I was blocked from presidency: Mujuru

Source: I was blocked from presidency: Mujuru – DailyNews Live

Fungi Kwaramba      31 May 2017

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

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.


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    Mazano Rewayi 5 years ago

    She might be sincere, perhaps even repentant and might still make a telling contribution but she is not one for the top job.

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    Thanks God she didn’t become president as she and his husband were crushing anything on their way to get the throne,then he was not stopped by Grace but by Mnangagwa when he roasted his chicken husband Rex .what goes round come around tested his dissidents madecine

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    Diasporan 5 years ago

    So what. This woman was part of a murderous, thieving, deceitful party, now she’s looking for sympathy. All of a sudden she cares about the dying children, after living the life of luxury on stolen tax payers money & free farms.

    Do not trust this woman or anyone who was involved with ZANU PF, a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.