Mugabe, not cops, to decide Mujuru’s fate

FORMER vice-president Joice Mujuru’s fate rests with President Robert Mugabe who is expected to decide whether she should be prosecuted on graft charges when he returns from his holiday in the Far East next week, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.

Owen Gagare

Mujuru lost the vice-presidency after being dumped by Mugabe ahead of the Zanu PF congress in December.

Her ouster was sealed after she was subjected to a vicious and sustained public attack by First Lady Grace Mugabe and her supporters, who accused her of, among other things, plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe, abuse of office, corruption, extorting shares from private companies, and illegally dealing in diamonds and gold.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has assembled a team of detectives, led by Chief Superintendent Luckson Mukazhi, to investigate Mujuru. The team has searched companies and premises linked to her after securing a search warrant from the High Court.

A senior police officer revealed that although investigations had reached an advanced stage, Mugabe would ultimately make the decision on whether Mujuru is prosecuted or not.

“She may no longer be the vice-president, but the matter is being treated sensitively hence the President will make the decision, like he normally does in high profile cases. As it is, the investigating team is regularly briefing superiors at PGHQ (Police General Headquarters),” said the officer.

“The Commissioner-General (Augustine Chihuri) will obviously brief the President on the investigations and he is the one who will decide how we proceed.”

Another officer said the investigating team was not sure their investigations would lead to the prosecution of the former vice-president, given the politics at play.

“There is a chance that the powers that be ordered the investigation as part of plan to maintain pressure on Mujuru and her allies post congress. It is difficult to tell whether the investigations will amount to anything because the president will have the final call,” said the officer.

While officially opening the 6th Zanu PF congress in December last year, Mugabe said the former vice-president and her allies, including civil servants, faced arrest if evidence was found that they were corrupt.

“If the allegations are proved there will be prosecution … and if you were a minister, deputy minister or civil servant, basa rinobva rapera (you will be fired)… People will lose their jobs, ministers, civil servants will lose their jobs and even face the wrath (of the law).”

Mugabe literally called Mujuru a “thief” who had betrayed the trust placed on her by members of the Women’s League, who in 2004 recommended she be elevated to the post of Vice-President.

“In 2004, women said they want one of them in the top leadership of the party. We agreed on that and said it was fine. It was building our leadership in the party,” Mugabe said.

“You gave us someone whom you thought was honest; her name is Joice Mujuru.

“I do not want to blame the women for giving us the VP, you thought she was a good person. We do not choose you to be thieves, but to end it (theft) in your areas. You should never send a thief to catch a thief. If we are sent to catch thieves and we become thieves, who will catch the thieves?” Mugabe asked.

However, Mugabe has a long history of failing to match his anti-corruption rhetoric with substantive action.

Without mentioning names, Chihuri announced during a pass-out parade in December at Morris Depot that the police would swoop on corrupt people in line with Mugabe’s sentiments, leading to the team being set up to investigate Mujuru. This led to an uproar, with many observers pointing out Chihuri did not need Mugabe’s say-so to execute his duties.

“This stance is in line with the organisation’s constitutional mandate and, more importantly, with His Excellency the President of Zimbabwe’s (Robert Mugabe) sentiments during the official opening of the 6th Zanu PF national people’s congress.”

Mujuru has repeatedly proclaimed her innocence and in a statement last year said she was willing to stand trial.

Mugabe fired Mujuru and several ministers linked to her in the biggest purge in Zanu PF since Independence, paralysing her faction.

Among the casualties were Didymus Mutasa (Presidential Affairs minister), Webster Shamu (Information Communication Technology), Francis Nhema (Indigenisation), Olivia Muchena (Higher and Tertiary Education), Dzikamai Mavhaire (Energy), Nicholas Goche (Public Service), Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister) and Munacho Mutezo (Energy deputy minister).

He also dismissed Flora Buka (Minister of State for Presidential Affairs), Paul Chimedza (Health deputy minister), Sylvester Nguni (Minister of State in former Vice-President Mujuru’s Office), Tongai Muzenda (Public Service deputy minister), Petronella Kagonye (Transport deputy minister), Fortune Chasi (Justice deputy minister) and Tendai Savanhu (Lands deputy minister).

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9 Responses to Mugabe, not cops, to decide Mujuru’s fate

  1. Apongozi January 9, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    The nation is looking forward to more casualties which must include the following four: 1) Robert Mugabe who has dismally failed to contain corruption, has made public & international lies that he pay civil servants a token of appreciation, salary above the poverty datum line and has virtually failed the whole economy (1) Emmmason Mnangagwa for looting gold in the midlands trough his “sons’ July, Owen, Markburden, Johnson etc. (3) Obert Mpofu for looting diamonds and Zinara fund. (4) Savior Kasukuwere and his Migdale investments for looting oil. Until these four are relieved of their duties Zimbabwe will never be a country again according to comrade Chino’s prophecy.

  2. Musona January 9, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Joice Mujuru is not Presidential material. Good riddance.

  3. Musona January 9, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Neither is the incumbent. Mugabe unsuitable for the job. Too narcissistic and primitive.

  4. MuChinja January 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    Dokora must be kicked out because he is the worst education minister since independence. He is reversing everything good that was done by Coltart. He is not in the ZANU central committee because nobody knows him.

  5. mnamati palmer January 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    haleluya

  6. Honest Bob January 11, 2015 at 3:47 am #

    If you recall before the stupid slogan fest by ZANU PF, Mugabe went to worship at the Vatican. When he came back I tell you this guy has turned honest. Mugabe said send a thief to catch a thief. Why doesn’t he go himself and if needs be remind Mujuru pavaiba vese.

    I have strong evidence that Mugabe has changed and is resorting to telling the truth. It was Mugabe who told us that Tsvangirai won the 2008 election by 73%. Mugabe also told us, “Pasi neZANU PF.” He knows the Party has miserably failed to govern Zimbabwe for the past 34 years.

    When he gets back he will tell us of all the looting he did, Mujuru did, Gono did and his ministers.

    I am thinking that most Zimbabweans will agree with me to prosecute President Mugabe and Mujuru simultaneously. President Mugabe exposed Mujuru during the meet the people tour. I understand President Mugabe’s vitriol. She even threaten Mujuru while her husband who is now senile and suffers from dementia was sleeping in a motorcade.

    I feel that justice will be served after prosecuting Mujuru and President Mugabe. I am willing to forgive vaMugabe not because he doesn’t deserve but because he is no longer competent and won’t understand or remember what happened.

  7. Sally January 11, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    we wait & see, maybe they are waiting for mujuru to make a move politically to decide whether to charge her or not

    • Ndanga January 11, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Well said @Sally. Mujuru will not make any political move because she was a real thief, like anybody else in Zanu PF. If she was clean, with the line-up that was sacked with her and the backing of security chiefs most of whom were pro-general Solomon Mujuru, Joice would form her own party Called Zanu (without PF) that would be more popular with the people than the current product of the last “damp squib congress”. Joice (President), Sekeramai (Vice), Mutasa, Nicholas Goche, Khaya Moyo, Rugare Gumbo, Francis Nhema, Olivia Muchena, Webster Shamu plus a lot who were cowed into submission.. these would be more popular with the electorate than the gukurahundi EDM, the Mbokos, the Mpofus, the Kasukuweres, the Muchinguri’s etc.

  8. Jack Nimble January 12, 2015 at 4:30 am #

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