Regretful Mujuru savages Mugabe

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru says she “regrets” that she had not spoken out earlier against the excesses of President Robert Mugabe, Zanu PF and the government while she was still in the ruling party.

Addressing civil society organisations in Bulawayo last week,  Mujuru also laid the blame for the post-independence Gukurahundi massacres of an estimated 20 000 innocent civilians mainly in Matabeleland and the Midlands on Mugabe.

Moving to deflect allegations that her revered late husband, Solomon — who was army commander at the time — had played a part in the killings, Mujuru said it was Mugabe who could not escape scrutiny on the matter as he was the one in charge and was allegedly hellbent on settling political scores with the late Father Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo.

“It is difficult for people to say Solomon (Mujuru) commanded the Fifth Brigade (which carried out the killings) because it was not part of the army. It was a separate unit created altogether by Mugabe. This is why it is difficult to pin this on Mujuru,” she asserted.

“The head of government is the one who knows what programmes he wants to run and which ones he wants to work with. So, the head of State should know,” she added.

Revealing for the first time that Mugabe always kept a tight lid on security issues, Mujuru said even though she was a minister during the Gukurahundi era, she was never privy to the behind-the-scenes manoeuvres.

The interim leader of the fledgling Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, who was hounded out of Zanu PF on a litany of untested allegations ranging from corruption to witchcraft and trying to assassinate Mugabe, said her problems with her erstwhile comrades in the deeply-divided ruling party began when she finally decided to speak her mind.

She also said when she was under pressure in the ruling party, she had not only “grabbed the opportunity and chance to leave the party” but also found her full voice.

“In a way, I took too long to make a decision and at the same time there were people who were expecting me as a mother to have taken a stance ... the only thing I can say is I am sorry.

“I should have done more. I should have just walked away instead of being silent. Even in a marriage, you say this is my last child but then you get surprised that you are pregnant again.

“But after a while, you will say enough is enough, this is the right time that people should know who Joice is. Maybe I was a lone voice, maybe my voice was being drowned. This is now the time for me to be heard,” Mujuru said.

Comparing herself to the biblical Saul, Mujuru said it was understandable that some people were finding it hard to believe her, considering the lofty positions she had held and had been given by Mugabe before their fallout.

“I am not going to say I wasn’t part of the system ... if the Bible did not carry a lot of Saul stories a lot of us would go to hell.

“But there are a lot of lessons that we learn from him. This is what I want to tell Zimbabweans, I am the Saul that the Bible is talking about,” she said.

Mujuru also told her audience that if she were to be voted into power next year, she would let justice take its course and would not protect anyone who had dirty hands, as her own hands were clean.

“We are not going to protect anyone. That’s why people will then find Mai Mujuru not being there to say I lifted an axe and chopped someone’s head,” she added — alluding to Zanu PF’s post-independence atrocities.

Asked about the 21st February Movement’s plans to host Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebrations in Matobo in a fortnight, which will take place a few kilometres from Bhalagwe where many people were killed by the army during the Gukurahundi massacres, Mujuru said Zanu PF politicians from the region had demonstrated beyond doubt that they did not have local people at heart.

“I do not know why people in Zanu PF like Vice President (Phelekezela) Mphoko, Simon Khaya Moyo and Abednico Ncube agreed to that.

“What are they trying to do? Why are they not feeling for the people? In the first place, some of us we now know how best we can show people that this was wrong,” Mujuru said.

And unlike Mugabe, who has refused to apologise for his role or otherwise in Gukurahundi, only preferring to say it was “a moment of madness”, Mujuru said she had endeavoured to ensure that there was closure on the subject.

“Personally, I have gone out of my way to show the people of Matabeleland that this was wrong, by doing my utmost. I have been pre-occupied with issues like how sincere, what confidence, what security and what peace I can give as a person so that I do not continue opening old wounds.

“This is why at the slightest chance that I used to get whilst in government, I would find time to come here. However, it was too little and sometimes my efforts were drowned by certain things,” she said.

In December last year, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was quoted by the New Statesman publication of the UK, arguing that reports linking him to the Gukurahundi massacres were being peddled by his Zanu PF enemies to soil his name.

“How do I become the enforcer during Gukurahundi? We had the president ... commander of the army and I was none of that,” he was quoted saying, adding it was the work of his enemies who had been attacking him “left, right and centre, and which is what the world had bought into”.

Comments (8)

Its too late for Mujuru to say that now. She has been part of the cabal that has been shielding Mugabe and portraying his as a revolutionary icon yet the man is a greedy selfish despot who has been getting people killed since he ascended to the leadership of Zanu PF. They have kept quite as long as they benefited from his machinations. Now the documents recently released point fingers at Mugabe having colluded in the bombing of Nyadzonya in Mozambique, where hundreds of men, women and children perished, so he could use the occasion to denigrate Ndabaningi Sithole and get himself elected leader of Zanu. Yet with all these revelations, the ZanuPF stooges are obsessed with portraying Mugabe as a liberation icon. Can they come out in the open and tell us about these newly released documents instead of making us sick with the disgusting Mugabe bootlicking!!!!!

MR COOPER - 8 February 2017

Now everyone wants to talk Mujuru Please!! Robert Mugabe needs to rest too many souls you have worked on .You need rest WehDoneSir

Vekuza Mbumbu - 8 February 2017

Shame.The innocent blood will always haunt the living.Wuld yu want to live in the past ?

viola gwena - 8 February 2017

I see yu have parted ways wth yo executive in PP1st.Who has fired who.?Joice ,opposition politics is a breeding place for mental health problems.Come to us Warvetts,hapana mazwi,nguva yapera.

viola gwena - 8 February 2017

Mai Mujuru, tell us about the famous Zamhu raMai Mujuru at Chiadzwa first, then return all you looted from there (we all know of your children caught smuggling diamonds/gold through Kenya). Only then can we take you seriously.

XG - 9 February 2017

One wonders why politicians talk about gukurahundi when they are in Matebeleland once they go out of this region everything goes out of their minds and this is pretending and politicking nothing else . For Mujuru to say her husband was not gukurahundi is nonsense bcoz the commander of all forces knows all the activities that all armies are doing everyway including even those deployed out side borders . This woman is not remorseful of what her husband and Mugabe did to 20 000 unarmed citizens who perished . Denying the truth that some of us who were there during that time know when her husband and Mugabe created a tribal army to carry tribal killings exposes her a bloody liar and not trust worth .The only politicians who went a step ahead is Morgan and the Late Gibson Sibanda when they visited the graves of gukurahundi victims . Talking about this issue after almost 30yrs is not good enough Mujuru judging that you were in govt during that time

Diibulaanyika - 9 February 2017

As much as we can't judge some,,I think Mai Mukuru is hiding the fact that she committed some atrocities. Talking about killing,, Her constituency was a no go area for the opposition.if u were caught waring MDC T-shirt u were going to be killed.She must be open&the people of Zimbabwe will forgive her,,after all she repented

Matsotsi - 9 February 2017

Too little too late. Dr Nkomo ordered you to give Strive masisyiwa his licence and you said big Josh was senile!! You still havent apologised to his family and to the country for that show of disrespect!! And until you do `pliz shut the f.... up!! Why havent you said Bob is senile because the truth is that he is senile!! You still have a bond with him . Shame on you. Remember you were expelled-you did not leave!! I really have no sympathy for the likes of you.

Tom - 10 February 2017

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