Resign instead, say analysts

Resign instead, say analysts | The Herald 17 October 2014

ANALYSTS say the honourable thing for Vice President Joice Mujuru to do is to resign if the allegations of corruption and abuse of office levelled against her by the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe are proved to be true.
In a fired up address to thousands of people who packed Chipadze Stadium in Bindura yesterday, Amai Mugabe accused a female faction leader from Mashonaland Central of involvement in illicit diamond deals, bribery and extorting shareholdings in companies.

Section 106 (2 ) (c) of the Constitution says, every vice president, minister and deputy minister, “may not during their tenure of office use their positions or any information entrusted to them to enrich themselves or improperly benefit any other person’’.

Analysts who spoke to The Herald yesterday said the Vice President’s position in the party was no longer tenable in light of the damaging charges.

“As things now stand revealed, there are no prospects of any normal political life for her within the national body politic.

“She is melting like a pebble of ice in the hot October sun. She is already disparaged in her unanswered claims of fictional war exploits. It turned out she has all along preyed upon obliging post-colonial business interests that vainly sought to unseat the popularly elected President Mugabe,” outspoken war veteran Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa said yesterday.

“She has been soliciting big time bribes as she taxed the national development process. Along the way she has chain sawed the political branch she was perched on. For he (President Mugabe) is the national leader who singularly rewarded her with the generous post independence political prominence that has been a cover for her greed and corruption.”

Cde Mutsvangwa said in the face of such allegations the right thing for the VP to do was to resign.

“Honour seems to be an attribute alien to this affected and simple minded personality. Any other politician with an iota of decency and integrity would have smelled the coffee and do the only right thing, which is to resign. She has shredded her war veteran credentials to shards as she has distanced herself from her war time peers while seeking adulation from new found cheerleaders donated by those who want to abuse her. This is hubris at work indeed.”

University of Zimbabwe political scientist Dr Charity Manyeruke said anyone implicated in corruption should resign.

“If there are people who are implicated in corrupt activities, the best thing for them to do is step down. This is not the first time in Zimbabwe this year. It has happened with PSMAS, Air Zimbabwe, ZBC. Some resigned and some were sidelined because they held public office.

“Some tend to resist stepping down but it is in the interest of the public to step down. If a person is implicated in high level corruption It is good corporate governance practice for someone to step down. We do not want forensic audits to expose you. A good citizen will simply call it a day and live with dignity when implicated especially by a high officer holder also,” Dr Manyeruke said.

Another political analyst Mr Goodwine Mureriwa said the law was supposed to take its course if there was any proof of corruption.

“If you look at issues to do with corporate governance transparency, corruption is diverse and the world over we have seen people resigning. We have seen the Willowgate Scandal were some people have resigned, some were pardoned by the President while others committed suicide in the case of Morris Nyagumbo.

“If there is incriminating evidence the law is supposed to take its course. The trend in our modern politics should be to resign but this is not happening because corruption has been pervasive and ubiquitous to the extent that in Zimbabwean society it is difficult if somebody is very clean. However in the competition for political power one can say one is corrupt without evidence but if it is there and has gone through the due process in court naturally one should resign. One has a right to be heard and tried,” Mr Mureriwa said.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo could only say party issues were discussed in the Politburo.

“We were not there when she said it but what we know is that all issues of the party are discussed in the Politburo,” he said.


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    get away. Mugabe should resign first. murderer, thief, woman snatcher, tribalist.

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    tapiwa 7 years ago

    Ahhhaa so corruption here is another admittance by Gumbo , corruption is party business. I hasten to mention to Gumbo that what Grace said whether true or not is not partly business but national business. Not that Im saying Joice should resign but Grace should bring the evidence not to the party to the Zimbabwean people. Remember Grace also admitted to taking over someone’s farm which also makes her just as Guilty , Robert is guilty of bringing the Zimbabwean economy to its knees etc, murder, corruption and another long list. The whole government should resign.

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    Tsuro 7 years ago

    There is file for everyone in Zimbabwe. These files would opened if you seem to go astray from the gwara reparty or you dare speak against Ngwazi. If they have a file for the Vice president of the country then God help us.

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    tonyme 7 years ago

    The pot calls the kettle black. Who has clean hands in ZANU. If any, bring them forward.

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    Mujuru is the sweeter banana, but they are both bitter.

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    Isu Zvedu 7 years ago

    For me all this drama is a golden opportunity for real Zimbabweans to seize and exploit for real change. If only the opposition rose up en-mass and unite to challenge Mugabe and his wife, and use Grace’s utterances to their advantage, it can as well be time to fuel the fight against rival camps within Zanu PF. Alas, its all about Grace and her motormouth!

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    The Herald is a Mickey Mouse Newspaper. Such a joke! Who in this Party of thieves made their money off their own back?
    Go on raise your hands!

    Its true to say all the so called wealth was and is still being stolen from the people. So if anyone is going to resign lets start with Mugabe and his wife.

    The ONLY PLAUSIBLE reason she raises her empty head now is because she knows as we all do that Mugabe’s days are numbered by virtue of age and her arze is exposed now more than ever. She is only doing this because she is trying to align herself with a faction which he thinks will protect her stolen wealth when Mugabe dies.

    The so called analysts have an agenda against Mujuru. There is no balance in their assessment.They probably have been pulled out of Cross eyed Mnangagwa’s arze too. They stink

    She has been bought by that faction and been promised protection. Her ancient husband decided to send her round the country on a bogus meet the people tour to gauge how much support this faction has so as to reassure himself that when he is gone she will be safe.

    He thought she will be well liked. But she simply made a fool of herself and her handlers will be counting their loses now.

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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 7 years ago

    The plane has started to descend now. It is preparing to land. The captain is dozing/ half asleep. The co-pilot has a bee in her pants, stinging. Cabin crew is clueless as to what to do and what to tell the passengers. Emergency exits are jammed. Chaos. Auto pilot is malfunctioning.

    Control tower put emergency vehicles into red alert mode. Flight Zanu PF December 2014 is dangerous and out of control.

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago


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    Kevin 7 years ago

    The whole of Zanu PF is corrupt to the core. They should all resign and Disgrace with them. She should tread carefully as she will be destroyed once Mugabe dies, and she may have an earlier than scheduled meeting with her maker.