Knives out for Mujuru

via Knives out for Mujuru – NewsDay Zimbabwe

VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru is reportedly in hot soup after it emerged the President’s Office has instituted an investigation into media reports claiming she insinuated that President Robert Mugabe could soon be “called by God” and that she was well positioned to succeed him.

Mujuru reportedly said this in an interview with a local privately-owned daily newspaper at the memorial service for her late husband Retired General Solomon Mujuru at the family’s farm in Beatrice at the weekend.

“We know that the President will soon be 90 and God might decide to call him, he has taught us a lot and how to lead the party. Zanu PF will never die because President Mugabe is no longer there; there are people who now can lead the party,” she was quoted as saying.

The utterances are believed to have widened divisions in Zanu PF, with party bigwigs, war veterans, top military personnel and a faction reportedly led by Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to be baying for the Vice-President’s blood.

These people are said to be livid with Mujuru, saying her words were as good as wishing Mugabe dead.

There is belief in the Zimbabwean body politic that Mujuru and Mnangagwa lead factions that are fighting to succeed Mugabe, although both have denied the existence of such rival camps.

The Constitution states that in the event that the President is unable to complete his term of office for any reason, the ruling party would elect a successor.

Sources in the party said the President’s Office was probing the authenticity of utterances attributed to Mujuru.

But Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday said Mujuru had been misquoted.

Impeccable party sources told NewsDay that the Mnangagwa faction had seized the opportunity to create a rift between Mujuru and Mugabe so that Mnangagwa remained in the succession battle.

“It was an exaggeration,” Gumbo said yesterday. “You journalists have a tendency of picking a word and blow issues out of context and proportion.”

Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba could not be drawn to comment on the matter and on being asked if there was a presidential probe on the matter he denied. “It is your creation,” he said, before hanging up.

NewsDay is, however, reliably informed Mujuru’s alleged utterances have caused an uproar in the party and sections of the military and war veterans.

Sources said some party bigwigs (names supplied) opposed to Mujuru met on Sunday immediately after the story was published to find ways of blocking her.

The sources added that the Vice-President’s rivals debated several strategies including organising an anti-Mujuru demonstration.

War veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda yesterday professed ignorance over reports that the former liberation war fighters were plotting an anti-Mujuru demonstration, but said it was “unthinkable” that Mujuru could have made the alleged remarks.

“I am hearing it for the first time. It could be a mistake by the newspaper. I might have to hear it from her personally. If she did say that, it is unthinkable to predict the death of a patriot. But if she did say that, it shows that she falls below the position which we expect her to be in,” Sibanda said.

“How can we wish him (Mugabe) dead when we should be wishing him well so that he completes his term of office and fulfil the new mandate he has been given by the people?”



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    Micheal 10 years ago

    ‘Spill blood’ your day of God’s calling may now come sooner than you thought and well before mugabe’s. A convenient car accident should do the trick quite nicely, me thinks or maybe a mysterious fire in your farm house, bitch.

    Farewell Joice…… say hi to Enos for me. This is great in a few months maybe a year the whole of the Zanu fat cats could be wiped out. In steps MDC…… to empty seats.

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    mutakura 10 years ago

    How could mujuru be so stupid to say that? These jackals are going to tear each other apart over mugabe’s carcass. Mark my words. I can see the jackals running to tsvangirai, each side trying to win tsvangirai over and tsvangirai wil become a power broker. Mdc t should be ready and they should play their card wisely this beginning to enjoy it. Zanu is finished, gone.

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    Guvnor 10 years ago

    The days of zanu muppets are numbered. No way out of the mess created by these tombfools.

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    savezimbabwe 10 years ago

    Tongai Tione!!!!!!!

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    Nkosizana 10 years ago

    From Joice’s mouth to God’s ears, we are all waiting for that day. I don’t think she has a chance though – I don’t fancy she is intelligent enough or has the power base to run this country.

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    Greyhora 10 years ago

    So what if she said that? Is Mugabe immortal? These Zanu PF dogs never cease to amaze me!

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    i sincerely hope she was misquoted,because , if she was not,then she deserves whatever horror awaits her.

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    hatinete 10 years ago

    Baba Jukwa vakataura kuti amai Mujuru varipatageti nemachinda aya hezvo zvotanga amai chenjerai very soon these guys are blood hungry they are processing their deals. Tsvagai VaSave vakununurei.

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    Chivula Mapoti 10 years ago

    Mugabe and his family decided to go on vacation to celebrate the win.

    Grace, his wife, John, his son and Sarah his daughter wanted to go to the Bahamas but Bob wanted to go to Dubai. So the 4 decided to vote and the result was as follows:

    Bahamas: 3
    Dubai: 68

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    tapera nkomo 10 years ago

    Knives are not only out for ‘Teurai Ropa’, they are out for all those ZANU(PF) power hungry and greedy top hierarchy. We are now going into a ‘dog eat dog’ scenario and the ultimate demise of ZANU(PF). The tsunami is going to be apocalyptic especially now that the father of all thieves, Robert Matibili Mugabe, is at the end of the marathon.

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    malikets 10 years ago

    I doubt if amai Mujuru meant Mugabe is dying soon. But anywhere, that is truth which ZANU PF will not want to hear. It’s a fact of life that one day Mugabe will go and roast in the furnace. In such eventualities, ZANU PF will not die or cease because the leader is done. In Shona maybe she meant, ‘Kufa kwemujoni, kamba haivharwa’. In earnest Cde Teurairopa would have never meant this misinterpretation we have now. But this I bet, she is in a massive pool of troubles, constant surveillance and firing line. History will tell but unfortunately she is dead meat now. That is politics in Zimbabwe!! Vaka kanganwa dodzvo reZANU amai ava and what happened to Chindori Chininga recently. Anyway, if you live by the sword you will die by the sword. Chihuri knows this and reiterates it all the time. Say hi to everyone when you get there Amai Mujuru. End of you!!!
    But Bob needs to remember that he is the one who brought her out of retirement!!!

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    dread ras reckless 10 years ago

    shed blood is the next president whether crocodile likes it or not

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    Nhamodzenyika 10 years ago

    Now that the elections are over and we in the M D C could not find a viable method of contesting the grand theft of the peoples will. Let us enjoy the drama in Zanu pf as we we map out a new strategy. The wait will not be too long and we must regroup with speed for opportunity must find us prepared.