Mujuru shuts up enemies

HARARE - Former vice president and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, is increasingly coming into her political element, with the popular widow of the late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru, pulling a massive crowd to her inaugural public rally in Harare yesterday.

By the time Mujuru addressed the rally in the afternoon, thousands of her enthusiastic supporters had gathered at an open council space in the capital that opposition parties now refer to as Freedom Square, as the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections beckon.

And the former number two to President Robert Mugabe for many years, both in government and the governing Zanu PF, did not disappoint the gathered multitudes, emphatically hammering the point home that ZPF was not an extension of Zanu PF and that she would never return to the former liberation movement.

She also said the reason why she had been hounded from the faction-ridden ruling party in 2014 was because she was a moderate who was prepared to engage the West and listen to ordinary people’s voices — a stance that had put her in the line of fire of Zanu PF hardliners and anarchists.

She also expressed surprise that she had up to now not been charged or taken to court, as Mugabe and other senior Zanu PF bigwigs had repeatedly threatened to do to her and her allies, on account of a battery of untested allegations that included corruption, abuse of office, witchcraft, and plotting to oust and assassinate the nonagenarian.


Mujuru addresses Zimbabwe People First party supporters at the rally held in Harare. Pics: Freedom Mashava

“Nanhasi tinongoti tichimuka totarisana navaGumbo, navaMutasa, navaMavhaire toti ah, hatisati tamboenda kujeri, kana mapurisa hatisati tamaona, nyangwe nemaroad blocks … hatisati tambonzi komukai muchienda kujeri.

“Takati ngatirambei takanyarara. Hauvhurirwe docket rekuti warambirei wakanyarara (Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa, Dzikamai Mavhaire and I always talk about how we have still not been taken to prison or been visited by the police, or stopped at road blocks to be herded to jail. We just said to each other let us remain silent and shame them),” she said.

“Today I stand here to tell you the truth. Everything said about me was a lie. Those who were used to tell the lies have since come out in the open and revealed how they were abused. No lie lives forever,” she added.

Mujuru also repeatedly emphasised that her party was “not a Zanu PF project”.


Didymus Mutasa (left) and Rugare Gumbo at the Zimbabwe People First rally.

“It is not an extension of Zanu PF, no. Please get it from me. I am not going back to Zanu PF. This party has attracted people from a broad political spectrum including those who are apolitical,” she asserted to much ululation.

Tapping into the festive atmosphere, she said it was clear that her party had in fact ignited the political appetite of many people who had until now chosen to take a backseat.

“It was as if we lit a match stick at a gas station. People began asking themselves what they were doing with these fools,” she said derisively of her erstwhile Zanu PF colleagues.

Many former Zanu PF top guns, as well as other senior opposition officials, including from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), graced the occasion.

Clad in khakis and a cap, the atypically gregarious Mujuru also promised her supporters of better days to come, in a post-Zanu PF Zimbabwe — appealing to war veterans, who were recently put in their places by Mugabe, that ZPF was their home too.


Part of the crowd that attended the rally.

She lamented the fact that many former freedom fighters were still living in abject poverty 36 years after independence while Mugabe was spending money on foreign trips.

She also said that she was saddened by the treatment that war veterans had received at the hands of police two months ago, after they were sprayed with water and teargas when they gathered in Harare to discuss their problems.

Mujuru urged Zimbabweans to reach out to each other and dialogue whenever there were issues, instead of quarrelling and using violence, taking a thinly-disguised pot-shot at Mugabe who once said that Zanu PF had degrees in violence.

She said many Zimbabweans had lost hope in the ruling party and its government because of their failure to govern the country properly and turn around its economic fortunes.

Mujuru also demanded the removal of draconian laws like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Public Order and Security Act.

And contrasting ZPF to Zanu PF, she said people in the Diaspora should be allowed to vote, adding that the country was failing to lure investors because of corruption and policy inconsistencies.

Mujuru said her party would revive industries, improve the agricultural sector and parastatals.

Comments (23)

Congratulations Madam....what a refreshing difference. It is gratifying that Mugabe's deputies are far smarter and wiser. With Mai Mujuru now on her own, we pray that Mugabe and his henchmen will final realise that you cannot drive the country forward by looking at the rear view mirror all the time. Pamberi nevanhu ve Zimbabwe! Pamberi nerusununguko rwakazara. Zimbabwe is greater than one man.

Tekere - 26 June 2016

go mujuru go. tanzwa nechizanu pf ichi. kuba, kuburira mavhotes vachinyebera kuti presiding officer haagone kuvhota ovhoterwa nayouth officer uyo arikungotambira mari agere zvake pachikoro kumirira general elections.

jojo - 26 June 2016

zvipi

ziggy Zigawo - 26 June 2016

We are in support of you amai Mujuru. Tinemi. KuZambia Chiluba akabvisa Kaunda pachigara afunga kuita chiMugabe. Rambai makashinga.

Refreshing Amai - 26 June 2016

I am just waiting for a day when we all celebrate Mugabe and Zanu Pfende exit..

Nyambosi - 26 June 2016

The problem with these backyards Dailys is that you are good at flogging dead horses. The numbers you talk and the actual figure on the ground are worlds apart. The same thing you once did during the SADC talks in Mozambique during the GNU DAYS, Barking lies at your loudest voices together with the pathetic opposition, and surprisingly some few idiots still believe your hogwash. But when reality dawned upon all those believing idiots, there was anguish and confusion. History will repeat itself again, and by so doing you are actually butressing ZANU PF.

truths - 26 June 2016

The problem with these backyards Dailys is that you are good at flogging dead horses. The numbers you talk and the actual figure on the ground are worlds apart. The same thing you once did during the SADC talks in Mozambique during the GNU DAYS, Barking lies at your loudest voices together with the pathetic opposition, and surprisingly some few idiots still believe your hogwash. But when reality dawned upon all those believing idiots, there was anguish and confusion. History will repeat itself again, and by so doing you are actually butressing ZANU PF.

truths - 26 June 2016

She looks like Gaddaffi on this picture.bt congrats ,yu did it comrade .

viola gwena - 27 June 2016

Jesus once said to Zebeed sons, are you willing to go through what I am going through or be baptised in the same fire that I been baptized in. I am waiting to see the response of Dr J Mujuru when the souless Mugabe's Zanu PF and dis dogs dicerns on her and bit her up or incarsrate her or Gumbo Mutasa and Mavhaire, made to drink their urine or such degrading acts behind close doors by the notorious evil cruel and brainless CIO, military inteligents and prison guards if they will still be smilling at rallies. They must ask Tsvangirai and other MDC-T memebers Ndirai and Jongwe thopugh dead in the hands of CIO etc of all the opposition in Zimbabwe, are the only leaders that have been tested by that fire, are they prepared. Biti got a bit of it and he formed his less MDC party. Mugabe is only scared of MDC-T, thus the only opposition he has tested and see the resilience, they have lost carders who have shed their blood and are still holding on .

amina - 27 June 2016

good good madam

tinshe mazorodze - 27 June 2016

Ko ma leather sofa ndeei pa rally! Just shows these people cannot for 2 hours be like us takagara muvhu!. And these people are old why cant they just resign from politics?

Born Different - 27 June 2016

Yaaaa,h! The picture and the regalia shows the fearless Teurai Ropa. Ready to pounce on Mugabe. But the most working strategy is a coalition, THE GAME OF NUMBERS. Tsvngirai kumberi, as presidential candidate. Then an agreement that once the project is accomplished, immediate review of the constitution, to revert back to the arrangement of ceremonial president, and an executive prime minister. Therefore, Tsvangirai as President, Mujuru as Prime Minister. So Mujuru will be head of government. Then the other coalition members, will take Deputy president...and such key posts as per new govt structure design. Key to the efficient functioning of the envisaged govt will be the massive reduction of the ministries. Most of the existing ministries will have to be converted into departments, eg. the new ministry of Education will have the following department; Dept. of Primary and Secondary Education, Dept. of Higher and Tertiary Education, Dept. of National Heritage and Culture, Dept. of ICT (alternatively, ICT can fall under Finance together with National Statistics). For the Ministry to be effective, real technocrats and administrators will be hired, NOT APPOINTED, using a robust mechanism that recognises merit and deep understanding of government operations and functionalities. And we have these people! AND just 10 ministries will be enough. The President with the input from a diverse presidential advisory council, will appoint the ministers. The PM will appoint the deputy ministers. The perm secs and directors to head the departments will be hired on merit. Unlike the current system, whereby a mere politician can be given a dept to head, in the new set up, as from the position of deputy minister, perm sec, director, one has to be a professional with requisite qualifications and experience for the job. PAMWE KUDZIDZA KWEDU KUNGASHANDEWO VAKOMANA!

Ryan Moyo - 27 June 2016

Continuation: And this will be applied also both at Local Govt. and Council level. Meaning recruiting qualified provincial and district administrators and voting MPs and Councillors who have ability to help govt. in the development of their communities. THIS kind of set up will not accept blind support of populist policies, but will be a fertile ground for the formulation and implementation of sound policies that will drive NYIKA YEDU FOWARD. And for the system to be effective there will be need for good Natioal Governance Systems, Effective Management of Parastatals, an Independent Electoral Commission, Respect for the Rule of Law, Private-Public Partnerships, and good International Diplomacy. These fundamentals will yield a better Zim. AND A COALITION CAN DELIVER ON THIS!!!

Ryan Moyo - 27 June 2016

It's now high time all these political parties unite & fight one common enemy! There is virtually nothing new being said here by the Dr that MDC-T has never said. Form a coalition and boot-out the nonagerian, otherwise you're only dividing the opposition's vote. We don't want greedy, selfish leaders. You may get a lower post in the coalition but the coalition is good for the country. #OppositionUnite

Zvakwana - 27 June 2016

Benefit of doubt.

Weston Mugocha - 27 June 2016

the two maggots seated on the pic in the middle of the article are the worst political brains that very few will need to associate with. they are the lost & never found rejects of the revolutionary curse of this kantry. i wonder how dangerous can a demon be after its rebellion and eventual eviction from the devil's kingdom! i just wonder!`

SaManyika Chaiye - 27 June 2016

Contest in the by-elections to measure your popularity and impact in this dull political landscape. MDC-T has since pulled out from all electoral processes due to unfavourable electoral laws which need an urgent revisit.

I. Ndawana - 27 June 2016

...does it become an angel again; i kip wondering, it really kips me sighing!

SaManyika Chaiye - 27 June 2016

makorokoto mhamha

chipo - 27 June 2016

I think madam can do it. We sre tired of kasukuwere & grace mphoko

Benito - 27 June 2016

you don't know exactly who you are yesterday you where a zanu pf member killing people in mutoko this means you lacks intergrity

saru - 5 August 2016

you don't know exactly who you are yesterday you where a zanu pf member killing people in mutoko this means you lacks intergrity

saru - 5 August 2016

you don't know exactly who you are yesterday you where a zanu pf member killing people in mutoko this means you lacks intergrity

saru - 5 August 2016

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