A SPLIT is imminent in Zanu PF as former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and her allies have made the most damning attack ever of President Robert Mugabe’s leadership and indicated they will commence a legal challenge that could likely lead to a split as early as next week.
In a statement yesterday issued by dismissed Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, who signed off as the bona fide Zanu PF secretary for administration, the Mujuru allies attacked Mugabe for allegedly displaying a deep-seated historical failure to correctly handle internal contradictions in the ruling party.
They also accused Mugabe of failing to live up to the expected standards of being a national non-partisan leader in the lead-up to the December elective congress that endorsed constitutional amendments that went against the party’s founding principles of one-person one-vote.
The Mujuru group berated First Lady Grace Mugabe for reportedly preaching “the gospel of hate in the presence of our very impressionable youths and the traumatised impoverished population”.
Grace was also accused of leaving a trail of destruction and division in the ruling party in collaboration with her husband.
“Outside Zanu PF and the country’s constitutions and any moral tenets, . . . In the build-up to this illegal congress, it became clear that this clique of evil plotters had successfully waylaid Amai Grace Mugabe and Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe and started using them as weapons to unleash venomous and uncouth statements against anyone they perceived to be standing for the original Zanu PF values, ideals and ethos.”
Mutasa said: “As upright cadres of the revolution, we resolutely and patiently waited for the cardinal direction of our elected First Secretary and President of Zanu PF, but his customary clear and unequivocal stance did not come until this undemocratic congress.”
Mutasa said: “In disbelief, Zanu PF and the whole nation listened to their leader berating his own protégés not only in the party, but in government and the august House of Parliament.
“It will go down in the annals of our Zanu PF history that for the first time the elected leader alienated himself from the people by this behaviour. Instead of mapping the road for Zimbabwe’s economic recovery and major policies uplifting our people, the congress became a farce and degenerated into a praise and worship playhouse.”
Mutasa also said his allies feared that the episode led by a clique of newcomers commonly referred to as amafikizolo had robbed Mugabe of his legacy after a charade of a congress.
“We strongly and regrettably bemoan the fact that this clique has robbed President RG Mugabe of his legacy as a unifier, a rational thinker and not only a national leader, but also one who inspired the region and the continent of Africa,” he said.
He denounced the votes of no confidence as a “whirlwind of legislation of mob rule, summary expulsion of loyal members for perceived support of a sitting Vice-President and, as mentioned above, departure from the undisputable tenet of the liberation struggle — one-man one-vote — to imposition of leaders, we now wonder how the nation, region and continent view our once revered President”.
Mutasa declared the congress a nullity and promised to take legal action for remedy.
“We are therefore calling upon all loyal members and constitutionally-elected leaders to remain calm and promote peace as we pursue appropriate legal channels to reclaim the leadership of the party from the jaws of political vultures,” the ex-minister said.
Mutasa said contradictions within Zanu PF and society as a whole were natural and expected, but these were non-antagonistic and should be resolved through debate, dialogue and negotiation.
He made a rallying call: “We are therefore calling on Zanu PF cadres to join us in refusing to accept the illegal congress and its outcomes; we call on our Dear Comrades to stand united and remain resolute in their defence of the true values of the liberation struggle towards which we all made contributions which has been hijacked by amafikizolo.”
He alleged that the amafikizolo clique “has introduced a sinister political culture of hatred, corruption, conflict, division, indiscipline, manipulation and recklessness, which was the antithesis of the traditional democratic norms, and characteristic of Zanu PF”.
The Mujuru faction believes that “if Zanu PF allows this to go unchallenged, we would be indirectly posing a threat to the National Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe. This approach to constitutionalism by a ruling party can pose a risk to constitutionalism at the national level”.
“We refuse therefore to allow this poisonous weed to blossom within the party for which many gallant sons and daughters have dedicated their entire political lives to and many more died in pursuit of the principle of ‘one-man one-vote’,” Mutasa said.