Mugabe will fall, Mujuru predicts

HARARE - Former vice President Joice Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), says the country’s mooted grand coalition — which is set to be in place this year — will bring to an end President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF’s long rule.

In her State of the nation address on Friday, Mujuru also described 2016 as having been a “bleak” year, laying the blame for this squarely on Mugabe and his Zanu PF Cabinet team, which the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News ranked last week as the worst ever in the country’s history.

Mujuru, who was ruthlessly purged from the warring Zanu PF in late 2014, together with her close allies who included liberation stalwarts such as Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa — on untested claims of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe — also assured Zimbabweans that the mooted opposition alliance would be in place by the end of 2017.

“My fellow citizens and countrymen, the Zanu PF government has failed. It has shown that it lacks the commitment to implement programmes that better the generality of our people.

“We agree with the sentiments which we gathered from the interactive discussions we had with the people during our nation-wide tour. Your message was loud and clear, that it’s time for Mugabe to leave office,” Mujuru said.

“We also take heed of your strong conviction for the need that opposition parties should form a grand coalition to effect change in the regime and bring about a new way that puts people first.

“As ZPF, we believe a grand coalition should not only quantify votes, but should bring our people together. It should be a process capable of fostering convergence and national healing. A process of such magnitude should also be people-driven and guided by the need to build like-minded synergies among various stakeholders,” she added.

Opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Mujuru have been working behind the scenes to form an electoral pact which includes some of the smaller political outfits.

Sources close to the ongoing coalition confirmed to the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that there was now “an agreement in principle” between Mujuru and Tsvangirai about the two working together — with talks with another opposition leader, Welshman Ncube  apparently set to be concluded soon.

“We are of the idea that the process of building the coalition should be an all-inclusive process that is not only limited to political actors, but one which would include private citizens, the churches, civic bodies, student movements and any other interested stakeholders genuinely committed to the democratisation of our politics and the holding of free and fair elections.

“After touring the country’s 10 provinces, we are more than convinced that the people of this great nation want change and they are ready for it.

“The people in the Diaspora want change in order to come back home to their families and friends, and also to help their country.

“Fellow citizens, we need a renewal of our minds, a change, and a vast paradigm shift in the way we do things. In order for this change to be realised, we need a fresh leadership with the will to work for the betterment of our people.

“We need a leadership with the craft competency to effect a turnaround that we desire, a leadership with a clear vision of making our country a first world,” Mujuru said further in her Friday address.

Tsvangirai and Mujuru are part of the 18 opposition parties which have coalesced under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), and which has recently scored a psychological victory by forcing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to include them in committees tasked with working on the 2018 election preparatory works.

Analysts have consistently said that a united opposition, fighting with one purpose, would bring to an end Mugabe’s long rule — especially at this time when the country’s economy is dying and the increasingly frail nonagenarian is battling to keep his warring Zanu PF united.

Since Mujuru joined hands with Tsvangirai and marched with him in the streets of Gweru in August last 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.

Comments (14)

Mujuru remains one of the most viable,visionary&enlightened political figurehead in our country despite the fact that she is not yet tested in terms of her political support base.She has all qualifications to lead the so called coalition despite the fact that many voters do not understand her & hav not yet grown to trust her,which we hope will do in the future-just take note of what she said:All including the so called brief case parties must be included in the participation to fight Mugabe-such a bright idea to ensure a clear win.She seems to b of such immense help to Tsvangirai who seem not to understand what he is doing-making blunders all the way.True she is an option.She is such a promising bright mind&leader-somebody not self-centred

addmore gudo - 1 January 2017

Tsvangirai like Mugabe thought of monopolising leadership of the MDC since 1999 up this time at the support of the gullibles-can such a person b called a democrat?ask yourself!some 1 who is a democrat can prove it by also giving others space to take over the leadership.Some 1 who can actually believe some 1 can also take over leadership after some time.Itz not leadership to the gullibles instead of sense

addmore gudo - 1 January 2017

not leadership to follow the gullibles instead of sense

addmore gudo - 1 January 2017

@addmore gudo, Man, you got to be smoking something. Mugabe and his ZANU are destroying our country and you liken Tsvangirai to him?!!

Dunlop Munjanja - 1 January 2017

Addmore if u don't have anything to say just shut up,, Tsvangirai fought for us through thick&thin,,he is a father figure. How dae u compare him with Hippocrates like Mugabe.Tsvangirai lost everything for us.U ungreatful people who don't appreciate,, As u said Mujuru didn't do anything yet for us to trust her,, she came from the people we hate most&we don't know her agenda until she prove herself. Please don't comment on something u don't know

Matsotsi - 2 January 2017

Hate it or love it.....Tsvangirai should have passed the batton on to others....No wonder Ncube and Biti left him. With regards to power-hunger and nepotism he is squarely similar to Mugabe. Now he has put Chamisa close to him,....what people do not know is that Chamisa and Tsvangirai are close relatives

The Boy - 2 January 2017

Chamisa is the most intelligent young man we have,,even MUGABE himself admitted it.That move Tsvangirai did was the most wise thing he ever did,If u think Tsvangirai gave Chamisa the position of being the vice President because he is his relative,, that means u a the enermy of progress. I salute Tsvangirai for taking that move.Thats why we are still suffering in our country because we still have people who think like idiots. Illiterates people who don't know anything good in their life.Trust me as long as these people still existing in our country we will continue suffering for decades

Matsotsi - 2 January 2017

People like The Boy are always supporting Ncube and Biti. Forgetting that the CIO have had these two gentlemen in their pockets for some time. Divide and rule , thats the ZANU way. Maybe you are CIO, my boy?

Dunlop Munjanja - 2 January 2017

To all that think Mujuru is an option to lead any coalition if formed, i seriously doubt your sincerity. If Mugabe, Mnangagwa or Mphoko was to be kicked out of Zanu PF and starts preaching anti-Zanu gospel would you believe them, later alone support them? Mujuru is the same person who ridiculed the efforts by the opposition during the GNU (which made Zimbabwean lives better and gave them hope by the way). T For her to distance herself from all wrong doing whilst in Zanu and have people believing that is utter stupidity! If she is to be included into the coalition its out of forgiveness and kindness on the opposition and general masses part not that she deserves or possesses any leadership qualities.

Diego - 3 January 2017

What a load of drivel from Joice! She wasted time, resources and effort going around the country to find out what people have been clamouring for since 1999? So she was not convinced all along, the solid gains in voter support (check previous election results) of the main MDC etc? If MDC (73%) beat Zanu PF (27%) it follows that her support base is less than that of the MDC. Joice is an opportunist who thinks she has more support than on the ground but she is a welcome member of the opposition who should not think the opposition is made up of fools to take them for granted. She still has to fully renounce Zanu PF and apologize for her stint during all those cruel years. Lets start from there please.

Sagitarr - 4 January 2017

@Matsotsi - how do you measure intelligence? Encyclopaedia Brittanica has 7 broad groups that can fall under that definition. I hope you're not limiting yourself to academics (degrees etc). If we follow that logic, we have a very intelligent president with the worst performance on the planet - hardly a thing to be proud of.

Sagitarr - 4 January 2017

i have no problem with Mujru as an indvidual but lets assume she was not saked from ZANU PF and was made a leader., it means his administration was going to be full of hard core ZANU cadres . Moreover she oftenly claim Mugabe"s cabinet is full of her members. This is in total contrast to the change demanded by the masses of Zimbabwe. Remember it will take time to decolonise the corrupt zanu pf members . Mujuru good as a depute to Tsvangirai and support the MDC T vision.

patso - 5 January 2017

What did Joice do when she was in Zanupf.She is just a bitter woman who should quit politics and just shut up.

Mthandazo - 6 January 2017

bitter is not illegal, is that the best ?

dazane - 8 January 2017

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