Mutasa back, ‘raring to go’

via Mutasa back, ‘raring to go’ – DailyNews Live 7 January 2015 by Fungi Kwaramba

HARARE – Former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa (pictured) has returned home from India and is expected to join a team of disaffected party cadres who are set to challenge the outcome of the party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare last year.

Sources close to the Makoni North legislator told the Daily News yesterday that Mutasa was currently recuperating at his home in Rusape after he and his wife underwent treatment, first in South Africa and then in India late last year.

“Yes, Nyathi is back and is resting. Soon he is going to issue a statement around the sham congress and also announce the progress made in engaging regional partners to censure the party,” one of the sources said.

While efforts to speak to Mutasa yesterday did not bear fruit, his close associates said he returned home on Saturday, together with his wife.

Mutasa has mockingly referred to Zanu PF’s congress as “a non-event” and his return home is likely to ignite a showdown between him and party hardliners — with many of them already baying for his blood.

And with Mutasa and other disgruntled former party heavyweights refusing to accept their brutal purge — Zimbabwe could soon find itself back on Sadc’s political agenda after the fearless former close confidant of Mugabe wrote a hard-hitting letter to regional leaders imploring them to intervene in the country’s deepening political crisis spawned by the ruling party’s ruthless and sometimes violent infighting.

In his blunt letter to Sadc late last year — which was ironically addressed to Mugabe and copied to all regional heads of state — Mutasa described the political environment prevailing in the country as “critical” and said pointedly that Zanu PF’s December congress was “a farce”.

The letter also showed that far from ending Zanu PF’s ugly factional and succession wars, as party leaders had hoped, the congress may have in fact once again internationalised Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

Until his ouster, Mutasa was regarded both as a close aide of Mugabe and also a key advisor to Mujuru, who was until recently touted as the most likely successor to the country’s long-ruling nonagenarian.

In the letter, Mutasa said Zimbabwe was presently trapped in a critical time that required the intervention of the regional body.

“After a number of weeks of what might be regarded as ‘political squabbling’ in the Republic of Zimbabwe, events have taken a much more severe turn. We refuse to simply stand by and watch as constitutional democracy and due process are tossed aside for political expediency.

“Even the most impartial observer could not fail to regard the recent Congress of the governing party, Zanu PF, as a farce.

“In the days leading up to the congress,

significant changes to the electoral process of the party leadership were introduced, with limited consultation.

“These changes were part of a wider campaign to discredit and then force out a number of good men and women, comrades who have served their country and party with loyalty, under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency, President R.G Mugabe.

“To suggest that (former) Vice President (Joice) Mujuru, ministers serving in the government and other party members are somehow plotting to oust our President from office, as has been relentlessly and recklessly reported and repeated in recent weeks, is ridiculous.

“Further, it is offensive to insinuate that those who put their lives and families at risk to fight for a free and fair Zimbabwe would now somehow put themselves before their country. Such actions are outrageous to those of us represented by this letter.

“Unfortunately, recent weeks have demonstrated that the same cannot be said of others in Zanu PF. They are the ones putting their own careers ahead of democracy, due process and the stability of the country, destroying as it were, the party from within.

“As the governing party of Zimbabwe, Zanu PF has a responsibility to hold itself to the highest standards of transparency and integrity.

The decisions the party takes ultimately have implications for millions of Zimbabweans.

“Therefore we would like to stress to the Sadc Community that those for whom this letter speaks denounce the flagrant abuse of party procedure and the subversion of due process as a means of exercising personal political ambition and score-settling.

“Given its constitutional implications, we are appealing to the Sadc Community to provide oversight in this on-going dispute. It despairs us to say that we have completely lost confidence in our party, government and legislature to deliver proper justice,” Mutasa’s letter said.

Specifically, Mutasa added in his letter, he and other ousted officials wanted Sadc to be aware of their position on a number of matters.

“We refuse to be expelled from Zanu PF. We have sacrificed too much over five decades, to be forced out on the basis of completely fabricated allegations.

“We demand the restoration of the principle of “one man, one vote” to the constitution of Zanu PF. The recent amendments adopted at the 6th congress surrender all votes to the President. It is a violation of the supreme law of the Republic of Zimbabwe and therefore invalidates all binding decisions taken at the 6th congress.

“By implication, we demand that the Party immediately re-establish the exact constitutional, operational and procedural principles extant before the 6th congress.

“We require impartial oversight by the (Sadc) Community, or another appropriate body, to ensure the peaceful resolution of this matter.

“Most importantly, we would like the Community and others to be aware that we do not endorse violence or intimidation of any sort in the name of our cause to restore constitutional order to Zimbabwe. We fought in the liberation struggle so we would never have to fight again,” Mutasa’s letter added.

Before this letter to Sadc, it had been reported that Mutasa had attempted to engage Zuma to intervene once again in Zimbabwe’s deepening political crisis.

Mujuru, Mutasa and other senior officials were removed from their party positions and subsequently sacked from government after they were accused of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe, among a litany of other damaging but untested allegations.

COMMENTS

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    Expat 6 years ago

    Old Man, Live by the sword, Die by the sword! life has an amazing ability to go in circles.

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    Tozvi 6 years ago

    toothless ‘bulldog’

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    Yes, he wants democracy when he is unconstitutionally thrown out, but when the elections of recent times are rigged, he says nothing. Does he not know that when the rule of law and adherence to proper process is destroyed, anyone and everyone is in danger. Only the strongmen/bullies survive in such a system. He is getting what he deserves.

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    jaktoz 6 years ago

    but u have been at the helm of Makoni north through unconstitutional means, uncontested. So wc democracy are u talking of. Government of Nikuv, by Nikuv, for Nikuv….there u are, out by Nikuv again…that’s lyf

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    Shepherd 6 years ago

    Just tell us that Mutasa returned and what he said when he returned zvino kana mongoramba modzokorora zvekumashure zvaakaita zvamakambotiudza moda tidiiko kana musina nyaya hamuna

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    sob sob. mavara angu azarevhu

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    Petros Magomazi 6 years ago

    It is shameful and shallow to suggest that because he was part of the system therefore he must not be heard. Ndihwo hudofo chaihwo. There are many who are part of the system but who do not necessarily agree with what is being done. We all know that it is a fatal mistake to disagree with President Mugabe especially if you are a member of the party, a senior for that matter. If we understand the times, we should be practising freedom of speech and we should never be dismissive. If we cannot listen to him then we should not expect anyone to listen to our views. The issue is the right to speak applies to all.

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    Daniel 6 years ago

    What goes round comes round.Stop complaining about rules when you have not adered to laws when it suited you in the past!!!

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      Sheppy 6 years ago

      Mavakutibhowa vemapepa imwi moramba mongodzokorora nyaya imwe chete iyoyo

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    Sheppy 6 years ago

    Maakutinyaudza vemapepa imwi