I was blocked from presidency: Mujuru

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru has once again said she was on the verge of taking over from President Robert Mugabe, only to be stopped in her tracks by a band of male “chauvinists” and women against her ascendency.

The newly-formed opposition National People’s Party (NPP) leader said this last week in her presentation at the International Sheroes Forum in Ghana, in which she claimed had it not been for resistance by “comrades” within Zanu PF, she could have become Zimbabwe’s first female president.

“When I was almost getting the presidency, as vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the world of male chauvinists could not have any of that. They went on to break their own laws just to get rid of me and sadly, they found willing women accomplices to complete their task,” Mujuru said, without mentioning First Lady Grace Mugabe who led a brutal purge against her.

Mujuru, who was Mugabe’s deputy for a decade and touted as the shoo-in successor to the 93-year-old ruler, was fired from the ruling Zanu PF party and government in December 2014 on charges that she led a “treacherous cabal” to oust Mugabe from power.

At the Zanu PF dump squib congress, Grace compared herself to a football referee who blew the whistle on an offside Mujuru.

Grace used nationwide rallies to slam Mujuru and her sympathisers.

She employed a bitter mix of threats, vitriol and caustic diatribes at rivals in the then VP’s camp.

The NPP leader bemoaned Zimbabwe’s continuing economic implosion and profligacy of its elected officials.

“Our motherland is showing signs of total decay, nothing is working any longer,” Mujuru said.

She added that “leaders that we elected have turned against the people and they would rather buy $1 million rings to wear on the finger instead of medicine for dying children in our hospitals”, in apparent reference to Grace who reportedly splurged $1,4 million on a diamond ring.

Formerly a guerrilla in the liberation war that ushered in Zimbabwe’s black majority rule in 1980, 61-year-old Mujuru is the widow of the late war hero — Solomon Mujuru.

She told her audience drawn across the globe in Ghana that she is working on correcting her past mistakes.

“I have seen a lot, I have made my contributions, I have made mistakes, I have had my lessons,” Mujuru said.

Crucially for her, she still enjoys support from some who hold senior positions in the military, according to her close aides. 

Comments (5)

talk of nostalgia. just go back to zanu madam. what did you want to do once at state house apart from continue looting?

mukovhe wa tshilidzi - 31 May 2017

Joice Mujuru, the 'liberation war credentials' mantra is no longer relevant in the new scheme of things, drop it. Most voters are now very much alive to how this war credentials motto has be abused to segregate marginalise and capture the citizenry. You also have a mammth task to convince the populace that you are now indeed 'born again' completely divorced from zanupf it is going to take quite a while for anyone to believe you. You should retire from politics you had your chance.

Sinyo - 31 May 2017

Unfortunately mai Mujuru could have failed to understand the politics behind her elevation. It could have been to appease her husband and this assertion can be validated by events that followed the demise of the General. The guys in Zanu PF never intended to elevate her to presidency and she failed to grasp the politics due to the comfort she was enjoying

majorzib - 1 June 2017

muno twunonaka setereki, wakadya pako chisiira vamwe. Mazuva awaiva pamwe nevanhu ava wainge usinga teerere , hapana kana mumwe wawakaitira tsiye nyoro. Nhasi unoda kuti vanhu vakunzwire tsitsi. Look back madam and learn out of it, don't waste time in politics focus somewhere. what comes around goes around

dande - 1 June 2017

Joice kuhumana uchiita kushoma. The fact that uri benzi ranga rapiwa pito hazvirevi kuti unogona. Kana uchireva kuti ichokwadi chawakatandanisirwa na Mugabe ehe, ndinobvumirano newe. Asi handifungi kuti president anopinda ne back door ndiye watinosuwira. Zvakawandisa zvisina kuti tasa zvauri kuzivikanwa nezwazwo. Dai wamboenda paside worega kubvongodza muto zvimwe nyika yedu ingafugwa nemhepo. Ndatenda.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 27 June 2017

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