Pressure mounts on Mujuru

via Pressure mounts on Mujuru – The Zimbabwe Independent May 15, 2015

PRESSSURE is mounting on former vice-president Joice Mujuru from her supporters within and outside Zanu PF to offer leadership and announce the way forward following her expulsion from Zanu PF in April.

Faith Zaba/Owen Gagare

Mujuru’s supporters want her to come out and clearly state whether she will form a party to challenge President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF as anticipated.

Youths sympathetic to Mujuru are moving ahead of her and have started forming structures, under the People First banner, to force Mujuru and other senior officials who were kicked out of Zanu PF or lost their positions in the run up to, during and after the controversial Zanu PF congress in December last year, to take decisive action.

The youth structure, seen by the Zimbabwe Independent, will be led by Temba Mliswa. Other officials in the national youth executive include Lilian Kandemiri (secretary for administration), J Masawi (secretary for finance), John Mushayi (political commissar), Jimu Kunaka (secretary for security), Endai Mugomeza (secretary for external affairs), Farai Kuvheya (secretary for information), Tererai Mafukidze (secretary for legal affairs) and Prosper Gavanga (secretary for student affairs).

This Mafukidze is not the same as his namesake Tererai Mafukidze who practices as an advocate at the Laywers’ Bar in Harare and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Myra Ngozo and Prince Shinya will be committee members.

Point persons have also been identified for each of the provinces. Tranos Huruva will coordinate activities in Masvingo while Kudakwashe Muringani will spearhead operations in Mashonaland East.

Other provincial point persons include Jackson Chizanga (Mashonaland West), Dugmore Chimukoko (Mashonaland Central), Tanaka Manyadza (Midlands), Mabutho Moyo (Bulawayo), Themba Nyathi (Matabeleland North), Tendai Diwa (Harare) and a Mapfumo in Manicaland.

Provincial women’s league structures have also been set up across the country, the sources said.

Officials close to Mujuru said the former vice-president was in a dilemma on what course of action to take and had requested that her colleagues give her time.

The officials said Mujuru was traumatised by her brutal ouster from Zanu PF, a party she joined as a teenager in 1973 when she crossed into Mozambique to fight in the liberation struggle at the age of 17.

Before losing her position as vice-president and deputy secretary of Zanu PF, Mujuru had served in successive governments since Independence in 1980.

Mujuru’s advantage in her bid to plot a fight back or form a party appears to be that she has structures and grassroots support, mostly composed of people who were removed in a stage-managed string of votes-of-no-confidence during the congress period, and will thus not need to start afresh. The structures will also be composed of victims of the continuing purges post-congress.

Party officials perceived to be Mujuru’s allies are currently being removed from party structures from branch to district levels across the country in the restructuring exercise being undertaken by the commissariat department. Even local authority officials and school heads, particularly in rural areas, are also targeted.

Mujuru has remained a force to reckon with on Zimbabwe’s political landscape despite her ouster from Zanu PF, although she has kept her cards firmly close to her chest.

She was fired alongside several former ministers, among them, Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, who was also party secretary for administration, Labour minister Nicholas Goche, Indigenisation minister Francis Nhema, Higher and Tertiary Education minister Olivia Muchena, ICT minister Webster Shamu (Zanu PF political commissar) and Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Simbaneuta Mudarikwa.

Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire, his deputy Munacho Mutezo, Flora Buka (Minister of State for Presidential Affairs), Paul Chimedza (Health and Child Care deputy minister), Sylvester Nguni (Minister of State in former Vice-President Mujuru’s Office), Tongai Muzenda (Public Service deputy minister), Petronella Kagonye (Transport deputy minister), Fortune Chasi (Justice deputy minister) and Tendai Savanhu (Lands deputy minister) and Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Masvingo, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, were also dismissed.

Zanu PF also dismissed nine out of the 10 provincial chairpersons in the run up to congress for supporting Mujuru’s alleged plot to oust Mugabe.
Most officials have remained mum after being fired save for Mutasa, former party spokesman Rugare Gumbo, former war veterans chairman Jabulani Sibanda and Mliswa.

The quartet is expected to play a prominent role in the formation of the proposed party.

In an interview on Wednesday, Gumbo said while he appreciated the confusion among party supporters and other Mujuru sympathisers caused by her silence, he understood where she was coming from.

He said people have to remember that Mujuru was fired after loyally serving Zanu PF and its government for 42 years and never dreamt Mugabe would toss her out like trash as he did.

Gumbo said although they strongly believe that Mujuru has the grassroot support in both urban and rural areas, they will not plunge headlong until they are sure.
“It is a question of timing. When we are ready we will launch the party. We have to be sure that the party will be organised and strong. We want a compact and well-structured party across all provinces,” he said.

“The country is currently in a state of siege and there is so much distrust. We inherited the Rhodesian structures like the Joint Operations Command, made up of security chiefs and we are also enforcing the same draconian laws that were used to suppress us and also using the same system of illegal bugging, torture, intimidation and abductions, to deal with opponents.”

He added: “People were being intimidated everywhere. These are the challenges we have to overcome — it is very difficult to change such a repressive system. The entire society is gripped with fear.”

Gumbo said they were consulting widely first and they want to involve the grassroots people in the setting up of the party.

“We are in the process of mobilising our grassroots support. We are observing Zanu PF, which is fighting with itself and we want to see how far the fights will go. Obviously Mujuru has her own understanding of the dynamics and she is doing her own analysis to see how to handle the situation,” he said. “We also want to take stock of what is happening, so there is no need to rush. We have a strong candidate for 2018; it is Zanu PF which does not have one.”


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    kelly 7 years ago

    Hey, Joice its time u rose up to the occassion. They have already cut u off and expelled u and want nothing to do with u. If u defy ur supporters who are willing to sacrifice for the cause, u will be sorry and have no one to help u lick your wounds when u rot in Mugabe’s prison and that wont be long before he physically tortures u.

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    TIRIPO ANHUACHO 7 years ago

    Anhu haaziyi ZANUba,Joice anoiziya,give her time.She need to consult even with the security sector,akamhanya kureketa anopuwa mhosva,osungwa.Let her do the ground work out of the public eye,2018 handipanoba.Kana infor yaapo,party inogona kutangwa mid or end of 2017,hapana nyaya apa

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    I have a dream ! a very strong dream that one day! only one good day! Joice will truly liberate Zimbahwe. Let her take her time mate. This is how God works. May God bless this honourable lady from Dotito.

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    Mpisi 7 years ago

    All thugs

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    Rockstone 7 years ago

    No sympathy to both of them , they were together when they rampaged our economy & people should be reminded that a devil is a devil , he or she won’t change .

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    The Mafia fighting one-another. I guess it was inevitable? Funny how all these ex-Zanooo crooks suddenly tell us how bad Zanooo is. But – we’ve known all the time!

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    Kevin 7 years ago

    Useless thief that she is! Why would anyone believe that she would be better for Zimbabwe than any other ZANU PF idiot, thief. They are all a disaster waiting to happen!

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      Zuwarabuda Nyamhute 7 years ago

      You are right, Kevin. These are basically ZANU PF people who, at the height of their dark career, murdered, looted and participated in the criminal orgies. It’s basically a case of thieves falling out. If they are really genuine patriots, they should join the democratic forces fighting against ZANU PF tyranny.

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    GEORGE CHARAMBA 7 years ago

    She is not playing any cards close to her chest , she is confused, she doesn’t know what to do as she has lived under the cloud of ZANU for decades . Blood suckers that have fallen off the host . People are dreaming to think pple will change . A leopard will never change its spots . She is the true devil in every sense . For lack of notable opposition MAYBE , FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE

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    Kkkkkkkkk. Hapana chinobuda mahubwe ari kuitiwa awa. Leadership haiisigwi munhu pressure – munhu anofanigwa kuzvihwa muropa make oratidza nemaitiro ake kuti akazvipira here kutungamira.

    Hamutangi sangano musina vatungamiri then mozoita zvokukwira mabhazi kana ndege kunotsvaga vatungamiri. Hazvisevenzi izvozvo.
    Seiko, madofo eZimbabwe musingadzidzi even from the Nxube-Mutambara MDC. Hamuna kuzvivona here kuti vanhu vakawachisiwa naNxube naPriscilla – pavakazovona kuti havana mutungamiri ndokumanya kunononga Arthur angaava mustreet kid kuAmerica basa rapera. Zvino zvakasvika papi?

    mukai mhani imiii madofo. nxaaaaa!