Picture: Goche flees for life

Labour minister Nicholas Goche had to flee for dear life yesterday after youths aligned to a faction headed by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa pounced on him, demanding that he be cleared of treason allegations before he could attend any party meetings.

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Goche was due to attend a provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting in Bindura yesterday when youths mobbed him, threatening to beat him up if he insisted on attending.

This follows reports in the State media alleging that Goche went to South Africa and Israel to hire hit men to assassinate President Robert Mugabe as factional fighting climaxed in Zanu PF ahead of next week’s congress.

Labour minister Nicholas Goche's Toyota Land Cruiser car is blocked as he is fleeing from the provincila co-ordinating commitee venue at Mayfair Lodge in Bindura yesterday.
Labour minister Nicholas Goche’s Toyota Land Cruiser car is blocked as he is fleeing from the provincila co-ordinating commitee venue at Mayfair Lodge in Bindura yesterday.

Goche is reportedly aligned to a faction led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru in the race to succeed Mugabe.

The duo, together with ousted party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, has been accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

They have, however, denied the allegations, claiming it was a sting operation by their political foes who wanted to set them on a collision course with Mugabe.

No concrete evidence has been produced to support the assassination claims, with most analysts saying the charges were trumped
up.

According to a Zanu PF insider who refused to be named, Goche was at the Bindura Zanu PF party offices to attend the PCC meeting.

Unbeknown to him, some youths had been hired to demonstrate against him following the allegations.

“The youths had already been mobilised when he arrived. They were demanding that he be fired from the party over the allegations to assassinate President Mugabe and fanning factionalism in Mashonaland Central province,” the source said.

“Goche had to run for his life after youths besieged him and threatened to overturn his car.”

Goche’s mobile number was not available yesterday.

Provincial chairperson Luke Mushore, his deputy Sydney Chidamba, secretary for administration Joseph Mapiki and provincial women’s league boss Dorothy Mashonganyika, among others, have already been booted out over allegations of supporting Mujuru and attempting to sabotage First Lady Grace Mugabe’s political rise, as the party edges close to its December elective congress.

Mugabe, on Saturday, before addressing a 12-hour politburo meeting, asked Goche about the allegations and jokingly warned Masvingo Provincial chairperson Kudakwashe Bhasikiti that he belonged to the “wrong basket”, inferring faction.

Bhasikiti is also believed to be in the Mujuru camp.

Meanwhile, during deliberations in Saturday’s politburo meeting, outgoing Women’s League boss Oppah Muchinguri, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa and other party members were said to also have pushed for the ouster of Mutasa, accusing him of plotting to kill Mugabe and fanning factionalism in the party.

But the push was blocked by Mugabe, a long-time ally of Mutasa’s.

In the previous politburo meeting, such calls were made again, but Mugabe is said to have sprung to Mutasa’s defence, openly telling members that he and Mutasa were long-time friends.

The faction linked to Mnangagwa alleged that it had recordings of Mutasa telling a “girlfriend” that they would kill Mugabe if he failed to cede power to Mujuru.

Mutasa, as well, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

So far, eight provincial chairpersons and several party officials have been booted out for aligning themselves to Mujuru.
Mashonaland former provincial chair Temba Mliswa, who was the first to be booted out, pulled a surprise on Friday when he was voted into the party’s central committee.

But sources told NewsDay the Mnangagwa camp had already sent a team to the province to overturn Mliswa’s election to the central committee as the purge continues.

There have also been calls for the arrest of members of the Mujuru faction over the alleged assassination plots in Saturday’s politburo meeting as the Mnangagwa camp is leaving no stone unturned in crippling its opponent’s political empire.

In the Saturday marathon politburo meeting which ended in the early hours of yesterday, Zanu PF agreed to constitutional changes, allowing Mugabe to directly appoint his deputies.

Zanu PF chairperson and acting spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said the party had agreed to far-reaching amendments to its constitution, but refused to give details.

He said a central committee meeting would be held in a few days’ time to adopt the changes.

48 Comments

  1. So just allegations can cause such trouble for you, I thought one would first go to some disciplinary item wether ye party or ye police and one is convicted and the rest follows. So once amai accuses of anything its an automatic verdict ?

    1. When will this horrible guy Matibili go? Then all of us can have nice lives without this horrible Fast Family.

      1. Goche join MDC or Muzorewa dzakutsaku .siyana ne zunu phd

    2. Since this all started, the firing, vote of no chakuti chakuti, i am seeing to it that ordinary people are being blindfolded, How can ordinary party carders remove provintial chairpersons, let alone , neither does Dr Amai can do that at her capacity. she is just but a house wife now untill after the congress. Provintial chairpersons were installed by the President, the first secretary of ZPF, he is the one who shall announce that they are removed, For now it is a non-event, The predident hasnt said anything upon that. so they are still chairmen until the president announce them removed and anoounce their replacements.

    3. Mugabe was never a leadership material. Evil and vindictive.

      1. Why do murderers run so fast when their turn to be murdered comes around?So they don’t want to die themselves really……

  2. dembare woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    1. Goche should not run away with the TOKEN that he promised the Civil Servants. Imaths ya Robert and Goche yoku diveta attention. Bhadharai token yamakavimbisa vana kwete kutiza.

  3. Ndaifunga kt zvipfukuto ndizvi zvichaurawa nbGamatox bt gamatox zvariri iro rotandaniswa nezvipfukuto. Kkkkkk

  4. mugabe and his cronies like hooligans and thieves.

  5. Everyone is being directed to support one faction lead by Mnangagwa whether they like it or not failure of which action will be taken against them.

  6. This one got what was coming to him. He is a very corrupt individual.

  7. @asylum, looks like gamatox expired/best before or the weevils are now resistant to it and a new and more toxic gamatox is needed. One is innocent until proven guilty. In Zimbabwe, its the opposite. This accusations started in Mozambique, immediately after independence Gen Walls was accused of the same charge, then Tsvangarai etc. In China there was the gang of four but the good later won and China has developed. Chances are Dr Joice Mujuru will be booted out of zpf but is the senile and confused old man going to boot out all the gamatox mps and senators from parliament and call for by-elections which is tantamount to calling a general election? How will he relate with the gamatox after the congress? He did bite more than he chew.

    1. Munotaura kunge Zanu PF is Zimbabwe. Finally its Zanu PF that is going to be banned in Zimbabwe. What will happen to Grace or Munangagwa hazvinei neZim’s future. Regai vaurayane. They are primitive vese

    2. wise observation……Can anyone pliz predict the relationship to come after the mass congress??His failure to realise the limitations put by God over man.

  8. Muzivi wezhira yaparuware ndiye mufambi wayo. Israel is always used by ZANUPF for the party’s dirty and dark tricks.ARIBERT MANASHE,NIKUV. Today bere rodya vana varo. The avenging spirit of Nehanda is ravaging ZANUPF. Kudya mufenje hufana nyina.

    1. WOLVES IN SHEEP SKIN

      they took it from where Smith left. remember all the notorious tactics used today are the same tactics the smith regime used against the nationalists, and Rhodesia was always a buddy of Israel in building up the CIO, sending in mecinaries, and in sanctions busting. these are the same dirty methods Israel use against thepalestinians

    2. The whole zanupf thing is a farce and a fraud. How can they forget how the British government helped us fight Ian Smith all those years up to the negotiating table at Geneva and Lancanster? Isn’t it the British who called for sanctions against the Rhodesian government? Let them eat each other.

  9. That was a rented crowd from nearby kitsiyatota, threatening ministers with all sorts of frivolous and vexatious allegations just to quench their thirst for power. What a shame. Musashaya henyu hope Nematombo. It will soon be over and done with

  10. Guzubheri Masikati

    How the mighty Goche has fallen. That fellow, Nicholas, is the most arrogant chap you will ever meet. He has absolutely no respect for people and I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that his misfortunes are a result of some folks just getting even with him by spreading malicious rumours!

  11. Run Goche run run to the hills.

  12. Life can be a bi****

    1. Grace using BP BOTOM POWER
      HAPANA CHISINGAPERI

      MWARI VAPENYU VARI KUONA KUTAMBURA KURI KUITA VANHU.
      WE ARE CLOSE NOW COUNTING DAYS NOT YEARS

  13. we have already overturned mliswa’s nomination into the central commitee. the emperor will chose his team of presidium.tisu tine yese. be careful to be in the wrong basket

  14. Goche yave nyama yekugocha!!

  15. Kkkkkkkkkkiiiiiieeeeest zvatosvorana gonzo nachin’ai!!!

  16. It appears Mnangagwa’s sting operation has succeeded,but is temporary,because the grassroots are what matter and they are not foolish.Mugabe will not live forever and there will be Bhora musango (ii) in 2018.

    Section 102 of Constitution of Zimbabwe guarantees Joyce Mujuru a salary and benefits for life ,equivalent to that of the sitting Vice President.She must chill and lie low.She has nothing to lose.

  17. You do not arrest on allegations but investigate. VanaChindori, Moven etc are cases in which there are accused persons who are supposed to be arrested. No more Ari Ben Menashes again. We are tired of all the rubbish.

  18. Innocent until proven guilty or Guilty until proven innocent????? Bayanai isu tiri kuma terraces. De Mbare bhora

  19. Where is the duplicate comment??? Innocent until proven guilty or Guilty until proven innocent????? Bayanai isu tiri kuma terraces. De Mbare bhora

  20. Since this all started, the firing, vote of no chakuti chakuti, i am seeing to it that ordinary people are being blindfolded, How can ordinary party carders remove provintial chairpersons, let alone , neither does Dr Amai can do that at her capacity. she is just but a house wife now untill after the congress. Provintial chairpersons were installed by the President, the first secretary of ZPF, he is the one who shall announce that they are removed, For now it is a non-event, The predident hasnt said anything upon that. so they are still chairmen until the president announce them removed and anoounce their replacements.

  21. Silver Convention, many years ago, said
    “Fly robin fly,
    Up up to the sky”.
    Expired pesticides better take note and act.

  22. chigamba to chigamba

  23. I have no feelings for you Goche and your Gamatox colleagues. What I know is that you are fighting for yourselves and not for the people of Zimbabwe. Whether Gamatox or Zvipfukuto, you are all the same selfish former terrorists.

  24. gushunga njuga munogona kugwanda

  25. I thought MDC[T] is the violent party. Eish!

  26. And here is where the so called ‘independent media’ now finds itself in a quagmire. All along they have been painting a picture that Zanu was (i) hardliners who were ruthless, corrupt and resisting to change vs (ii) reformers who were business friendly, progressive and willing to change.

    The problem is most of the perpetrators of the violence, corruption and resistance to change have primarily been from the ‘reformers’ themselves and the willingness to change has been coming from the ‘hardliners’. What we have witnessed was a deliberate effort by the independent media and even the opposition to just cry out about the so called corruption while totally ignoring specifics and at the same time cleaning up the image of the perpetrators.

    Whereas the MDC was in the GNU, not even once did it reveal any corruption in the government. Yet it took the ‘hardliner’ Jonathan Moyo’s vigilence in exposing that corruption, at ZBC, PSMAS, Zinara, Air Zim just to name a few. And yet that corruption was always in the open.

    Over 80% corruption and ineptitude in Parastatals can directly be traced back to Mai Mujuru, Goche, Shamu and Chombo with Mavhaire slowly catching up. Its ironic that it’s the Herald which has been at the front end the only paper revealing these scandals while the independent media is still trying to play PR work for these perpetrators. Goche used Air Zim and Zinara as his tuckshop using Bvute and co and yet independent media will report none of it choosing to claim Goche is now a victim.

  27. Pamaikwizira machinja gwenya kwenya kwahi vanonyepa so tinoti imborihwai vaGoche gwenya kwenya kuvava kwaro muchanozuwira vamwe . Tinoti ngozi dzamakaasiigwa kuBindura nanaCde Manyika pavakauraya Francis Chinozvinya MDC member maiiti zvinoenda nepi . Choduvuka chitundumuseresere kuZANU PF ngiyajabula kakhulu

  28. @cash talk what some of us are saying is: Are these the only people with dirty hands? What about the so-called hardliners? Are they clean themselves? Are they genuinely driven by the desire to rid the nation of corruption or are they only serving their own political ambitions? The selectively in the naming and shaming is so glaring that one paradoxically can only feel for the poor Goches and company even though they deserve any sympathy.

  29. i luv wat is happening zanu pf

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  31. mabritish kungwara akamira kusponsor tsvangirai nw mujuru asara ndeari mungwena faction kana iriyo yawina.

  32. Goche very corrupt Zanoid. It’s good he is going. These gamatoxics are greedy. He is the one who was doing the Plumtree to Mutare road, corrupt guy. Kikikikikikikikikikikik..

  33. Goche, the boys roughed you up eh? Believe you me, you got away lightly, at least with your ass intact. This is just a little taste of your own medicine -Zunu-PF violence. By the way they are not through with you yet. They are busy concocting a video of you sealing a deal with an Israeli hit man to do in RG Mugabe. You are going to cry, “No no I never assigned anybody to do such such a dirty job!” They will calmly say, “Oh yes. That is you in the video there” That day the Israeli will be there in person and point at you saying,”thats my man.” Shit is yet to hit the fan for you my boy! Oh you must see yourself in this picture, RG Mugabe saying, “ko ndimi makanangwa uroyi ka” Oh you looked awful, just like a classic wet chicken. Take a look at yourself! My question is “Why do you people literally worship that man who has presided over the destruction of our beautiful country?” No wonder, you guys gather around RG Mugabe to glorify him and come out with no sound policies to get our country out of doldrums. Now your crime is that you were trying to exercise your democratic right at the coming congress to chose VP Mujuru for presidential post. You boys have short memories. There is no democracy in Zanu-PF. Zanu-PF did not bring democracy into this country. Now you are only finding out. We all do not need this crap! Wake up and smell the coffee.

  34. We are hopping that confussion intensifies in zanu pf. We are also hopping that after mugabe’s departure grace mugabe will just be dumped like a used condom and the greedy nuggards will slain one another for positions

  35. KKKKKKKKKK Let them run. We have been running since 1980 and they thought we are crazy

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  37. zimbabwe is too polarised. I am sure zimbabwe will be a better country when mugabe dies. he is too obsessed with power. we are seeing this obsession in juniors. we need to break this cycle of political maniacs or else we are going towards precipice. we need politicians who identifies with the people. mugabe is too aloof and very arrogant to the ordinary zimbabwean.

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