Mutasa appeals to ex-ally Mugabe


By Mugove Tafirenyika

Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa — who has admitted to be struggling to make ends meet following his dramatic exit from Zanu PF and government about three years ago — is desperate to meet with President Robert Mugabe.

Mutasa seen here with President Mugabe in happier times
File Picture: Mutasa seen here with President Mugabe in happier times

In seeking an audience with Mugabe, the country’s first black Speaker of the National Assembly does not wish to discuss his personal circumstances, but the Zanu PF leader’s legacy.

Mutasa told the Daily News yesterday that he, along with other like-minded opposition leaders, want to impress on Mugabe that by not being a good steward of the country’s economy, he has caused untold suffering among the generality of the population.

He said Mugabe should realise that his continued stay in power was detrimental not only to the country but his legacy as well.

Ever since he was stampeded to leave government in 2014, Mutasa claims to have attempted on several occasions to book an appointment with the Zanu PF leader, without success.

Before his fallout with former vice president Joice Mujuru, he tried to enlist the services of a cleric seen as very close to Mugabe — Father Fidelis Mukonori of the Roman Catholic Church — whom they wanted to help them talk to the president and “let him see sense, to see that he is destroying his own legacy and that he should not do that”.

At the time, Mutasa was the convener of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) — a grouping of 19 opposition parties pressing for electoral reforms before the 2018 harmonised polls.

After breaking ranks with Mujuru last year, Mutasa could not continue to pursue his discussions with Mukonori, because Nera began to sideline their faction of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, in favour of Mujuru’s National People’s Party.

He is not giving up though.

Now that he is no longer the convener at Nera, the ZPF elder has been tasked by his party to consult with other opposition parties in the hope of engaging Mugabe.

“We still want to meet him so I will soon call him once we have had discussions with other opposition parties so that we engage him on what we think should be done to get the country working again; to come up with a new vision that is in line with what we fought for because, clearly, this is not what we went to war for,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

Mutasa worked with Mugabe at the height of the liberation struggle, and both were part of the team that negotiated for peace at Lancaster House.

Upon the attainment of independence in 1980, Mutasa became the first black Speaker of the National Assembly. He was to work in Mugabe’s Cabinet in years that followed until 2014 when he was given his marching orders for hobnobbing with Mujuru, who was also fired from Zanu PF and government for allegedly plotting to topple Mugabe.

During his time in government, Mutasa was known for being one of Mugabe’s staunchest backers, whose only crime became his support for Mujuru to succeed the ageing Zanu PF leader.

While Mutasa has now turned into one of Mugabe’s fiercest critics, his condemnation is often dismissed as sour grapes.

Mutasa, however, claims to have had his Damascene moment and wants to be part of efforts to create a better future for Zimbabweans through turning a new leaf on how they are governed.

Zimbabwe is currently going through its worst economic crisis in decades with poverty and unemployment spiralling out of control.

Mutasa regrets that he could not drive the negotiations with Mukonori to their logical conclusions following the split within ZPF.

“During the period that Nera was involving us, I went to see Father Mukonori because you know that he is very close to the president and we wanted him to help us to talk to the president and let him see sense, to see that he is destroying his own legacy and that he should not do that,” he said.

“The conversation around that was going on very well until there were changes in Nera and someone else took over from me as convener. We then stopped but it’s something that people in this country must understand, that you cannot fight a person in power, you can only persuade him to see your point of view and let them use whatever you will have told him as if it is his own idea”.

Leaked WikiLeaks cables cite Mukonori’s ties with Mugabe and other senior Zanu PF figures as going back to the liberation struggle in the 1970s.

He is said to have been involved in brokering an end to the Zanu-Zapu conflict in Matabeleland in the early 1980s and was involved in putting together the Unity Accord in 1987.

He reportedly has served as a Mugabe emissary on other occasions.

When he was the convener of Nera, Mutasa torched a storm when he made a phone call to Mugabe, requesting to see him.

This only came to light after Mugabe had revealed during his address to war collaborators in the capital on his arrival from Morocco that his former State Security minister had called him and that he suspected Mutasa had something big to say.

“He asked over my health and that of my family and I in turn asked over his health and that of his family. I also asked over the health of his mother in-law who I heard was not feeling well,” Mugabe revealed.

“I asked if it was all he wanted and he said yes, it’s all but I am not stupid. I know there was something he was looking for”.

Mutasa later explained that Nera leaders, including MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, had tasked him to make the call to Mugabe to discuss the need for electoral reforms.

The former Zanu PF secretary for administration said Nera leaders also wanted to meet State security chiefs, who were critical in the administration of polls as they normally campaign for Zanu PF. Daily News

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  • no we don’t want you back

    • Imi munoita nezvei kwa President ikoko coz ndinenge ndanzwa kuti arikuda kuona President Robert Mugabe

    • Wealth gained through unrighteousness is an abomination to the Lord. It does not last

    • ehe chimbodyai murambei asi pamucharamwawo murangarire iwaya mashoko changamire Muponda

    • shingie . isu tiriku presidency

  • He suffered what more about isu tisina wekuchemera for the past decade

  • Arwadziwa nekushaya basa 2mins idzo ko isu for more than 20yrs

  • He thinks his suffering is more special than other pple’ let him pick the plastics & bottles for recycle ‘ wind blows every corner papa ‘let him feel to be ruled the way we are ruled ‘ when you talk or cry they send police ‘ i wish your zanu to send police to greet him the way they greet us using kicks & button sticks ”’

  • It proves how incompetent he is and was. At his age he still want mugabe to fend for him.

  • End of the road zvaiwana

  • “. . . but it’s something that people in this country must understand, that you cannot fight a person in power, you can only persuade him to see your point of view and let them use whatever you will have told him as if it is his own idea”.

    Go and hide under a diesel rock you numpty!

  • Pakaipa chose

  • Shamwari Didimo , tina we have been suffering for a very long time but each time we complained you would tell us kuti we are lazy people, now you’re complaining, where’s your farm or maybe you’re lazy like us. Ndiyo nyika yacho murume, kufa kwako kubuda ura.

  • Ita mushe mudhara.Zvakatopeta ende Heroes acre hauinanzvi.Your salvation is in the people & not anywhere else.The guy does not easily forgive.Once you are written off his memory thats last & final.Dead & buried.Ko rima minda utengese ka nhai.Hanti makatora ivhu.

  • Hasati ashaya, achazvo shaisisa. Apa achirikutamba zvake. Ngatange nekuvhara zip, too old to be still making babies.

  • I guess they is no other human being who goes by the name DYDIMUS uhmmmmm vabereki vake vanga vafungei chaizvo??

  • Itz cold outside *&/$@ pf

  • This guys is a prime example of cry babies and turncoats he should keep quiet feel what goes around comes and await the creator in squalor …Who cares

  • Saka it’s true that tym when Webster Shamu said “VaMugabe. .I cremora kkkkkk now I see the $$$ sign

  • He should work at his farm.Kkkkkkkk

  • Shame on you Mutasa, a grown up man like you can’t look after himself?? So all these Zanu PF nut heads have no survival strategy beside looting and plundering the state resources? No wonder they worship their ancestral leader. What will become of these lazy and misguided people after the imminent departure of their god father is surely not difficult to predict.

  • thought he’s pension would be that diesel in chinhoyi

  • Don’t worry Mr Mutasa i will try to talk to the President on your behalf .I know he will understand Kkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkk

  • Jonathan Moyo, Mnangagwa varegererwa pavakaita yeTsholotshlo wani

  • Mutasa u are such an embarrassment

  • That’s fake. Looking for a spotlight. Don’t get fooled he has a lot of money from looting, trying to disguise the general public before they all face judgement very soon.

  • kkkkkkkkk mutasa,you were so powerful nhas wakumama ne zhara thats wat zanupf is all abt

  • Karma’s a bitch

  • give me Mugabe’s #.I will arrange a meeting for u faster than this bishop could do

  • Some people just read the headline and comment without reading the whole story

    • Why should they read the whole story Pass. The headline says it all.

    • Shaaa zvaari kutoda kuonera president ndo zvimwe zvaakadzingirwa

  • I don’t think it’s true but if it is you are welcome to our vending world

  • I don’t think it’s true but if it is you are welcome to our vending world

  • mugabefan

    Where the fuk is all the money he made in 30 years?? Damn fool!

  • Ngaafe mhani ndini wetajamuka

  • Ngaafe mhani ndini wetajamuka

  • Maiuraya zvakudzoka

  • Apologise & go back Sir!!

  • wilbert

    Mutasa said Mugabe should realise that his continued stay in power was detrimental not only to the country but his legacy as well.

    “We still want to meet him so I will soon call him once we have had discussions with other opposition parties so that we engage him on what we think should be done to get the country working again; to come up with a new vision that is in line with what we fought for because, clearly, this is not what we went to war for,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

    Mugabe crossed the point of no-return decades ago, he has no legacy to protect. The only thing the tyrant is concerned about is holding on to what he has looted, he knows that in a country now gripped by grinding abject poverty justifying his fabulous wealth much less hanging on to it, will be impossible once he lost power. It is not just the loot he is concerned about but all the skeletons in the artic, abandoned mine shafts, etc. The tyrant has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans in his 37 years in power, that is one heck of a lot of skeletons to hide and he cannot trust anyone else to be president and keep his secret.

    Zimbabwe will only have a meaningful economic recovery if we implement the democratic reforms to ensure free, fair and credible elections. There is nothing to discuss on that point, especial with a usurper, Mugabe is president only because he has been rigging elections!

    When in power for 34 years, it never occurred to Mutasa to asked Mugabe “to come up with a new vision that is in line with what we fought for” although he had the tyrant’s ear throughout. This is just Mutasa putting on his old ‘liberation war hero’ hat to worm his way back into power.

    The very fact that Didymus Mutasa should see himself as one qualified to get Zimbabwe out of the political and economic mess he helped to create only goes to show he still has the deeply ingrained Zanu PF arrogance born out stupidity that he knows best and we should all listen to him. The simple message that must be hammered into the heads of Mutasa and his kind is that they fcuked up big time and must fcuk off!

  • Iwo madhara esingadi kuzorora motoda kufira pabasa

  • Rather turn to God than turning to bob.

  • Ndo imbwa yekupedzisira sorry l am not intended to kutaura izvi but ndozvaari

  • Mutasa get away mhani waishamisira uri muhurumende waiti hazvipere here? Utinyare iwe Dhidhi-mass

  • Zanu yaikuchengetaka

  • Wakairasa mdhara G40 won’t allow you gara kumba wobhadhara zvikwereti chete

  • Wakairasa mdhara G40 won’t allow you gara kumba wobhadhara zvikwereti chete

  • The man is used to siphon state coffers for his leverage. Now it’s all gone then he has no clue on next project. ……remember Hague is awaiting you

  • The man is used to siphon state coffers for his leverage. Now it’s all gone then he has no clue on next project. ……remember Hague is awaiting you

  • Chisingaperi chinoshura. Gara zvipya mukuru wako hw fa kusingapore?

  • Chisingaperi chinoshura. Gara zvipya mukuru wako hw fa kusingapore?

  • haasiye cremora guy here … Akunwa tea isina tea whitener ….haha

  • haasiye cremora guy here … Akunwa tea isina tea whitener ….haha

  • haasiye cremora guy here … Akunwa tea isina tea whitener ….haha

  • haasiye cremora guy here … Akunwa tea isina tea whitener ….haha

  • Why did it take him so long to realise that this was not what we fought for? He is now feeling the pinch like all ordinary Zimbabweans.Funny that those in the gravy train cry out the loudest once they are kicked out of it. You should have told Mugabe while you had a chance.

  • Why did it take him so long to realise that this was not what we fought for? He is now feeling the pinch like all ordinary Zimbabweans.Funny that those in the gravy train cry out the loudest once they are kicked out of it. You should have told Mugabe while you had a chance.

    • Yaaa iwe wanzwa nyaya dzimwe mbiti hadzina hako they are running parallel nemubvunzo

  • Thats tha way it is ,he used to burn dailynews in rusape achiti ndere opposition kkkkk zvimwe zvinhu so .mwari vagara ndimwari

  • Namai vangu bona weeee kudzoka kupi ? Haradada nhunzvatunzva bodo mharapatsetse nhundira mutsime kwete gara ikoko kwarusape uchirima purazi takakupa wani.

  • What about the people that have been struggling to make ends meet for more than 37 years.

  • ZANU.PF.chiwororo.muzanu wototamba wakachenjera.mama muri kwarusape ikoko.kana waona kuti wakuda kufa wotiwoda kunovigirwa kunatnal hers wairasa wena.ZVAKAPERA ZVAKAPERA.ZVAKAKWANA ZVAMAKAITA VAMUDHIDHI MUTASA WEE.KKKKKKK GGGAG KKKKK.

  • Mina Makoti

    Nyasha dzei, jaya kubvise mwana we mvana madzihwa?

  • Mutasa is stupid , he was banning MDC and newsday in Manicaland and now is suffering . Thats why we say zvinopera izvi ..Ichakwana nguva kunevamwe varikuonererwa mu Zanu imomu

  • Zvotobuda pachena kt aipona nehuori

  • He phoned and asked the president’s healthy and his family’ s .pakaipa.What seems to be a clever little puppy now is an toothless old dog.if someone told you that some pipo are scavenging because of some other pipo’s ruthlessness you laugh your lungs out. feel the heat Di

  • Ungachema izvozvo?

  • They will meet in Heaven😈😈😈

  • Pamamonya ipapo kusvika ati eke.

  • haana rimwe basa raainaro anga akajaira zvemahara.aremerwa

  • haana rimwe basa raainaro anga akajaira zvemahara.aremerwa

  • Usatuke bvuu usati wayambuka rwizi

  • Usatuke bvuu usati wayambuka rwizi

  • I wish these washed up politicians should give up and give young people a chance after 34 years in power and bringing the country to it’s knees why does he think he have these bright ideas to boost the economy just give it up mhani

  • Once a zanu always a zanu mupabatisise ipapo.

  • I dont think he.is sincere.

  • Wazvinzwaka kuti kune nhamo only 3yrs kkkkk mbwende we got 17yrs nayo uda kupihwa mari ? Ukangopihwa tikuidawo seller out