I'm ready to lead Zim — Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President and now leader of the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), Joice Mujuru, says she is ready to stand as a presidential candidate in the eagerly-awaited 2018 national elections.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mujuru said if Zimbabweans were willing to support her, she was not afraid to stand against any other contestant as the country’s first female presidential candidate.

Mujuru was sacked from President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF in the run-up to the party’s sham “elective” congress in December 2014, together with other then senior ruling party officials who included its former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who are now part of her team at ZPF.

“I am very confident of what I am doing and if the people of Zimbabwe see that I am good enough to support, I am ready to stand. I have come a long way fighting for the women’s cause and this is the last leg that I should show this country that here we are, and we can also do things.

“I am asking you (women), are you ready to vote for me? We are in the majority. I have women who are supporting me now and will be having sessions with young professional women who will take me to task about their expectations, needs and wants,” Mujuru told the Daily News.

She said the electorate should not be taken for granted as Zimbabweans could make their own independent decisions without being compelled to go a certain way.

“I have always been telling people since I was in Zanu PF that you do not need to be violent to get votes from the electorate because when I am in the ballot booth, I will be alone and will vote for whoever I want.

“All you have to do is convince people why they should vote for you and not intimidate them. They (Zanu PF) did it in Norton (using violence) and what did they get? Nothing.

“They inflated those figures they got because they got well less than what they said. You can buy or beat people but once they have decided on what they want, you cannot change them,” she added.

Last month, Zanu PF was humbled in the Norton by-election when its little-known candidate, Ronald Chindedza, was beaten hands down by the party’s former Mashonaland West provincial chairman, Temba Mliswa, who contested as an independent candidate.

This was also despite the fact that the Norton by-election had been marked by violence, the controversial parcelling out of residential stands and the holding of mega rallies by vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, among other prominent Zanu PF politicians, as they drummed up support for Chindedza.

Mujuru said Zimbabwe could not afford to hold violent elections, imploring all Zimbabweans to refuse to be used by politicians to foment violence against perceived opponents.

“If we claim that we are a democratic nation, why do we act otherwise? It is like a husband and wife situation. If a man beats a woman, it shows they have no brains to convince their spouses on whatever they want done,” she said.

Comments (6)

As we are moving forward,we will continue to learn whether ths woman is a real alternative to Mugabe and Tsvangirai.Both of whom hv resorted to manipulative democracy.They both preached democracy,but when trying to belive them,u find that at the core of their actions,there is no democracy,Tsvangirai failed to open ways for others to take over at party leadership,whichz the same as Mugabe both at state& zanu pf .2018 will tell how much of the electorate will hv responded to her message.We are watching what she is doing at zim pf. U can not claim that u are fighting for democracy when at th centre of yr actions says u are an emerging tyrant.May the great God, keep the eyes of our electorate open,for the proper guidance of our nation moving forward

addmore gudo - 19 November 2016

You need to have your party congress & get elected there first before you talk of wanting to be President of Zim. Charity begins at home.

MJombo - 19 November 2016

Hillary in recent past elections in America tried to woo women voters and it never worked and a rude awakening women will not vote for any idiot for a president bcoz the not so wise person is a woman . I do not see any reason one can want Mujuru to be our next president bcoz up to now she has not told us about diamonds mines she owns how did she acquire them including returning all farms she forcibly too from white Zimbabwean farmers and that means she is also a thief and a thug . She is not convincing whatever she has said so far since she was forced to lead Mutasa and Gumbo 's political party just like Mutambara was asked buy Ncube to lead his party is vague . .So far Mujuru is no way near presidential stuff not at all . But wishful thinking is natural she wishes and nothing wrong about that .

Diibulaanyika - 19 November 2016

@dibula you said everything. i need not add anything. this lady is daydreaming.

josphat mugadazaweta - 20 November 2016

@Josphat true this lady is just hallucinating exactly like Hillary Clinton as Diibula mentioned let her enjoy support from the media and few gamatox she will have a shock of her life , Save currently is the only likeable and true presidential material the nation has like it or hate it it is like that .

Dave - 20 November 2016

Yu can be president ,Joice, just in yo head.Pretend yu are Head of State,in yo head.Why dont yu call on those church women to support yu.They never needed an appointment to see yu,while we failed to see yu inside 3 weeks ,wth an appointment.Dindingwe.

viola gwena - 20 November 2016

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