It's not long to go now: Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has told weary and long-suffering citizens to “keep walking” as the potentially epoch-making 2018 national elections are around the corner.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, the widow of the late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru, also said contrary to the propaganda coming from “the usual quarters”, her party was hard at work strategising how to boot President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF out of power.

Her comments came amid escalating conspiracies and propaganda to the effect that Mujuru was allegedly developing cold feet about taking on Mugabe, after failing to hold a single rally since the formation of ZPF — having been fired from the warring Zanu PF in December 2014 on unproven allegations of plotting to topple and assassinate the nonagenarian.

But an unfazed Mujuru told Zimbabweans “not to worry”, adding that she and ZPF were busy “strategising” for a better future for all.

“Kuvanhu ndiko kwedu, ndiko kwatakabva. Tine vanhu, saka hatimbofa takarasisa vanhu (We came from the people and we and the people are one. We have a lot of supporters, and we will never betray the people).

“Zimbabweans should not worry because we are now close, and we will be coming to meet them, addressing rallies soon.

“Those who say I am quiet do not know what they are talking about because I have been working on the ground, addressing party structures and now we are finishing up what we have been doing and should be ready to come and address the people,” Mujuru said.

In the meantime, there have been growing calls for Mujuru and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to join hands and take on Zanu PF together.

With both political figures previously indicating that they would consider working together, this has caused much trepidation and anxiety within Zanu PF — which is battling debilitating factional and succession wars — amid fears that the duo could spell doom for Mugabe and his ruling party.

Speaking late last month, Tsvangirai said the MDC realised the importance of a viable coalition to challenge Zanu PF in the 2018 general elections.

“The MDC will not stand in the way of any coalition discussions. We are talking to people, and we are looking for possibilities for change and if coalitions are one of the possibilities for change, we will go for that, and go for it genuinely and not playing a big brother mentality,” he said then.

But speaking on his 92nd birthday, Mugabe — who has been nominated by Zanu PF as its 2018 presidential candidate — scoffed at the idea of a grand coalition, saying it would not threaten his long rule.

“If you put zero plus zero plus zero plus zero, grand zeros, what do they amount to? You are afraid of them?” Mugabe asked rhetorically.

ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, also told the Daily News yesterday that his party was still studying the situation before deciding whether to take part in the Mazowe North by-elections scheduled for July 23, following the recent death of Zanu PF legislator Edgar Chidavaenzi.

This was after observers said the seat potentially offered the newly-formed party a platform to prove its mettle against Zanu PF.

“We are still looking at the feasibility of participating in by-elections. There are a lot of challenges associated with that so we are presently studying the situation,” Gumbo said.

Comments (17)

Lets go for the Mazowe seat chii chinonetsa, lets start showing ZANU kuti nguva yavo yakwana.

mbokodho - 18 May 2016

joyi the hypocrite, must spare pple her deceitful manouvers!

SaManyika Chaiye - 18 May 2016

Amai Joyce, just do one rally to prove to us that you have the people. So far the fame you have been given is from armchair political analysts. Go to the people

veritas - 18 May 2016

Chegore iro Tsvangirai naJoyce vari muState House!

District 9 - 18 May 2016

So pathetic that you have corrupt and spent political idiots like this woman trying to woe the masses. eiish, one is forced to believe that Zimbabwe is cursed for sure! No suitable opposition.

Analyst - 18 May 2016

mai joyce mbiri yechigandanga ndiyo mbiri yavo manje

mafira kureva - 18 May 2016

Kushora mbodza neinozvimbira. Mai ava vane support uye vanonzwisisa chitsotsi chese che Zanu saka we need her to remove the goblin. Zvimwe tozoona pamberi. Let' s support her so that we have an opportunity to remove Zanu. That is our best hope at the moment. Mdc all the MDCS failed so we cannot rely on them.Tsvangirai is just like Mugabe so he is out. We gave him a chance and he ruined it by uniting with the losers Zanupf and yet he had won outright. That shows he is weak and is a loser. He cannot stand up for what is right. If he had not united with Mugabe Zimbabwe would be a better place now. So Tsvangirai hang your boots now and rest. You have no chance of winning the elections again.

hande People First!!! - 18 May 2016

She is waiting for her boss Mugabe to call her back. Meanwhile she thought of her PF so that she can have a platform to exercise her voice - to shake off some rust.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 18 May 2016

stupid, corrupt, greedy zanu mole keep quiet joice. after 35 years, aah suka!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 19 May 2016

My excessive worry is why the Daily News is so sympathetic with this woman Joice Mujuru. Its like supporting Julius Malema and his EFF merely because they've defected. What has changed? Still the same stupid, emotional, irrational, childish, naive,gutless, clueless, immature Julius and the same can be said of Joyce.

Julius and Joyce - 19 May 2016

may what her enemies once said that she has some shares at daily directly or indirectly may have some truth in it. Just may be.

Julius and Joyce - 19 May 2016

Well the prob is the playing field in zim politics is not level, we all know those that play dirty tactics on others. for Joyce do not lose focus, its always good to do research before making decision. I respect such principles, don't be rushed. you on the right track

Decentralise & Save the Masses - 19 May 2016

joice mujuru ngaanyarare, zimbabeans are not stupid, you were part of a brutal system that killed, tortured, abused people for 34 /35 years then suddenly you are saint because you were booted out? What a shameless old woman.

misty - 19 May 2016

ss

amos moyo - 19 May 2016

i think mai Mujuru has been playing her cards well, if she starts battering zanu now it wont be a good strategy since elections are 2 yrs away. Zanu will regroup and will stop fighting itself. At the moment zanu should continue to disintergrate by fighting itself until the point of no reconcialition. Then come begining of next year mujuru and tsvangirai shld launch an ambush coz zanu wont be able to fight back as a united force.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 19 May 2016

Doctor Mujuru we are behind you and we know come 2018 tavapa nyanga. Hapana zvavanotiita.

TANETA - 19 May 2016

lets wait n see politics is tricky

chairmanjukwa - 21 May 2016

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