VP tape crossed the line, says Coltart

via VP tape crossed the line, says Coltart 17/11/2014

THE First Family is now playing dirty in its fight against a coup plot by vice president Joice Mujuru, allegations the latter vehemently rejected in a statement Monday which effectively dared President Robert Mugabe to sack her.

The Mugabes claim that Mujuru, impatient to take over as president and frustrated by the 90-year-old incumbent’s refusal to step down, has been working on a plot to topple the veteran leader at Zanu PF’s congress next month.

To thwart the alleged plot, a vicious campaign has since been launched to scandalise Mujuru and First Lady Grace Mugabe has led the charge, accusing the vice president of grand corruption, incompetence and treason.

Top Zanu PF officials thought to have been backing Mujuru to eventually take over from Mugabe have either been suspended from their positions or expelled as in the case of Jabulani Sibanda who was also removed as war veterans leader.

Others have been forced to switch sides through “persuasion, intimidation and threats”.

And on Monday Grace showed that the First Family was even engaging in the stuff of espionage fiction in its desperate bid to retain power.

Addressing supporters at her Mazowe compound, Grace claimed to have successfully set up a trap for Mujuru, adding the VP tried to seduce her spy.

“I set up Mujuru and I now have recording of her in a mini-skirt, speaking ill of me and the president … ngaaende izvozvo,” she said.

“I set a trap … told someone closer to her to record her, she was recorded while she was wearing a mini-skirt, I don’t know whether she wanted to lure this person or not because the way she was dressing it’s embarrassing for a person of a vice president.

“Do you know what she was saying in that video? She was saying why is Grace not telling her husband to step down?”

Grace did not say where the recording was made but the vice president could not have been at her offices if she was inappropriately dressed as the First Lady claimed.

In a post on his Facebook wall Monday night, opposition politician and former education minister, David Coltart, said Grace had crossed the line.

Wrote Coltart: “In view of the quite remarkable things said on ZBC this (Monday) evening by Grace Mugabe about Vice President Joice Mujuru, in particular about video recordings of Mujuru in her home, it is pertinent to recall the provisions of Section 57 of the Zimbabwe Constitution which state:

“Every person has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have:

a) their home entered without their permission;
d) the privacy of their communications infringed.”

“Section 51 is also relevant – the right to human dignity which states “Every person has inherent dignity in their private and public life, and the right to have that dignity respected and protected.”

He added: “An unacceptable line has been crossed this evening.”

Grace however, said she had more such recordings and threatened to make them public if Mujuru does not heed her demands that she quits office.

“This is nothing, there is more to come,” said the First Lady. “She (Mujuru) must just go than to be fired.”

A defiant Mujuru issued a defiant statement Monday saying she would not resign and effectively challenging Mugabe to fire her.

“I am an elected servant of the people of Zimbabwe …” said Mujuru.

“I deny any and all the allegations of treason, corruption, incompetence, and misuse of public office being routinely made against me in The Herald and Sunday Mail Newspapers.

“I have briefed my legal practitioners to take the necessary steps, at law, to restore my good reputation, political standing and dignity. I stand ready to defend myself before the Party, and in any court of law on any of the allegations made against me, at any time, in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe.

“To you my fellow citizens I say, that I, Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru, am here to serve the people of Zimbabwe, and the party Zanu PF, that I have always been a member of.

“No amount of malicious, hurtful and false statements about me, my late husband, my family, children, associates or business interests (real or imagined) can deter me from the mission at hand.”


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    David Coltart should know that Hyenas cannot follow a constitution. I refer to them as Hyenas because they have gone full circle and are now being ruled by a Matriarch. She can basically say what she wants. Someone on this forum said this will not end well for Zanu. My word were those words true. Grace has lit a fire and the way she is playing with it she will burn. With allies like she’s has she would do well to watch her back. She has to remember that while she faces Mujuru her back is wide open for her so called allies. At the same time this whole exercise has weakened Mugabe. The man is looking over his shoulder not knowing who his friends are. We the POVO on the other hand just SIT IN THE STANDS AND WATCH AS THE CHAOS UNFOLDS…SOON SOON SOON.

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      chadzunda 6 years ago

      The Hyena matriarch rules with fear for the benefit of the clan. This land grabbing, degree grabbing and foul-mouthed matriarch is on a scorched earth policy. Unbeknown to her, the same fire she is using to burn Teurai is the same fire that will burn her.

      The husband is quiet as expected. He has always been a coward and uses misguided elements like the so-called war vets to fight his wars. Look back! From the war of independence, to the dissident era, Hondo yeminda, MDC time and now.

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    Doris 6 years ago

    She forgets the power that Solomon had with gaining the respect of the Defence Forces, especially the army. When crunch time comes, we all know who the Z.D.F. will support.

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    Mfanyana 6 years ago

    The Zim Opposition may be philosophically saying, “We will wait for ZANU/PF to annihilate itself and we will pick the pieces” There may be no pieces. In politics, when two bulls fight, the grass that suffers is the masses that get so crushed that it takes a long while for them to generate new roots. By waiting for the foolishness to play out, the opposition might go the same way. As the saying goes,’Lightning does not strike twice’. Gone ONCE, Gone TWICE, GONE THRICE, GONE! The sun is shining now, it is time to make hay.

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    A mess of a country

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago


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    Msizeni Silwelani 6 years ago

    I Msizeni will not shed a tear for Joice. The more she falls the more i rejoice. Tell us more Grace, you say she was scantily dressed, wasn’t she talking or moving seductively? She is a disgrace ‘as well.’ How does one’s moral standing impact on her/his political uprightness or lack of it?

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    I am not one for back biting just straight talk. The end is nigh for Robert and he has taught his junior wife well. She is hoping to get rid of her competition by any means cause she knows full well what will happen to her once Bob is gone.

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    munzwa 6 years ago

    Sure a line has been crossed, but only people with high morals would recognised that. I hope David Coltart is not warming to the VP as a possible future president!!No one in zanu at this stage qualifies to lead this country to any form of progress….

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    Morris 6 years ago

    Mr. David Coltart is right, at law, Dr. Grace Mugabe has crossed the line. This reality has nothing to do with support or lack of it for Dr. Joice Mujuru. Morden states are build around the desire to be fair in person-to-person, state-to-person and person-to-state interactions.