Mujuru in pension fix

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru has not yet decided on whether she will accept or reject her pension and terminal benefits gazetted by President Robert Mugabe early this month.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Dr Mai Joice Mujuru is her direct opposite: who is cool, calm, reserved, tolerant, objective and intelligently calculative of what is good or bad for Zimbabwe.
Dr Mai Joice Mujuru is her direct opposite: who is cool, calm, reserved, tolerant, objective and intelligently calculative of what is good or bad for Zimbabwe.

The benefits were gazetted on August 7 under
Statutory Instrument 86/2015 on Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits.

“We are still studying the offer,” Mujuru’s close ally and former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said.

“I cannot say whether she has accepted or declined it at this moment.”

The pension package that Mujuru will get, if she accepts it, will include a domestic worker, a gardener, two drivers, a private secretary, a close security unit officer, two aides-de-camp (military) officers, the use of a Mercedes-Benz motor vehicle and a colour television set, as well as medical cover and air travel once a year.

Quizzed on whether Mujuru thought Mugabe was dangling a carrot with a view to weaken her resolve to venture into opposition politics, Gumbo said: “Could I request that you be patient a bit while we make a determination on the issue?

“Give us the benefit of doubt to deal with the matter in our own way before we make concrete conclusions.”

Efforts to get a comment from Mujuru on the issue were fruitless as her mobile phone went unanswered.

She also did not respond to messages sent to her mobile phone.
Constitutional law experts say Mujuru’s refusal of the offer would signify her resolve to venture into opposition politics.

Constitutional law expert Greg Linington said if Mujuru were to reject the pension offer, it might signal her clear intention to make a clean break from Mugabe and her past associations with the ruling Zanu PF government.

“If she refuses the offer, it might be indicative of her wish to break ranks with Zanu PF and Mugabe,” he said.

“It will be an indication that she wants to go her own way politically. She might be saying she wants a clean break with her political past.”

Law professor and constitutional lawyer Lovemore Madhuku said the irony was that the Statutory Instrument was being personalised to Mujuru because she happened to be the only surviving former Vice-President.

“The Statutory Instrument is meant for all people who will serve as Vice-Presidents now and in the future,” he said.

“We had such a provision for the President in the old Constitution, but now there is a section in the new Constitution that provides for a pension and other benefits for former VPs.

“It is a general statute meant to operationalise a constitutional provision.

“It is nothing beyond that.

“Mujuru would have done the nation a favour if she rejects the pension and benefits because it means we will not need to fund her for life.”

Political analyst Eldred Masunungure last week argued Mugabe’s carrot could be Mujuru’s political Waterloo, which would most likely quash any efforts to turn the People First project into a political party.

18 Comments

  1. Mujuru take this money and rest. What the Madhukus are saying defeats the whole purpose of encouraging presidents and VPs to retire while people still love them. What will mujuru do in politics which she failed to do in 35 years in govt? Give her a break!

  2. THIS ISSUE STINKS!!! MUJURU WAS BOOTED OUT OF OFFICE BY THE CHAOTIC ZANU PARTY, NOT A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE. SHE WAS/IS FULLY FIT TO UNDERTAKE HER DUTIES. WHY THEN SHOULD THE TAX PAYERS BE MADE TO PAY FOR HER PENSION INSTEAD OF ZANU PF PAYING HER FROM THEIR COFFERS???

    ITS HIGH TIME ZANU PF STOPPED TAKING TAX PAYERS FOR GRANTED AND FORCING THEM TO PAY FOR THEIR SHENANIGANS SUCH AS THESE, THE RBZ DEBT INCLUDED. SOME SANITY HAS TO PREVAIL IN THIS COUNTRY INSTEAD OF ALLOWING MUGABE AND HIS COHORTS TO MILK THE FISCUSS WHEN THE ECONOMY IS TITTERING ON THE BRINK.

    THIS IS UNREASONABLE TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!

    1. You are the only voice of reason. If you have saved as a president or Vice President, it is expected that you should retire and enjoy your pension. The politics of vindictiveness that some people seem to promote does not produce good things for the country. Come on Joice, for 35 years you have been sapping with the pythons. Surely you will not change anything if you go back to politics.

    2. Vice Presidents are hired & fired by the president. Zanu congress took away her position as vice president of Zanu and Mugabe fired her as country’s vice president. It is for the later that she will get pension.

    3. I think @Shibobo you have a point. Someone cannot have a pension just because they were once VP. Imagine at the moment if Grace in her madness was to dump both Mnangagwa and Mphoko we will be saddled with two more former VPs on full pension.

      To get this pension I think there must be conditions like the VP should have served at least one full five year term or something like that.

      Mujuru would qualify after having been VP for ten years but we don’t a situation where taxpayers are saddled with five or more former VPs who will be doing nothing and some who have served for a few years or even months.

      Its a ripoff of people’s money.

    4. you miss the point here, we encourage serving members to give others a chance and we take care of them after leaving office fullstop. so mugabe shld die in office to avoid paying him? poor minds

  3. Mujuru deserves every penny, she has been in this gvt for so long and what should stop her from getting what she deserves. Yes she was part of the archtects of the destruction of Zimbabwe but well she has to get it it does not need her choice but to just get it.

  4. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    She is better advised to take up the retirement benefits and rest. She should not listen to Gumbo who has no pension , kuitiswa shayisano. She must also accept that the probability of her making a political miracle is very low.

    1. She has nothing to lose by trying the miracle…or has she?

  5. Why getting that for destroying the economy?

  6. they dont mean it.this is a goat in sheep skin,never get close to it or else u wil leave to regret.surely she deserves evry peny entitiled to her for the contribution she made&ex status in gvt like any other citizen.considering their plan of forming a political party&the offer on the table by these crooks,its not worth the risk.she has wealth enough to feed the 6th generation&honestly can do without that package.mind u these guys plan ahead&it wil show the world that u are stil intrested in dining with them.there is nothing to decide comrade if u want people to trust yo new organisation&surely claim to stand for the people.this time they wil be indoors if u not carefull.it wil be a betray 2yo family,late huby&entire nation who simpathise with you.musadziye moto wembava.

  7. take the money, you will not win the election by 2018 there will be a new leader to change the face of zimbabwe politics , someone fresh and clean

  8. This is about Joyce Mujuru,s pension . Where does Gumbo come into it ? Please stop talking to this Gumbo guy . He is a nobody .

  9. kkkkkk munondishamisa imi. mujuru is zanu pf and will remain zanu pf. so why kumunzwira tsitsi, munhu aitiuraisa. they will all languish in hell one day if they do not repent. wait and see. kupfeka gemenzi hakuzi iko kunamata

  10. Mai Mujuru is entitled to her pension the same way Morgan Tsvangirayi is entitled to be paid a pension. However, receiving a governement bension does not mean one should abandon what they stand for. A good example is Tsvangirayi who still torments Mugabe even though he knows he is still occupying a government house allocated to him by Mugabe.
    Mai Mujuru should say thank you very much Bob but that will not silence me except for now we don’t know whether she is going to open her mouth or not! I personnaly think that her silence will soon be interpretted as no contest to Mugabe. Kana kumirira sign yacho yekumasove uummh that is damn taking too long. I now want to concur with Themba Mliswa when he says these people are cowards.

    This offer will bring it to a head and more than ever she needs to tell the nation where she stands otherwise all them crowd all they could be doing is fooling us when they are playing Zanu PF ball!

  11. Payment of anyone’s pension should never be a subject of debate but a right. When Mai Mujuru was dismissed due process to pay her pension should just have been followed. The same goes for the former PM Tsvangirai if the constitution allowed it. Its not for President Mugabe to determine whether the payment should be made or not but for the constitution to be followed timeously.

    1. Thank you Kambiri. Some of our compatriots do not understand DUE PROCESS. They think everything is up to Mugabe.

  12. just as Micheal responded I am amazed that any body able to get paid $4334 in 4 weeks on the internet
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