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Mujuru ‘grand’ strategy revealed

FORMER vice-president Joice Mujuru is touring the country’s provinces consulting grassroots ahead of the official launch of her People First (PF) party, amid revelations she is wooing experienced politicians from established parties.


According to close Mujuru allies, President Robert Mugabe’s former long-time deputy was in the Midlands Province early last week where she met former legislators from both the ruling Zanu PF party and the opposition, in particular former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T.


Images appeared on social media showing Mujuru in a group photo with ex-lawmakers, mainly from the opposition MDC-T.

PF interim spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed Mujuru met with ex-MDC-T MPs.

“They are the ones who asked to meet her. I did not attend the meeting, but I understand they wanted to assure her that they were fully behind her,” Gumbo said.

A picture taken after the meeting showed that more than 16 former MPs attended and these included ex-Chiredzi MP Moses Mare, former Mutare West MP and Manicaland provincial chairman Shuah Mudiwa, former Zaka North MP Enerst Mudavanhu and several others.

Mudiwa described the meeting as “just a free association.”

He said PF was still to be launched and hence there was nothing to join at the moment.

“This is just an association. There is nothing to join because they are yet to form a party,” Mudiwa said.

Other officials close to Mujuru said the PF project was taking shape.

“The train is ready to move. Things have shaped up. I used to tell you that things were shaping up but now they have shaped up. Just wait and see,” said one of the key mobilisers.

“We have senior officials from other parties offering to pay for the halls we want to hold meetings where Mujuru will address. It is exciting.”

Mujuru, according to sources, will be meeting activists from Bulawayo province this week before hosting other provinces.

She has already met with her party’s structures in Masvingo, Harare and Manicaland as well as the political hotbed of Mashonaland East.

“She will be meeting the Bulawayo province soon. Her message is clear; the party is ready to roll. She is telling people that she is holding a political bottle that is full of promises. It is a mixture of people from across the divide,” said another source.

“From the MDC and from Zanu PF, but her main thrust is to unite the people of this country.

“Mujuru has no option but to lead because she has the people’s goodwill and the masses are convinced that is the only thing that can save this nation.”

Mujuru’s manoeuvres have sent shockwaves across the country’s body-politic.

“It’s positive chaos. She has rocked the very foundations of particularly the opposition. There is spontaneity; there is energy even as far as South Africa.

“The kind of energy that I did not see even at the height of the MDC’s popularity in the early days of its formation,” a senior MDC-T official said.

““The smaller parties like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biti will be swallowed even Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn. As for the MDC-T little will remain of it because most of its leaders in the provinces and those that were disgruntled are joining the PF enmasse”.

Gumbo said Mujuru was about to wind up her nationwide tours.

“In fact we are almost done with all the provinces. There are I think one or two that remain as well as other groups such as former MPs and organisations keen on hearing her position and message,” Gumbo said.

He said there “is palpable excitement” across the political divide with “MPs from both Zanu PF and the MDCs stampeding to join”.

“There is massive excitement because people see this as the only institution that can save the country. The response Mai Mujuru has received is tremendous,” he said.

But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo scoffed at the reports that his party’s members were ready to jump ship.

“I am not a spokesperson for anybody other than Zanu PF. I have not been advised by anybody that they want to leave the party,” Khaya-Moyo said.

Khaya-Moyo refused to comment on suggestions that PF would take away Zanu PF supporters.

“I have no mandated to talk about other political groups and their activities,” he said.

Gumbo said Mujuru’s message to the provinces was that the launch of the long awaited party was near.

“She is telling them that we are close to the launch and that we have left Zanu PF for good,” she said.

“ There is no turning back. We are starting a movement that will be a political home for disenfranchised Zimbabweans from across the political divide. We want to bring people together.”

He said the party had already coined a rallying slogan: “In PF we say; tiri tese (we are in it together). Rino igore rekuvaka (this is a year of reconstruction”.

“Reconstruction of our politics because the institutions that Zanu has created are aimed at entrenching the status quo, that cements the power of the elite,” Gumbo said.

“It is a narrow elite, that is supported by extractive institutions which they are using to suck resources to the detriment of all Zimbabweans.”

Meanwhile, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said it was not true that his party was losing MPs to PF.

“It’s a blue lie to allege that Joice Mujuru is attracting support from MDC-T structures,” he said.

“ Last time I checked, it is supporters of Tendai Biti’s PDP who had joined Mujuru if recent reports on social media are anything to go by.
“The MDC – T remains the largest and most popular political party in Zimbabwe.

“We’re the real deal; the only game in town. Joice Mujuru might be a threat to the faction-ridden and crumbling Zanu PF and other small, fringe opposition political parties but certainly, she is not a threat to the MDC – T. In a free and fair election in Zimbabwe, we can beat any political party hands down. We are the Goliath of Zimbabwean politics; absolutely no doubt about that!” Gutu said.
Biti said he viewed Mujuru as a “friend and not foe”.

“It is those that have an unbridled ambition to rule, who think they have a God given right to take over from Mugabe,” he said.
“We do not view PF as a threat to us. An enemy to our enemy is a friend to us. Mujuru is an enemy to Mugabe and Zanu PF. It is those that are drunk with the urge to rule who are sweating,” Biti said.

““We have said we will work with all right thinking political formations and PF is one of them”.

Brutally stampeded out of the ruling party at the tail end of 2014, ahead of the Zanu PF congress Mujuru has played her cards close to her chest thus far – letting her lieutenants including another liberation stalwart and ex-ruling party propaganda chief Gumbo do the talking.

Gumbo said the party’s constitution was “almost complete”.

“But we are not going to have the complete constitution because input is still coming from the provinces,” he said.

“We have requested that they continue to bring their input. Another thing is it has to be ratified by congress but we will have a working document that will regulate our members as we go to the inaugural congress.”

Despite her expulsion from the ruling party, Mujuru has remained popular amid reports serving MPs were preparing to jump ship ahead of a watershed poll in 2018.

26 Responses to Mujuru ‘grand’ strategy revealed

  1. Chimedza matombo January 10, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Rubbish and this pf thing is just after political rejects and it is pure zanu project and only confused and fools will join it .

    • Qawe laMaqawe January 10, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      Come to think of it Chimedza Matombo Zimbabwe has only 15mil people at most and am sure all these have political parties of theirs, now where do you want to get supporters if you do not get the so called rejects? Are you saying they should create people who had no political affiliation or what? It looks like you are one of those that do not want to see progress outside Zanu PF but this time it is gone, better eat for the last time now.

  2. Chimedza matombo January 10, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    And you are one of the fools fooled zanu Mujuru

  3. Chimedza matombo January 10, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    @Qawe la qawe you are dull bcoz you think Mujuru is out zanu .

  4. Diibulaanyika January 10, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Yes that is typical of zanu pf known of recycling deadwood when MDC T was formed they created their own leaders direct from scratch and now every one can see that PF is zanu and they intend to lead exactly like zanu .

  5. Phillip Kucherera January 10, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    For all I know, those from MDC were thoroughly beaten by zanu pf and some lost their lives. People first as I believe will be subjected to similar beatings and disdain by mubage and company. so those from MDC should be prepared for a second round of torcher and humiliation as People First get first hand experience of who mugabe truly is.

  6. Diibulaanyika January 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    It will be a shame for any one to loose life so as to bring back zanu through a back door in the name of PF .But the good thing is zimbabweans can see and know Mujuru is totally zanu and they is no need to relate to her politically bcoz she is soiled by zanu nonsense which is reeking every where in the country .

  7. vivian v siziba January 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Agreed Qhawe Lamaqhawe,for matombo to suggest that pf is part of zanu pf project is neither here nor there, let people of Zimbabwe decide who to give the mandate to run the affairs of their country in the next coming general elections, that is simple and straight forward.Discrediting of other political players would never dissuade the people from exercising their right to elect the party and leader of their choice.

  8. Chimedza matombo January 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    @VIvian Siziba you seem to be also confused bcoz i also have the right to say what i think about any political party including the one which is in the air calling itself PF . So I am just pointing out how bad is Mujuru as she is not different from zanu bcoz she is zanu but if you like her go ahead support her do not stop others from saying what we know her about such as being party of the govt that killed 20 000 people and her husband was the commander of the killing squad gukurahundi .

  9. Dave January 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    @ Chimedza never worry about some few Mujuru boot lickers Mujuru is just buying time very soon she will be back to where she belong zanu no where else .People know their leader who stood with them through all difficulties caused by Mujuru and Mugabe . Come 2018 we vote for that leader who stood with us for 16yrs now forget about Mujuru .

  10. Diibulaanyika January 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    The fact that Mujuru is targeting MDC T MPs says a lot she has no reason to fight zanu but MDC T just like zanu pf . Then if that is not being part of zanu what is it. ?

  11. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) January 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Much ado about nothing! People Fired party. They cannot do what an MDC Napoleon could not do.

  12. themba bhebhe January 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    PF targeting MDC-T supporters kkkkkkkkk the propaganda train is in full swing right now,Jonathan Moyo style.To spice up the information ,zpf supporters have been factored in so that at list the people see a powerful project that cuts into voters from different political pursuasions.Poor Mugabe and zanu

  13. themba bhebhe January 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    Is it mdc-t MPs o Biti mps? kkkkk

  14. josphat mugadzaweta January 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    Pockets First! those that support this zanu project simply want to bring back zanu by the backdoor. what preservation of status quo is gumbo talking about when it was mujuru with the help of him and mutasa that create the current situation?

  15. Edza January 10, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    No wonder why the MDC-T continue to lose the elections,how can Gutu liken the MDC-T to a failure Goliath

  16. Truth teller January 11, 2016 at 4:31 am #

    The problem with MDCT zealots is they fight everyone and see everyone as an enemy. They think the own the right to opposition politics in Zimbabwe hence they will remain so. Anyone who wants to fight Mugabe must be a partner not an enemy. Zimbabwe deserves better than political parties that think they ate the Goliaths yet we know Goliaths was defeated by David. Be careful to remain an opposition party forever unless you change your ways of entitlement.

  17. machakachaka January 12, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    It’s Mugabe vs Mujuru in 2018. End of Morgan.

  18. Biggie January 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Nothing is new in zim politics, aim to neutralise mdct

  19. phidza January 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    tosangana 2018

  20. mukanya January 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    tiri tese rino igore rekuvaka pamberi namai mujuru vakomana zvekuswera tichitukana izvi zvasara kana mukuda change of power tiri tese na cde mujuru

  21. chomi January 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Qwawe,you are someone who is educated and level minded compared to zvanzi uyo Chitombo ndiro dofo chaira,he thinks everybody is for chematama icho,icho pacho pakapera ngato berekwa na mai Mujuru otherwise he is doomed,that one haachasimuka futi uyo,tarira nehukasha huna Gutu he knows kuti havachasimuka

  22. Chief Mola January 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm #


  23. musungwa January 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    2018 anokuwachisai chatunga kkk 16 yrs muchiti haa sekuru vapera hee musangano wafa ,.. U never cease to amaze me mazimbabwe

  24. musungwa January 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    2018 anokuwachisai chatunga kkk 16 yrs muchiti haa sekuru vapera hee musangano wafa ,.. U never cease to amaze me mazimbabwe. Bvunzaika ana Tekekere , Sithole , Simba the favourate and most desired horse ,Dabengwa a man who boasted of all intellect , and morgan richard tsvangrai a former staunch supporter yemusangano,..wozoti ana gumbo naana joice kkkk …hameno imbozamai inga chembere yekwachivi yakabika mabwe ikanwa muto kkk

  25. musungwa January 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    Bvunzaika ana Tekekere , Sithole , Simba the favourate and most desired horse ,Dabengwa a man who boasted of all intellect , and morgan richard tsvangrai a former staunch supporter yemusangano,..wozoti ana gumbo naana joice kkkk …hameno imbozamai inga chembere yekwachivi yakabika mabwe ikanwa muto kkk

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