I do not fear you: Mujuru tells Mugabe

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru has laughed off what she says are “desperate attempts” by President Robert Mugabe’s deeply-divided Zanu PF to silence her and other opposition parties through the continued use of thuggish tactics.

As the clock ticks inexorably towards what promises to be watershed national elections in 2018, the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader also declared defiantly yesterday that she would stand toe-to-toe with Mugabe and Zanu PF in the run-up to the eagerly-anticipated polls.

Her comments — delivered to the Daily News via her spokesperson Rugare Gumbo — came as Zanu PF was being fingered by the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) and other human rights watchdogs as the main player and instigator of violence in the country.

For example, the latest ZPP report revealed that in March this year, Mujuru’s new political outfit was at the receiving end of numerous Zanu PF-orchestrated violent attacks.

“Zimbabwe Peace Project reports for March show a total of 123 violations which had 318 victims altogether. Of these victims, 35 people (11,6 percent) were from ZPF, which is a significant increase from 18 victims in February (4 percent of the total 441).

“While the number of victims for March in general was less than that for February, for ZPF the number of victims doubled,” ZPP said.

Apart from having to endure these attacks on her supporters, Mujuru herself was last week blocked from addressing a church gathering in Chinhoyi by suspected State security agents.

It has also since been claimed that the security officials involved allegedly went on to abduct a Salvation Army pastor from the area, before releasing him after strongly warning him never again to invite Mujuru to such a gathering.

But speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Gumbo said whatever thuggish methods Zanu PF would adopt and use against opposition parties, the “struggle for people’s emancipation will not stop because of the dirty tactics”.

Asked how Mujuru was taking the ongoing attacks and harassment aimed at her and her supporters by her former Zanu PF colleagues, Gumbo said she was “laughing it off”.

“She (Mujuru) just laughed it off. She said these people do not know what they are doing. They do not know the meaning of freedom and that of freedom of expression. She is very relaxed about the issues,” he said.

Gumbo said the Chinhoyi meeting had been “an innocent gathering” that did not warrant any intervention by security agents.

“There was nothing political about the meeting. We wonder why they did that . . . but that won’t stop the process of moving towards real freedom and independence in the country. People will continue fighting.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the behaviour of our security forces in this case and others, especially the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation),” Gumbo said.

He also revealed that security agents had got to the extent of locking gates at the church, disrupting the religious meeting.

“We believe it is unconstitutional and illegal. This is not how security forces should act.

“We view this as a serious violation of people’s rights. Churches are supposed to operate freely,” he said.

According to some political analysts, Mujuru — who was sacked from Zanu PF and the government in 2014 on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe — is a major threat to Mugabe and the ruling party’s tenuous hold on power.

Since her ouster, Mujuru has indeed appeared to cause Zanu PF bigwigs sleepless nights, with sources in the ruling party even claiming that several of their members “secretly” belong to the Mujuru camp.

According to ZPP, while in the past violence victims were almost exclusively members of former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, in recent months the situation had shifted to include the ruling ZPF and Zanu PF members as well, owing to the ruling party’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

“As the reports for March show, intra-party conflict continues to be quite rampant across,” ZPP said, adding that some people were also resisting Zanu PF’s attempts at supremacy in some areas.

“For instance in Mashonaland East, some chiefs protested against the (party’s) repressive instructions and orders.

“This was also seen in at least two other instances where resistance to Zanu PF supremacy seems to be repeating itself in various corners,” the watchdog said.

It added that human rights violations were continuing unabated as the country struggled to observe constitutionalism.

“All in all, disregard for people’s freedom of assembly and freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution continued to be the order of the day for March as in previous months,” it said.

Comments (10)

My belief is that ONLY a joint effort, that of a coalition, will remove this SATANIC regime from the reigns. Tsvangirai pliz we know you have the majority but this time around allow a coalition for the sake of saving the zimbabweans from the tyranical tendencies of ZANU PF. To avoid the division of votes. I bag you

jaricha - 1 May 2016

The problem we have is that we have too many members of the CIO who have been deliberately trained and empowered to protect the Party, ZANUPF rather than being trained to protect the State of Zimbabwe. This is why you find that the CIO is not interested in going after Corrupt and Criminal State Thieves who are members of the Party but anyone else who opposes ZANUPF. It is therefore going to be very difficult, in future , for some of those members to adjust and focus on the protection of the STATE, ZIMBABWE.

Sekuru Ndoronga. - 1 May 2016

the problem with the MDC is that its idiotic supporters lack a basic understanding of issues,now another fool @sekuru ndoronga thinks the job of the intelligence services is tracking corrupt people,what then is the mandate the police?joice is past her sell by date and when she was in govt she failed to run chicken projects for women groups,she cannot handle an interview and has to spreak thru rugare,its common knowledge that if yu claim to be a victim of zanu violence or research on zanu violence yu get funding from the west so the ZPP report should be dismissd with contempt

truth - 1 May 2016

Jaricha... the biggest enemy to the total freedom of the Zimbabwean people is not Tsvangirai and his MDC-T. Neither is it Sekuru Bob. The problem is Mudede. Direct your misplaced anger to him. In any way how can a right-minded person form a coalition with Biti and Mangoma. How can anyone with a head screwed on properly trust those two, Biti and Mangoma, to stick to that tin-pot coalition you are proposing right to the end. Its highly likely that those guys will announce their departure from the coalition two days before the onset of the election and thus throwing the whole strategy into disarray. This is no time for some costly experiments being put forward by some armchair analysts

Tozvireva - 1 May 2016

@Tazvireva please display some intelligence by expanding on your reasons for doubting Biti and Mangoma because if you fail to do so you are simply lacking in any real credentials? Just try and think back a few years just prior to the signing of that ill fated signing of that GNU agreement where Tsvangirai assured everyone that he would never sign any agreement unless Mugabe agreed to important adjustments to that agreement? Tsvangirai signed that agreement without even one single adjustment being made and if you remember Tsvangirai never made even one attempt to challenge Mugabe on any of the many breaches he made to this agreement. Tsvangirai has had his turn and proved to be utterly useless and hopeless leader. If he was genuine and serious he would admit his failings and hand over to someone more competent. Never will I vote for Tsvangirai again. He has let all of us down badly.

Mbewa - 1 May 2016

To be frank enough, its very wise for Tsvangirai not to join hands with Mujuru. This is so because She is together with Mugabe. Save Musacheuke muridzo, LOOK BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE.

James - 1 May 2016

@tazvireva,yu have been posted online by the mdc after the mdc represented here by @samanyika and diibulaanyika and lately the clumsy @ dunlop were routed by the zanu duo of @viola and @truth,yu could do your paymasters a favour by researching b4 posting,elections in zim are now run by ZEC and they are in charge of everything from registration to elections,how then is mudede responsible?at least be like @samanyika who masks his hollow comments with english that makes readers reach fo the bible otherwise @violas star will continue shining

jojo - 1 May 2016

@jojo mwanangu nditumirewo zvimarands zvo kuno zuwa rakapisa! can you stop diverting the course of the debate? @tozvi missed it by blaming tobaiwa while exonerating rhobhati. the two are accomplices to our hardships. the two maggots hail from zvimba and are partners in crime. you cant convict one & acquit the other! coalitions might be the popular trend in modern politics but in zim there is no party worthy of coalescing with mdc. the pple know what they want and all other parties(zanu included) have no meaningful numbers. morgan can go it alone.

SaManyika Chaiye - 2 May 2016

its dirty politics ever, why mujuru coalition with tsvangirai have you forgotten that she was part and parcel of the zanu pf regime since its ascentence to power why should she differ from her former boss in any decision? if she had srely changed let she stands alone

Zimbabwean - 3 May 2016

yaa aya ndiwo ma1

teeekaka - 5 May 2016

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