Mujuru receives major ZPF boost

HARARE - Former Vice President and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) interim leader, Joice Mujuru, has received a significant boost in her quest to become the country’s first female president after her potential rival Margaret Dongo confirmed yesterday that she will not be contesting for the party’s leadership at its forthcoming elective convention.

The ex-Cabinet minister has already given notice that she is ready to become Zimbabwe’s first ever female presidential candidate in the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, although she still has to win her party’s nomination and possibly also navigate the hazardous terrain that is the mooted grand opposition coalition.

In an interview with the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper the Daily News last week, Mujuru said she would take the opportunity to lead Zimbabwe with both hands if it came her way.

ZPF insiders said the unusually candid remarks by President Robert Mugabe’s former long-standing deputy — before her brutal purge from the warring Zanu PF — were made in the full knowledge that her path at the party’s planned convention, whose dates are yet to be announced, was now “clear” after Dongo confirmed that she would not contest the fledgling political outfit’s presidency.

This was after ZPF sources intimated that Mujuru was facing a potential banana skin after it emerged at the time that some party bigwigs who were not happy with the way she had allegedly sidelined party elders Didymus Mutsa and Rugare Gumbo were pushing for Dongo to challenge her for the party’s top post.

But in a major boost to Mujuru, Dongo confirmed to the Daily News On Sunday yesterday that she had no intention of challenging Mujuru, further dismissing the suggestions that she was angling for ZPF’s leadership as “utter” rubbish.

“I have no intentions whatsoever to be leader of ZPF. If anything, I will support (Cde) Mujuru’s confirmation by the convention into the party leadership position. For those who have been speculating that I am a possible contender, I repeat that I do not intend to stand.

“We feel betrayed by Mugabe in the same way. That is why we decided to put our energy together. And for those leaders that are bent on dividing us, it won’t work. Those tactics are mostly used in Zanu PF and I will not succumb to any pressures from within and outside to do what I don’t want to do,” she said.

Speaking to the Daily News on Friday, Mujuru — probably sensing that her path in ZPF had been cleared by Dongo —  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.

“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,” she said.

“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 said.

Political analysts have said Mujuru and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai are the best combination to bring to an end Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s long rule in 2018.

Both the MDC and ZPF are among the opposition parties which have coalesced under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), which is pushing for much-needed electoral reforms ahead of the looming polls.

Since Mujuru joined hands with Tsvangirai and marched with him in the streets of Gweru in August this year — in a rare public display of unity among the opposition — there have been growing calls by fed up citizens for the formation of a grand opposition alliance.

Recently, Mujuru has also been meeting Tsvangirai to discuss Zimbabwe’s worsening political and economic rot, as well as the framework for the formation of the mooted grand coalition.

Comments (11)

Mai Mujuru , i am sincerely tipping you to accept the position of being the VP of the mooted coalition and pave way for Tsvangirai to lead, the reason being that Tsvangirai have got the masses and more people centred . Yes mum, your war credentials courts but that is not enough without masses , again remember that the dark cloud that you was once a top ZANU PF member still limits our confidence on you .

Khalabemgeza - 21 November 2016

The blunt truth about Mai Mujuru is that she cannot win the presidential elections ahead of Tsvangirai.Morgan is a tried and tested opposition presidential material who has beaten the current zanu pf leader more than twice if you ask me to which the old man has denied him through daylight rigging and outright fraud..He has been in the trenches long enough to beat Mai Mujuru and Robert Mugabe hands down in a free and fair election.Most of Mai Mujuru's perceived supporters are actually sympathisers who will definately vote for MDC come election day .Her only voters will come from the disgruntled zanu pf electorate who have always been voting for zanu pf so this will not in way affect the MDC T support base.No sane MDC T supporter is likely to shift to ZPF unless ofcourse if they are promised some posts in the party.So most of these guys who are joining ZPF from other political parties are doing so because of the prospects of landing some leadership posts.The real election game changers will remain with MDC T.If the truth is to be told,quite a significant number of zanu pf supporters are actually going to ditch the party and some have already done so.The simple reason being that for the past 36 years their lives have actually changed for the worse under the leadership of Robert Mugabe's regime amid a countless promises made to them which have only remained a pipe dream. Secondly,most of zanu pf supporters have been doing so unwillingly due to the fear of zanu pf's heavy handedness to perceived opposition supporters.That fear has since been drowned under deep waters by the likes of Pastor Evan Mawarire,#Tajamuka,Vendors Association.The electorate have developed a thick skin. And thirdly,No sane person would trust the nonagenarian who is well past his sell by date with their children's future. As for Amai Mujuru still has to learn the tough ropes of opposition politics.

Janana wa Bikaz - 21 November 2016

The blunt truth about Mai Mujuru is that she cannot win the presidential elections ahead of Tsvangirai.Morgan is a tried and tested opposition presidential material who has beaten the current zanu pf leader more than twice if you ask me to which the old man has denied him through daylight rigging and outright fraud..He has been in the trenches long enough to beat Mai Mujuru and Robert Mugabe hands down in a free and fair election.Most of Mai Mujuru's perceived supporters are actually sympathisers who will definately vote for MDC come election day .Her only voters will come from the disgruntled zanu pf electorate who have always been voting for zanu pf so this will not in way affect the MDC T support base.No sane MDC T supporter is likely to shift to ZPF unless ofcourse if they are promised some posts in the party.So most of these guys who are joining ZPF from other political parties are doing so because of the prospects of landing some leadership posts.The real election game changers will remain with MDC T.If the truth is to be told,quite a significant number of zanu pf supporters are actually going to ditch the party and some have already done so.The simple reason being that for the past 36 years their lives have actually changed for the worse under the leadership of Robert Mugabe's regime amid a countless promises made to them which have only remained a pipe dream. Secondly,most of zanu pf supporters have been doing so unwillingly due to the fear of zanu pf's heavy handedness to perceived opposition supporters.That fear has since been drowned under deep waters by the likes of Pastor Evan Mawarire,#Tajamuka,Vendors Association.The electorate have developed a thick skin. And thirdly,No sane person would trust the nonagenarian who is well past his sell by date with their children's future. As for Amai Mujuru still has to learn the tough ropes of opposition politics.

Janana wa Bikaz - 21 November 2016

Why don't you hold a mini-election to elect the new leader of NERA? That way you can showcase your democratic credentials well ahead of time.

Sir Wicknell - 21 November 2016

Musade mapositions mufa muriwarombo and the beeloved zim wil never prosper......this time the masses will not vote for chancer and people who want to split the vote ...the simba makoni way in 2008.........if you want to be voted its better you create that coaration other wise.... all the urban people who knows how to read and write(civilised) people will not vote for you.......we cant vote for people to go and make money but will vote people for a change if you gona not bring change will not vote for you never ever this time.....from bulawayo to mutare ,kariba to beitbrigde will unit against chancers and people who want to split the votes

dofo - 21 November 2016

Which boost did she get bcoz Maggie does not have supporters while Mujuru has few gamatox followers Unless she will uses cash from her diamond mines to hire international crooks to help her rig elections just as she did with zanu in last elections the she can never win any election . Otherwise people know she is party of the problem in this country they are tired of problems so they will not vote her . If she has ears and brains then by now she should have heard and known that Save is calling the shots he is our political darling like it or not that how it is .

Diibulaanyika - 21 November 2016

morgan Tsvangirai number one

safa ngendlala - 23 November 2016

Believe me you, Janana wa Bikaz, you are right Morgan has proved to be formidable and has won more than once against Mugabe BUT HE HAS NEVER BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE TO RULE AND IS LIKELY NEVER EVER TO BE GIVEN THAT CHANCE. What has changed which would make the system give him power? NOTHING! It is therefore prudent that for the sake of change you might want to try another different horse, a horse which is going to help with transition into proper democracy, a horse which may be reasonably acceptable by many. Failure to consider this fact we will suffer continue and ZANU PF will rule forever capitalising on on that issue. Had Makoni won in 2008 it is possible that ZANU PF could have given him power and he could have made a difference. This issue of judging people because of their dark past may have to be shelved a bit for the purposes of progress. People CHANGE and people REFORM. Let us engage them for the gradual shift towards democracy. You may like or LOVE Morgan for all you want but his chances of being allowed to be at the helm of leadership in Zimbabwe are but a DREAM. He can win all the elections but he may not enter the State House with the current status quo.

Icho - 23 November 2016

You know what, this coalition will never work Tsvangirai anoda power, amai vanoridawo, po splitwa mavotes. and you know how will win

Cde Wabvunzangei - 23 November 2016

Those who saying Morgan has more followers than Mai Mujuru, how did you arrive at that conclusion?? My guess is that you are just expressing your democratic choices, which is expected in a democracy. When I compare the two interms of readiness to lead, I would choose Mai Mujuru ahead of Morgan Tsvangira. Further, Tsvangirai's health woes will not help his cause and trying to ignore this fact is like Mugabe refusing to accept that age has caught up with him. As suggested by others, if they are to join forces, there must be a democratic process to elect a leader to challenge Zanu PF. These days one cannot make a call in terms of who will win before the election results are announced. Ask Mai Clinton!!!

Petros Magomazi - 23 November 2016

morgan to state house

mercy - 24 November 2016

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