Rugare Gumbo’s woes mount

via Rugare Gumbo’s woes mount• . . . slammed for speaking for faction • . . .unfit to be party spokesperson | The Herald 3 November 2014

Zanu-PF national spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo is no longer fit to continue in that capacity after he put out his own statements biased on factional lines last Friday purporting that it was the outcome of a Politburo meeting held the previous day, the Midlands and Matabeleland North provincial co-ordinating committees have resolved.

Matabeleland North Province’s co-ordinating committee attacked Cde Gumbo on Saturday for abusing his position to speak on behalf of his faction at the expense of the official party position.

The Midlands Province’s PCC also met over the weekend and took Cde Gumbo — who hails from the province and was in the meeting — to task for saying that allegations of corruption, subversion and abuse of office levelled against Vice President Mujuru were false.

Cde Gumbo was asked to explain what he meant when he said there was Tsholotsho 2 in the making.

Provincial spokesperson Cde Cornelius Mupereri said in a statement that throughout the meeting, Cde Gumbo referred to VP Mujuru as the President.

“The Midlands PCC, therefore, unequivocally established that Cde Rugare Gumbo is no longer fit to be the spokesperson of the party given his deliberate factional bias on issues,” he said.

“In fact, it is public knowledge that the Politburo resolved to set up a commission to look into the allegations (against VP Mujuru).

“Before the commission is even set up, Cde Rugare Gumbo is already pre-empting it by publishing his findings.

“Cde Rugare Gumbo failed to answer for himself the questions raised by the PCC on him contradicting the President and the First Lady.

“As a province, we resolved that Cde Rugare Gumbo was and is not speaking on behalf of the party, but instead is speaking on behalf of a faction.

“He was given an opportunity and failed to explain himself why he was speaking on behalf of a faction rather than the party.”

Cde Mupereri said the PCC felt that as a party cadre, Cde Gumbo had failed the most basic test of following the party, its principles and ideology and instead was bent on constantly following an individual.

“In the meeting, Cde Rugare Gumbo consistently referred to VP Mujuru as the President, proving beyond reasonable doubt that in Cde Rugare Gumbo’s world, VP Mujuru is already the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“By defending VP Mujuru against allegations raised by the First Lady and accentuated by the President himself, Cde Rugare Gumbo implied that the First Family was not telling the truth, deciding instead to take sides with the faction led by Cde Joice Mujuru.”

Cde Mupereri said the PCC noted that when the public media was savagely attacking Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa in the last few years for what later became baseless Tsholotsho allegations, Cde Gumbo’s principle of defending party cadres against the media did not apply in the case, raising a double standard approach.

Speaking after the Matabeleland North provincial co-ordinating meeting in Lupane to outline the duties and responsibilities of the provincial congress co-ordination committee and appointment of subcommittee members, provincial political head and Politburo member Dr Obert Mpofu, said they did not support factionalism.

“Now, we don’t know whether those charged with speaking on behalf of the party are speaking on behalf of the party or faction. An old man appears on television frothing from the mouth, speaking for a faction and not the party. We do not agree with that,” said Dr Mpofu in apparent reference to Cde Gumbo’s habitual misrepresentation of Politburo deliberations.

“If you are a Zanu-PF spokesman, speak on behalf of Zanu-PF, do not talk about your own things.

“We do not want that, it destroys the party. If you tell people, tell people things that will take the party forward and not what pleases you.

“If you see a person blaming others, they have a problem. Speak for the party and tomorrow speak for your things. They should not make us omatholwane babo.”

Cde Gumbo last Friday attacked The Herald accusing it of being unprofessional, damaging and negative on the coverage of VP Mujuru whom he said had ‘’fantastic leadership qualities’’.

He said allegations of abuse of office, corruption, extorting shareholding from companies and demanding bribes that were levelled against VP Mujuru by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe were false.

Cde Gumbo alleged that the people involved in the alleged Tsholotsho Declaration in 2004 were the same people targeting VP Mujuru in what he termed Tsholotsho 2.

Dr Mpofu said Matabeleland North was the only province lauded by the First Lady during her recent “Meet the People” tour for not being involved in factionalism.

“In issues of factionalism we were absolved,” he said. “In Matabeleland North, we always say we are not involved in factionalism. We were mentioned by name that we are the only ones free from factionalism.”

Dr Mpofu said some people were given money to disturb the province and the leadership had the names of individuals that were sent, but the people refused to join factions.

He said Matabeleland North was behind the leadership of President Mugabe and the province was the first to endorse the decision to elevate the First Lady to head the Women’s League when some were undecided.

“I’m happy with what was said by (Matabeleland North war veterans chairman Cde Jonathan) Nkanyezi when he said yesterday (Friday), he had nothing to do with things said by Jabulani (chairman of the war veterans) and that what Jabulani said was his personal view and not that of the war veterans. The war veterans are behind the First Lady,” said Dr Mpofu.

“Let’s not be swayed by things we don’t know. We might fight among ourselves, but let’s not get into factions. Let us follow the path of the party.”

Dr Mpofu said the province always stood by the party and follow laid down guidelines.

“Let’s not follow things without guidelines. People were used to mischief. People would approach me sitting with my children and say support me. We grew up in the party but there are ‘helicopters’ that want to sit on our heads,” he said.

“If you go asking for positions from people you have a problem. It should come to you. Let us not take part in that because we will be caught in crossfire. In Matabeleland North, there is no factionalism. No one (from the province) has ever approached me and said they wanted a position.

“There are some here who have attended many meetings, I know in Bulawayo and we have their names, promising people that you have given them the Vice Presidency. Meetings held at lodges and hotels. If you are called to a hotel, go and eat then wipe your mouth and leave.”

Dr Mpofu urged members to desist from making promises to aspiring candidates on behalf of the province.

“Lying that Matabeleland North supports you for this position. Don’t do that. You will soil Matabeleland North,” he said.

The provincial congress coordinating committees headed by the most senior members in the structures will coordinate and guide the work of various provincial subcommittees and get reports from subcommittees.

The Matabeleland North provincial Congress Co-ordination Committee led by Dr Mpofu comprises of Cdes Sithembiso Nyoni, Thokozile Mathuthu, Jacob Mudenda, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Cain Mathema, Samuel Mugande, provincial chairman Richard Moyo, provincial women’s league chairperson Medeline Bhebhe, youth chairperson Tamuka Nyoni with Cde Bigboy Nkiwane as secretary.

The province also appointed members of subcommittees headed by central committee and politburo members. Cde Jacob Mudenda was appointed to head the Documentation and legal subcommittee, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni Finance, Cde Cain Mathema Organisation, Cde Sikhanyisiwe Mpofu Security and Accreditation, Prof Moyo Communication, Cde Mathuthu Transport and Social Welfare, Cde Mugande Health and Cde Fati Mpofu Entertainment.

Bulawayo held a similar meeting yesterday where they also resolved to endorse President Mugabe as the sole candidate for the position of President and First Secretary of the party in the December elective congress and sole candidate for the 2018 elections.

The province also endorsed the First Lady for the position of secretary for Women’s Affairs.

COMMENTS

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    Washumba 8 years ago

    Vanhu muri kukundikana chaivo. Dr mai ndivo vakatanga nezve kusapota faction 1, asi hapana chamakataura. Herald iri kusapota 1 faction hamutaure. Muri kutora advantage yekusvika pana President modzvanya vasina mukana uyu. Ndiri kuzviona kuti team yeTsholotsho ndiyo iri kukonzera zvose izvi hamhenu kuti VaMugabe havasi kuzvipihwa sei.

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    Gandanga 8 years ago

    Ha ha ha,Bob is now leading a faction whose spokesman is Jonso using the state media,so yes Rugare has to defend his faction.When you write about the Vp’s sins do you ever seek her side of the story?i guess not coz Zimpapers is now a factional mouthpiece.That is the reason why Justin Mutasa was ‘retired’as CEO earlier in the year as he is related to Gamatox.

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    Its Hard 8 years ago

    I appreciate herald articles, but can they be kept to a minimum.

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    gogosesikhona 8 years ago

    I am at loss and deeply puzzled by the way some people thing. Honestly, what do you think Mugabe can offer you at a vegetative state of mind, body and soul. Why treat him as some kind of a god? Do you honestly think that there will be no life post Mugabe era? Kungani lisiyangisa kanje? Yikuthanda ukudla okulihlanyisa kanje? Khothanini izithende kunye lendunu zabo.

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    kalulu 8 years ago

    A san outsider it amazes me how people in zanu pf think and reason. They are quick to blame Rugare Gumbo for speaking on behalf of a faction which if it is true would be incorrect, but how about Grace Mugabe, was she not speaking on behalf of a faction during her rallies. It is on record that she savaged Amai Mujuru and praised Baba Mnangagwa and they do not comment about it. The Herald which is run by Jonathan Moyo has been savaging Amai Mujuru nearly every day and these commentators do not see this as supporting a faction. If you are so myopic then keep your shollowness to yourselves. We are tired of this bootlicking which has destroyed all our values as a nation.

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      Kalulu my brother (or sister) I am not even amazed how these people think. What amazes me is us on this forum that have been banging away at this regime. All of a sudden we are lost. The one said I quote ” AT CONGRESS”. WHO’S CONGRESS? This is a congress of a party that has banged our heads against the ground for 34 years plus. We are now psychologically putting ourselves in the position of being Zanu pf because we are taking sides in their conflict. These are evil people who have caused the deaths of many Zimbabweans black and white. Why now are we getting involved in their squabbles? I also said that I would choose Mujuru over Grace. I apologize. If I had the offer I would reject both of them. My brother Mixed race said the good that can come out of this is those BIGWIGS that thought they were untouchable, because of Graces actions can be got rid of. I respect mixed race but you cannot let an aspiring monster kill a current monster and think you have achieved anything. A monster is a monster whether it is big or small. When the small monster kills the big monster the small monster will get big and become maybe a bigger monster. THE MONSTER IS ZANU AND THE MONSTER HAS EATEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO EAT IT’S OWN. Sibanda I can not fault from the monsters point of view. Sibanda was given the powers by Zanu to go into Mashonaland and shake up anyone he wanted. I ask all my Shona friends on this forum to forgive me for going slightly tribal. It is not my intent. WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN A NDEBELE GOING INTO MASHOLAND AND DOING AND SAYING WHAT SIBANDA HAS DONE? He has been used and is now been discarded. I will never ever agree with this regime. In fact I will open bottles of champagne when they fall. To those who are regulating this website what has happened to Whande, Buckle and co? THAT IS WHY THE COMMENTS ARE NO LONGER FOTHCOMMING. COME ON GUYS, GIVE US OPINIONS FROM THESE PEOPLE. I am Doctor do little and I am Zimbabwean.

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        kalulu 8 years ago

        I reall appreciate your comments and I agree with you that zanu pf as a whole is rotten from mugabe downwards including mujuruwifeand husband. All of them are corrupt. Maybe as you suggest we should not get emtangled with their squabbles because they are two sides of the same coin. Maybe lets just watch them fighting each other from the sidelines. As the saying goes ‘never argue with a fool because people may not notice the difference’.

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      Kalulu my brother (or sister) I am not even amazed how these people think. What amazes me is us on this forum that have been banging away at this regime. All of a sudden we are lost. The one said I quote ” AT CONGRESS”. WHO’S CONGRESS? This is a congress of a party that has banged our heads against the ground for 34 years plus. We are now psychologically putting ourselves in the position of being Zanu pf because we are taking sides in their conflict. These are evil people who have caused the deaths of many Zimbabweans black and white. Why now are we getting involved in their squabbles? I also said that I would choose Mujuru over Grace. I apologize. If I had the offer I would reject both of them. My brother Mixed race said the good that can come out of this is those BIGWIGS that thought they were untouchable, because of Graces actions can be got rid of. I respect mixed race but you cannot let an aspiring monster kill a current monster and think you have achieved anything. A monster is a monster whether it is big or small. When the small monster kills the big monster the small monster will get big and become maybe a bigger monster. THE MONSTER IS ZANU AND THE MONSTER HAS EATEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO EAT IT’S OWN. Sibanda I can not fault from the monsters point of view. Sibanda was given the powers by Zanu to go into Mashonaland and shake up anyone he wanted. I ask all my Shona friends on this forum to forgive me for going slightly tribal. It is not my intent. WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN A NDEBELE GOING INTO MASHOLAND AND DOING AND SAYING WHAT SIBANDA HAS DONE? He has been used and is now been discarded. I will never ever agree with this regime. In fact I will open bottles of champagne when they fall. To those who are regulating this website what has happened to Whande, Buckle and co? THAT IS WHY THE COMMENTS ARE NO LONGER FOTHCOMMING. COME ON GUYS, GIVE US OPINIONS FROM THESE PEOPLE. I am Doctor do little and I am Zimbabwean..

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    revenger-avenger 8 years ago

    Love cannibals devouring each other

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    Wilbert Mukori 8 years ago

    Of course Mai Mujuru is corrupt but whilst she was considered a member of the hyena clan it did not matter just as many of the clan members are corrupt and worse. The problem arises when a member is thrown out of the clan.

    Rugare Gumbo placed the noose round his own neck by denying the obvious – that VP Mujuru is corrupt. All his critics had to do is open the trap door under him. He can survive the drop followed by the sudden stop by stiffen his neck by how long can he hang like that for.

    By referring to VP Mujuru as President Gumbo was merely pissing on those who pulled the trap door under him; sure he wanted to remain defiant to the bitter end but his is little comfort, his critics will have the last laugh. The life in abject poverty now awaits you comrade Rugare Gumbo!

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    Doc you are a passionate man and I just love your quotes, about the big and the small monster I mean.

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    Samaita 8 years ago

    Zvecorruption izvi, its nonsense and unsubstantiated. With all the drama and energy Grace had, why did she not simply ask her driver to take her to Harare Central and report one Joice Mujuru for corruption docket rovhurwa.

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    tonyme 8 years ago

    Why is it that the Government seems to be only thinking of Mujuru as having a faction. There is another faction, Moyo , Munangagwa etc. What is being said about those also. Amai should also be sanctioned. Mugabe should have sanctioned her from speaking evil of party leaders. At least not during this time. Guys, politics stinks.