Zanu PF plots Mujuru demise

HARARE - As the political stock of former Vice President Joice Mujuru continues to grow, it has emerged that a panicking Zanu PF is escalating its plots to bring her down ahead of the country’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said among the deadly schemes that the ruling party had put in place was lining up shadowy groups in the UK, disguised as her supporters —  in a desperate bid to scupper her meetings when she visits London this week.

Mujuru is visiting the United Kingdom as part of her local and global charm offensive which includes addressing thousands of Zimbabweans domiciled in Britain.

The UK visit comes as the widow of the late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru, has teamed up with other opposition leaders in their determined bid to end President Robert Mugabe’s 36 years in power.

The Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said some ruling party bigwigs were planning to organise demonstrations in London against Mujuru when she gets there.

“These protests in London will supposedly be led by pressure group Tajamuka/Sesjikile and other pro-democracy groups. Pamphlets and banners denouncing her have already been produced,” one of the sources said.

Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) spokesperson Jealous Mawarire confirmed the plot to embarrass Mujuru in the UK, where she is due to speak at the prestigious Chatham House on Thursday.

“We are aware that Zanu PF, after Mugabe’s self-professed embarrassment in New York, wants to play an equalisation game by stage-managing fake anti-Mujuru demonstrations in the UK.

“It is an exercise in futility which pre-empts the desperation and panic in Zanu PF over Mujuru’s inexorable political rise to become the most plausible presidential candidate in 2018,” Mawarire told the Daily News.

“We know #ThisFlag, Tajamuka, ROHR (Restoration of Human Rights) and other progressive movements are solidly behind People First and its leader Dr Mujuru, and will never sell their souls to this anti-Mujuru Zanu PF project.

“The good men and women of this country, whether at home or in the Diaspora understand Mugabe is the architect of their misery.

“What is evident from these desperate moves by Mugabe and his cronies is that his government is now living on borrowed time and no amount of these fake demonstrations will hinder our unstoppable march towards freedom come 2018,” Mawarire added.

Tajamuka spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi also distanced his organisation from the protests and accused Zanu PF of trying to abuse the name of the pressure group through its funding of shadowy organisations.

“We will never demonstrate against another democratic force. What is clear is that Zanu PF is so desperate to the point of sponsoring groups to masquerade as Tajamuka just to divide pro-democracy groups,” he said.

Zanu PF also stands accused of going into overdrive in its desperate bid to scupper the pending 2018 electoral deal between opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Mujuru.

In August, the ruling party launched a savage propaganda blitzkrieg — trashing Mujuru’s role during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, including making an assault on the political legacy of her late revered husband, Rex Mujuru.

Solomon, Zimbabwe’s first black army commander, who was seen as a kingmaker within Zanu PF, and who is credited with playing a major role in catapulting Mugabe to the leadership of the ruling party in the mid 1970s, died in a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farmhouse, just outside Harare in August 2011.

The attacks on Mujuru’s private life and Rex’s political legacy came days after the ZPF leader had held a joint rally with Tsvangirai in Gweru, fuelling  long-held Zanu PF fears that the two would form a grand coalition to fight Mugabe in 2018.

Only two weeks ago, axe and knobkerrie-wielding ruling party mobs left for dead Mujuru’s officials who included former diplomat and brigadier, Agrippah Mutambara, in barbaric attacks which heightened fears that Mugabe and Zanu PF would increasingly use terror to silence Zimbabwe’s restless populace ahead of the 2018 national elections.

Yesterday, the MDC also said Mugabe was so desperate that he would do anything to try and derail the current momentum within the opposition parties.

“MDC supporters are very disciplined political cadres who appreciate that Joice Mujuru is not our political adversary. Our political adversary is Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF regime that he fronts,” said spokesperson Obert Gutu.

“It is quite possible that Zanu PF supporters and CIO agents are plotting this nefarious agenda of disrupting Mujuru’s visit to the UK,” he added.

The fearless leader of the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz), Sten Zvorwadza, who will also be travelling to the UK in the coming weeks, said “progressive” forces would not try to undo each other.

“There is a third hand at play. Zanu PF is eager to make sure that it sows seeds of division among political parties. Just as they did in the USA, they want to do it in the UK and divert attention to the crisis at hand,” Zvorwadza told the Daily News.

During the annual United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York two weeks ago, Zanu PF allegedly hired thousands of impoverished African Americans to stage protests in support of Mugabe and the government.

The hired crowds neutralised protests which had been organised by Zimbabweans in the US, who included Mawarire and music icon Thomas Mapfumo.

Last Tuesday, violence rocked Harare as police fought running battles with supposed rioting vendors who were later identified as Zanu PF youths.

Zvorwadza said genuine street traders had “absolutely nothing to do” with the mayhem — fingering Zanu PF supporters as being behind the chaos.

Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabweans have known since the country gained its independence from Britain in April 1980, is battling to save his long political career as citizen unrest escalates over the ever-deteriorating quality of life locally, which they blame squarely on his misrule.

But the increasingly frail nonagenarian has not taken lightly to the challenge to his power, unleashing the country’s security apparatus on the restive populace with devastating consequences — amid fears that the government may effect a State of Emergency to contain growing civil unrest.

Comments (9)

vakomana zanu pf ka ma1. and how much money will that cost. and the energy that was put into those meeting to discuss that honestly. ma flyers akaprintwa ke hanty that amount you could have taken it and bout some books for some school or printed some flyers and donated at some school. the money yamuri kuda kuendesa ku uk ikoko to pay those ppl kungoitora yogadzira one or two roads dzine mazikomba kuno or even kupendesa chimwe chikoro or clinic or kuita something even seeming small to progress this nation. oh no, you have to employ evil to cement your stay. deno shuwa shuwa muchingoita zvakanaka taikudayi hataimbokusvipai. ukaita zvakanaka haungafari wo here? we just want results not to be stuck in progress and you are in the positions of power to effect those things. and the secret is, your longevity in those positions is just by delivering. chete. energy nemari dzamunoshandisa kuvhiringidzavamwe shandisayi to develop to do good and you will be accepted.

kelly - 4 October 2016

If Mugabe and his Zanu were to use all tricks to destroy opposition parties on building the economy of this country,by this time Zimbabwe could have acquired economic giant and superpower status of the continent.With this type of achievement,Zim could have been the envy of the continent,even if he clamoured for the seat in the Security Council,MUgabe could have received sympathy and support from many countries of the world.Unfortunately the country's resources are at the disposal of his personal security and glory.

Gen. Spinola - 4 October 2016

Ndiye munhu akapihwa mari kubva kuWar Vet compensation fund achinzi she is 98% disabled. Zvino anosvika sei kuUK iye ari

Majakathatha - 5 October 2016

In my opinion any one who is still in support of Robert Gabriel Mugabe, president and first secretary of Zanu PF belongs to the psychiatric institution. Even Robert Mugabe should extremely be worried and wondering what level of insanity is on the people that seem to support him, whether hired or bought. He has totally and single handed destroyed the country infrastructure, economy, social fabric, extreme poverty on once thriving growing economy. The demise of the economy was authored when RGM made Politiburo the supreme decision making board of both party and government. Political expedient and economy does not mix despite the paradox of the two being closely related. However the political decision are made to get votes and stay in power through hook and crook, which may not work with economy. Economy thrive on good political decision that address or enable economic principles to thrive. People should have notice this first when Joshua Nkomo resigned from RGM government in 1980/81. The currency was trading at ZWD$1=USD$1.47 there after it started sliding and yet to Mugabe and his party, there was no effort to address the anomally. Now Zimbabwe is a laughing stock. The second blow was the poorly administered industrial policy, that saw may multinational companies leaving Zimbabwe relocating to South Africa. Politiburo never saw any thing a miss. Insteady they carried on business as usual.

amina - 5 October 2016

gvt of mass destruction , they are trying by all means to stay in power .parents please tell mayouths to register to vote this is there future.2018 the new beginning #MUGABEWILLFALL

safa ngendlala - 5 October 2016

mugabe if fighting a losing battles in all fronts to remain relevant and in power. the deadly front is the mileage and ageing syndrome and time is running out. There is no hiding place. Misdirected energy helps solve nothing.

X-MAN IV - 5 October 2016

One wonders why Mugabe made stupid decision to fire Joyce and then to realise that joyce 's party will spilt votes much to the advantage of MDC T which Mugabe is so scared to loss a vote and election to . But sane pple can not fail to sleep bcoz zanu wants to do demo against Mujuru bcoz it wont even work What we are waiting to see is what will these fools saying and demanding from Mujuru . On the other hand maybe they are trying to Market Mujuru to the world as a very strong political leader in zim which she is not of course .

Diibulaanyika - 5 October 2016

Last kicks of a dying horse

pride - 5 October 2016

Akati politics is a dirt game aireva chokwadi. kana uchinge wajoina politics expect the dirtiest things. Mujuru and Tsvangirai should never fool themselves that ZANU PF will let them sail to the top offices of the land so easily.

Chido - 5 October 2016

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