Mujuru demands coup prosecution

FORMER Vice President Joice Mujuru has challenged her persecutors in Zanu PF to prove their allegations of treason and corruption by charging her in a court of law.

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Mujuru was fired from the party and government after being accused by President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace of incompetence, corruption and, more seriously, plotting to illegally topple the veteran leader.

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The president later backed his wife, further alleging that Mujuru even enlisted the help of Nigerian sorcerers in her bid to remove him from power.

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Mujuru has always denied the allegations and, in a statement Monday, said she was surprised that the serious treason charges had not gone to court.

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Information minister Jonathan Moyo was challenged about the lack of evidence about the alleged coup plot during a BBC interview and said it was just “political banter”.

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Said Mujuru in her statement: “I have been accused of plotting against the elected leader of Zanu PF and the President of Zimbabwe.

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“In addition, baseless allegations of corruption, personal enrichment, witchcraft, and more have been made against me. I’m not told that this was ‘political banter’ or mere politicking’ leading up to congress.”

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She added: “The right and proper place to face these charges is in a court of law.

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“It is now six months since I was expelled but, to date, no charges have been filed either at party or state level. I was never called to a disciplinary hearing.

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“The law, as I have discovered, is used, not as an instrument of justice, but as a blunt weapon for silencing dissenting voices.”

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Mujuru was expelled from Zanu PF along with several senior party officials, including cabinet ministers, over the alleged coup plot.

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She has been linked to a splinter faction of Zanu PF bringing together the expelled officials and those still in the party but unhappy with the direction it is taking.

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In her clearest indication yet that she is on board the proposed ‘Zanu People First’ project, Mujuru said she was ready to “serve the nation”.

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She said she could imagine a new Zimbabwe where leaders “embraced its greatest asset, people first”.