Mugabe reveals his grudge with Mujuru

HARARE - In a rare moment of candour since he hounded former Vice President Joice Mujuru from Zanu PF in late 2014, President Robert Mugabe yesterday gave a definitive reason why his former number two had been purged from the party.

Speaking at a Zanu PF rally at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura, the nonagenarian suggested that Mujuru had paid for the sins of her late husband, liberation struggle icon Solomon — who died in a mysterious fire in 2011 — accusing him of having worked to depose him from power in the disputed 2008 elections.

“Mujuru waiti vanhu havangatambudzike munyika muno nenyaya yemasanctions. Akupomera ini mhosva yemasanctions achiti saka Mugabe ngaabve pachigaro ndokufurirana naSimba Makoni kuita chiparty chavo Mavambo. Ndokufamba kumaprovince vachiti regai kuvhotera president . . .,” Mugabe said. (“In 2008, Mujuru accused me of being the cause of the Western sanctions that were causing much pain to Zimbabweans, saying I must step down from power. He then connived with Simba Makoni to form Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, going around the country and asking people not to vote for me”).

Mugabe said the campaign against him by the likes of Mujuru, resulted in the party losing the elections to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who got 47 percent while Zanu PF got 43 percent.

The 92-year-old leader said he was only lucky because Tsvangirai did not get the required 50 percent plus one vote to assume leadership of the country.

Mugabe also revealed that hardliners in Zanu PF were working with external forces to remove him from power.

During the address, Mugabe expressed both his frustration over increased calls for him to leave office, in the face of the ugly brawls that are ripping the former liberation movement apart.

Mugabe sensationally claimed that some of the factional leaders are now approaching the Chinese in their bid to remove him from power.

“...saka ndipo patava kusiyana navamwe ipapa vanobva vaenda mberi mberi nekumaChina kuti takuda president mutsva (That is the main cause of our differences, as some are pushing further to an extent of approaching the Chinese telling them they now want a new leader),” Mugabe fumed.

Mugabe said this after Mashonaland Central chairman Dickson Mafios also said the Chinese were meddling in Zanu PF succession wars in the province.

“Tichavadzvanya mukaona vakuchema  chema (We are going to deal with them),” he said.

Since the brutal ouster of Mujuru late in 2014 over untested charges of plotting to remove Mugabe from power and assassinate him, the deadly ructions — now pitting supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa against those of First Lady Grace Mugabe — have worsened.

During yesterday’s address, Mugabe said Mujuru had approached traditional healers and faith healers in her bid to take over from him, yet she is a member of the Salvation Army Church.

“Hameno kuti pfungwa yakazouya sei yekuti zvandava number two, ko iyo number one haigoneki here? (I wonder how the idea creeped into her mind after I appointed her VP, she started aiming to take my position),” he said.

The increasingly-frail nonagenarian leader admitted that the former liberation movement was now sitting on a cliff edge.

“Hatina kusungana zvakakwana iye zvino (We are not united),” he said, applauding the women for remaining united.

He urged party structures to “remain calm, disciplined, and united in the face of the multi-faceted challenges”.

Mugabe attacked former War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, accusing him of influencing the youths to rebel against him.  He criticised Mutsvangwa for pushing him to leave office on claims that he had overstayed.

He, however, said it was only his Zanu PF party’s congress that would decide on whether he should continue as the leader or not.

“Kana muchida kuti vatungamiri vabve eh ndobva asi zvinouya nekuparty. Asi zvingakubatsirei here? (If you want me to leave, I will leave but that has to be done through proper party procedures, but to what end?)” he asked. He said he was going to meet with the war vets during the first week of April to deal with their grievances, including the issue of school fees for their children.

Before his rally, Mugabe officially opened the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University where he gave Zaoga land that they had been charged $2,3 million by the council for free.

“Saka iyo taitaura kare kuti mari iyoyo hamuibhadhare, makabhadhara kare neminamato, takabhadhara kare neropa, vakai vakai hamubise kana kobiri rokutenga, ndizvo zvatakarwira, ndozvatakafira. Nzvimbo ino ndanga ndichitoti idiki. Kana moda kuita vana agriculture . . . mining tokutsvagirai kwokuenda monoisa ikoko macampus akati kuti. (You are not going to pay money for this piece of land, you paid through your prayers, we liberated this country for you to get land. If you want to venture into agriculture . . . mining, tell us, we can give you more land to do what you want,” Mugabe said.).

He added, “...Council kana yanga ichitsvaga mari haiwani mari nemutovo iwoyo (Council will not make money through that means),” he said.

Comments (40)

thank you very much Mr President Mugabe for giving land for a Zaoga university to built,thank you.this is for the education of our children.

tsviriyo - 19 March 2016

Ok so this is the reason why our renowned General died mercilessly. Vadura, ko vamwe ndivanani???

widzo - 19 March 2016

1997 is coming back to haunt is. Murume anotya magandanga uyu

Cyprian MAPOSA - 19 March 2016

Lumpsum payment to Ovets very soon.

new war vet - 19 March 2016

Zvimwe hazvisi Kufunga ba. Bhora musango tose tinoiziva mudhara akarwadziwa ndokubva afunga Jonso uyo ainge adzingwa akadzoka akavadzosa mundima . vese varikudzingwa ndivo vaive team bhora musango. Ndosaka Jonso kasiri kudzingwa. Mudhara owes him big time. At least things are turning for the better. Hatisikuzova pasi pechi O vet again. Nyika yavakuuya kuvana veZimbabwe.

View from the gazebo - 19 March 2016

Hoo ma China vava kuita regime change.Ndosaka ma diamonds akatorwa.

Kufandada - 19 March 2016

Giving land freely for institutional development is a wise idea as long as the institutions are not going to be ZANUNIZED. Secondly if all church organizations are to get land for development without paying a cent where are the councils going t get money for services. Is it another Fast track because knowing the Zimbabweans you will hear very soon another church is asking for land from the President. On the issue of people asking the President to retire, I think it is obvious one has to work with a plan of retirement even metal comes to a point it bends showing need for replacement. The president failed to groom or even opening opportunities for other people to show their talents hence the confusion in the whole country. That problem is going to haunt Zimbabwe for another two to three decades.

Hwiriti - 19 March 2016

So is this why Mugabe killed Solomon Mujuru? It looks Mugabe lied to the Nation that he liked Mujuru when he shed those crocodile's tears at his funeral. Now it looks he had begrudged Mujuru to death. The truth will always tell itself

Ziziharinanyanga - 19 March 2016

Hallelujah, Glory to God in the Highest for answering prayers for Zegu! Thank you President Mugabe for cooperating with God's answer to the prayers for Zegu. May the Lord continue to unfold, manifest and fulfil your purpose of life like He has done in such a time like this. Zimbabwe will not be a colony again!!!

Innocent - 19 March 2016

If its council land think again.yu must just pay for it.The law is bigger than president.in 5 yrs yu will be asked again to cough up the money.who will protect yu?becoz this gesture has a time limit,president s term.Loot is loot,ask Boka family.The church broke the law .it must repent and do the correct thing by paying for the land.Be exemplary.be a good church that respects the law.

dube - 20 March 2016

The tone of Mugabe`s speech says it all. Now he is finished. Thank you dailynews for always being ahead giving us insight in the events cooking in this party of thugs. The credit for accurately informing us Zimbabweans is yours. NEVER GIVE UP TO INTIMIDATIONS. Muri varume imwi !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 20 March 2016

He-e, he-e Ngwena ndiye akaponda Solomon. He-e, he-e arikuda chigaro after Mugabe. Hezvoka ataura ega Robati. Saka nhunzi dzaipomha Ngwena uroyi dzirikutii nhasi uno ? Mavonaka nyaya yenyu yekuvenga garwe nokuti rineganda rinamakwati uye rinogara mumadhaka munetsvina haina brain. Varume navakadzi kuita makwikwi ekucommenta mumanewspaper kuti Garwe ngaaroverwe pachigutsa adyiwe namasvosve. Munaziva muvengi wenyu, siyanayi naNgwena.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 20 March 2016

This is otherwise the first time we have heard President Mugabe say General Mujuru was working with Simba Makoni to topple him! Now we can't be entirely wrong to suggest that his demise might have had something to do with his stance against the Presidency? So who is this man who should forever rule? I think there is a real need for him to see someone rule better during the remanining days of his life awon kuti kutungamirira vanhu hakusi kuvarwadzisa. Ini ndaneta hangu naPresident Mugabe. Vanhu vese vandinosangana navo vanoti havana kumuvhotera, saka akavhotegwa naani?

duzvi - 20 March 2016

Bravo Robert Mugabe for going to your Zezuru Bindura constituency bitching about who wants to unseat you 36 years later . So unfair eh Robert.? Let's see here : Ndabaningi Sithole, Joshua Nlkomo , Ian Smith, Abel Muzorewa, do you recall them ? Robert , go to Chipinge, Bulawayo , Masvingo and plead your case as to why anybody would like to unseat you a mere politician.. Zimbabwe is better than this. May be Mugabe is a payment for better days ahead.

Chibwechitedza - 20 March 2016

This is one of Mugabe's ill thought and populist policies. The council needs to be paid its money or else Mugabe must give the council the money. Where else in the world does this happen? How else will the council earn money to service the town? No wonder why the country is such a mess.

Inyika - 20 March 2016

Zaoga is not exceptional to the rule of law.council by laws must be respected.thats how land invasions started,by being encouraged by the presidency.chaos followed to this day.now how many churches are going to mushroom on council land?Jesus said pay unto Ceaza what belongs to him,.this church must pay ,like all citizens.Jesus again had to borrow a dinar to pay his taxes to authorities.The land belongs to Zimbabwe,nt an individual.Mr Guti plse Pay up or give it up n leave wthin yo means.dont let ambition ovatake hardwork.

jembe - 20 March 2016

munoziva zwekuita ome 2018. vote mai mujuru ndikokuti nyika yedu iende mberi as the general wished.

zvirozviyedzwa - 20 March 2016

I am getting scared, all the truth are being revealed probably unconsciously because of old age, first it pasi nezanu pf, then Tsvangirai won 73% in 2008; then $15bln diamonds money that was stolen and now indications on why Mujuru got what happened to him

cremorairipi - 20 March 2016

Very old age.and zanu pf must be very embarased all the secrets are coming out.soon military secrets will be paraded in bindura.haiwa pakurwa at 92.?

rure - 21 March 2016

This is revealing. So Slomon was killed for saying Mugabe must retire? Anybody suggesting Mugabe should leave power risks being killed. Zaoga is given free land and Bindura City council forfeits $2.3m and the owner of the land is dispossesed. Clearly there is no respect for Rule of Law and Property Rights in Zimbabwe. The Banks are right 99 leases have no collateral value as land can just be taken by the state with no compensation and besides land is not tradeable in Zimbabwe.

Botha - 21 March 2016

Do not be hoodwinked to celebrate the give away of land to ZAOGA by the president.I am not a lawyer but this is called giving in to undue pressure or durase something.ZAOGA should start looking for money to pay for this land because the city council will claim its money once this undue pressure is gone and the land will have appreciated in value. If the land rightly belongs to the city council then only fools will celebrate as a problem postponed will trouble you many times in the future.

Felmus - 21 March 2016

Mukweguri unogwara pfungwa chaiko

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 21 March 2016

so mai mujuru has paid for the sins of her husband or rather their sin as a couple. ngwena as a top government spy knows this. maOvets dont no longer want mugabe, mujuru didnt like mugabe, lacoste doesnt like mugabe, only 5000 people at bindura rally, for me its just food for thought

Chabvondoka - 21 March 2016

There is not any problem with the President giving vast land to ZEGU to establish a tertiary institution for free. Apparently the University authorities paid to the Ministry of Local Government way back in 2010 and granted that land without any unscrupulous deals. The president having assessed the argument amongst the three parties involved namely Bindura Municipality, Chakumba the Mineral monger and ZEGU, His Excellency President Mugabe used his presidential temparary powers and saw it logical to grant the land to ZEGU. ZEGU being an International, tertiary institution as well as a non profit making organisation duly deserve the land and property rights. Ministry of Local Government being the mother of all municipalities does not seek authority from any city council to grant any piece of land whenever it sees it plausible to do so. Hence, the President could not reverse it because everything was done above board. Even the University of Zimbabwe when it was established during the Smith regime it was granted the special rights of land ownership so is the same situation that we are found in. If it was not legal therefore it means that at independence in 1980 the would have reversed it but the University is even expanding. In a nutshell I mean ZEGU has been blessed with the rightful authority and at the right moment.

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Philip Mubaiwa - 21 March 2016

The spirit of Rex Nhongo will always haunt you Mr Robert, why did you kill then? Come 2018, his wife will be in office. Robert usakanganwe chezuro nehope.Rex ndiye akakuita kuti upinde panyanga nhasi wakurutsa kutaura nhai.

Nemaise - 21 March 2016

The elder brother of Simba Chikore who is married to Bona Mugabe is Ezekiel Guti's son-in-law. So you do the math

Clive Gonese - 21 March 2016

Muburantaya kupa ZAOGA church land yemazezuru Kikkkkkkk

Handizvobodomatibhiri - 21 March 2016

There is not any problem with the President giving vast land to ZEGU to establish a tertiary institution for free. Apparently the University authorities paid to the Ministry of Local Government way back in 2010 and granted that land without any unscrupulous deals. The president having assessed the argument amongst the three parties involved namely Bindura Municipality, Chakumba the Mineral monger and ZEGU, His Excellency President Mugabe used his presidential temparary powers and saw it logical to grant the land to ZEGU. ZEGU being an International, tertiary institution as well as a non profit making organisation duly deserve the land and property rights. Ministry of Local Government being the mother of all municipalities does not seek authority from any city council to grant any piece of land whenever it sees it plausible to do so. Hence, the President could not reverse it because everything was done above board. Even the University of Zimbabwe when it was established during the Smith regime it was granted the special rights of land ownership so is the same situation that we are found in. If it was not legal therefore it means that at independence in 1980 the would have reversed it but the University is even expanding. In a nutshell I mean ZEGU has been blessed with the rightful authority and at the right moment.

Dokonda Nyamakate - 21 March 2016

Recently mai mujuru said one by one my husband killers will confess and we shall know them. Mothaz kwamakautsvagira kuhombe ndabvuma. hoyo murume mukuru ongowomoka. chivapengesai nengozi manje vadye mumabin

muchadura - 21 March 2016

Thank you Mr President kana muchirevesa kwete zveit Campaign yenyu nekuti kwave neimwe party yakatanga.

Zabhadawo - 21 March 2016

Thank you Mr President kana muchirevesa kwete zvekuitira Campaign yenyu nekuti kwave neimwe party yakatanga.

Zabhadawo - 21 March 2016

Thank you Mr President kana muchirevesa kwete zvekuitira Campaign yenyu nekuti kwave neimwe party yakatanga.

Zabhadawo - 21 March 2016

The title should have been "Mugabe confesses why he murdered Mujuru" or Dzasukwa admits killing Mujuru

BONA - 22 March 2016

dont make a mistake trying to sell Land to the Owner, remember this Land does belongs to God, kufarisa kuda kutengesera Mwari nyika yake, Zaoga is a church of God and even president has this understanding thats why he just let them develop, ende kupusa its our own university why cant we be proud of ourselves aaaaaah ayas

sangie - 23 March 2016

kkk haaya, saka nhai sangie zvairi yedu tichadzidzawo here mahara,

kkk - 24 March 2016

kazopera kamudhara mugabe finally,thanks to Gire. Zvino Gire uchagarepi?Hure ramakoko!

henzo - 24 March 2016

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