Mujuru stages ‘palace coup’

FORMER Vice-President and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party leader Joice Mujuru staged a “palace coup” over the weekend when she hosted over 100 disgruntled war veterans, among them ex-top government officials, NewsDay has established.


The ex-bureaucrats allegedly pledged to join her after they apologised profusely for propping up Zanu PF misrule through violent campaigns since 1985.

The disgruntled ex-combatants, drawn mostly from Zanla and Zipra general staff, reportedly met Mujuru at a lodge outside Harare on Saturday, while 295km south of the capital, President Robert Mugabe was blasting the former fighters for disrespecting his wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Joice Mujuru and disgruntled war vets Zimbabwe People First leader Joice Mujuru (circled in red) and the disgruntled war veterans after their meeting at the weekend [/Caption]

Mujuru is set to address her first Press conference as opposition leader this week in the capital as she finalises preparations for her party launch.

ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed Mujuru’s Saturday indaba with the war veterans, who included former Zanu PF Manicaland chairman Ambassador John Shumba Mvundura and Ambassador Agrippa Mutambara, among others.

“Yes, the war vets met Amai Mujuru and they apologised,” Gumbo said.

He dismissed as “wishful thinking” the weekend claims by Mugabe that Mujuru’s party would disintegrate before the 2018 general elections.

“That is wishful thinking. Wishful thinking indeed, unless he knows something, but otherwise, that is all he is wishing for,” Gumbo said.

Mugabe, while addressing party supporters who gathered to celebrate his 92nd birthday bash in Masvingo, on Saturday said: “Those who came from us tried to take our name and said we are People First. You will hear People First, People Second, People Third, and People Fourth. Zanu PF will remain Zanu PF, very strong, no change.”

The Mujuru-war veterans meeting comes as relations between Zanu PF’s top leadership and ex-combatants have taken a nosedive after police, two weeks ago, violently crushed a meeting organised by War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa to discuss their welfare.

The attack came after Grace, at her campaign rally in Chiweshe, chastised Mutsvangwa and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa for allegedly plotting Mugabe’s downfall.

Ironically, Mutsvangwa, whose political career had seemed to hang in the balance in the past few days, was among frontrunners who led the anti-Mujuru campaign ahead of the ruling party’s December 2014 elective congress, which led to her ouster from both Zanu PF and government.

The smear campaign was later hijacked by Grace, who publicly accused Mujuru of practising witchcraft and plotting to unconstitutionally succeed Mugabe.

A Mujuru source who attended the weekend meeting said the freedom fighters also apologised for participating in State-sponsored sting operations and smear campaigns, which triggered her ouster from the governing party and government.

A war veteran identified as Nicholas Kativhu allegedly bemoaned the “dirty roles” played by freedom fighters in fighting Mujuru and opposition MDC-T activists.

Kativhu admitted that some war veterans were now being forced to discredit Mnangagwa as the race to succeed Mugabe reaches a crescendo.

Another war veteran identified as Shephered Kapota implored liberation war fighters to shun violence and desist from being used as “dogs of war” to protect the Zanu PF elite.

In between their speeches, the war veterans burst into a popular liberation war song Nzira Dzemasoja, which calls for discipline among cadres.

Mujuru told the war veterans that she did not begrudge them for decampaigning her, adding she had longed to meet them while she was still in Zanu PF, but was blocked by her rivals who feared she could divide their loyalty to Mugabe.

She also disclosed that contrary to reports that she was fired, she had actually resigned and bade Mugabe farewell in December 2014 before the Zanu PF politburo resolved to fire her from the party in April 2015.

“I said to myself December 1, 2014 was the D-day,” Mujuru reportedly told the war veterans.

“I then went to Mugabe’s office and spoke to him. I told him that my hands and heart are clean. I have never planned to harm or kill anyone and I said to him that tomorrow (at the politburo meeting on December 02 2014), I won’t be among you. I’m leaving Zanu PF and I am happy to do that with my hands clean.”

She implored the war veterans to work peacefully in mobilising Zimbabweans from all walks of life to join her party.

12 Responses to Mujuru stages ‘palace coup’

  1. Essexvale February 29, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    I can’t see Mujuru’s Pax First achieving anything different than the balls-up delivered to the nation by her erstwhile political vehicle and comfort zone – ZANU P. In fact, indications are that she is a reluctant reformist who regrets her fall from fame in that thoroughly discredited and irredeemably divided party. Additionally can we trust her to deliver something that truly resembles democracy? Don’t hold your breath on that one; the nation is in urgent need of democratic change, which according to our experience is something quite strange to the former VP!

  2. Time February 29, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    People First-yes capitalise on Zanu PF divisions and make in-roads.It’s time to make hey while the sun shines. There is no better time than this Dr. Mujuru to unseat Zanu PF.

  3. Cde Humba February 29, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    1/4 In Chiadzwa there was a place termed”apapindwe ndepa Mai Mujuru”
    2/4 ZISCO Steel closed down and former workers said a very potical powerful lady borrowed USD $ 50 million and never repaid
    3/4 She was the head of government business yet she demanded 10% from any business investor or business deals
    3/4 She might be among the richest people in Africa all through corrupt means
    Most Zimbabwean voters know about this. MaZimbabweans ana kupusa…Pasi ne Zimbabwe People First!!!

    • Abbie February 29, 2016 at 11:00 am #

      If this is all true where was the President?

      • Cde Humba February 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

        You have to understand the responsibility of the President be you ask such an ignorant question

  4. MAN KENYA February 29, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Mujuru has aligned herself to these war vets who, in my opinion, instead of suing the colonizers for compensation like their Kenyan counterparts, opted to hold the country captive with untenable demands. Not everyone could have afforded to go to war and therefore these honourable ladies and gentlemen should have unconditionally released the country to the public for development. Personally, Mujuru’s proposed outfit appears a mere continuation of the current oppressive regime as she has started on the footing.

  5. Cde Fatso February 29, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    i believe this is all some drama people actually think Mujuru will change because she is now throwing bombs at her former good friends for many years whom she did everything with and also you are now saying you had already resigned but last week you were saying it was the greatest shock of your life when you were fired because you didnt think it will get there

    Please Mujuru just eat the money you dubbed people and stop making us think you have people at heart once a player always a player .

  6. Rafique702 February 29, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    This picture is hardly impressive, Palace coup my foot….

    • gutter poet February 29, 2016 at 10:45 am #


  7. zano February 29, 2016 at 10:38 am #


  8. mtambanengwe February 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    we are not kids Joice ,wanga uri ZANU of mastermind iwe .Wapindwa nekuda ukuru.ziwa kwavakabva

    • john moyo February 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      And all of them were once NDP, ZAPU etc. We need more opposition parties in Zimbabwe and we can try this lady. She is good and will definitely bring change to the earthquake-like destruction caused by these mafia goons

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