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Mujuru unsettles Mugabe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s third Cabinet reshuffle in nine months shows that the embattled Zanu PF leader is struggling to keep the ruling party intact after an unprecedented purge that targeted suspected supporters of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA / EVERSON MUSHAVA

Mugabe on Friday appointed 14 ministers and deputy ministers, inviting ridicule and scorn from opponents who accused him of being out of touch.

The 91-year-old leader created two new portfolios-Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the President’s Office (Simon Khaya-Moyo) and Rural Development and Preservation of National Heritage (Abedinico Ncube).

He also appointed former ZBC journalist Makhosini Hlongwane minister without portfolio.

Last December, he created the War Veterans ministry headed by Christopher Mutsvangwa, who got a new deputy in Tshinga Dube as part of the latest reshuffle.

Friday’s reshuffle followed the publication of a manifesto by Mujuru that observers said marked her imminent return to politics, this time as Mugabe’s rival.

Political analyst Ibbo Mandaza said the constant realignment of Mugabe’s Cabinet showed that the
veteran ruler was having sleepless nights trying to deal with the post-Mujuru fallout in Zanu PF.

“The reshuffles show the impact of the purge that was done last year,” Mandaza said.

“The ramifications will not be over soon. Zanu PF is in a deep crisis and this could signal the
end to it. Mugabe is having sleepless nights over Mujuru.”

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Another analyst, Alexander Rusero, said Mugabe never anticipated the effects of the purge and
was now battling to put out the fire engulfing Zanu PF.

“Mugabe underestimated the effects of the Mujuru purge. He thought her sacking would be the beginning of the end of infighting, but it turned out to be the opposite,” he said.

“To say the Zanu PF of 2015 without Mujuru is better than that of 2013 would be mere fallacy.

“The void left by Mujuru will be difficult to fill. What will rattle Zanu PF is that she was the stabilising element.

“Her departure means Zanu PF will have to deal with the shift of power, which explains the reason
behind the reshuffles.”

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume poked fun at Mugabe, saying the changes showed that the Zanu PF leader was now out of his depth.

“Mugabe is so advanced in age he probably does not remember he had done so many reshuffles inside one year,” he said.

A State media columnist believed to be Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba said Zanu PF had been unsure about how to deal with Mujuru before she came out in the open concerning her future last week.

“Zanu PF has been uncomfortable with a floating Joice Mujuru, a Mujuru sitting musingly at Rudhara,
allowing time to forget and heal, allowing a growing benefit of the doubt,” Manheru wrote.

“Such a situation has been very hard for Zanu PF to manage since December last year, justifying endless purges.”

Zanu PF has fired or suspended several top officials accused of working with Mujuru to allegedly
topple Mugabe from power since the purges began last December.

Mugabe has admitted that the purges have weakened the party.

However, Charamba also issued a chilling warning to the former Vice-President, saying Zanu PF would fight the former war veteran on many fronts.

“There are many things which Zanu PF had put into abeyance, waiting for this moment. She [Mujuru] has provided a trigger and it can only be fast forward. She is set to be fought on many fronts,” he
wrote.

“Zanu PF is a vicious, unyielding auditor. Already, yesterday’s [Cabinet] appointments suggest
a planner putting his ducks in a row. Read carefully what the appointments do to Midlands and Mashonaland East, and you get a good clue.”

But one of Mujuru’s allies, former State Security minister Didymus Mutasa, said they were prepared
to face Zanu PF and the State machinery.

Mutasa has been speaking on behalf of disgruntled former Zanu PF members under the People First (PF) banner who have earmarked Mujuru as their leader.

“PF is determined to resist anarchy in the same way the people’s nationalist movements resisted Ian Smith’s Rhodesia,” Mutasa said.

“We abhor discrimination, oppression and brutality regardless of the colour of the person behind it.

“When one decides to go into politics and in particular our kind of politics in Zimbabwe, one should be aware that it can get dirty and at times dangerous.

“In Shona they say, ‘ateya mariva murutsva haachatyi kusviba magaro’ [If one takes to the mud
they should expect to get dirty].We are prepared for any eventuality.”

During his time in government, Mutasa was in charge of the country’s feared Central Intelligence
Organisation and he said he hoped “some” in the security services would protect them.

“We know the kind of animal we are dealing with, but we also hope that not everyone in the security
services is against us,” he said.

“We are hoping that some among them would want to protect, not only us, but all Zimbabweans against their government.”

University of Zimbabwe lecturer Eldred Masunungure said Mujuru should expect Zanu PF to use the State machinery to derail her efforts to dislodge Mugabe.

He said he does not believe Mujuru would be a game-changer in Zimbabwean politics, but Zanu PF would still not treat her with kid gloves.

“I need to send out a word of caution and say Mujuru’s perceived impact on the country’s political
scene is probably exaggerated,” he said.

“I do not think she will be a game-changer, but she should prepare for the worst, while expecting the best.

“Zanu PF will treat her in the ‘normal way’ it treats opposition parties to its power base.”

Mujuru was fired from government last December for allegedly trying to use witchcraft and hired
assassins to push Zimbabwe’s only leader since independence out of power.

8 Responses to Mujuru unsettles Mugabe

  1. Mamvemve September 13, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    Every citizen has the right to defend themselves and we should not continue to be sitting ducks against a dying brutal dictator. Mujuru should fight back and people like Mutasa should use their time in the CIO to their advantage in what will be bruising purge.

  2. Resistance Moyo September 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    Damn what are we waiting for?! If ever there will be great timing to unseat this blood thirsty organization, it is now. Otherwise, the wife of this ruthless tyrant is taking over and Zimbabwe will be the worst of all in the universe. Mugabe is closer to his grave everyone can see it, he is going to leave us in real mess. Should his cockroache Grace Mugabe take over, things are going to be a lot worse before they are real bad. Forgive me but if it means blood let it be, for how long more should we leave with xenophobic attacks in foreign land? Our fellow brothers are tired of us and we are murdered inhumanely and are leaving in fear. Enough is enough, Mugabe must go

  3. Musona September 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    There is no single person in Zimbabwe who poses a danger to Mugabe. Joice Mujuru will go the same way as the once formidable politicians like Edgar Tekere, Joshua Nkomo and Enos Nkala. Mugabe has seen off all-comers and Joice Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Jabulani Sibanda, Temba Mliswa et all will all bite the dust. Mugabe is Life-President of Zimbabwe. Which means he will be there until he dies. To say Mujuru unsettles Mugabe is a fabrication and a joke. Tsvangirai is now seeking alliances with other small shelf parties because he now knows how ruthless Mugabe is.

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  4. Jojo September 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Zim 1 is now ninety nine percent inside Grave 1 at Zanu Heroes Acre. Liberation is now in sight. Celebration time is around the corner.

  5. Aliphelithemba September 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    From the Zambezi to the Limpopo,the Chimanimani to Vic. Falls the buzz word is Mujuru and you notice the smiles of hope exchanged in the process. The move by Mujuru has ignited a flame at the level witnessed in 1980 when people had so much hope for a new dispensation.What makes her move more inspiring are the indications that MDC-T welcomes her with open arms too-thus giving her space to play her part. Those in the diaspora would want to come back home at last.Those at home want to enjoy a better quality of life- a life free of fear.Here is an opportunity that seeks to bring out the best from every citizen , founded on a hybrid well thought out gem of a manifesto.Well, the GNU was a falls start but a pointer to greater things in future.Now this is it!!!

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  7. Sultan September 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    I believe everyone in Zimbabwe is brave enough to fight for freedom. Stop discouraging Mai Mujuru. She is on the right course and she will make it. Mira uone. Mai ava iwar veteran mhani, Kkkkkk!

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