Christopher Mutsvangwa’s revelations that Joice Mujuru did not shoot down a Rhodesian Air Force helicopter during the war of liberation and that she doesn’t deserve the position of Vice-President is a direct insult on President Robert Mugabe’s intelligence.
It was Mugabe who made people believe that Joice Mujuru was indeed a war heroine by awarding her a ministerial post at independence in 1980 regardless of her being without requisite educational qualifications then.
Mugabe went further to appoint her Vice-President in 2004.
That time Ambassador Mutsvangwa was among the first people to congratulate Joice Mujuru and hailed her appointment as a milestone towards women empowerment in Zimbabwe.
Does Mutsvangwa think people have short memories?
Mujuru has deputised Mugabe for more than 10 years both in government and in the party. When Mutsvangwa attacks Mujuru, he does not only attack her in person but also the office she holds. Mutsvangwa has disgraced the entirety of Zanu PF, the liberation struggle and Mugabe in particular, unless he is Mugabe’s attack dog.
Mutsvangwa has the courage to tell the world that Didymus Mutasa did not fight from the trenches but does not say how many bullets Mugabe fired and which war zone Mugabe operated from.
Mutsvangwa cannot expect us to believe that his hatred for those who were not in the front is spared when it comes to Mugabe. He must say the same for Mugabe.
Mutsvangwa’s failure to acknowledge the importance of effective propaganda as a war winning weapon is comparable to stray bullets fired from an automatic machine gun in the hands of a cowardly foot soldier. It is shocking to say the least. In the art of war, it is propaganda and strategy that rules supreme while the rest trails.
Mutsvangwa should be reminded that the Look East policy adopted by his party Zanu PF, for which he has been a torch-bearer, is nothing but propaganda designed to win over the West while at the same time auctioning Zimbabwe to the Chinese for a song.
Had the Look East policy produced the intended results, surely Mutsvangwa would have been the hero of the moment, akin to the propagandist of the second Chimurenga who made the world believe that the Ian Smith regime was down and out.
Sadly, Zimbabweans have endured a lot of uncertainty and insecurity as a result of the cheap Look East gimmick.
The holier than thou attitude being displayed by Mutsvangwa must be condemned in the strongest of terms.
He must tell us what really happened to Josiah Tongogara. He must give a true account of the liberation war.
We have questions that require answers and it seems Mutsvangwa has all the answers.
We want to know who murdered our relatives during the period 1973 to 1980, a period which, according to Mutsvangwa, was the defining period of the struggle. He must tell us why the refugees at Chimoio were not protected before the Rhodesians attacked.
He is however silent on the period that has witnessed mass exodus, mass graves, massive property destruction, mass unemployment, runaway inflation, hunger, disease, violence and torture — that is the period 1982 to 2014. We want to know about the Matabeleland Gukurahundi and not forgetting vashandi [workers].
Zimbabwe’s politics cannot be characterised by praise-singers who have high-flying tongues and snail’s brains. As a country, we have suffered enough under the leadership of people driven by emotions and bent on undermining democracy and the rule of law while pursuing personal agendas.
Mutsvangwa is fighting from his wife’s [Monica Mutsvangwa] corner and wants everyone to believe that he is a genuine comrade.
The succession battles in Zanu PF are none of my business and I don’t care who takes over the reins.
My concerns are that Mutsvangwa must tell it all and that Zimbabweans must be freed from tongue-lashing politicians and an unbankable 90-year-old President. Who in the progressive world would sign a meaningful deal with a 90-year-old President?
Only the hangers-on in Zanu PF will forever hero-worship Mugabe.
Ruyedzo Mutizwa is the interim Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party.