Mujuru rocks jittery Zanu PF

HARARE - Despite feigning bravado in public spaces, Zanu PF bigwigs are said to be seriously rattled by the new kid on the political block, the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), as it emerges that many ruling party legislators are now ready to jump ship for the outfit led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that the current mood in the upper echelons of the former liberation movement resembled that of a funeral as “not one person is sure how the next few months will pan out for the party” in the wake of the launch of ZPF.

“For a long time, many people thought that Mai Mujuru did not have the stomach to take on Gushungo (President Robert Mugabe) and the party (Zanu PF). Now that it is happening, the atmosphere at the top resembles a funeral as 2018 approaches.

“It is not helping matters that the chefs (senior party officials) and the security sector are all sucked in the terrible dog-eat-dog war for power, which makes it difficult for anyone to plan effective counter strategies against People First,” one of the sources said.

A number of Zanu PF MPs who spoke to the Daily News confirmed that they were on the verge of quitting the warring party, and that all they were waiting for now was “the best opportunity to join Mai Mujuru” — a looming development that the ZPF leader herself alluded to last week.

Speaking in an interview with this newspaper then, Mujuru said ZPF was “not a three-person party”, but rather one that had deep roots, including in the ruling party and the security establishment.

“You may think we are the only three who are in People First (Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa), no. We have people in Parliament there who are the majority who are saying push ... why would you be afraid of being relieved of your duties?” Mujuru said.

Commenting on alleged divisions in ZPF at the weekend by State media, the party’s spokesperson Gumbo said this just manifested how jittery Zanu PF was about the party — adding that Zanu PF “must brace for the fight of its life”.

“We are aware of the divide and rule tactics that they want to employ but we are united. They (Zanu PF) have come up with several strategies to try and destroy our party, and they are welcome because we know them and we are ready to deal with them,” Gumbo said.

He also confirmed that Mujuru had in the past few weeks been meeting with many Zanu PF officials, including MPs (names supplied but withheld on request), who all intended to join ZPF.

If these MPs do follow through on their promises, this would set the cat among the pigeons in the ruling party, which is reeling from its deadly and seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Among the prominent Zanu PF personalities who recently ditched the ruling party to join ZPF are former deputy Information minister Bright Matonga — who is said to be working closely with former Zimbabwe Union of Democrats president, Margaret Dongo, to mobilise support for the new party in Mashonaland West.

The Daily News first revealed exclusively the plans by dozens of Zanu PF legislators to ditch the party and join Mujuru and ZPF late last year. The newspaper reported then that the panicky ruling party was, as a result, making frantic preparations for yet more Parliamentary by-elections.

Insiders also claimed at the time that it was “panic stations” among ruling party bigwigs who understood the fact that People First “is a reality and major threat” to Zanu PF’s fortunes ahead of the country’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections which are a mere 18 months away.

“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.

Suspended Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairperson, Joel Biggie Matiza, also confirmed to the Daily News then, that party supporters were suspicious about the motives and machinations of some of their comrades and were no longer willing to continue working with those 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.

In the meantime, analysts say should the Mujuru MPs, who are said to number well over 100, proceed to jump ship, the move could trigger early national polls, which could crank up the heat on the bitterly-divided ruling party which is already reeling from its seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Zanu PF is also under pressure from the looming pact among the country’s opposition parties, following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and other parties to demand key electoral reforms before 2018.

The agreement is widely seen as a prelude to a more comprehensive electoral pact, which could see all opposition parties rallying behind a single presidential candidate against Mugabe.

Comments (28)

Yes zanu must be very afraid bcoz gamatox and chipfukuto will split votes to the advantage of Save which will see the end both zanus . but i do not think any sane MP will jump ship and join zanu as doing so will make them out of employment and automatically become machayinyokas .

Diibulaanyika - 7 March 2016

sorry should read any sane MP jumping ship to join zpf

Diibulaanyika - 7 March 2016

The bit about some MPs jumping is a figment of the reporter's imagination. No wonder why the 'names' are kept under wraps. Is it not possible to prop up Mujuru's profile without adding fiction?

N.Sithole - 7 March 2016

Sorry,"jumping ship" in my earlier post.

N.Sithole - 7 March 2016

kkkkkkk Are these said MPs imgined some ple have short memories for sure. When Simba Makoni formed his dawn party there was this hyper thing the same thing we are seeing in PF thing. According to Mavambo a lot of people had promised to follow him was his party was in full swing including some silly ambassadors were present some were said to have proped Simba financially and the same bogus commentators were saying Simba was the right candidate becoz he had the correct education bla bla. Those MPs who are promising to ditch ZANUPF l can tell you they will remain on the fence until after 2018 election until they are chucked out. On their own never never they will not jump ship

goo - 7 March 2016

Kikikikikikikiikiki. 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

isu tinotoida team iyeyo. tinoto svotwa kana muchinyomba mai mujuru. taimbofunga kuti mdc ndiyo yaizounza change then we realised the party was about one man morgan. he is just like mugabe. no one will move him even after his mandate expired, he changed the constitution for his own good like any other dictator would do. we trust that mai mujuru will not do the same. come 2018, she has my vote.

zvirozviyedzwa - 7 March 2016

Ko whr is tete viola.z akapresa here tete.

jabu - 7 March 2016

nxaaaa haiwavo,hapana hapana .isu naana cde Ngwena nemawar vets takatowirirana kuti hatitongwe nachimbwido mujuru.ndopika namai vangu varere.pasi nechichembere chekuDotito,pasi grace pfambi yekuamufakose,pasi nakamudhara kasingadi kusiyira vamwe chigaro,viva cde ngwena viva cde honey Chris nema war vets .tichotonga chete

viola ngwena - 7 March 2016

I never wrote the above.that is an Imposter.I dnt insult pple.I respect Teurai.She is nt Chimbwido n by the way nothing wrong wth chimbwidos.they wr fighters ,same as comrades.

viola gwena - 7 March 2016

@Viola thanks for correcting that because i was going to come after you about that comment demeaning woman

Nesu - 7 March 2016

@viola ngwena (the fake one) Go on and vote for your dhakisi, kkkkkk. I doubt you will be able to convince your husband to vote for the killer dhakisi

Jongwe - 7 March 2016

this just a farce with didi mutasa, covo gumbo and empty basket!!! joice is a monumental political failure having failed to do anything tangible during her 35 years in govt!!! pasi najaoice nezanu zvese!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 7 March 2016

What I am waiting for is the implosion of Zanu-PF. Getting rid of the demigod Robert Mugabe is a necessary first step and welcome news , whatever the outcome.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 7 March 2016

I am waiting for when one day i will wake up News headlines ' Mugabe is dead' Fore[gn newspaper headlines 'the Zimbabwean longest serving dictator has died in his sleep' I will have a massive orgasm

April - 7 March 2016

Mugabe has seen worse than Mujuru in Tsvangirai. No amount of opposition and resistance can dwarf that of the MDC T. Besides, is Mujuru real opposition or just another election-time hypnosis? Zimbabwe let us take PEOPLE FIRST with a pinch of salt, lest we are taken for a ride for the umpteenth time.

sandile - 7 March 2016

Zimbabwe's economy will be ZanuPF's undoing! If RGM/Grace are not defeated by an opposition party it will definitely come from the hands of hungry, frustrated people pillaging and looting as they go. RGM and his politburo have ruled out democratic change through rigging and deceit. This is the unfortunate logical outcome . Come 2018 Vote for the strongest non-ZanuPF candidate in your area then bicker later after the Mugabe Dynasty is stillborn. Put Democracy ahead of party politics and streets overrun by looters and pillagers.

Nooshie - 7 March 2016

is there democracy in the mdc t, n, b, 99. there is no democracy thats the reason we have these numerous mdcs. tsvangirai is a dictator of the same magnitude as that of mugabe. he changes his party's constitution just like it is in zanu pf. he wont allow anyone to take over from him even though his mandate expired in 2014. lets not fool ourselves that there is a democratic party in zimbabwe. the best person as of now is amai mujuru. our task as a people should be to achieve change. this appears possible if we vote wisely in the 2018 elections. vote mai mujuru for change.

zvirozviyedzwa - 7 March 2016

Zim is a funny country where a crocodile drowns in the water kkkkkkkkkkkk . Ngwena has drowned heyi madoda aah suka kkkkkkkkk/ come election time zanu is gone bcoz Mujuru is their spoiler which will mean an emphatic defeat by MDC T and the writing is on the wall that is why every one in zanu is shacking and developing running tummies . haa bwaa kwazvimba .

Diibulaanyika - 8 March 2016

Joice Mujuru and Morgan Tsvangirai both have clear track records showing that they are both grossly incompetent and corrupt. Why anyone in their right mind would want to vote for them or even listen to their empty rhetoric is beyond me. The only people who can help Zimbabwe are Zimbabweans themselves, surely all of us have already seen enough to realize who is and isn't real. This country is loaded with many good potential candidates but sadly most of them fear stepping forward after having witnessed what happened to poor Itai Dzamara? We need fresh new blood in politics not these old dishonest politicians who continue to sing the same old tune over and over again? Wake up Zimbabwe.

White Colonial Boy - 8 March 2016

Joyce should come clean first before trying to fool anybody.She should explain what happened with Gukurahundi,Murambatsvina,Corruption,Election rigging,Chiidzwa Diamonds,Abductions and murders,assassinations,etc before we can take her seriously.She was thrown out of the ZANU PF luxury train full of heartless people and can no imagine her life outside politics.Welcome to the land of Zimbabwe Joice where we leave from hand to mouth because of your former gvt's maladministration for 36 years.

Billy Johns - 8 March 2016

Hey if the very same people cross the line then whats the difference?

jomz - 8 March 2016

white colonial, i like this part "This country is loaded with many good potential candidates but sadly most of them fear stepping forward after having witnessed what happened to poor Itai Dzamara?" So if they are not prepared to come in the open and declare their readiness then how are we supposed to know them. Totomanya nezviripo.

Gari waDonono - 8 March 2016

People of Zimbabwe are unique, then expect someone else to do things for them. Many remain pretending to be this or that. Face the truth in the eye, you need to stand up for yourself. Joyce will never! Never do anything for you which you cant do yourself.

sigodo phenduka - 8 March 2016

It is a well known fact that Morgan Tsvangirai is now a spent force. Having such a weak leader like Tsvangirai, will turn the country into a haven of Gays and Lesbians. The reason being the MDC is easily dictated to by the West. We will never accept Gays and Lesbians in Zimbabwe. Some will think that it is Mugabe`s stance, but let it be known that Zimbabweans are united when it comes to Gays.

yago - 8 March 2016

Currently Mujuru is in SA,i listened to her on SAfm today apologising for being a zanu pf member before. People are sceptic of her past,they dont trust her

Cosmas - 8 March 2016

In 1980, the people of Zimbabwe welcomed a vinfant leader not knowing that he will only leave the post when Doves Crocker Morgen comes to the state house. As this time is coming closer, there is now a lot of match I nation and ploy to put yet another member of the family to take over. Chimoio battle and many other battles were not for the Gushungo family only. It was for the whole country. What is Grace doing now. We are not fools but we are a peace loving populace. Zimbabwe is not a kingdom for the Gushungo. Mugabe wishes if his son was 39 then he will hand over to him like the Kabila situation in DRC. Alas, he is still too far according to our constitution. Join hands with Joyce Mujuru and take these ruthless leaders head on. 2018 will kick them out. Had Munangagwa known that he was also being used for the oust of Mujuru. Known they are disarming him by chasing all his close compatriots. Viva Mujuru Viva

hleki. - 9 March 2016

"To change with change is a changeless state". Hapana zvitsva apa from Runaida Joyce Mujuru. Morgan and Joyce are the same bedfellows; corrupt, inept and visionless leaders. Same as ZANU - which is imploding. “The Revolution devours its children”. The atmosphere of suspicion has turned to paranoia in ZANU PF: “It is the punishment of tyrants and villains to live in terror of each other”. Zimbabwe has become one big septic tank and the big chunks have risen to the top. Gogo Mujuru apologising in SA on SAFM - she is a joker. If she can explain her 34 years being part of the gravy train that has looted Zimbabwe, how as Min of Telecommunications, she tried to stop Strive Masiyiwa from establishing Econet and her / husband's links to Zairois / Telecel, her involvement in the ZISCO Steelgate affair and how their family sidekick Farai Rwodzi has been instrumental in destroying institutions like Kingdom Bank, Interfin etc. Zimbabwe deserves better. New blood, people of intergrity, character with traceable track records, men and women of vision to step forward and lead our nation. Variko

Moffat Makombe - 9 March 2016

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