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Fear grips Mujuru family

Fear has gripped the Mujuru family after Zanu PF openly charged that the late General Solomon Mujuru and his wife Joice, the former Vice-President were involved in a plot to oust President Robert Mugabe from power.


This follows the summary expulsion of Mujuru from the party by the Zanu PF politburo which never gave her an opportunity to respond to a litany of serious charges levelled against her.

General Mujuru died in a mysterious inferno at his Ruzambu Farm in August 2011 and the State opposed attempts by the family for an independent autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

The Mujuru family was suspicious of the manner of his death and was not satisfied with the findings of the government sanctioned inquest which ruled out foul play.

In separate interviews yesterday, Mujuru’s family members and close associates said the vicious attack on the Mujuru family had rekindled their suspicions that General Mujuru had been murdered and now raised the possibility that they too could be targeted.

Mujuru was one of the most powerful people in Zanu PF and was said to be the only person who could look President Robert Mugabe in the face and speak his mind.

There was little doubt that he was the kingmaker in Zimbabwean politics and historians and politicians agreed Mugabe owed his acceptance as leader in Zanu PF to the late general who convinced liberation fighters to accept him in 1976.

Mujuru family members, close associates and friends said following the former VP’s expulsion from Zanu PF on Thursday and the labelling of the late decorated army commander as a coup plotter, they now feared for the worst.
One of Mujuru’s children told The Standard yesterday on condition of anonymity that they now lived in fear, as the claims by the party’s national disciplinary committee could be used by enemies of the Mujuru family as justification to harm them.

She said the way her mother was treated had left her traumatised. Joice has been vilified as a coup plotter, a dishonest person, a witch and morally loose by President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace.

Mugabe has not relented on his attacks on her, even though the former Vice-President has retreated to her farm where she is engaged in full-time farming.

“She [former VP Mujuru] has gone through a lot in the short period. He [the late General Mujuru] died in 2011 under mysterious circumstances and before we could fully recover, we are unjustifiably hit this hard again. I think the best way for her is to remain quiet and give all to God,” she said.

Mujuru’s daughter said the allegations by the politburo that her father wanted to remove Mugabe could explain why he was killed in the inferno.

“We then begin to suspect whether that was the reason he [Mujuru] died such a painful death. She [Joice] is spending Easter with her grandchildren probably at the farm but news of her expulsion from the party has aroused fears for her life and our lives too. We do not feel safe anymore.”

The Zanu PF disciplinary report presented by legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa to the politburo on Thursday claimed that Mujuru and her husband started plotting against Mugabe in 2004 and were instrumental in the 2008 “Bhora Musango” project which Zanu PF claims cost it elections that year.

“As way back as 2009 the government and the party was aware that Joice Mujuru and her late husband, the late Rex Nhongo Mujuru, were plotting to remove President Mugabe,” the report said.

It was known to the party that they plotted to block the nomination of President Mugabe as the party’s leader at the 5th people’s congress working in collusion with provisional chairmen.”

The report does not however say why no action was taken while General Mujuru was still alive.
Joice was yesterday said to be too busy with numerous Easter programmes at her Salvation Army church to respond to her sacking.

The Standard was however told by people close to her that she could draft a statement that could be released after the holidays.

Commenting on Mujuru’s expulsion from Zanu PF, former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said: “They [Zanu PF politburo] want to destroy roots, trunk, branches and leaves, but I tell you that we have very strong roots and will win in any election. We will continue to support our leader [Mujuru] and the expulsion will definitely have no effect on our support base.”

Analysts said the firing of Mujuru from Zanu PF was clear indication of the fear in the rival camp who felt Mujuru remained a threat for as long as she was in the party.

Academic Ibbo Mandaza said: “For me, it’s a self-obituary on Mugabe PF. That has nothing to do with the Zanu we know. It’s interesting to see that latter day lawyers like [Patrick] Chinamasa are preparing the charge sheet against Mujuru. It’s a bunch of outsiders passing judgements on liberation heroes.”

Another analyst Charles Mangongera said: “This is the calculation on the part of Machiavellian schemers in the Mnangagwa camp. They see her [Joice Mujuru] as a threat to their ambitions and had to make sure she is out of the picture because if Mugabe is gone either naturally or otherwise, she would have a legitimate claim that her removal from office was illegal.”

8 Responses to Fear grips Mujuru family

  1. Paradzai Madzongonyedze April 5, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Chara chimwe hachitswanyi inda. Inda ipi? Iyo irikusveta ropa reZimbabwe yese. Thirty five years of us being held hostage by this power obsessed man. What does it take to remove this evil man without comprising the sanctity of life? Patients folks. They can cover up for him now but rinemanyanga hariputirwe. Nobody can beat father time. The race is on and soon RIP tisina kukuroya or kuponda but free natural.

    • fokoro April 5, 2015 at 10:13 am #

      zvichaiwana ngwarati nerimwe zuva, kutadza kurara nekuda kuti mumwe munhu afe chete muchitadza kugadzirisa economy yenyika yaparara, how do you think you fools!!!! Ngatiende but lets see,

  2. Mukadzi. WaWidza April 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    You guys promised Mujuru’s child anonymity and yet you provided so many clues about who “she is and which child it is.” very unprofessional…

  3. Lesly April 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Stupid and baseless story once again .

  4. Kufandada April 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    Mujuru daughter must take up politics to help her mother.Zimbabweans love Solomon Mujuru,and Joyce Mujuru,the real fighters and liberators of this country.

  5. Musa Kilimanjaro April 9, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    i dont think that anyone will do anything to the mujuru family

  6. Afraid Magorimbo April 10, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Why are people afraid of their own imagination. When Joyce and Solomon were the favoured, they basked in the “dictorship” as they want to call it now. Silly hey! They should have known their turn would come. It has and now the Mujuru’s cry. Live by the barrel of the gun and you must die by it. Solomon died the way he lived – dangerously. So enjoy your investment dear family. The hundreds of people that you victimized are enjoying the fact that you too can feel pain. And for the hallucinators like Rugare Gumbo, there is no sunshine after ZANU (PF). There are no supporters of the Mujuru’s as is suggested. No one will risk a finger nail for Mujurus. This is the end. By the way, in case you are not preparing – that farm will soon go too. So prepare for homelessness in the next phase. You watched many suffer this and you enjoyed it. Your turn.

  7. no mercy April 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    mai mujuru nana mutasa na Temba mliswa are trying to appear as angels. Mugabe was good till they they had a fall out? I hate Mugabe but politics is a profession. They idolized Mugabe and never created individual faces in politics. So Mugabe picks and dumps these guys.
    As for mai mujuru , I challenge you to explain why its a big deal kuti murume wenyu akafa sei now. There is no fresh info on how he died. You kept quite becoz you thot if you made noise about your hubby’s death that would raffle your chances of ascendance to the presidence. Now year after years of his death and after a fall out you suggesting that lets revisit how he died. Its a shame. Shame on you. Hamusimwi that was involved in gold bars here.
    Temba you have dirty hands. you too young in politics. I feel bad for Gumbo. he is the only honest of the bunch

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