Mujuru rescues 12 ex-aides

Dr Grace Mugabe and Dr Joice Mujuru after being conferred PhDs at the University of Zimbabwe last month.

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has reportedly offered to retain 12 of her 18 government aides after their contracts were terminated by the President’s Office last month following her recall from both Zanu PF and government, NewsDay has learnt.

By Everson Mushava

Impeccable sources yesterday told NewsDay that the 18 workers were recalled in writing by the Department of State Residences in the Office of the President before six of them were redeployed to other State residences.

It is understood that Mujuru chipped in and reportedly rehired the remaining 12 and offered to pay them from her own pocket.

Information minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday posted a message on his microblogging Twitter account disputing the NewsDay story that government had withdrawn Mujuru’s support staff.

However, NewsDay has in its possession a copy of the termination letter dated February 16 and signed by one C Sinyonde, on behalf of the Principal Director, State Residences.

The letter was copied to the Salary Service Bureau director and Comptroller and Auditor-General’s Office.

Part of the letter read: “Please be advised that the accounting officer has approved, in terms of Section 16 (1) of the Public Services Regulations 2000, that your contract be terminated with effect from duty on 31 March 2015. On termination, you will be paid cash in lieu of vacation days standing to your credit.”

The sources added: “These letters were sent to all the 18 employees working as Dr Mujuru’s aides at her residence, (but) 12 have chosen to remain with Mujuru while the other six were redeployed to State House.”

Mujuru, who was President Robert Mugabe’s deputy for 10 years until her ungracious departure last December, is, according to the Constitution, entitled to life benefits.

Section 102 of the Constitution on Remuneration of President and Vice-Presidents says: “A person who has ceased to be President or Vice-President is entitled to receive — (a) a pension equivalent to the salary of a sitting President or Vice-President, as the case may be; and (b) such allowances and other benefits as may be prescribed under an Act of Parliament.”

Section 103 of the Constitution says the benefits can only be withdrawn if her/she directly or indirectly holds any other public office or be employed by anyone else while her/she is in office or is receiving a pension from the State as former Vice-President.

Although Mujuru has been linked to a new political grouping calling itself the Original Zanu PF “People First”, she has not officially pronounced her role in the outfit.

The group is made up of disgruntled former Zanu PF members, who include former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, among others.

Sources also said that Mujuru received her December salary in January, and since then she has not received her government salary.

But Moyo in another tweet said the delay would be on payment of her terminal benefits and not with salary as she was still on the government payroll.
“Nobody can take away her constitutional entitlements. No! Delayed disbursements, maybe,” he said.

Mujuru declined to comment over the matter yesterday while Moyo’s mobile phone went unanswered for the better part of the day.


  1. Don’t bullshit us Jonathan. We know clearly zanu is vindictive. How do you pay other civil servants and can’t pay a former vice president since December and claim its a daily. Come to think of it imi muchaitirwa a permanent delay surely many people will want you to suffer when your time comes. You will never misrule us forever!

    • It is alleged and not confirmed, so Jonathan Moyo has done nothing wrong, so don’t bullshit him until u prove it as a fact

  2. Hezvo, why withdraw Mujuru’s salary and benefits when you are paying 75000 ghost workers every month???

  3. People’s contracts are terminated, others decide to remain with Mujuru while others are re deployed to state house? Terminate then re deploy? This story is too sugar candy.

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  5. What you are all failing to read is that she cannot let those people go because they hold a lot of information that could be used against her. Her handlers (the United States) are possibly paying those people. This needs sharp minds like us to read that.

  6. It’s a shame. Grace has surely gone too far now. Mujuru is obviously not clean but if the state has a case against they should approach the courts. It’s not fair to treat someone like manure. Lord have mercy.

  7. So whom amongest Robert Mugabe, VP Mnangagwa or Amai Grace is behind this cruelty? What seeds are they planting and what will be their harvest? Nehanda, Lobengula, Chitepo and other national ancestors are watching! Evil cant rule over good forever!

  8. Murambwi where you don’t seem to get is that she employed those who had not been redeployed by the state saka how coul she have possibly picked those with vital information when she took chuff.

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  10. Anongo vagovera yaidzurwa ari VP. Dzimwe mbava dzakangwara instead of satisfying their appetite to consume and instant gratification save money for tomorrow. They are usually selfish but we don’t find Mujuru that way. Majuru anovaka churu.

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