Tsvangirai owes me, says Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru says opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai owes her and her late revered husband, Solomon, a huge debt of gratitude for helping to engineer President Robert Mugabe’s stunning defeat by the MDC president in the hotly-disputed 2008 polls.

“Anyone who has a sound mind and a bit of memory would know that Tsvangirai won the 2008 elections partly because of the role that Zanu PF members aligned to Mujuru played to ensure their supporters voted for Zanu PF MPs and ward councillors, but voted Tsvangirai for president.

“If that is not true, then what is Bhora Musango?” NPP spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said in a controversial statement yesterday which both Zanu PF and MDC supporters may find highly objectionable.

“If one of the sins that Mugabe accuses Mujuru and the late General Solomon Mujuru was engineering his defeat in 2008 through Bhora Musango, and Mugabe came out publicly on this while addressing a group of Zaoga church members at Zegu (Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University) in Mazowe last year, does it make sense to allege Mujuru was involved in rigging Tsvangirai (sic) who had benefitted from Bhora Musango?” Mawarire added.

Tsvangirai and the MDC beat Mugabe and the ruling Zanu PF hands down in the historic, but hotly-disputed 2008 polls, whose results were withheld for a suspiciously long six weeks by stunned authorities, amid widespread allegations of ballot fraud and tampering.

Solomon, the revered liberation struggle icon and Zimbabwe’s first black military commander, was subsequently accused by Mugabe and other Zanu PF bigwigs, together with his wife, of having engineered Mugabe’s thumping defeat by Tsvangirai.

In the ensuing sham presidential run-off which authorities claimed was needed to determine the winner, Zanu PF apparatchiks engaged in a murderous orgy of violence in which hundreds of Tsvangirai’s supporters were killed in cold blood, forcing the former prime minister in the inclusive government to withdraw from the discredited race altogether, days before polling.

Mugabe went on to stand in an embarrassing and widely-condemned one-man race in which he declared himself the winner.

However, Sadc and the rest of the international community would have none of it, forcing the nonagenarian to share power with Tsvangirai for five years, to prevent the country from imploding completely.

Mawarire’s statement yesterday came as Mujuru has come under withering attack from many quarters, following her recent interviews in the United Kingdom where she denied having taken part in human violations during her time in Zanu PF.

But Mawarire said claims that Mujuru had participated in rigging elections against Tsvangirai were devoid of any truth.

“There are many accusations that have been made against Mujuru, but the underlying factor is that either those that make the allegations do not know her, or they are just malicious Zanu PF functionaries who have made it their vocation trying to soil her otherwise impeccable reputation.

“To understand Mujuru, it is imperative to enter into her political world and schemata and appreciate her understanding while in Zanu PF, that the dictatorial system of governance in the country was hinged on one man.

“Therefore to dislodge the system easily then, one had to work out a plan to remove Mugabe through existent party structures at congress,” Mawarire said.

Mujuru has been working behind the scenes with Tsvangirai and other leaders of smaller parties towards the formation of the mooted grand opposition alliance, which has been on the cards for a while.

However, question marks have been raised over her role and influence in the proposed coalition following her nasty public fallout with Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) elders Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa.

This nasty divorce led her to form NPP — barely a year after she joined opposition politics.

The former vice president was hounded out of both the government and Zanu PF together with Mutasa and Gumbo on untested allegations of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe.

Recently, Mutasa cast further doubts on Mujuru’s pedigree to lead the mooted opposition coalition when he praised Tsvangirai, saying he had persevered against all odds in his push for a more democratic Zimbabwe.

“For me Tsvangirai is the natural leader of the coalition because of who he is ... What the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) is today stands for what Tsvangirai and the MDC built. The rest of us are latecomers in this game,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

“As a party we cannot accept a situation where Mujuru leads the coalition having proved her lack of capacity with ZPF, although she is welcome to be part of the coalition because we need everyone,” he added.

Comments (10)

in that case no one owes you anything madame, it is you who owe the people of Zimbabwe about how the elections were being rigged. Musatinyaudze apa.

Comrade Gabarinocheka - 21 March 2017

waaaau this is another low or should l say it's a ploy to seek attention. Whatever Mai Mujuru is saying now does not help at all. For the record she was a cheerleader as MDC supporters were murdered, she was the VP. Why didn't she stood up to voice her concern then? When the former Zambia President Chiluba tried to change the constitution to allow him to stand for a 3rd term in office, he received severe opposition from his very own number 2. So mai Mujuru must not try to paint herself as the saviour, no not at all. She must apologise for all the harm and hurt that zimbos suffered while she was part of zanu pf, furthermore she must expose how zanu pf rigged elections amongst other things.

Gheo - 21 March 2017

you are not a leader takuona. that's why you made squablbes nana mtasa mhani. a zigzag leader

Comrade Gabarinocheka - 21 March 2017

Nonsense of course try something bcoz what you are saying is total lies and will never get you anyway nor will you get votes . Where did Solomon do his campaigning for MDC T . Your husband was a drunkard who never cared about this country after independence instead he started drinking too much and bonking other women probably he found you boring the same way you boring us now . Hawu suka mani .

Diibulaanyika - 21 March 2017

Now, this is proof that Mujuru and her supporters are a dull lot!! Admitting publicly that you were back-biting your "own" Party kkkk No, Mai Mujuru, even if thats what you did, thats not something to be bragging about!! It only Shows that we ALL should take ourpronouncements with a pinch of salt. Trust this woman at your own peril!! Unfortunately Grace was right!!

selele - 21 March 2017

that I why you are so paranoid about your followers and cashiered seven of them. you owe the nation for the loot you and Solomon accumulated over the past three decades. are you then suggesting that morgan give you his pending presidency or what you wild pig? you should be a slut of the highest order.. one day rwavhi Mugabe is my father, the next morgan owes me. tozivazvipi iwe muchembere asina mano? chokwadi chembere mhenzi yakabva pausikana.

josphat mugadzaweta - 21 March 2017

But that could well b true.There were signs of possible inside manipulations of BHORA MUSANGO issue which might have helped Tsvangirai 1) Tsvangirai had never bn able to defeat Mugabe previously 2) why has MDC bn vanguished in parliamentary elections by Zanu pf even even in the same year-which refers to the point that bhora musango was active

addmore gudo - 21 March 2017

My tip (advice) to Morgan While you are promising zero-retribution and revenge to those who are afraid of CHANGE, can I check if you are not greedy. While the constitution allows to be in office for two terms, is it possible to promise the children of Zimbabwe that you are giving yourself a mandate just to take the country from this rog regime, and then after your first term in office you intend to retire and offer the reigns of power to the young boys and girls (the Chamisas) by not participating in the 2023 elections. I tell you what, you will snatch the show off Mugabe. I know my suggestion is not as palatable, but you will be a HERO of the world over, and not just for Zimbabwe. HOW ABOUT THAT MR PRESIDENT???

Boterekwa - 21 March 2017

That is too childish and confused . You have said nothing

Dave - 22 March 2017

No politician can be objectively described as impeccable Mawarire. You must sing for your supper with the full knowledge that one day, you may lose your voice or the supper will not be available or both. Many people who have been chased away from Zanu PF still have the arrogance of existing Zanu PF members (it must be in their DNA). They have to EARN respect not PUSH it down the voters' throats. Why should one trust her in place of the other available alternatives?

Sagitarr - 22 March 2017

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