Zanu PF hits back at Mujuru

HARARE – The embattled ruling party ZANU PF has hit back at former Vice President Joice Mujuru, telling her that her attempt to pretend to be “born again” in a bid to “find a new political home” will come to grief.

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The party’s deputy spokesperson Monica Mutsvangwa was reacting after Mujuru issued a statement this week apologising to Zimbabweans for her role in the leadership failure which she said had turned the country into a failed state.

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“We collectively failed in our basic mandate to the nation. For my role in the failure I am truly sorry and I apologise to my fellow Zimbabweans,” said Mujuru who was fired from government and Zanu PF for allegedly plotting a coup against President Robert Mugabe.

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But Mutsvangwa said if Mujuru did not agree with Mugabe’s policies she should have refused the ministerial and party positions the veteran leader assigned her over her 35 years in government.

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Mujuru was named a cabinet minister at just 25 years of age in 1980 and would remain a cabinet member until her ignominious recent dismissal.

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Said Mutsvangwa: “Now Mujuru wants to apologise?

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“If she had any honour as she claims befitting a revolutionary, why didn’t she turn down all those power elevations for 34 years? Even more telling, why didn’t she resign?

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“She’s now pouring scorn on what she enjoyed most, the power and its material rewards, which she’s still enjoying.”

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Mutsvangwa said while Mujuru enjoyed a life of luxury thanks to Mugabe, many of her liberation war comrades died in destitution and many still live in poverty.

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“Many have died in destitution and many are still living in poverty,” said Mutsvangwa.

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“More than any other comrades, Mujuru enjoyed recognition and the trappings of power all due to the sacrifices by many. It’s sad she seems to have been oblivious to her war time identity.”

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NewZimbabwe.com columnist Ken Yamamoto, recently pointed out that Mujuru was “not a silent observer (but) a participant” in the various corruption scandals of the last 35 years.

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Yamamoto referred to her role in trying to block Strive Masiyiwa from setting up Econet Wireless in favour of Telecel Zimbabwe which, it is now claimed, she also owns.

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The former VP was also fingered in the looting of the war victims compensation fund and in Ziscosteel corruption scandals which have since collapsed.

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Wrote Yamamoto: “She (Mujuru) is one of them. She has been part of the problem. She has been one of the corrupt elements in the government.

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“She has been part of the human rights violators. She had no sympathy for the long suffering Zimbabweans. She has been a co-conspirator against the civil liberties and prosperity of the people of Zimbabwe. She has been there when others have been harassed and brutalized.

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“She lived nicely when Zimbabwean families were confused by the paradox of being billionaires without food on their tables. She lived well when Zimbabwean people had to go through the embarrassment of spending days and nights in fuel queues.

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“Now that she is on the other side of the river, should she not be left to get a taste of the medicine she dispensed with her former friends?

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“That way, she will understand how the ordinary people have lived, and perhaps she will speak out against corruption and injustices.”

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In her statement this week, Mujuru again denied the corruption allegations levelled against her and challenged the government to put her on trial over the charges and claims she plotted a coup.

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Mutsvangwa told her to be patient, saying the prosecution was coming.

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“There are competent bodies in the land who are handling those issues,” she said.

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“Ultimately, it’s about what Mujuru may and may not have committed in terms of criminal acts and/or those institutions and of course, her conscience,.” she said.