Mujuru responds to $5m ‘Queen Bee’ lawsuit

NATIONAL People’s Party (NPP) leader and former Vice-President Joice Mujuru has responded to the $5 million lawsuit filed by Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) co-leaders and her former colleagues Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa.


National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru
National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru

On March 17 this year, Mujuru, the former ZimPF leader, entered an appearance to defend her controversial statements in which she was reported to have claimed that Gumbo and Mutasa had allegedly solicited sexual favours from her.

The two former Zanu PF heavyweights are claiming $2,5 million each in defamation damages.

“Take notice that on the 17th day of March 2017, the defendant (Mujuru) entered an appearance to defend this action,” read part of the court papers.

According to the two men, the incident which gave rise to the lawsuit occurred on February 11 this year when Mujuru, while addressing ZimPF structures in Masvingo before their acrimonious fall-out that forced the former Vice-President to rebrand into NPP, uttered a statement concerning Gumbo and Mutasa, saying: “I want you to google then advise each other. They said Mai Mujuru, we want you to be our queen bee. I was supposed to mate with all men in the party. I was supposed to be their wife.”

In their combined declaration, Gumbo and Mutasa said the statement was understood by the addressees and was intended by Mujuru to mean Gumbo and Mutasa were lustful and immoral.

They said the statement was understood to mean: “That the plaintiffs (Gumbo and Mutasa) asked the defendant (Mujuru) to engage in sexual activities with multiple men for political benefit; that the plaintiffs asked the defendant to engage in animalistic-like orgies; that the plaintiffs asked the defendant to engage in cultic sexual relations for the transfer of leadership skills.”

Gumbo and Mutasa further said the uttered words in the context of the article were wrongful and defamatory of them in that they were intended to be understood to mean “expressly and impliedly, that the two men are immoral, lack integrity, are profligate and are debaucherous”.

Gumbo and Mutasa added: “As a result of the defendant’s utterances, there have been disturbances in the plaintiffs’ families and the plaintiffs’ standing as former ministers, statesmen, high public figures and liberation war fighters has been diminished and soiled locally, regionally and internationally.”

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  1. The lady was right. The queen Bee’s job is to mate with all male bees to produce young ones. Other people believe that the queen bee is the leader of the colony. The term “queen bee” is typically used to refer to an adult, mated female that lives in a honey bee colony or hive; she is usually the mother of most, if not all, of the bees in the beehive.[1] The queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees and specially fed in order to become sexually mature. There is normally only one adult, mated queen in a hive, in which case the bees will usually follow and fiercely protect her.

    The surviving virgin queen will fly out on a sunny, warm day to a “drone congregation area” where she will mate with 12-15 drones. If the weather holds, she may return to the drone congregation area for several days until she is fully mated. Mating occurs in flight. The young queen stores up to 6 million sperm from multiple drones in her spermatheca. She will selectively release sperm for the remaining 2–7 years of her life.

    The young virgin queen has a limited time to mate. If she is unable to fly for several days because of bad weather and remains unmated, she will become a “drone layer.” Drone-laying queens usually signal the death of the colony, because the workers have no fertilized (female) larvae from which to raise worker bees or a replacement queen.

    Although the name might imply it, a queen bee does not directly control the hive. Her sole function is to serve as the reproducer. A well-mated and well-fed queen of quality stock can lay about 1,500 eggs per day during the spring build-up—more than her own body weight in eggs every day.
    (Wikipedia, February, 2017)

    So the gentlemen may not have wanted to “mate ” with their comrade, but they used the wrong word and the lady interpreted it scientifically. I guess it is just a matter of bad blood between the two otherwise hapana nyaya apa.

  2. Zvichine misana here zvidhara izvi kkkkkkkkkkkk siyanayi nekanya aka.Tsvangira pindirayi Mr President.

  3. Thanks Baba 2. I really enjoyed your piece! I took my precious time to read your piece! Well written, I must say!

  4. Cde Gwejugweju Simbi Zinokuyana

    “..She is usually the mother of most, if not all, of the bees in the beehive.” Now what is wrong in being referred to as the Queen Bee. Mai Mujuru is sick and very sick. We know of a Mother in a certain party whom everyone calls MOTHER like “munhu wese kuna Amai”. Isnt she a Queen Bee?

  5. This is now becoming a gender issue in politics. Where is WIPS – that Women in Politics Support Group. How can women keep quite when one of theirs is being savaged left right and centre. It started with Mugabe calling her Zichembere, Zimbuya rekuDotito rinoroya. Now it’s Queen Bee. What should we expect next? These are national issues where women should rise to the defence of their own but alas, they like to defend their own to move around town naked. So much for leadership in women. Sorry for you!

  6. @Gunguwo, well said. For the first time @Gungu, you have said the truth. Unfortunately, no woman reads papers.

  7. Mierda sucede.

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