No vacancy for president, Mujuru told

A PEEVED President Robert Mugabe sent a senior politburo member to “advise” Vice-President Joice Mujuru that there is no vacancy for the Zanu PF presidency as the succession race intensifies ahead of Zanu PF’s December congress, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal.

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Highly-placed Zanu PF officials said Mugabe took the pre-emptive action because he was exasperated by Mujuru who is said to be eyeing the top post in the event that Mugabe resigns or is incapacitated.

“The President (Mugabe) sent a confidant to tell Mujuru that he is still in charge and she should not campaign for the presidency because he (Mugabe) has no intention of relinquishing the presidency at congress,” said one party official, adding: “She was advised that there is no vacancy for the top post and therefore she should campaign for the vice-presidency or any other post.”
The sources further claimed that although Mujuru appeared to heed the message, she went on to tell members of her faction to go ahead with their campaign plans.

The succession debate is threatening to rip Zanu PF apart with Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa said to be leading factions angling to succeed Mugabe, who, at 90, is battling eye and knee problems, and other undisclosed ailments. Mnangagwa and Mujuru have strenuously denied harbouring presidential ambitions or leading factions, insisting they are loyal to Mugabe.

Recently, Mugabe said the people would decide his successor when the time comes.

While addressing members of the Gushungo clan at Murombedzi Growth point in Zvimba, Mugabe said: “Izvi tirikutaura nekuti kumaprovince akawanda kwanga kune nyaya iyoyo yekudhivhaidhana kuti vamwe varikunzi ndevaMai Mujuru pane zvesuccession, vamwe ndevaminister Mnangagwa vachinzi ndovaviri varikuda kuzotora chigaro chaPresident kana varitaya (Mnangagwa and Mujuru are not the only candidates to succeed me; in many provinces we hear of divisions along factional lines under these two).

“Vanhu vanosarudza vavanoda. Handi vaviri ivava chete. (People are free to choose any other person they think is the best candidate besides these two).”

The sources said the subsequent endorsement of Mugabe by his home district of Zvimba was also part of the strategy to pre-empt any subsequent attempts to challenge his position.

Last month, Zanu PF’s Zvimba district comprising legislators Ignatius Chombo, Walter Chidhakwa, Ziyambi Ziyambi as well as chiefs endorsed Mugabe in a move meant to set the tone for other districts and provinces to follow suit.

“The thunderous victory in last year’s harmonised elections was testimony that the people enjoyed President Mugabe’s leadership on a variety of issues,” Chombo is reported to have said at the Zvimba meeting.

“He deserves to rule the country for more years. Since he was elected President of Zimbabwe, we cannot have another person to lead Zanu PF.

“Mugabe must continue to head both the party and government.”

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16 Responses to No vacancy for president, Mujuru told

  1. Khumbulani Dube June 6, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    If I had lots of money or If I could get a billionaire to donate money I would pay off all the ZANU-PF leaders and request them to take pension and stay away from government. They should ideally leave us alone to start afresh and build the country. To me it really makes no difference who takes over from the current ZANU-PF pool. They all don’t seem to have a clue on how to run the country and build a vibrant economy. They failed in the last 34 years so we cant expect anything in the next 34 years. I am sure the majority of these leaders are holding on simply because they fear loss of income when they retire. This is where you and me come in. Let us declare an amnesty for all the leaders who have looted! In return for this amnesty the leaders should never gain seek government or other public office!
    This will allow Zimbabweans to start afresh hopefully with a new crop of leaders. The current leadership has shown with no doubt that they don’t care a hoot about the ordinary person. If anyone is doubting their incompetence they need go no further than Harare Central hospital or Mpilo.And don’t blame sanctions, Ian Smith was facing even tougher sanctions and a war but the racist country never sunk this low. Let us find a way to pension this lot off and start again please!!

    • Chen Chikezha June 7, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      No my good friend these people are not like that, they want power and power only do you think Mugabe does not have money for pension when he retires? They dangled a carrot for him sometime back ana ChinaMasa by proclaiming the retired president’s package including building the “Blue House’ but he is still clinging on and right now the other geriatrics have just endorsed him for the forth coming congress; wotoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba seyi.

      • Sam Shumba June 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

        Amen

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  2. protestor June 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    President for Life

  3. eagle June 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    we can be grateful to God for creating man to be mortal, otherwise some selfish leaders would rule for a thousand years chaidzo

  4. wamaromo June 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    He is not protecting his family by doing this.

  5. studio77 June 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    why do you want to take someone’s seat when he is still around. Munoti iye anogara pai kkkkkk

    • Mbongeni Sakhe June 7, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      “Akukho langa elaphuma elinye lingakatshoni,” or is it, “kusinwa kudedelwana”

  6. mapu June 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    ah Inga zvakatooma hazvo

  7. chatunga June 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Munhu anoda kusvika aita seiko achitonga nhai vanhuwe. Take your retirement and enjoy your last days. Hope Bona anomupa muzukuru, wotamba nemuzukuru muri ku mansion yenyu ku Borrowdale. PARTY INONZI Zanu pf yakafa kudhara and ine vanhu vasina chavanoziva zvavo, its a pity our opposition is also dead!!!

  8. Tongo June 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    I don’t believe this story. The source must be Jonso after his alleged roasting at the Politiburo.

  9. Taliban June 7, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Mujuru and mutasa are brain dead idiots destroying zanu pf! I wonder if these two have brains!

  10. E Makhate June 8, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    There is a problem if someone can agree to be led by a 90 year who is half blind, can barely walk and can hardly think coherently. I have a problem with people who elect him. He can’t even call a meeting and address national issues. A leader who can only give statements at a cemetery known as heroes acre. There is something seriously wrong with Zimbabweans. Something which can only be diagnosed by outsiders, not Mbeki or Zuma.

  11. Wilbert Mukori June 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    The question Mujuru and her supporters have to ask themselves is whether they can “trust” Mugabe not to suddenly drop dead or be incapacitated? The answer is a NO! And hence their planning so they are prepared for any such eventuality. Of course Mnangagwa has his plans too and they too are kept on the boil!

    Frankly, I would not put it beyond any one of the two factions to have a contingent plan to harry the old man along if he continues to drag his feet about retiring and/or going to meet his maker! The two have waited for a long time to takeover and they are certainly sick and tired of waiting.

  12. changamire Dombo June 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Chisingapere chinoshura!

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