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Mujuru will succeed Mugabe — Mutasa

ZANU PF secretary for administration and Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa has said some officials in the ruling Zanu PF party wished him dead during his recent illness.


Mutasa also said Zanu PF officials trying to torpedo Vice-President Joice Mujuru in the race to succeed President Robert Mugabe were literally day-dreaming.
Mutasa, currently the fourth most senior person in Zanu (PF) after Mugabe, Mujuru and party national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, said he is now as “fit as a fiddle” and ready to steer party programmes.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Manicaland Women’s League inter-district conference at Marymount Teachers’ College last week, Mutasa confirmed that he recently flew to India for treatment after getting unwell.

Mutasa said while some of his colleagues in Zanu PF had wished him dead during the time of his illness, he has since fully recovered.

“I know there are some people who have taken interest on my illness. There are others that were actually looking forward to my death,” said the veteran politician. “Is my illness all that very important?

“I was not around because I was not feeling well. I went to India and received treatment. I am back and in good health. Nyathi is alive and lively.”
Nyathi is Mutasa’s totem.

Mutasa could however not disclose the nature of his recent ailment which forced him to fly to India for treatment. He also did not disclose those in Zanu PF who wished him dead. But it is believed he was referring to his opponents who belong to a rival faction in Zanu PF.

Mutasa is considered the Zanu PF “godfather” in Manicaland and is linked to a faction said to be loyal to Mujuru.

The faction is allegedly fighting another one linked to Justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa in the battle to succeed 90-year-old Mugabe. Both Mujuru and Mnangagwa have repeatedly refuted leading any factions in the party or habouring presidential ambitions.

‘Mujuru will succeed Mugabe’

In his address to the Women’s League conference, Zanu PF secretary for administration and Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa urged delegates to take party business seriously and abide by the party’s constitution.

He said Zanu PF’s constitution was clear in that President Robert Mugabe was the leader of the party with Joice Mujuru as his deputy.

“Those harbouring succession thoughts ahead of Mai Mujuru are day-dreamers,” Mutasa declared.

“I do not know why some few people are against Mai Mujuru. She never imposed herself. She was elected into her current position in 2004 at our congress. This was according to the provisions of the constitution and we should respect our constitution.”

He said officials who were already positioning themselves as Mugabe’s successors other than Mujuru were doing that out of “madness”.

“There are some people who now want to take President Mugabe’s position. The President is still alive and I do not know why some people are now talking of succeeding him,” said Mutasa. “May I remind them that our constitution says if the President decides to retire or otherwise, the second in command takes over. In this case, it is Mai Mujuru.”

He claimed that some party officials were now holding secret meetings plotting ways of overtaking Mujuru.

“Let us have unity of purpose by working together. We don’t want to hear of leadership change agenda because that will only happen at congress. Those that are talking about it are causing factions and disunity. What I know is that in the history of Zanu-PF we have always supported a leader chosen at congress,” Mutasa said.

He said leaders were chosen at congress and it was the tradition of the party that party members must rally behind that chosen leader.

17 Responses to Mujuru will succeed Mugabe — Mutasa

  1. Mama Hadija April 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    the title of the article and this statement dont make sense

    “Mutasa also said Zanu PF officials trying to torpedo Vice-President Joice Mujuru in the race to succeed President Robert Mugabe were literally day-dreaming.”

  2. Tatenda Melodious April 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    since you said that the second command of president will succeed him,is that really going to happen?Or else he will on his own decide whom to handover to..the other platform of these political issues had revealed of Gono’s overtakings to Mgabe as real..let us just keep shut our mouths and see..

  3. patriots April 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    U know one funny thing while ur hon minister was in India getting well a teacher died in Mbire district of complicated Malaria.

  4. éé April 22, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    ‘we ve supported a leader elected at congres…’. ther has been 1. those who didnt suport him has died or disapeared. or formed their party. ZUM ZAPU ZiMDC

  5. Winston April 22, 2014 at 4:21 am #

    Mr Mutasa is causing confussion and has way too much pride he even sees images of him self in Pres Mugabe’s shoes. He does not understand what being 4th in command stands for. He thinks with immotions….

  6. Mpranga April 22, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Isu tinoda Simba Makoni

    • Tigere April 22, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Munoziva politics asekuru! I am a ZANU PF hardliner but I believe Simba is the right choice. The bunch of conspirators in ZANU PF vakamirira, nekurwira kugara nhaka basi basi (They are only waiting to inherit the throne)

  7. sekuru gora, April 22, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    we dont wana hear abt Gono, we wud rather be rulled by cde mugabe’s corpse, is Kereke still alive.. By the way where is he???? What hapened to him and his accusations??? he seems so quite man!!!!

  8. KINGSLEY MKATA APHIRI April 22, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Mai Mujuru is the perfect order of succession. She is on the ladder deputizing both the Party and Government level. It’s not strange for her to take up such positing. Many women are holding much more seniour positions than that. I have the confidence that her captainship will see Zimbabwe move from the dust to better.

  9. Judah Jongwe April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    how could they brag about going to India to receive treatment when our mothers can’t even receive treatment at Harare Hospital ??????

  10. sakutombo April 22, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    It will be unfair to take someone below Mai Mujuru today for president. The vote which made her vice president will still make her president. Zanu will lose the next election if Mujuru fails to be president.

  11. Wezhira Wezhara April 22, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Mai Mujuru was not elected Vice President of ZANU at the 2004 congress. 6 out of 10 Provincial executives were suspended for not supporting her and she was unconstitutionally appointed by a small tribalist cabal in the politburo led by Mugabe,Solomon Mujuru,Mutasa&Landa Nkomo driven by their fear of a Karanga Presidency.

    When the DCC elections were held in 2011 and once again showed Mai Mujuru’s lack of support in the structures they were once again unconstitutionally disbanded by Mai Mujuru,Khaya Moyo&Mutasa.

    When Gushungo leaves we want an open contest in ZANU otherwise ma Karanga will revert to Mai Mujuru’s name of “spill blood”

  12. April 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    i believe mangoma will take leaf from this and learn politics. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  13. joe rug April 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    He flew to India for medical treatment..After destroying the health sector back home they rush to other countries for life.People who vote these idiots into office must think twice.

  14. Gushungo April 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Zviroroto zviroto

  15. chasura we shabani April 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    @ tatenda, sorry pal thats not zanupf way. cde mugabe will not impose anyone. the successor will come from the people not as mutasa suggests. that situation is when he leaves office out of congress ie either by illness, death, or resignation. so guys follow the president’s statement on air these days about the socalled mujuru, mnangagwa positioning.

  16. Moyo tanaka April 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Mutasa wakapusa Deisil mugomo urimutengesi.

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