We’re ready to die: Mujuru ally – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 17, 2016
FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru is a target of Zanu PF brutality because of the sensitive information she holds, but a key member of her Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party says they are prepared to die for the truth.
by staff reporter
In an interview with Voice of America’s Studio 7 this week, former Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti said most officials in the party were prepared to spill the beans and let the public know the truth about what was happening in Zanu PF and government.
“It is a revolution that we have dedicated ourselves to see to the bitter end, being killed is no longer an issue of option,” he said.
“We have just dedicated our loyalty to the people, the masses, and that is why we are called People First. We are prepared to die for the people.”
While Bhasikiti made the bold declaration, party leader, Mujuru and former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa have been coy about revealing what was happening in government and the ruling party.
Mujuru claimed she was choked by the Official Secrets Act and there were some things she could not say, with critics saying this could be her Achilles heel.
But Bhasikiti maintained there was no law forbidding the former Zanu PF officials from telling the truth about what was happening when they were still in government.
“This is the benefit you can derive from being People First,” he said.
Bhasikiti also claimed Mugabe personally deployed members of the military to crash Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T in the 2008 presidential election re-run.
He said ZimPF had a full list of the members involved, and would, at an appropriate time and forum, reveal the names of the military officials allegedly ordered by Mugabe to lead violent campaigns on behalf of Zanu PF.
The former Mwenezi East legislator said he had the force numbers of all the military personnel who were deployed.
Bhasikiti said Mugabe lost the 2008 elections to Tsvangirai and the veteran leader resorted to the military, as party structures had virtually collapsed, with some legislators accused of sabotaging him.
“There is no one who can give orders to the military. The military has one command, and they have a Commander-in-Chief. So you cannot guess that if you see the military all over that they will have been commanded by the same chain of command,” he said.
The ruling party has often been accused of resorting to violence during elections to shore up its fortunes.
However, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo scoffed at Bhasikiti’s claims, describing him as a dreamer.
“That is his dream. We have nothing to do with that,” he said.
“Why now and why didn’t he say this before? Remember, he was a member of the politburo.”