Mujuru, war vets invade Masvingo

HARARE - Former vice president and now leader of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party Joice Mujuru will hold a crucial rally with war veterans at Masvingo’s Mucheke Stadium next week, ahead of the crunch Bikita West by-election in the province.

ZPF insiders, who spoke to the Daily News yesterday, said Mujuru was also trying to enlist the participation of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the rally, as her party bids to wrest control of the Bikita parliamentary seat which fell vacant after Munyaradzi Kereke was incarcerated for 14 years for the rape of a minor last year.

ZPF elder Rugare Gumbo, a war veteran and the only surviving member of the famous Dare ReChimurenga (liberation war council) also confirmed that the rally would definitely go ahead.

The ZPF insiders who spoke to the Daily News said they were “pulling out all the stops” to make the rally a success and to ensure that “all right-thinking” Zimbabweans worked to win Bikita West for the opposition.

“After a rally with the war veterans, the president (Mujuru) will continue with her tour of provinces to meet with local traditional leaders, as she continues with the programme she started late last year,” one of the well-placed sources said.

Some of the war veterans expected to attend the Mucheke rally include ambassadors John Mvundura, retired army general Agrippa Mutambara, as well as former senior military officials such as Bastian Beta, Parker Chipoyera and Claudius Makova.

Analysts have said the widow of the late liberation icon and Zimbabwe’s first black military commander, Solomon Mujuru, will use the Bikita West by-election as a dry-run for the watershed 2018 national polls.

The ZPF will be represented in the by-election by Kudakwashe Gopo.

Mujuru, who was ruthlessly purged from the warring Zanu PF in late 2014, together with her close allies who included liberation stalwarts such as Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa — on untested claims of plotting to oust and assassinate President Robert Mugabe — is working with Tsvangirai and other smaller parties on a grand coalition which they say will be in place before the end of the year.

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.

Comments (8)

To test the political terrain, it would be a good thing if ZPF, MDC-T and LACOSTE joined hands against ZANU PF in Bikita West just to show the old man he needs to take rest.

Mutemo Pisa - 11 January 2017

Where does Lacoste come in on this one????

Den - 11 January 2017

Taura hako Den,,water&patafit can never be a mixture

Matsotsi - 11 January 2017

mujuru is a dangerous thief. I don't like her at all.

josphat mugadzaweta - 11 January 2017

Yu cant talk of warvets without mutsvangwa and mahiya.They lead 30 000 wrvets.That is why I always say mujuru is wishfull thinking.Pretentiouse grouping.Without mdc help she is nothing beter than makoni.

viola gwena - 12 January 2017

A Mujuru win will be a wake up call for the dictator. But why is Save not participating in that by election. Chinja shd start infiltrating the rural constituency coz the majority of urbanites are unregistered voters most whom are online commenters who dont vote

Larry Hoover - 12 January 2017

The expelled lacoste war vets need to join hands with Mujuru not Munangagwa& be part of the opposition in order to remove Mugabe.Mujuru embraces all who want to dislodge Mugabe

Addmore Gudo - 12 January 2017

I have my doubts regarding this ZimPeople First Movement thing. Where were they for all these years we were suffering? Wasn't it Mujuru who was trying to block the media from exposing some of her corrupt tendencies? Why are some of us so gullible that they believe evenryone who has been at the top, or close to the top should always lead them in a changed political dispensation? Untl she was banned from ZANU PF Mrs. Mujuru remained quiet and steadfast arguing that RG was like a father to him until it dawned on her that her political career might just as well be over. These people went to war not to become politicians, but to save the country. But to assume that simply because they went to war then they must be good political administrators is one notion they must be disabused of. Some of them went to war because they had no option, while other went there for the love of their country. Others were simply thrust into the political seat because they happened to be enlightened scholarly African savages and they want us to believe they have all the brains. We need to rise up to this political challenge and show these political misfits the door. We need new brooms which might sweep clean, not the sugarcoated old rags who have presided over the downturn and ruin of the economy and our political life. These culprits are responsible for the loss of lives and livelihoods of millions in this country yet they live in splendour and self opinionated grandeur. Where do they, mere politicians, get the monies to finance their lavish lifestyles?Isn't it at the expense of the poor man and woman on the street? And yet day in and day out they are never short of followers. We are a shameful people, to say the least. The 90 % plus literacy rate is a facade. Two plus two may be four but there is much mot=re to two plus two being four, and Mujuru, Mugabe and their cohort are culpable political bedfellows who should answer for the poverty we find ourselves with. choose to adopt

Hwezhas - 17 January 2017

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