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Mujuru rattles Mugabe camp

Former vice-president Joice Mujuru’s new party now faces the full might of Zanu PF after it was unveiled last week, a State media columnist believed to be President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba has warned.


Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo recently revealed that Charamba was behind the shadowy Nathaniel Manheru column.

In yesterday’s installment, the senior civil servant said Zanu PF would regroup following factional wars tearing the ruling party apart, in order to fight Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF)

“And now that Mujuru has launched, now that Zanu PF has some nuisance to focus on, let us watch Zanu PF at work.

“And the starting point is to feed the hungry multitudes, in the process turning adversity to advantage,” Charamba wrote.

“But the message is very clear, an opposition that shows fatal weaknesses against a self-distracted Zanu PF, can never hope to survive a Zanu PF crouching for the kill”.

Charamba tried to play down the Zanu PF divisions, saying the ruling party could afford to squabble and still survive because the opposition was in disarray.
“What is more, divisions which have made Zanu PF e-ready— elections-ready — and not enervated it the same way comparable divisions paralysed and continue to paralyse MDC formations,” he claimed.

“Divisions in Zanu PF amount to indulgencies of omnipotence, never the travail of the prostate.

“When the time came to call them off, the gods spoke and all was quiet.”

Mujuru unveiled the ZimPF party on Tuesday amid growing optimism that a grand coalition of opposition parties could dislodge Mugabe’s stranglehold on power.

Meanwhile, political analyst Takura Zhangazha said Charamba’s rant was an acknowledgement that Zanu PF now had a formidable opponent.

“It’s almost as though he is relieved his party has a new rival and can focus on that as opposed to internal divisions,” he said.

Academic Ibbo Mandaza said Charamba was living in denial because Mujuru’s entry into opposition politics would cause problems for the ruling party.

“It is denialism of reality. Zanu PF has imploded and any denial of that will be a lack of tact,” he said. “Mujuru is a headache that they cannot afford to ignore.

Meanwhile, ZimPF spokesperson and liberation stalwart Rugare Gumbo said they were ready to confront Zanu PF.

“We are fully aware and Mai Mujuru is cognisant of the extent to which Mugabe can go,” he said.

“While his comments during his birthday interview seemed level headed, he provided a hint that in the not too distant future he could resort to his default mode. Violence.”

Gumbo said Mugabe would be surprised if he though ZimPF was a fly by night outfit.

“When Mugabe talks of Zimbabwe People First, second and third, he is giving an indication that he is working on a plan to divide the party. But we will be watching him all the way,” he said.

“We will develop mechanisms to frustrate such nefarious efforts.”

He said the 92-year-old leader might also find it difficult to use the security forces against ZimPF like he does with other opposition parties.

“Even the military that they normally use to harass citizens, Mugabe must know that their (soldier) aspirations are as good as those of any citizen,” he said.

“They want to rebuild their country and families. Our message resonates with the majority of Zimbabweans and we will be ready for whatever they are going to throw into our path.”

A year after he was fired from the government and Zanu PF, Mujuru last week announced that he was ready to take Mugabe and Zanu PF head on.

Gumbo said criticism by Zanu PF that Mujuru’s choice of venue to unveil the party – Miekles Hotel in Harare – would not resonate with the grassroots, were an indication the ruling party was desperate.

“Those comments should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve,” he said.

“The Zanu PF administration took over many colonial relics; they are still using Munhumutapa Building the seat of the colonial government.

“They should have destroyed Parliament building at independence because in it were all colonial laws unjust to our people passed.

“Mugabe uses cars and all sorts of paraphernalia at many occasions that were used by Ian Smith (last Rhodesian Prime Minister) and his predecessors.

“They should be the last people to talk about adoption or relation to colonialism.”

Mugabe has been accused of intolerance in his treatment of opponents as he tends to resort to violence and arbitrary arrests.

7 Responses to Mujuru rattles Mugabe camp

  1. zai March 6, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Bob warwadziwa nei nenyaya yeVenue yedu? Sei uchiti vanhu vakaita zvakanaka unopopota? In 2008 waisada kuona vanhu vachinwa tea wobva wati vakatengwa neMDC. Iwe pawainwa tea waive watengwa neMdc? Zvinei newe zvekt the venue will nt resonate wt the poor? Saka zvekudya cake rinorema 92kg ndizvo zvinofarirwa nevanhu? Pamusoro pazvo wotadzisa maTourist kupinda muGZ nekuda kwekt kune chibirthday chako ichocho? Saka vanhu vofarira kusauya kwemari manje? Imboona mapikicha ekuMabvuku Tafara uchaona kt anodiwa nevanhu pakat pa genuine Doctor nafake dokota ndyn

  2. batsiranayi ngugama March 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    i will stand by Zhangazha’s statement, I think Charamba is behind in terms of reasoning. He cold have been good then not now. let Charamba meet poor people struggling and say what he thinks. Paperwork is no longer relevant on Zim politics. The ZBC saga is still fresh in people’s minds. Teachers are the worst affected by bush policies and Charamba thinks of regrouping. I don’t know but it will be tough

  3. Musona March 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    You do not rattle Mugabe by forming a shelf political party: you rattle Mugabe by winning mock elections and that has never been done by anyone so far. I do not see this Mujuru outfit doing better than perennial bridesmaid, Tsvangirai.

    • mother March 6, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

      Madzimai will be out to show you guys that you are useless. When a woman spring cleans a home she does a good job. Vana mai are tired of all this nonsense. We are out there selling tomatoes to send our children to school for what. Graduates roaming the streets. Only a lunatic mother smiles to that. Only a lunatic mother allows her children to be used for food. You frustrate our efforts so we are unable to dully fend for our children so ypu can capture them for your selfish means. Imi vaume ka manyanya. Pamberi ne madzimai. Amunyari even to use other women to fight another woman. Shame to those stupid women. Selling the future of our children for what. No dirty games this time. We are behind Joyce. And we are women. Not stooges used at rallies. Watch us. Majaira mese imi varume. Let’s show them ladies that a woman scorned has so much fury. We want a future for our children and husbands and if a woman can do it why not. What have you men got to show us. Nothing

      • mujuruu March 10, 2016 at 11:35 am #

        Neniwo ndingada zvangu kutongwa nemudzimai anoziva kuti mwana akabva kupi

  4. changara March 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Charamba is a foolish old civil servant who must be retired otherwiz he is one of those dividing zanu.

    • mujuruu March 10, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      But violence is not good Adolf Hitler did it,IDI Amin did it,Gadaffi did it,Saddam Hussen did it and where are they

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