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Joice Mujuru scores own goal

By Benjamin Semwayo

Joice Mujuru is at it again, throwing the planned grand coalition against Zanu PF into disarray by suggesting that only she has the divine right to lead the allied outfit, and will settle for nothing less than the top job.

In happier times: First Lady Grace Mugabe and the then Vice President Joice Mujuru
In happier times: First Lady Grace Mugabe and the then Vice President Joice Mujuru

The former ZanuPF stalwart, who was also one of Zimbabwe’s two Vice Presidents, recently kicked up a fuss over the suggestion that Tsvangirai was the best candidate for the position and, with an air of contemptuous superiority, vociferously insisted that only she is qualified to be president.

Her stance, as far as she is concerned, is not negotiable. This outlandish demand clearly demonstrates what a megalomaniac she is. She is deluded about her political clout and it is surprising she has the temerity to even think of such an idea, given her indisputable lack of support at grass-root level.

The problem with Mujuru is that she is living in the past. She is reliving her ZanuPF days when she was hero-worshipped and venerated alongside Mugabe, a practice that has become so entrenched in ZanuPF that the party’s youth secretary Kudzanai Chipanga made the benighted proclamation that Mugabe is an angel who will sit beside God on judgement day and decide which Zimbabweans go to heaven. She still believes in the ZanuPf mantra that even the inconceivable can be achieved.

For decades Mujuru was made to believe that she was Mugabe’s natural successor but, unbeknown to her the shifting tectonic plates in ZanuPF took her off guard and her dreams suffered a stillbirth when the rug was pulled from under her feet. Now she is in denial and will accept nothing short of the presidency, which she obviously intends to use for exacting retribution on those who schemed her downfall and for protecting her ill-gotten loot.

Mujuru would have us believe that she is hugely popular and would romp to victory in any presidential election, but the stark reality is that she is a nobody outside ZanuPF and will be very lucky to get away with a deputy ministerial post in a new political dispensation under truly democratic conditions.

Her political party has been on the back foot ever since she launched it, and it has been hit by wave after wave of splits, but rather than accept that she lacks the political acumen to steer her party to victory, she will not accept. If she became president Zimbabwe would meet the same fate of cyclic disintegration that has befallen her party. 

Mujuru’ utterances revealed more than she intended, scoring an own goal in the process. She says she is best placed to become the next president because she has a liberation war record and will therefore be readily accepted by the war veterans. In citing this reason she unwittingly shows that she subscribes to the view that in Zimbabwe national leadership is the exclusive prerogative of people with a liberation war record, but the problem is that such a position is untenable because it is unconstitutional. It is the right of every Zimbabwean to aspire to occupy the highest office in the land.

Further to that, she suggests that the views of war veterans are superior to the views of other Zimbabweans. The truth is that the views of all Zimbabweans are equally important, which is why we go to the polls on a one-man-one-vote basis. Even the President’s vote counts as a single vote. So it does not matter whether the war veterans accept a candidate or not. If they do not then that is their problem because Zimbabwe is supposed to be a democratic state.

The total number of surviving war veterans is less than 20 000. How can a mere 20 000 individuals decide the fate of 13 million people? That is what has been happening under ZanuPF’s dictatorship and that is what Zimbabweans are trying to change by implementing true democracy. By identifying herself with ZanuPF’s way of thinking Mujuru is demonstrating that she is prepared to use the war veterans to sway people’s wishes in her favour and is therefore still ZanuPF to the core.  

Mujuru accentuates her links to ZanuPF by arguing that her former ZanuPF comrades will accept her ‘as one of their own’. In making this utterance she is effectively intimidating Tsvangirai, and any other Zimbawean without war credentials for that matter, by suggesting that he should not even think of the presidency because the war veterans will thwart his ascendancy. She is also admitting that she has the same DNA as the ZanuPF oppressors, with whom she was formed in the same mould. She is very much part and parcel of them but has repackaged and disguised herself as an opposition hero.

Her next argument is shocking, to say the least. She asserts that her presidency will pacify ZanuPF supporters because no questions will be asked on who did what. She is telling us that there will be a blanket withdrawal of all questions on all atrocities perpetrated during Mugabe’s rule, and there will be no Truth and Justice Commission as in South Africa. That means that all ZanuPF criminals are assured of protection, no lessons will be learnt from the dark days of ZanuPF’s misrule, and therefore the culture of political violence will continue unabated. ZanuPF murderers, rapists, thieves and looters will all be let off the hook and will have the biggest field day Zimbabwe has ever known.

The question is why would an aspiring president want to blot out the evils of the past without bringing the perpetrators to justice? Why else can it be if it was not because she herself was at the centre of it? Apart from being personally responsible for the torture and murder of opposition activists she has looted national resources on an industrial scale and has eye-watering amounts of wealth squirreled away in soft-shore accounts.

Despite her well-documented role in the atrocities perpetrated by ZanuPF as a party she is now trying to airbrush her image with hollow, self-serving apologies. She has mounted a spirited campaign to distance herself from her ugly past, which only a few people, including Tsvangirai, will gullibly accept hook, line and sinker.

Mujuru says if she became president she would be accepted by the farming community, referring of course to the murderous, state-sponsored farm looters, many of them war veterans, who shed innocent blood for farms and plunged Zimbabwe into a long nightmare of starvation never before witnessed in the history of the country.

Farm seizures were used as a political tool to keep ZanuPF in power after the rejection of the skewed 1999 national constitution and only benefited ZanuPF supports, a very small minority. The majority of Zimbabweans feel that this is an anomaly that must be rectified, but Mujuru says forget it.  

Mujuru is a mafikezolo (Johnny come lately) of opposition politics but since becoming an opposition politician she has done nothing but foment trouble. Tsvangirai did him a huge favour by taking her under his wings and helping to stabilize her floundering party, but she repaid him by stabbing him in the back. If there was anyone who should be grateful to Tsvangirai, it should be Joice Mujuru.

The trouble with Mujuru is that she overvalues herself. She clearly overplays her hand and tries to stake a larger political territory than warranted by the backing she actually has on the ground. She has all the characteristics of a narcissistic Machiavellian. She is only interested in furthering her own interests and will stop at nothing to achieve what she wants. She will manipulate, deceive and exploit others to realise her goals.

For his part, Tsvangirai allowed himself to be unduly hypnotized by Mujuru and seems to believe that without her he cannot overcome the hurdle presented by ex-combatants who will not recognise his leadership because of his lack of war credentials.

Yet Mujuru is a liability, and Tsvangirai’s continued reliance on her against the advice he receives from every quarter is testament to his intellectual bankruptcy and will only result in him hurtling towards his own political demise. How can a right thinking person continue to count on a person who denigrates him so openly and so often? A person with a chequered history like Mujuru’s?

Some people believe that she is a ZanuPF project. That is not impossible.

  • Madhara akamudzinga aye aitaura chokwadi kuti anoda hukuru

    • Goodlife Lynus

      What is wrong nokuda hukuru. Tese tinohuda, given the chance.

      • Saharawifoxx

        Ini handidi ukuru. I want a simple , private and worthwhile life. Speak for yourself

        • Wasu

          Unohuda iwe. Rega kuzvinyepera

          • Saharawifoxx

            Handihudi. Hatifanani bambo

  • Mujuru is a Zanu pf project

    • tee cee

      i also think the same

  • She must stop

  • She must stop

  • Now I can see the reason why she was brutally fired by Zanu pf, she has too much speed

  • Zanu pf will laugh their lungs out at this😂😂😂😂

  • We wont forget her contributions towards our sufering, ngaakanganwe zvake

  • Rubbish

  • This woman is too power hungry

  • Not surprised still zanu p f doing her job

  • Shame

  • That lady its a snake in a nest play alone you came a longway struggling someone came 3 seconds what top position

  • Why is Morgan accepting Mujuru she is part of the problems we are facing today we can do this tega Joyce must take her Filthy ass back to Zanu PF.

  • I long lost respect for this woman…

  • Who else now believes that she indeed wanted to throw Mugabe, she is too power hungry

  • We are fed up with this hippo she had her chance for god ‘s sake

  • hahaha then i guess there is no coalition after all.

  • Semwayo you forget who along with his supporters started to claim the divine right to the coalition presidency. It was Tsvangirai. Even to this day his mentally disturbed children suggest he is the first born of opposition politics and as such must be the automatic choice of coalition president.

  • Joyce ngaatibvire kumhepo

  • She is right-Who in his or her right modulla oblongota would allow a complete psycophath lead him or her-

  • Dzungu rakawanda vanovoterwa nani

  • Joice mwana we Zanu tinomutuma kuparadza MDC

  • Forget Jo

  • Why this woman is serious abt leading
    Pls becarefully open your eyes Zimbabweans

  • She’s a traitor still working 4 Zanu pf be careful, she dated the Boss be4

  • Let Tsvangirai stand go it alone otherwise too much noise from this lady who contributed to our present predicament. Tikatsvaga mavideo epambare mai ava vanofeature heavy

  • Let the woman say what she wants, it’s her right

  • MDC-T ngavangoenda kutsiva dzacho varivega varege zvenhando izvi

  • She is and will always be zanu pf untill death.

  • Beware of fake news

  • Akuzi kuzanu kuno

  • Kamai aka kaZanu agent zveshuwa…

  • Rubbish

  • I wonder why you are still paying attention to this old lady, she is irrelevant in Zimbabwe’s political landscape and for you to constantly report on her is an insult to your audience

  • ini zii zvangu se muface wa joyee

  • Morgan Richard Tsvangirai the most undecided and Compromised leader of our time.

    • Taura hako mwanamai this Guy is just toying with people he don’t even care mixing up with his supporter’s enemies and I’m smelling something awkward in him

  • Joice Mujuru has a long way to go around shaking off her zanoids delusional line of thinking. I for one I have said it from the beginning (whether this story is true or not) that she is a distractor in the people’s fight for change. One sure thing is she is actually positioning for a top position but knowing that the strategy will land her as number two. THEN WHAT? She will get the number two position and just before elections zanoids will finish Tsvangirayi and no need to guess the game it will be Zanu pf vs Zanu pf ibhola egedini. I don’t know why MDCs are taking the focus off the ball.

  • l once say that this coalition is a Zanupf project and people say I was wrong, mwana wenyoka inyoka, after all Mujuru is fishing in zanupf pond, no MDC voter is going to vote her, meaning a zanupf split like this will work in MDC favour.

  • You cannot reap where you have not sown.This is the problem at hand.We want to harvest where we have not planted.Far be it..I didnt know that this mother’s own interest is power and she doesnt want to work for the post,she want the post to be freely handed over to her…Is this not daydreaming..how can one forget the past so soon.

  • Zimbabwe is in trouble!

  • For someone who is trying to vindicate herself,amai ava dai vambomira kudonhera rute masimba ehutongi!

  • ngaambozora mafuta ekutsvuka awo ozouya kupolitics kana Morgan ave muoffice kwete nhema dzaanoda kuratidza vanhu

  • Mickey

    Coalition must come after elections. who holds which positions should be determined by what you bring to the table. However, this poses problem for constituency based election. it would be folly for MDC to pull out a candidate (mp) in order to allow Mujuru candidate to contest. Remember, she lost dismally in the Masvingo by-election. She should learn from Mamphela Ramphele (in South Africa) who thought opposition politics was a walk in the park.

  • TakazvironA

  • Just what is she bringing to the table? Her lieutenants are deserting her on a daily basis. She’s finished before she has even started.

  • This fat ugly cow needs the boot back to ZANU

  • Let’s drop her. After all we only have an MOU

  • Ngaatibvire kumhepo hachina kana support

  • Joy akapihwa hudeputy minister iLuck ko kuzoti huShe hwaakuda kukambira kkkkkkkkk

  • She is a smoker

  • I wonder why he included Her and other Suspects without consulting all his party supporters cause it seems everyone is not happy with her and the decisions yu make…..

  • Joice majuru is a zanu pf puppet wakeup morgan

  • sHe can’t bawl before Tsvangirai she z the boss

  • Mujuru she’s stil zanu but they are trying to bring down Morgan please open u your eyes

  • Saharawifoxx

    Pfungwa shoma

  • A mere misguided falling star

  • She is irrational and too ambitious that’s why they sacked her

  • she is a thug and would be no diff to bob and the mad zanoids

  • Mina Makoti

    Vazhinji vane dzava ku tacha. MaChiremba anorapa pfungwa anoti “delusions of grandeur” kutaura such behavior.
    Joice ndiye munhu awe ku paparika nenyika ngekuda ukuru.
    Hameno kuti kumbita vice president kweakamboita kana kuti kuita PhD or kurariwa ngevakuru-vakuru sematauriro ake, zvinomupa this “false impression of one’s own importance.”
    Ichokwadi kuti Joice ngaaende kwaDotito koorima.

  • We already in July.This is giving Zanu Pf advantage again.This is when opposition is supposed to be campaigning.

  • Mseyamwa

    Everyone who leads a political party is in that position with a vision of becoming president of the country one day. Who would want to lead the party theoguh elections and give up the presidency? The difference is that some speak out some keep quiet. But their intentions on presidency are the same. The fairest way to go into this election is for each party to go it alone. Because for whoever is put in the top post the others will be busy digging under him/her because they want that post too.

  • mujuru anogona atori zanu pf project uyu mdc ngaaisiyane naye haana ma supporters

  • Truth.com

    You are right on the money Benjamin. Everyone is shocked by her comments and utter dismissal of Tsvangirai, but then MDC T never seems to learn anything. Their undoing will be their relationship with this unrepentant dreamer. She said it point blank that she will protect the army and police who are scared of REAL democratic change. NO TO MAI MUJURU and her entitlement syndrome. What we need to beat ZANU pf next year is and unprecedented youth voter turn out that says NO to oppression, underdevelopment and corruption. Mujuru will simply continue if not worsen the current state of the country. I hope Tsvangirai is reading this article. GREAT analysis ever. Now all fake impostors are being revealed and by the time we get to the election, only Dr Nkosana Moyo will be the best candidate, if he chooses to run for president and also Dr Noah Manyika.

  • That’s the way to go mama,munhu wese kuna Joyce NPP hoyeeeeeeee

  • tee cee

    sure zvekut hee war credentials ndezvekupenga

  • Open your eyes tsvangirai

  • Mujuru must go hang

  • Tell the narcissist bitch to go to her farm and do potatoes o’ smthn. Can’t Morgan see its in the plain she is a bloody Zanu project???