BUSINESS associations aligned to Zanu PF under the banner Business Community of Zimbabwe (BCZ) have blasted Zimbabwe People First leader, Joice Mujuru, for joining hands with opposition parties in protesting against President Robert Mugabe.
BY Everson Mushava
Addressing a Press conference yesterday, BCZ spokesperson, Jimaya Muduuri, said Mujuru had been in government for many years and should be better informed that Mugabe was voted for by the people and would only be removed through the ballot box, not protests.
Muduuri said opposition parties were wasting their energy in protesting against Mugabe, vowing the 92-year-old leader would stay put until the 2018 general elections.
Instead of protesting, Muduuri said, Mujuru and other opposition parties should sit down and come up with viable policies that can entice the voters in 2018.
“Mujuru and company should be united to offer solutions that will make Zimbabwe grow, not this cheap politicking of Mugabe must go mantra,” he said.
“Zimbabwe needs food, industries and we must support agriculture in order to be food-secure instead of the current political bickering. Mujuru was part of government and instead of advising Mugabe, she was busy dining with opposition political parties and the country’s Western detractors.”
Zimbabwe has been witnessing a wave of protests against Mugabe’s alleged misrule.
Mujuru last weekend joined Tsvangirai in a protest against Mugabe’s misrule, with observers saying the ground for a formidable coalition of the parties had been laid.
The show of unity in Gweru last weekend flustered Zanu PF. But Muduuri said by joining hands with other parties in calling for Mugabe to step down, Mujuru was showing that she was greedy for power and was impatient for an elected President to complete his term.
“Mujuru has betrayed the revolution by being in bed with Tsvangirai. She is in the class of Morrison Nyati and Ndabaningi Sithole,” Muduuri said.
He said Mujuru all but showed that she had always been backstabbing Mugabe even when she was still in government, adding Mugabe, “who has brought development to the country”, was going nowhere.
“Since independence, the government led by Mugabe has brought in many positive developments at schools, clinics, universities and the road network. Many people have benefited from Zanu PF policies,” Muduuri said.
“She (Mujuru) even exhibited her true colours way before in 2008 when she vigorously campaigned for bhora musango and, during the inclusive government, when she wanted the inclusive government to stay put in order to protect her white masters.”
He said Zimbabwe could be a better country if all the money being poured into Mujuru’s party by foreign sponsors could be channelled to government to mitigate sanctions.
Muduuri alleged Mujuru was working with “Western detractors” to lobby for Mugabe’s impeachment, despite owing all her political life to the 92-year-old.