Mutasa ready to spill ‘rigging’ beans in court

FORMER Zanu PF stalwart and axed Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa yesterday said he was ready to stand in court and give evidence on how the ruling Zanu PF party rigged the 2008 election “if approached” by the opposition MDC-T.

by MOSES MATENGA/OBEY MANAYITI/RICHARD CHIDZA

Mutasa told NewsDay that “if the MDC people approach me”, he was more than willing to testify as an MDC-T witness, adding that he had over the past few months held several meetings with MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to strategise for the 2018 elections.

“Even (President Robert) Mugabe said it at congress (that the MDC-T won by a landslide). Am I not saying something that has been said before? The president of Zanu PF had said it before. When I met Tsvangirai several times, he always told me about it.
Three months ago, I met Tsvangirai and he said it again. If the MDC-T approaches me, then I will consider that matter (to stand as a witness),” Mutasa said.

The former Headlands MP is one of the main figures in the People First project which comprises expelled Zanu PF members and believed to be led by former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

The opposition MDC-T was reportedly mulling dragging the ruling party to court, engage African Union (AU), regional power broker Sadc as well as lobbying the international community over Mugabe’s alleged electoral fraud.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the opposition party would use the information coming from Mutasa to lobby local, regional and international bodies against Zanu PF.

“The revelation from Didymus Mutasa merely confirms what we, as the MDC, have always known. In fact, we did not narrowly win the 2008 harmonised elections. We won those elections with a landslide of well over 73%.

“Mutasa’s confession simply solidifies our conviction to ensure that the electoral playing field in Zimbabwe be evened up in order to produce free and fair elections that will give rise to legitimate results,” Gutu said.

“We will use this information in our ongoing peaceful and democratic struggle to convince Zimbabweans and, indeed, all peace-loving people within Sadc, the AU and the entire universe, that the Zanu PF regime is illegitimate. For as long as it lacks political legitimacy, this regime will never ever be able to turn around the economic fortunes of Zimbabwe.”

Gutu, however, could neither deny nor confirm his boss’ meetings with Mutasa.


“I am not in a position to comment on who my president meets and what it is they discuss. He has a spokesperson,” Gutu said.
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka was not available for comment.

Gutu, however, disputed Mutasa’s claims that Tsvangirai instead of claiming power had fled to Botswana.

“Morgan Tsvangirai did not flee the country after the 2008 elections. Surely, matters of a security nature cannot be divulged in the public domain. Do you know that practicing politics in Zimbabwe, particularly opposition politics, is a very high risk activity? Don’t you know that Big Brother is always snooping and watching every move that you make? Come on, my brother!” Gutu said.
Last year, in what has become common, Mugabe in a gaffé told war veterans ahead of his party’s congress that Tsvangirai “won by 73%” though his spin doctors said this was “a slip of the tongue”.

Meanwhile, Information minister Jonathan Moyo questioned how “a petrified Mutasa” would have sought to protect the Zanu PF leader following rumours that Mugabe had lost the elections to Tsvangirai.

“How could a frightened Mutasa rush to State House to protect Pres(ident) Mugabe after 2008 polls? We know he went (into) hiding!” Moyo queried.

As regards the Gukurahundi atrocities that Mutasa claims he was not aware of, the Information minister, who reports say lost a relative in the decade-long State-sponsored violence that targeted Matabeleland and parts of Midlands provinces, pointed out that Mutasa would have known about the atrocities as he was head of the country’s legislature.

“Mutasa says he didn’t know of Gukurahundi as he was Parliament Speaker in Harare yet PF Zapu told all in Parliament!” Moyo said.

But Mutasa maintained he was never briefed, saying that Moyo could check with parliamentary records.

“They can always check with the Hansard (official National Assembly publication), I did not know about that (Gukurahundi),” Mutasa said.

Reports claim that some 20 000 civilians were callously murdered by the North Korean-trained 5th Brigade unleashed by Mugabe, then Prime Minister, to “quell” the disturbances blamed on a handful of “bandits” allegedly linked to the late PF Zapu leader Joshua Nkomo who was later to become Vice-President.

24 Comments

  1. zvaku maker sence

  2. Sin will NEVER remain uncovered. God is a God of truth only. I urge these men and women to totally repent before God and to ask the nation for forgiveness. Zimbabwe cannot go forward until we deal with our past. Repentance results in forgiveness and restoration!

  3. mafira kureva

    gore rezvidzidzo riya ratakaona munhaka yeupenyu

  4. Why talk about 2008? MDC-T was thrashed in 2013!

    1. Are you convinced that MDC was thrashed in 2013? if it was then where is the voters roll?

      1. Good question..dont hold your breath though. You are not going to get any answers.

    2. @godfrey Oh really. Wake up and smell the proverbial coffee. God knows the truth!

  5. Unobva watoshaya kuti zvirikumbo famba sei , how does Mugabe fill to lead the country which has rejected you

  6. Dictators or Tyrants just like sinners have no shame
    If you didn’t know it, know it now.

  7. Ko makadini kutaura kare mu 2008.madzingwa manje mave kuda kufukura hapwa. Fukurai zvenyu takateerera. Munaziwa kuti makauraya futi vanhu muna June. Chinokubatai batai manje manje. Itai samai mujuru vakanyarara vanoziwa kuti vaiba ma diamonds. Munoti vakapusa here. Heee ita uone Mutasa

  8. Muchavavamwe Bere

    Bwereketai tinzwe

  9. Bazukulu bami, aziphume indaba sizwe, ngubani owayezani? Bakhulume mzukulu labo bazakukhuluma ezakho, its now dog eat dog, u have nothing to loose u are already finished. Go down at least with a straight face, sitshele!!!

  10. I wish that the Gamatox Faction must contest the 2018 elections using a name &symbol/logo wc is very similar 2 that of ZANU PF, so as 2 confuse those dull ZanuPF supporters. My prefered name 4 the Gamatox faction is ZAPU PF. On top of that, they must try 2 find a presidential candidate whose name comes earlier than the Zanu PF candidate in terms of Alphabetical order.

  11. Demented Mutasa

    Unoda kunyengererweiko? Kana chiri chokwadi waidai wakataura kare! Kuda kutsvaga sympathy nenhema. Rombe remudhara

  12. Demented Mutasa

    Dzakochonoka dzaMutasa. If you havew anything to say why not just say it. Unoda kunyengererwei munhu mukuru?

  13. Even Mugabe couldn’t contain the truth for long as he divulged how MDC won by 73%. Rinemanynga hariputirwe. The same has been happening in all the elections. Mugabe has never won an election since 2000. It is only pride that is illegally keeping him in power.

  14. newsday you are doing a great job kuda kufumumura zvisipo . musati zvamukuda kushuwira nyika ino iyite hatizvizivi . go to hell na mutasa weyu . if mutasa want kufumura madhiri e zanupf why should he come to you vanhu ve newsday , you think zanupf will react manje fokoro kanganwayi . mdc is now a broke party haifi yakamutswa na mutasa . zanupf will rule forever till your paper rava broke .

    1. Newsday is likely to be around for a while….Now, if wishes were horses…

    2. I think lets take notes and useful information to what Mutasa is saying.Guys mwari ndewemunhu wese hanzi webanga anofa nebanga.Vakuru vakati chisingaperi chinoshura vanaHokoyo.Chamakapiwa neZanu chii chaizvo chinoita kuti muide saizvozvo.Ndozvinoita vanhu vasina hama dzakaurayiwa nemaYouth eZANU PF.Inda Bikita undobvunza kushata kweZANU PF.

  15. kkkkkkk ndaseka hangu

  16. YOU CAN NOT BE LAIR TO HOLD A BIBLE AND SWARE BEFORE GOD YOU WILL PUNISHED

  17. The only person to blame on this is Tsvangirai. That little lady (tsvangison) failed to claim whats hers.

  18. zvakanaka chose chokwadi tinochida. unyure nevamwe vako nguva ichiripo. newe unemakuva akowo

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