is now the real Light for zimbabwe. Regai magandanga arwe oga then we will follow the victors

Touchmoreee - 4 March 2016

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun and fight.The established system just needs a gun in every poor and hungryman's hand.If you talk of elections ZANU will rule for centuries.THey have mastered and perfected the art of rigging.BUT THEY CANNOT RIG A GUN..Cowards die several times before their actual death.Dont reason with intellectuals just shoot them.

vilbram avril - 4 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 - 4 March 2016

mai mujuru has been very honest in her narration of what happened and how she felt about it. that seems to me to represent the first part of her speech. the second half deals with what she sees as the future of zimbabwe. i am impressed by her statement about zim's relations with the outside world especially mugabe's rhetoric on anti-western relations. if we think dip, look at the alternatives at hand, we can safely conclude that mai mujuru is the best opposition leader at the moment. we have been frustrated by mogiza yr in yr out. the guy is about ladies. lets leave him to his hobby and allow mai mujuru a fair chance to change course in zim politics.

zvirozviyedzwa - 4 March 2016

Well said Amai Mujuru.... but given that you have part of this gravy train at the 2nd highest level ... your desire to be president only leaves some of us thinking that the same ideologies you are attacking you also seem to be desiring them ... In my view zim needs advisors who have been at the top and let new blood come in to rule ... we need to graduate from the war veterans rulership mentality ... so that we applause them and enjoy the benefits

Politics - 4 March 2016

hanzi tsvangson ran away and mai mujuru wont run away ... where was she from the time she was booted out of zanu .... she knew that she had to play it low coz it could mean the end for her.... zanu inteligence is also infiltrated so they leak info to the top opposition leaders on what will be being planned ...

Politics - 4 March 2016

Once zanu always. I wouldn't trust ambuya ava not one day. A leopard will only disguise itself.

Wangaratta Mutara - 4 March 2016

Mai Mujuru, We hope your election campaign will not be simply denouncing ZANU PF. What is it that you will do differently that will turn the economy around and enable Zimbabweans to simply leave in peace?

Chris Magadza - 4 March 2016

Mai Mujuru, We hope your election campaign will not be simply denouncing ZANU PF. What is it that you will do differently that will turn the economy around and enable Zimbabweans to simply leave in peace?

Chris Magadza - 4 March 2016

Mai Mujuru, We hope your election campaign will not be simply denouncing ZANU PF. What is it that you will do differently that will turn the economy around and enable Zimbabweans to simply live in peace?

Chris Magadza - 4 March 2016

She was born, bred, baptized and brain washed Zanu PF, hence the umblical attachment ZPF. People of Zimbabwe do not be fooled.

Mukanya - 4 March 2016

if joyce want people to listen to her, as she say 'people first,' she need to tell the PEOPLE what she and zanu did, what rita and zec did, what chidyahusiku did to defeat us all over these years. we need joyce to uncover, with hard evidence, what chihuri and porisi did, what the so called war vets did, what the cio did so that Zimbabwe can reform.

SaManyika Chaiye - 4 March 2016

you are right @cris mugadza people are interested with the methods she will use to turn around the fortunes of this country. we are fed up with politics of patronage. we want the country to change course. people first there is your question?? let us know what your methods are!

zvirozviyedzwa - 4 March 2016

A true and clever soldier plays their cards to the chest

Nqindi - 4 March 2016

Zpf mujuru and company are very much behind time table, They have a lot to do , to catch up when it comes to country's problems. This country requires fresh blood at the top.

X-MAN IV - 4 March 2016

Chokwadi varume mai mjuru is the only way out al the mess we are in under mugabe hapana chavaitaura kungoti lets do this or that wobva watonzi mutengesi .mugabe is so selfish to unimaginable extent . truely speakig hapana achamuda kunze kwe mbava dzinoba pretending to be loyal

mopao mokonzi - 4 March 2016

Kikikikikikikiikiki. ONCE ZANU (MORE THAN 34 YEARS PANYANGA!) ALWAYS ZANU. Vari kurota Mbuya ava. Ko zvamaiti munonamata wani!? IZanu PF musecond half yamuri kutipa iyi neteam yenyu z(anu)pfffffffff! Kubatana kwenyu manyepo aya - your only unity is because you now have one common enemy (Mugabe and Zanu PF). To quote manyepo enyu ayo: "Mind you, President Mugabe is not a young person. He is 92... He would be not be involved in anything.... To me he is a spirit. ..... In my culture, you don't raise a finger to a man or a woman who is your mother or your grandfather's age. It is spiritual, he is now a living spirit and we are lucky to have him alive. If you want to talk to your departed grandfather, you talk to them through him and you don't have to wrong him, because at his age he is just there to sit around and be respected as a living spirit. I don't want to destabilize a living spirit”. Joice Mujuru served as vice president under Mugabe from 2004 to 2014. She held several government posts since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. In April 2015 she was expelled from ZANU-PF for allegedly plotting against Mugabe." Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) interim leader Joice Mujuru has unveiled her national management committee: Mujuru (president), Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Sylvester Nguni, Cougan Matanhire, Dzikamai Mavhaire, John Shumba Mvundura, Methuseli Moyo, Gift Nyandoro. Zimbabwean politics is cheap and a game of con men and women. Wise up Zimbabweans - we need fresh and new ideas, visionaries, technocrats with clear articulated ideas on transforming our nation; people of character and ethics not these chameleon, mercurial characters.

Moffat Makombe - 7 March 2016

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