Mugabe being misled – Gumbo

via Mugabe being misled – Gumbo  2 September 2014 by Everson Mushava

THE Zanu PF succession politics took another nasty turn yesterday with party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo saying President Robert Mugabe was being misled by some senior members of the party.

Gumbo – in a strongly-worded statement released hardly 48 hours after Mugabe jetted in from China – warned the Zanu PF leader to guard against some of his trusted lieutenants whose mission was to “drive a regime change agenda” from within and railroad him to a crushing electoral defeat in 2018.

“We have always known that there is a regime change agenda in place, only this time it is being pushed by our own people under the guise of loving President Mugabe,” Gumbo said.

“This is unacceptable behaviour which smacks of deceit and a very high level of wickedness. We must all be wary of elements that feign love for President Mugabe and Zanu PF yet their real agenda is to divert President Mugabe’s attention from the core business of government in order to create problems for the party and for President Mugabe in 2018 when elections are due.”

He added:“Anyone who misdirects their focus to dwell on petty, narrow and immature politics is not only showing disrespect to President Mugabe who is genuinely determined to improve the welfare of the people – but is on the wrong side of history and should be ashamed of himself or herself.”

Gumbo’s remarks came as Mugabe, who has openly admitted that the ruling party has been infiltrated by “weevils”, ordered an emergency politburo meeting tomorrow to quell the storm.

The Zanu PF leader in June threatened stern action against those fingered.

However, this did not cool down the waters, which have now reached boiling point with ugly factional fights playing out in the public glare.

The recent entry of Mugabe’s wife First Lady Grace Mugabe into the political arena has stoked fires in the party’s complex succession matrix with the faction reportedly led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru flexing its muscles and attempting to block her. Grace is allegedly aligned to a rival faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Both Mujuru and Mnangagwa have, however, denied leading any one of the factions and harbouring ambitions to succeed 90-year-old Mugabe.

Mugabe on Sunday seemed to confirm the fissures at Harare International Airport when he publicly chided some senior Zanu PF officials for allegedly abusing the name of the party for their selfish and personal gains ahead of the crunch elective congress in December.

He also attacked party officials attempting to block his wife’s ascendancy.

Last week, Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo had to issue a statement warning party members against abusing the First Lady’s name. This was after Edson Takataka, the Zanu PF Harare province Youth League vice-chairperson, was allegedly assaulted by rival faction members who accused him of supporting Grace’s endorsement to lead the Women’s League.


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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    In good old plain English its called. ” the blind leading the blind” or ” no honor amongst thieves ” or ” you have eaten your goose before you cooked it “. Or ” you burned your boats before you crossed the bridge ” or ” you can take a horse to water but you can’t force it to drink ” or ” if mahommed won’t go to the mountain then the mountain must go to mahommed ” or ” lick my arze and I will pat your back ” …

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    They will kill each other. Literally. Eventually. Good riddance.

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    Nyati 8 years ago

    Sad how all so called “big-wigs” are falling over each other singing praise of the man they all evidently hste so much.
    top class hypocrisy.

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    Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”
    ― Aung San Suu Kyi,

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      John Thomas 8 years ago

      A good contribution as always doc

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        Parangeta 8 years ago

        You mean – Aung San Suu Kyi’s

        Here’s another from her –

        “All military regimes use security
        as the reason why they should remain
        in power. It’s nothing original”.

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      How so true

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    Tichaona Chiminya and Talent Mabika I salute you.

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    Well said Doc

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    Rocks tone 8 years ago

    If we are the products of liberation let’s sprout our value of liberation like black jack

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    This is the turning in ZPF history. Regardless how careful they want to handle this succession issue it will be disaster. Too many people expecting to benefit and who ever takes over they will be an almost equal number of disgruntled members forming their own party or even joining or uniting with MDC.

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    ZPF needs two spokespersons because Gumbo belongs to one faction. So the other faction is not represented.

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    Tinomunamataishe 8 years ago

    I find it astounding how these grown ups will do anything to please Mugabe. To them he is in infallible and yet to everybody else he is a failed incompetent dictator who is taking his country back to the stone age.

    There is nothing special about Mugabe, he has done nothing special and all he will be remembered for will be the killing of innocent citizens of Zimbabwe, destroying the country’s economy and driving millions of people out of the country and as for his morals he will always be known for adultery. Gumbo gives us a break.

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    Mugabe’s back side must be spotless judging by the number of people willing to lick it day ad night