‘Mugabe wanted Mujuru as President’

via ‘Mugabe wanted Mujuru as President’ 30 November 2014

FORMER Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has accused President Mugabe of betrayal saying the veteran leader gave the elevation of Vice President Joice Mujuru a thumbs-up only for him to accuse her supporters of plotting his ouster.

Gumbo, who is one of Mujuru’s allies who have been purged ahead of the party’s elective congress pencilled for Tuesday, denied any plans to oust Mugabe saying Mujuru’s supporters are people who were committed to the values of the party.

Gumbo said when Mugabe promoted Mujuru ten years ago he gave the party members a blank cheque to either promote or keep her as the vice.

“From our point of view that’s what we were doing and now he is saying you stabbed me in the back,” said Gumbo in an exclusive interview with NewZimbabwe.com.

He added: “To be honest with you, I feel betrayed by Mugabe and, up to now, my conscience is very clear. I don’t believe in taking people’s lives and even during the war my role was really to give people correct information.”

Describing what happened on the day he was suspended, Gumbo said “everyone was stunned” and he personally felt like he “was struck by lightning” when, out of the blue, Mugabe “attacked me left right and centre.”

Gumbo said contrary to claims that he was plotting against Mugabe, he was kicked out of the party because he held different views on how the party should be run.

“They kicked me out because of my democratic views. For example, I am of the view that people should participate in the election of leaders, particularly when you are going to congress,” said Gumbo.

He added: “You don’t need to appoint people to important positions and you don’t have to change the constitution of the party in order to give you more powers in order to make those appointments.’

‘It’s supposed to be a democratic process”.


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    boris 6 years ago

    shame suddenly hes complaining about democracy –

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    well Rugare Gumbo, you are not the only one to feel betrayed by Mugabe.
    The whole nation feels betrayed by Mugabe.
    But we also feel betrayed by you and all in Zanu PF, who have made it your mission to elevate Mugabe to God and Lord of all.

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago


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    Kwe Kwe 6 years ago

    Spot on owen!

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    machakachaka 6 years ago

    Gumbo, elevating Muruju to president through proper procedures and planning to oust the president are not one and the same thing. Yes, Mugabe wanted her to take over as president, but she should have waited to take over properly. Her going kuma embassy in pursuit of ousting Bob was just overzealous. In our custom, if your father tells you that he would leave you cattle and leadership of the family, you don’t then push him out to accelerate your rise.

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    lastmuyambo 6 years ago

    Thanks uncle bob to fire them .they have done nothing just looting for their family @ people are also tired of them. uncle is never wrong his followers are to blame. u guys fired what have u done for poor zimbabweans @ if its possible uncle u must fire useless officials pliz @

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    mdidi wakho 6 years ago

    So machakachaka do yu think zimbabwe is mugabe’s house he does what ever he likes you are wrong mugabe will history there’s no permanent post on earth? Where’s Egyptian pharo tody

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    machakachaka you’re missing the point. in Democratic politics leaders don’t have to doctor constitutions to suit their selfish and dictatorial ambitions. Zimbabwe is not a Gushungo private estate company only inheritable after the death of the owner. Manje zvikwambo zvemusangano zvava kupedza dzinza reZANUpf. vana vakangwara vanotiza Musha uneNgozi nyama nemweya zvichakabatana. Ngozi inotanga kupedza vana yozobata muparanzvongo makuva azara pamusha, vana vapandaka nokusawirirana, pfuma yapara, vana vopfeka mazitye, Musha chava chiseko chenyika dzose. kwete kushora imbwa kuti Havana kukuruma owe wakairera nomukaka vako vana vachiseva nomutuvi. Musangano wava kutoda mutungamiriri anotya Mwari saMambo David kwete mapere ari mumakushi ehwai.