Mujuru can win presidential elections: Matibenga

LUCIA Matibenga, leader of the breakaway faction of the People’s Democratic Party, yesterday claimed that opposition parties’ efforts to dislodge Zanu PF would remain pie in the sky, as long as some of the leaders remained entrapped in the “big man mentality”.


Matibenga yesterday told NewsDay that the opposition needed to unite ahead of this year’s general elections to increase their chances of winning the polls.
“The situation that we have in this country is the ‘big man syndrome’, where people think they are supposed to be the leaders and they do not see the bigger picture,” she said.

Matibenga, who has thrown her weight behind former Vice-President and People’s Rainbow Coalition presidential candidate, Joice Mujuru, said she did so after realising that the latter had more political cult than herself.

“In my situation, I decided that one would rather be rational because it was impossible for me to make a name and campaign for the presidency before the elections this year, and so I found it reasonable to support a female candidate,” she said.

“There is this wide call for all opposition political parties to unite and remove Zanu PF, but there is need to be humble and support a candidate who is likely to win the elections. You just do not want to be someone who is hungry for leadership. I looked at the bigger picture because Mujuru is a more experienced politician and she has already made a name. Chances are much higher that she can win the presidential elections.”

The former Public Service and Labour minister said it was not naive of her to support another presidential candidate when she is a leader of a political party which also wants to rule. Ads

“I would call this a best test scenario. I am not naive to think that it is doable for me to stand as presidential candidate this time around. There are rallies that need to be held. Political parties also do not just coalesce for the sake of coalescing. They must share the same values and there is no need to coalesce if those values are at variance. But, it will be more effective if all 124 opposition parties fight together to remove Zanu PF,” she said.


  1. Can someone wake this woman up from the slumber. She is still dreaming when others are engaging voters an forming coalitions that will help them in the forthcoming elections.

    1. she is blind and dump

  2. Zanu doesn’t need a coalition to be dislodged from power,never! It takes a fraction of a second to kick zanu pf off power if there is transperancy. Electoral reforms is the key to everything. Only MDC managed this when zanu pf slept on duty on these reforms that was 2008.

  3. Hope dzakawanda apo, Joice Mujuru haachina vanhu period. She is like Thoko.

  4. Some people are dreaming.The so called experience is the wrong experience.We dont need it.We need a new mindset,a new paradigm shift.We can not solve our problems with people who created the problems when they were in power.If Joice Mujuru was still in ZANU PF,she could be singing a different song.We need people with track record of siding with the poor and defenceless since 1999.We have been with Chamisa since then.He will not lead alone,we are ready and experienced to move this nation foward

  5. Why did you not publish my views

  6. Mwari ngaatibatsire shuwa. Asi mbanje dziya dzakutotengeswa mustreet kani?

  7. abvawo nepi uyu akurota hatisi kumbokuverengai muriko nhai ndikuziva garwe zanu chikwapuro chirikuhwina


    Runaida winning!my foot, what is wrong with some of our politicians.There are only two people who have a chance to win elections rigged or not and thats harrican NERO and ED. The rest are just a bunch of nincompoops and spoilers.

  9. Matthew Dawanyi

    Free advice Ugly Betty….. Joice expired way back.Whatever you smoking you are using the wrong side of the pipe

  10. maitiro enyu aya chinja

  11. Comrade Sithole

    This Marijuana liberalization some people have been quick to it I think. Madhakirwo ave kuita mamwe mapolitician imbanje chete bcoz kana spirit haidaro. Matibenga and others think kuti their former vicious Fights with Tsvangirai and MDC means they already have sympathisers ?? From where? Vanhu ve Zanu havana kupusa zvakadero vasikana. Wake up and smell the coffe not the mbanje!!

  12. uyu anorwara uyu

  13. Vamwe vave kudhakwa ne Heading ye Mbanje legalisation vasati vaisvuta. vavakutoona vakabata munzanga. Ambuya garai pasi muzorore nyika iyi inavaridzi. Haungomuki mujira woti ndavekutonga or ndichatonga Zimbabwe.

  14. Stop day dreaming. She is far from having those qualities. Moreover she’s an ex-ZANU and we are saying PASI NEZANU, VIVA CHAMISA

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