Mugabe has pushed Zim back into colonisation: Mujuru

GWANDA - Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader Joice Mujuru said President Robert Mugabe’s rule has eroded the gains of the country’s hard-fought independence and his attitude towards people is as bad as the former colonisers.

Addressing her supporters at a rally at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda yesterday, Mujuru said Mugabe and his Zanu PF government have shown a ruthless streak towards people which was not consistent with the values and ideals of independence.

“We left Zanu PF because what we had fought for had been reneged on,” said Mujuru.

“Many people were maimed, lost their lives during the liberation war, some were detained and suffered to liberate this country.

“In 1980, we thought finally we were free from white minority rule but sooner than later there was a conflict between Zanu and Zapu before unity.

“But from that unity nothing came out as Zanu PF started reneging on its promises,” added Mujuru.

Mujuru was sacked from Zanu PF in the run-up to the 2014 December congress and untested charges of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

The respected former vice president was fired alongside high-profile Zanu PF officials who included Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo who are now part of her team at the ZPF.

“I was persecuted because I had indicated on a number of occasions that what we fought for was no longer a reality as we were back again to that era where we were oppressed,” Mujuru told her supporters.

“There is no more unity in this country. Why should people fight when the government has got a duty to make sure that its citizens have a better life through economic development?”

Mugabe is battling to contain growing civil unrest as ordinary Zimbabweans protest his disastrous government.

Mujuru and her colleagues within the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) are planning to hold massive demonstrations in 210 constituencies this weekend over outstanding electoral reforms.

Yesterday, she bemoaned lack of progress in Matabeleland South despite its rich gold deposits and being the hub of cattle ranching.

She blamed Mugabe for marginalising the region while turning to what she said was blind eye to corruption involving Zanu PF bigwigs.

“Corruption is all over, imagine we have an individual owning a 52-bedroomed house, where did you get that money when everybody else is suffering?

“Right now, we have a country that doesn’t know where $15 billion went to as if it’s just a small amount.

“What kind of a government is that?” she asked rhetorically.

Comments (4)

Stupid Woman when she was the part of gravy train she kept quite as a grave.

Slim Cat - 12 September 2016

Except to highlight Mugabe's failures which is now public knowledge to every Zimbabwean what else is Joice Mujuru offering. You were part of the Zanu PF architects who orchestrated Zimbabwe's economic ruin and were second in Mugabe's autocratic rule which saw the marginalisation of development in Matabeleland, the looting of Zimbabwe's resources by the Zanu PF elite, yourself and husband included. Joice, please just shut up and retire to yours farms to play with your grand children. For over 30 years you were part of that gravy train and participated in Zanu pf's evil and corrupt reign. Margaret Dongo was the only brave woman to confront Mugabe and tell him in his face. You were kicked out of Zanu PF, together with Mutasa, Mavhaire, Gumbo and you begged to accepted back to play with the ravenous wolves. Stop deceiving Zimbabweans. Joyce Mujuru is no victim as she claims to be - poor, suffering, unemployed, starving Zimbabweans are! She used her VP to amass personal wealth - something she has never addressed or made amends to set right since she got booted out of zanu pf. Dr. Nkomo was the only leader willing to allow Strive Masiyiwa to get his telecoms license. Joyce was at the fore front of the zanu pf cabal making sure that did not happen. How many farms, mines etc. has she got, acquired during her time with zanu? Or her family acquired? She was 2nd in command to Mugabe, Mutasa was Minister of Security (and Terror!)

Daniel5 - 12 September 2016

@Daniels You are Zanu and with people like you Zanu will rule forever. Why don't you parade your knowledge when zanu is in the dust bin. STOP dividing the people to keep your zanu in power. so you want 36 more years of the same. Let me tel you this NO ONE WILL COME FROM NO WHERE AND CHANGE THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. ONLY KNOWN PEOPLE CAN RALLY THE PEOPLE FOR CHANGE. WE HAVE MUJURU TSVANGIRAI , DABENGWA , BITI, NCUBE , MAKONI ETC ADVOCATING FOR THE PEOPLE. And we are behind them until we get our country back.

NEW NATION - 12 September 2016

the reason why mujuru resigned from ZANU PF is because she had seen that ZANU PF is not a people centric party i salute her patience and hope that a gvt like that of ZANU PF can change...she is the only one who can win against ZANU PF hence she is the bridge to the new zimbabwe

tedious ncube - 14 September 2016

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