Mujuru: My ouster was long planned

HARARE - Former Vice President and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has made sensational claims that President Robert Mugabe began plotting her expulsion from Zanu PF and the government in 2006 — a mere two years after the nonagenarian had elevated her to the party’s presidium.

Addressing thousands of her supporters who packed Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera at the weekend, Mujuru also said her experience was that Mugabe did not care much about Zimbabweans and their current suffering.

She said her problems with the nonagenarian and those around him began in 2006 when she had tried to introduce empowerment and other people-oriented programmes to help the marginalised people of Binga.

“In 2006, ndipo patakatanga kushaudwa kuGweru vari kubirthday after ndaenda kunoita maprogrammes aisumudzira vanhu kuBinga (It was in 2006 that Mugabe first criticised me after I tried to help the people of Binga).

“They saw me as a threat. From 2006 up to 2014 they were trying to expel us until they cooked up charges to boot us out from the party,” Mujuru, who was appointed into the Zanu PF presidium in 2004 where she became Mugabe’s deputy both at party and government level, said.

Her then controversial appointment came after Mugabe changed the Zanu PF constitution to insert a clause which included appointing women to the party’s presidium, a promotion that came at Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s expense.

Mujuru’s 42-year association with Mugabe and Zanu PF was ended in the run up to the ruling party’s hotly-disputed 2014 congress, when she and other then high ranking officials were expelled on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate the nonagenarian.

“People may want to question me why I worked with Mugabe for many years and failed to tell him that he was destroying the country.

“But you must know that we were very young, uneducated, without any experience and exposure when we got into government. So, we were looking to him as our elder, and as you know, culturally it’s not good to challenge your elders,” she explained.

Mujuru said she was to later realise that Mugabe was running down the country, and at that stage it was too late to stop him.

“After some years we started to see that he was leading us in the wrong direction. That’s when we started to do what we thought was right for the people of Zimbabwe and he saw it as a threat,” she said.

Mujuru’s political star in Zanu PF first dimmed publicly in 2008 when Mugabe conspiratorially suspected that her late husband — the revered former liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru — engineered his embarrassing trouncing in that year’s polls to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mugabe and other Zanu PF bigwigs claimed that Rex was behind the formation of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, an opposition party that is led by former Finance minister Simba Makoni.

Comments (13)

Zvakanaka chose zvamurim kutaura amai asi all we need is for you to continue telling it as it is.Muyanikei pazuva mudhara uyu and expose every evil deed he caused so that idiots like @truth can realise that its game over. Zimbabwe ndeyedu tese kwete kuti Chombo.Chiyangwa and Kasukuwere vanoita as if they own this country.Demeti

chimuti - 25 July 2016

by your own admission mai mujuru yu are uneducated that is why yu fail to grasp that as seasoned politicians,we had to plan your ouster and not remove yu unconstitutionally

truth - 25 July 2016

This Lady Mujuru is conviniently lying and painting herself as a Saint. She was part of the violence in Mt Darwin, in all the elections

sandura - 25 July 2016

This Lady Mujuru is conviniently lying and painting herself as a Saint. She was part of the violence in Mt Darwin, in all the elections

sandura - 25 July 2016

@truth I think you just enjoy being sarcastic

Matombo - 25 July 2016

Mai Mujuru is rubbish, its just a gimmick to get the attention from gullible Zimbos. Why did she not resign...like what Dr Nkosana Moyo did, or at least like Dr Simba Makoni. Probably they are the same people who sold a dummy to Dr Simba Makoni...nxaaaaa! Hapana zvaari kuti taurira mukadzi uyu...!! What we need to hear is how elections were rigged from 1985 onwards, more recently 2008 & 2013. Thats what matters, and who killed who and why...ndozvine basa izvozvo. Hatidi kuti vazonyora ma book kana vave kutandadza...zvichati batsirei...?? Both Mutasa & Mujuru were in the very top of the Zanu pf leadership, they know what was happening, let them just come clean and tell us the truth...otherwise imboko dzevanhu vese vakadaro!

HaTina - 25 July 2016

This goat "truth" is paid to defend the dead system, he is doing his job, a dirty job.

Yeoman Thomas - 26 July 2016

Why is it that Mujuru speaks more about Zanu PF than she speaks about her new party. She is telling us her personal grievances against Zanu PF, but she is not telling us what she proposes to do if ZimPF is elected into power. We are tired of your cries against Zanu PF Joice. Why mourn endlessly about being kicked out. I you miss Zanu PF, go to the shake-shake building, apologise and re-join.

machakachaka - 26 July 2016

Why is it that Mujuru speaks more about Zanu PF than she speaks about her new party. She is telling us her personal grievances against Zanu PF, but she is not telling us what she proposes to do if ZimPF is elected into power. We are tired of your cries against Zanu PF Joice. Why mourn endlessly about being kicked out. If you miss Zanu PF, go to the shake-shake building, apologise and re-join.

machakachaka - 26 July 2016

Tell the nation where you got the money to buy a mine at Chiadzwa .You just want to protect your loot and we were not born yesterday we are very much aware and know what you are up to and you will not hoodwink us never mhani you are a liar

Diibulaanyika - 26 July 2016

she is a thief that's why she is at pains to explain how zanu is a party of thieves which we already know. we also know that her party is a just a splinter thieves party with nothing to offer. those who follow her should examined for the first cases of zika virus in Zimbabwe.

josphat mugadzaweta - 26 July 2016

when you are in rome you do what they do but does not mean you like what they do.as she explained they were uneducated so after leaving where was she going....suffer on the streets sure gently people its you.nkosana moyo left because he ws going for another job our of the country.

mujiba - 27 July 2016

you that calls yoself#the truth.you're such an ideot blind folded stupid,that's why you support that evil Mugabe&company

Mugabereka - 28 July 2016

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