Mujuru piles on Mugabe agony

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) yesterday piled the pressure on President Robert Mugabe in his escalating quarrel with disaffected war veterans loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, in the wake of the former freedom fighters defiantly contradicting Mugabe about their position and role in Zanu PF, ahead of their meeting with the nonagenarian in Harare on

Thursday, ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the war veterans had the capacity to liberate themselves and the nation.

This follows Mugabe’s calculated assault on restless ex-combatants on his return from Japan at the weekend, where he made it abundantly clear that he would not be dictated to by them, adding that the once powerful Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) was subordinate to Zanu PF, and not the other way round as some former freedom fighters think.

Gumbo also urged the war veterans to be brutally frank with Mugabe in their highly-anticipated engagement with him on Thursday — and to ensure that they pressed him on Zimbabwe’s deepening political and economic rot, in a noble endeavour to reshape the country’s future for the better.

“As a democratic, inclusive and people-centred party, whose main thrust is to BUILD our beloved country through the promotion of the values of the liberation struggle, of self-determination, self-dignity and self-pride, we urge the war veterans to seize the opportunity of their meeting with Mugabe.

“They must remind him and his government of the need for a peaceful and democratic Zimbabwe where every citizen enjoys the fundamental freedoms of association, choice, speech and the right to demonstrate and choose a government of their choice.

“We also believe that war veterans, as nationalists, should take this opportunity with their patron to register their and the nation’s displeasure at the poor economic policies that are being pursued by Mugabe’s administration, that are hostile to industrial growth, foreign direct investment, job creation and the reduction of poverty,” Gumbo said.

His sentiments came as the government’s ill-advised deadline for all foreign-owned firms to transfer most of their shares to Zimbabweans passed last Thursday amid widespread condemnation that this will only serve to deepen the country’s economic problems and those of long-suffering citizens.

“It is our firm belief that the veterans of our liberation struggle will also speak against the threat to close the few industries and banks that are soldiering on in an economic environment that is patently unfriendly to investors to the detriment of the majority of Zimbabweans.

“We also believe that the welfare of our war veterans is of utmost importance, and that it is against the liberation war values of self-determination and self-dignity to reduce these gallant sons and daughters of the soil to charity cases who survive on the benevolence of the State president.

“It is therefore, incumbent upon the war veterans to speak and act against a system that has pauperised them while enriching a few unscrupulous individuals who obscenely flaunt their corruptly-gotten wealth in the form of 50-bedroomed mansions while the generality of Zimbabweans are reeling in poverty and struggling to feed themselves.

“We urge war veterans to remind Mugabe that true leaders do not boast about the houses they build. They boast about the investment they make in people, how they BUILD people.

“We acknowledge that many lost their lives and that many were maimed for life in the liberation of this country and it is with this understanding that we urge the war veterans to remind Mugabe that he owes it to those who paid the ultimate price to make Zimbabwe a democratic, and not a pariah state,” Gumbo added.

Referring to when police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of veterans who had gathered in Harare last month, the ZPF spokesperson said the unprovoked attack had “cast a dark shadow on Zanu PF”.

“Who would have dreamt that 36 years after independence, our liberators would be targets of attack by the party and the government that they helped to create?

“Under normal circumstances, we expect the patron of the war veterans to be fully behind the expectations of our liberators and their fight for the unhindered exercise of their fundamental democratic rights, including that of congregating for the purposes of demonstrating. Anything other than that poses a big question of ‘whose side is he on and why?’” he asked rhetorically.

Gumbo said it was little wonder that more and more war veterans — who were already an integral part of the structures and organs of ZPF — were allegedly making a beehive to join the new kid on the political block.

Amid all this, Zanu PF insiders say the stage is now delicately set for a potentially explosive encounter that could radically reshape Zimbabwe’s turbulent political landscape when Mugabe meets the restless war veterans in Harare on Thursday to try and iron out their deepening differences.

In a daring act of defiance on Sunday, war veterans aligned to Mnangagwa openly contradicted Mugabe, saying they were “equal partners” in Zanu PF and that the ZNLWVA was not just an affiliate organisation of the governing party as the nonagenarian said on Saturday, on his return from Japan.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News then, the spokesperson of the Mnangagwa-aligned ZNLWVA formation that is led by former War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, Douglas Mahiya, also said it was folly for anyone to think that former freedom fighters did not have a key role to play in Zanu PF.

“Just as you cannot separate Jesus from God, and cannot separate Jesus from the Holy Spirit, you cannot separate war veterans from Zanu PF. After all, we (war veterans) are the ones who introduced Zanu PF to the masses during the war of liberation.

“If someone wants to separate us from Zanu PF, I think it will be a betrayal of the liberation struggle,” Mahiya said as he unapologetically contradicted what Mugabe had said — setting the stage for a potentially bruising battle when Mugabe meets war veterans, who for some time now have felt excluded from both national politics and the dividends of democracy.

Mahiya said further that ex-combatants “are not supporters of Zanu PF but are members of the party”, and as such were not supposed to operate under the leadership of people they had taught politics.

“During our training as liberation fighters, we were taught how to use the gun and also taught how to handle the masses in terms of politics. So you cannot say we must go under them while we are the ones who were educating them. War veterans have a big role to play in Zanu PF politics,” he said.

Prodded to comment further on the view that war veterans should play second fiddle to Zanu PF, Mahiya said this was a misunderstanding as each party needed the other, adding that one side could not dictate to the other on issues that had to do with how the party must be run. The issue is not about direction. As war veterans, we already have direction. However, the direction must not constantly be renewed because if you do so you will lose that direction.

“You cannot renew the direction that we had, the direction of fighting the colonial regime. We think that as war veterans we are taking the right direction. Now, it’s about how government functionality and programmes benefit the people that we fought for,” he said.

Mahiya added: “What we are experiencing is tantamount to total chaos in the country and total destruction of the party,... we will be left with nothing at the end of the day.

“Zanu PF is being manipulated to produce a different product altogether, which is a misdirection of the liberation war . . . our former enemies have infiltrated us,” he said.

Comments (43)

Rugare Gumbo is right this time. But why does he urge the war veterans to press certain points at the forthcoming meeting, instead of him also attending the meeting and articulating his views? Is he not a war veteran himself? I believe he is, and can rightfully attend this meeting as a genuine war veteran. He is no different from Mutsvangwa, Mujuru, Dabengwa, Chiwenga, Chihuri and many others. I think all war veterans should attend, and not only those who are Zanu PF cadres.We were liberated by all these, Gumbo included.

machakachaka - 5 April 2016

Daily News...I respect you but I may be forced to change my mind. While is Joice mujuru Piling on the agony here? repeating quotes from Gumbo, Mahiya etc does not show anything more that Joice has done to show that she has "piled the agony"? We will soon change your motto to "telling it like it is not"

Jojo Madiro - 5 April 2016

nauseating G40 mouthpiece!

chitova - 5 April 2016

nauseating Mujuru mouthpiece

chitova - 5 April 2016

according to @ dailynews the alternatives to the incumbent are the gumbos,mujuru,mahiya etc the people responsible for the rot that has beset us,whilst the youth are trying to secure the future,the greedy warvetsthink by virtue of having participated in the struggle,they should get preferential treatment when all they did in moza was to force themselves on female cadres and dance to chinx all night,fastforward to independence,rugare gumbo,played a central role in the collapse of hwange colliery,mujurus corruption and incompetence is unparralled,the warvets cant wean themselves of govt handouts,as the youth,we are the future and we say no to dubious characters who want to steal the future from us,we will not allow them to push out the incumbent so that they can continue to extort people in protection fees,we are past the politics of personalities,ED,mujuru,tsvangison step aside for the sake of our country

truth - 5 April 2016

poor story form daily news.

bored reader - 5 April 2016

Daily News you are now good at creating stories when you cant some..trust me your propping up of G40 and Mujuru's Zanu Pf team B boggles the mind

gnomic - 5 April 2016

I love zealous, albeit misguided spooks and other Zanoids like @chitova, @truth and the alleged bored reader, who voraciously read the Daily News every day, lap every line and word in the newspaper and then pretend that they don't like the paper and what it writes! Surely a normal person who is not a fitting candidate for Engutsheni will not punish themselves every single day by reading what tortures their souls line by line? No? Daily News, you are doing an excellent job that is appreciated even by Zanoids! Nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 5 April 2016

@khumalo uyasangana,a newspaper is read in the hope of finding a good and informative story,i doubt that the editor @dailynews feels his paper is immune to critique and should not be reviewed,blind praise singers like you are a danger to society,hlanyela khatshana

others - 5 April 2016

zanu is a cult.when yu are chuked out yu lose your credentials as as a cde, wo vet, cadre etc. th so called hero status is also lost and yo remains wont be intered at the hiroz acre! so rugare and company are now treated just like tsvangirayi & madhuku. however I feel as if these guys are acting in disguise; being pf in appearenc when they are zanu in fact. as opposition we need to make news of our own as proponents of democracy in zim rather than following these unedited epic street theatre being displayed by the bullfrogs. the country continue to sneeze and the economy is haemorrhaging profusely. we need to wedge war against the hegemony if ever we are to be taken seriously. look at the financial anaemia that has infected the banks yet rugare is bleating like a sheep giving birth to a still-born! we have set a new constituition and they are not intrested in aligning the legistation(s),they don't want to repeal posa&aipa only for the juvniles like maziwisa to lampoon fallacies. what is that meeting going to yield besides taking undeserved space in newspapers? lets rise up and restore the diginity of the country that has been reduced to a laughing stock of the likes of guy scott. Europe is not going to pay attention to our problems because thy have refugee & terrosit issues to focus on. so lets take the reins of control b4 the economy breaths its last. rhobhati is being rejected by his own and lets take advantage and push him into the abyss of waters.

SaManyika Chaiye - 5 April 2016

it normal to have pple who fail to comprehend stories. I have a few friends who could not pass English because they didn't know how to relate 'headings' to 'passages.' I find it unsurprising at all for some1 hu didn't mek it with simple stories of hare & baboon at o' level, I easly forgive & forget! this is journalism mafana where they talk of plot of the story. in short mujuru ari kufurira mawar vets ahead of the meeting and this has an effect of disturbing the desired outcome zvinowa zvokangaidza mukwenyi. zvekunzwisisa zvine malevels izvi ende wanyori wemapepa wane mapaper(training) azvo izvi. hazvidi kungomhanya kuti hee wrong headline else read playboy magazines and masturbate pamwe ndozvinganzwisisike, nxaa! ngatisati headline yatadzwa isu tavharwa nhaika.

SaManyika Chaiye - 5 April 2016

@truth.viola says yo leader is dead horse.unelectable.yu talk of youths future when yu clamouring for a 94 yr person to lead yu.am I mising smething.

lodza - 5 April 2016

Guys leav Dailynews alone.let them do their job.even viola respects them.otherwise we wuldnt k now her if it wasnt for this platform.

bob - 5 April 2016

Of all opposition parties only this lacoste is turning up the heat.my hate off for yu fighters.

titus - 5 April 2016

@saManyika chaiye,@viola gwena is a regular contributor on this forum,she has not contributed today becoz she makes analysis and then contributes,u could also take a leaf from her,if you have nothing to say ,silence is golden than to talk of masturbation on this platform,show the dailynews and its online readers some respect

others - 5 April 2016

Me I want Truth to respond to what viola said.thats the real way of debating.it seems truth cant gutsie up to viola.

nancy - 5 April 2016

@others amen.thank yu.samanyika is so boring .I skip his comments,whole page saying nothing.

yuba - 5 April 2016

regards @viola her opinions yesterday regards the president were flawed and lacking in tactical aproach for us to win the elections in 2018,she borrows the 'unelectable' term ,one all zimbos know is reserved for ED as he is the one who is unelectable,at 92 years of age,my critics on this forum will agree with me that bob is mentally sharper than tsvangison,joice and ED so if the field fails to produce contestants that can outsmart bob,does he necessarily have to step down?the constitution is clear,two terms only and under the new constitutional dispensation bob is only serving his first,zanu pf has two sides,the softside and hard side and its anyones guess whom among viola and myself belong to the soft side that formulates manifestos and stratergies to woo the electorate and appeal to the youth and who belongs to the hard side which is made up of violence and filled with people who cling to the past and fan factions which are factions bereft of any idealogy except that its ningis turn to rule when the 69 year old looks more fragile than the 92 year old,we the youth need bob to stabilise the ship and if a 69 year old brings chaos,are we to support him becoz of age?

truth - 5 April 2016

To be fair "Daily News" is off their mark with the article heading, it has nothing to do with Joyce Mujuru. Sub editors be a little more vigilant!

Nooshie - 5 April 2016

@samanyika,you are doing more harm than good to samanyikas and only reinforcing the stereotypes of an otherwise great people

muzukuru - 5 April 2016

Need I say anything further on electable leaders,.wth all the evidence that are so glari g about RG ,physicaly tmbling by himself everytime he comes out ifor sunshine.me taly I cannot even count the incidences.sleepi g in cabinet n polutburo.pasi ne zanu Incident,in japan ,.these r incidents we see and there r plenty we dont see nor hear.only the security guys will tel yu how bad it is.the man is 92 for our sake.what else yu want him to give yu.yu give him the gift of retirement and let a younger person in yo g40 take up the leadership of yo party g40.arent there men good enuf.for yu to compare 62 yr old to a 92 mugabe is madness.a whole 30 yrs gape.ngwena is not g40 leader.wory about who takes over yo sinking ship after this yr end.yo jonso is known for jumping ships,one after another,all the way out.truth ,singing for super will nt move our party forward.I know yu think yo properties dished out to yu will be gone wth RG,bt what good is it to make profit over sufering citizens,when we can all enjoy our country thru good accountable leadership.the good intentions of good men are seen intheir sacrifises for a cause.

viola gwena - 6 April 2016

@truth ,yu backing dead horse for sure.dnt give viola this chance to make pooding out of yu n bob.theris no argument mugabe needs to retire.

unandi - 6 April 2016

Yu chose yo phrase unelectable ,wthout thinkig.yu were discribing yoselves g40.yu all unelectable.no ground suport.yu need an introduction to yoselves,parthettic fellows clinging on to the past.yo ideologies yu never believed in them,frm health for all by the yr 2000, bt 2000 came n yu changed to vision 2020 now its only 2 yrs away,whr are the houses.yu thot we wuld never reach 2020?yes its yu the g40 lunatics who crafted all this plus yo zimassert thats fast proving to be pipe dream.yu never plan anything succesfull.time for to disperse frm RG n let positive pple take up the economic struggle.

viola gwena - 6 April 2016

everyone knows vision 2020 was joices baby and housing and health for all by the year 2000 was mooted in the in the 1980s and ED and joice were central in those cabinets,stem driven by cde jonso is delivering to the masses and tyson is bringing sanity to local authorities,the failures in implementing excellent policy positions lie squarely with the old guard,eg,how many farms does ED have?

truth - 6 April 2016

@samanyika:this is now above your intellect,withdraw your participation,please!!!

jojo - 6 April 2016

the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn't want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: 1. rwavhi gukurahundi Mugabe committed genocide in Zimbabwe mainly the gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s. this is the reason why he doesn't want to vacate the throne because he knows that he will be arrested. this has nothing to do with his marriage to grace is this come well after he had committed the crimes. 2. grace is a useless slut who left her marriage to get married to rwavhi because of pecuniary gains. 3. joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo's killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!! VIVA SAVE 2018 VIVA!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 6 April 2016

People are saying zanu and war vets must go i repeat please go you have no business in govt you have failed us We want a civilian govt which will listen to people and respect them just leave 36 years of doing nothin in govt is too for us we can not afford that any more . Now we are 20 years behind other countries .

Diibulaanyika - 6 April 2016

Gee I had forgoten about vision 2020.wht hapened to this noble cause.viola keep digging up plse.quite exciting.the stem is not moyo s idea.he stumbled on it upon arival at ministry of higher education.it was already on its final planning.I know so.

gire - 6 April 2016

the amount of idiocy that zanu & its bootlickers display is equal to the amount of insult I throw back at them! If you are bored by the daily news go to the herald, and you will not see me there!

SaManyika Chaiye - 6 April 2016

@truth: Jonso and tyson are gaining from the so called rot. Tyson can not even run his own business profitably and Jonso has no integrity. Jonso"s arguments have become just talkshows with no meaning at all, and that coming from a Professor, he is an example of a bad professorship. Zimbabwean dont need those kind of people to lead them.

katu moloi - 6 April 2016

Moyo crafted vision 2020 during the tyme he was crafting the failed constitutio,the vote yes one.even this zimasert its moyo n his backers that crafted it.they r not economists .thats why it has failed.its very unpractical.makes very little sence.

hunda - 6 April 2016

2 fellows of small minds is fowl mouthed diibu n this samanyika.theris no coodination between brains n mouth.@diibu ,parties are nt wished away ,yu do smething to get rid of them.

arafat - 6 April 2016

G40 hatred of ngwena came about coz of ngwena s promise to do a farm audit.thats the day they came to grouping n identified themselves as g40,.when ngwena said its time for the glare they panicked,why bcoz of the number of farms they each have out of mahara.not only that bt stollen money frm indegnisation funds paid by companies.strange fellows.

viola gwena - 6 April 2016

where exactly is the agony here? im failing to really pinpoint how exactly mujuru has agonized Mugabe in this article except for a repetition of what mahiya said a week ago and what gumbo opnions would have wanted to be agenda for the warvets meeting

jack - 6 April 2016

Ubuti diibu plse dnt use rude words in yo inputs.pple wil start to ignore yu as it seems nw.yu can adiqately express yo points wthout insults ,like viola.she has a following bcoz of ubuntu.

unandi - 6 April 2016

kkkk I see cde Dibulanyika has ,for reasons better known to himself,renamed himself Josphat Mugadzaweta

vhare - 6 April 2016

G40 is rubbish,there is absolutely nothing that is sensible out of g40,except dreaming about being lead by a 94yr old. Team lacoste is better coz they have killer mnangagwa as their leader. G40 is only banking on zhuwao & kasukuwere ,a pair of morons.

Benito - 7 April 2016

Mahiya did not hit the nail on its head. He should have drawn parallels to what they did to Sithole. In fact Sithole did far less damage to Zanu Zanu than Robert Mugabe.

selele - 10 April 2016

I think its safe to say that those that said Jonathan Moyo was out to destroy Zanu from within were indeed correct. Because he is propping up people that we all know are out to rob us, I would rather vana Mujuru and Ngwena as opposed to these young thugs bcecause they have had their riches and they at least understand the fact that for them to continue in power they need to be doing things to better the economy as opposed to these that are holding on to indigenisatio so that they can line their pockets.

B Moyo - 11 April 2016

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