Secret plot to oust Mujuru: Mutasa

Zanu (PF) Secretary for Administration and the party’s fourth most influential figure, Didymus Mutasa, has revealed that there is a secret plot to oust Vice President Joice Mujuru, as factionalism and the bid to succeed President Robert Mugabe intensify.

Didymus Mutasa
Didymus Mutasa

In an exclusive interview Mutasa accused those opposed to Mujuru, the Second Secretary and Mugabe’s deputy in both party and government, of working secretly to topple her.

“I know that there are some people out there who are dreaming of succeeding Mugabe. They are holding secret meetings and failing to attend party meetings because they are plotting to bring Mai Mujuru down,” said Mutasa.

“Some of these people are already seeing themselves in that (Mugabe’s) position but let them know that zuva haribudi rimwe risati ranyura (No sun rises before another sets).”

Mutasa poured scorn on the faction fighters, saying the party’s constitution clearly indicated that Mujuru was the one to succeed Mugabe because of her seniority.

“I don’t see why some people are making noise about Mai Mujuru succeeding Mugabe as it is clearly stated in our party constitution that she is next in line,” said Mutasa.

There is intense jockeying for Mugabe’s post with two main rival camps, reportedly led by Mujuru on the one hand and Defence Minister and party Secretary for Legal Affairs, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on the other try to outdo each.

Mutasa, who is seen as a Mujuru loyalist eyeing the position of deputy president in the event Mugabe leaves office, described members of the Mnangagwa faction as daydreamers whose ambitions were borne “out of madness”.

“Mai Mujuru 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 that. We do not want circus in our party.”

In the no-holds-barred interview, Mutasa singled out Patrick Chinamasa, Oppah Muchinguri, Chris Mushohwe and Monica Mutsvangwa as the Manicaland provincial stalwarts fighting in Mnangagwa’s camp and fanning factionalism in the province.

Chinamasa is the Minister of Justice, Muchinguri is in charge of the gender ministry while Mushohwe is the Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister and Mutsvangwa an influential senator. Chinamasa, Muchinguri and Mutsvangwa as well as Mandy Chimene (Makoni South) snubbed the Zanu (PF) fundraising dinner organised by Mutasa last month.

Commenting on the snub, Mutasa said: “When we moved in to rectify the leadership crisis in Manicaland, some were quick to say we were destroying the party. How can I destroy something that I contributed to during its formation? Bad apples should be thrown out. We are all adults and we should be free to speak our minds out. We organised the fundraising dinner, but some seniors in the party were not present. Where were they? Their absence will not stop us from moving forward. It is better for them not to be in the party because we could end up spending a lot of time arguing over silly things,” Mutasa added.

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