‘Mujuru still in the running for presidency’


DEFIANT members of the faction led by former Vice-President Joice Mujuru said yesterday it would be folly to write off the country’s former deputy as she can easily bounce back as President Robert Mugabe’s successor when he leaves office.

In separate private briefings with the Zimbabwe Independent, Mujuru’s allies said Zanu PF would have to call for an extraordinary congress to elect Mugabe’s successor, during which they believe Mujuru could bounce back as the party’s president and first secretary.

The top Zanu PF officials said First lady Grace, who currently wields plenty of power merely on account of being Mugabe’s wife, would not command as much authority when her husband vacates office.

During her meet-the-people rallies in October last year Grace successfully pushed for Mujuru’s ouster ahead of the December congress.

One former politburo member said: “If anything befalls President Mugabe the party will have to call for an extraordinary congress to elect his replacement. It is at this congress where nominations from the provinces will be presented and endorsed.

“I strongly believe that Mai Mujuru is still in the running for the top post when it falls vacant.”

Mujuru’s allies were, however, quick to point out that the legal challenge they were mounting was not an attack on Mugabe’s authority but on the “illegal” congress which adopted constitutional amendments that allowed the president to appoint his two vice-presidents — Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko.

“At the moment we are not challenging President Mugabe’s post and authority. We respect that. He was endorsed by 10 provinces — that we agree with. But what we are saying is that the congress was illegal,” said another top party official.

“We don’t agree with the way the presidium was appointed. If it was elected we wouldn’t have a quarrel. They were appointed through amendments adopted by an illegal crowd.

“Congress is supposed to be attended by elected office holders, not people in an acting capacity. The amendments are therefore null and void.”

According to the Zanu PF constitution, any proposed amendments shall be submitted to the secretary for administration at least three months before the date of the meeting of the central committee.

The secretary for administration, upon receipt of the proposed amendments, shall circulate them to the provinces at least two months before the date of meeting.

However, the amendments which gave Mugabe power to appoint all politburo members were adopted by the politburo a week before the December congress and these were never circulated to the provinces.

The central committee adopted the amendments which removed provisions stating that one of the vice-presidents shall be a woman and the election of the presidium — except for the president — the day before the congress.

The amended clause stated that the president, his two deputies and chairperson shall stand elected when they receive nominations from at least six provinces.

Ousted secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa on Monday issued a strongly-worded statement indicating that disgruntled Zanu PF members were preparing to mount a court challenge to the legality of the holding of the party’s congress and endorsement of the constitutional amendments that scrapped the election of national office bearers.

“We are determined to push our agenda. The strategy is to push out the mafikizolos (Johnny-come-latelies).They can’t take control of the party we fought for — a party of freedom fighters,” said a former politburo member — Staff Writer.

11 thoughts on “‘Mujuru still in the running for presidency’”

  1. Chen Chikezha says:

    Chatotswa kani asi I will only separate real war veterans from fake ones at the end of this year as they all claim to be the best fighters of the struggle.

  2. cash talk says:

    Thats just talk of a defeated fighter. It is now clear why (i) Mnangagwa and Chiwenga went quite after the elections and (ii) why a sitting VP went all out to control Zanu structures. In the end being a sitting VP and controlling those structures was still not enough.

    But if she had any political life left in her, then that has just been killed by Cde Dhiziri. She had a business empire which she could have built into a formidable one and really compete and beat the likes of Motsepe, but the shortsightedness in her camp has and will continue to do her in.

  3. Wezhira Wezhara says:

    What chances? With Mutasa and Gumbo as her advisors? Hameno….the problem is the illusion that Mai Mujuru is popular….the only reason zanu supporters went to her rallies was that she was VP…that is the main reason why she and her allies had to resort to vote buying…..And anyway politics is not about popularity just ask Tsvangirayi….she doesn’t have what it takes to play the game and takin advice from Diesel Mutasa and Gumbo just proves it

  4. ZVOKWADI says:

    I think this is a perfect example of WISHFUL THINKING!!…

  5. Musona says:

    “Mujuru’s allies were, however, quick to point out that the legal challenge they were mounting was not an attack on Mugabe’s authority but on the “illegal” congress…” – what a load of tosh from the cowards.  Petrified of Mugabe. This is just like someone saying I love that woman but I do not like her nose. Mugabe presided over the congress and the whole world saw that on tv when he savaged Joice Mujuru and her backers. No part of Mugabe’s body was “missing” when he presided over the congress so how can these cowards say they are not attacking Mugabe’s authority? What are they attacking? His eyes or his ears or his mouth? Mugabe attended the “illegal” congress. Mugabe was overall in charge of the Congress by virtue of being President of ZanuPF. They should make up their minds to attack Mugabe or to shut up.

  6. Lesly says:

    I didn’t get who the defiant members are ? From the look of things the guys who are in power now are better and shrewd politicians coz they out smarted the Mujuru cabal without crying foul but through the use of their brains .

  7. ZanuPF is no longer led by Mugabe the man but by his wife and Mnangagwa. The old admitted that he is taking instructions from Grace when he said ” Kunyange kumba ndizvo zvandinoitwa” Saka what more proof do you need to accept that Mugabe is now too old to continue ruling Zimbabwe?

  8. Mugabe, even though he is senile and suffering from dementia will stay in power even if there is a favorable verdict for reinstating those who were booted out. He defied the courts during the land grab. He did a Houndini after Tsvangirai won the election with a 73% vote in 2008.

    The only way Mugabe loses power is after the Lord’s call. Tonobata mawoko, RIP. Gona rake is the problem, dayi tikariwona topudza zvitibve, taneka wena neiri roda kufira motorcade muambulance iya.

  9. Mabonakude says:

    As long as these guys say that they are not against Mugabe, that they are not challenging him personally, then they are wasting their time. They still believe that he is a saint. He has chewed them up and spat them out, but still they have nothing but respect for him! What nonsense! Cowards indeed! They deserve what they got! Could somebody please stand up to the old guy and tell him that he should leave office! Please Zanu guys.

  10. patrier2 says:

    Taura zvako,we are tired of Mugabe running our country as his private property. Zimbabwe is a republic which belongs to the Zimbabwean citizens, let us not allow this old man to ruin the gains of our independence & our economy for greed reasons.Stand up Zimbabwe for your beautiful nation its yours not to self proclaimed individuals.

  11. the game changer is if she can still have mp’s loyal to her

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