Mugabe's Zanu PF doomed, says ex-Zanla commander

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe would be standing against former liberation stalwarts with intricate details of how the nonagenarian rigs elections, an ex-Zanla commander said yesterday.

Contributing to a round table discussion by opposition political parties hosted by the Media Centre in Harare yesterday, Ambassador Agrippa Mutambara, a senior official in former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, predicted doom for Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.

“We know how they rigged the election and how the process took place and we felt that was not acceptable,” the respected war veteran and diplomat said.

“We were against this idea of denying other parties political space, the muzzling of media and curtailing of freedom of expression. Because of all this, Zanu PF will not win another election.”

He said the governing party was aware that “tables have turned and they will resort to violence and intimidation again.”

“The fact that the current vice president (Emmerson Mnangagwa) addressed an empty stadium on Workers’ Day is an indication that Zanu PF is unelectable,” he said.

“It was a vote of no confidence on Mugabe…We are preparing to take over in 2018 and we are busy uniting with all forces that see things the way we do.”

Mutambara also admitted that Mugabe used war veterans to unleash violence against MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC to deny him power after winning the 2008 presidential elections

He said Mugabe resorted to war veterans-fuelled violence after he was beaten in the first round of the vote by Tsvangirai.

The State-sponsored violence resulted in massive human rights violations, including rape, torture, and forced disappearance.

Mutambara said it was this diversion from the liberation war ethos that had prompted him and many other war veterans to jump ship.

“A ZPF government will investigate the atrocities committed by this administration, including all the disappearances and bring perpetrators to book even if Amai Mujuru or myself are some of them, they will be prosecuted,” the decorated ex-combatant, who retired from the Zimbabwe National Army as a brigadier-general, said.

Repeating calls for a grand coalition of opposition forces to force Mugabe out of power, Mutambara said Zanu PF had “lost direction”.



Jacob Mafume, the spokesperson of the Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said the country cannot afford to wait until 2018 elections because “we are faced with a serious leadership crisis”.

“We have a moribund person leading the country at a time when elections have been bastardised. We need generational change now  and this calls for a coalition of all progressive forces to come together because  at the rate we are going, we run the risk of letting the country disappear completely from the map of Africa like the Malaysian airline,” he said.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said seven out of 10 Zimbabweans are living in abject poverty and his party would usher in a new paradigm, adding Zanu PF thrives on murder and looting State resources.

Comments (11)

What a surprise that now genuine war veterans are supporting regime change in Zimbabwe? However, you still find povo starving in Munyikwa there still saying Mugabe ndizvo when he has caused all these suffering by clinging to power. I support the idea that 2018 is too far it is high time people decide for themselves. Otherwise come 2018 there will be no Zimbabwe to talk of.

tsotso - 6 May 2016

36yrs later they decide to confirm what many already knew about zanu. The same people were busy supporting Mugabe and his loony policies until they were pushed under the bus. A People First would be just Zanu by another name...same failed faces, same corrupt and self entitled characters.

Lt General - 6 May 2016

why should we even listen to the very people who were part to the rigging machine for the past 35 years thereby creating our current misery? if they are genuinely opposing Mugabe, why cannot they join the mdc-t? these have been send to spy on the opposition because after the 2103 elections when the mdc-t complained about rigging they remain silent enjoying the fruits of the loot. imbavha idzi zimpf!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 6 May 2016

@Lt general, mate we need change like yesterday & u r still attacking those proposing an alternative! Have u got any better idea? if not please let those with possible ways out have a go. Asi chii nhai? The urgent thing right now is change & we don't need boundary spanners like yourself. It is people like you who have kept us in this crap situation. Let me take a breather, mandikavhiringa mafungiro babamunini

MJombo - 6 May 2016

Now that he is out of employment he sees zanu as a bad party but was zii when 2008 zanu failed to anounce election results where Mugabe was thrashed by Morgan and it took them 5 weeks to do so following which they went into killing orgies of opposition supporters . Hawu to us you are still a nyoka baba nothing else .Hallucinate here yes it is true zanu is dead but we will never ever trust Mujuru and his crew never ever they are zanu .

Diibulaanyika - 6 May 2016

these buffons & bullfrogs calling themselves pple first need to leave the political space with haste, I beg! Any individual tinted with the zanu pigment, nomatter what name they baptise themselves with, are not worthy to lead the kantry. they have the same mentality and atttitude as zanu yet they pretend to hate mugabe for the simple & foolish reason that the blunt canines of rhobhati's harsh puppies have torn into their fat butts! they wined & dined in zanu for a good 36yrs, 3 6 years! what new idea shall their come with that they did not do in all those years. to hell and to hell alone with those amphibians! stupid maggots that reduced zim into a carcass and are now turning against one another. they must fight each other to death! damn it!

SaManyika Chaiye - 6 May 2016

Glorious opportunity to end this man made economic disasters that have plunged the entire nation to poverty.

Gen Spinola - 6 May 2016

totovateerera ivavo maovet anoziva maitirwo aiitwa kurigger nekuti kusadaro tinongorigwa zve kani nhai. totoshanda navo, vakadzingwa hongu asi musoja vose anoziva kuti a captured sooldier during the liberation was a very useful person for info purposes. ngatitoti mwari watinzwa kuti vaya vaimbokonzeesa zvatosvorana. totoda kuvashandisa kuti tibude muiyi tsekwende. ngatisaita samapenzi anongoti chandagwinyira ivo achiona kuti gonhi rakavharwa nesimbi

jabu - 7 May 2016

totovateerera ivavo maovet anoziva maitirwo aiitwa kurigger nekuti kusadaro tinongorigwa zve kani nhai. totoshanda navo, vakadzingwa hongu asi musoja vose anoziva kuti a captured sooldier during the liberation was a very useful person for info purposes. ngatitoti mwari watinzwa kuti vaya vaimbokonzeesa zvatosvorana. totoda kuvashandisa kuti tibude muiyi tsekwende. ngatisaita samapenzi anongoti chandagwinyira ivo achiona kuti gonhi rakavharwa nesimbi

jabu - 7 May 2016

One of the most honourable, honest and noble deeds that the People First crew can do for Zimbabwe is to rally around the party which was denied the chance to rule by ZPF. By admitting stealing or robbing from Peter doesn't it make sense to help Peter get what was stolen from him?

Sagitarr - 7 May 2016

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