Grace Mugabe, Mujuru in elections pact

Brian Chitemba and Norman Muchemwa
The extraordinary is happening behind the scenes: former President Robert Mugabe could be in the process of shaping an opposition political party that could feature his ex-deputy Dr Joice Mujuru and his wife, Mrs Grace Mugabe, among its leading lights.

Insiders privy to developments say a meeting last week between the Mugabes and Dr Mujuru was the first step towards creation of an opposition coalition largely populated by G40 cabalists who have been in disarray since the November 2017 Operation Restore Legacy ended their ambition of grabbing the reins of power.

The cabalists have been circulating a “consultation points” document in a bid to rally support for the fledgling project, which the ruling Zanu-PF says will not cause them any sleepless nights ahead of national elections constitutionally scheduled for this year.

Among other things, the document wants to build consensus around possible postponement of the elections while a “transitional authority” holds State power.

They also want Sadc or the African Union to deploy military troops in Zimbabwe to pave way for their “transitional authority” — something highly unlikely seeing as the continental bloc’s Summit just two weeks ago welcomed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as one of its two newest members, along with Liberia’s President George Weah.

Last week, ex-President Mugabe reportedly apologised to Dr Mujuru — who leads the National People’s Party — for sacking her as his deputy in 2014. He is said to have given his blessing to the creation of an opposition political party that will bring together G40 and the NPP.

It is understood he advised Dr Mujuru to work with sacked ministers Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao, Edgar Mbwembwe and Paddy Zhanda, among others.

Former Member of Parliament Dr Daniel Shumba and ex-Zanu-PF Harare Youth League chair Mr Jim Kunaka are also said to be in the mix.

The Sunday Mail understands Dr Mujuru was scheduled to fly to Cape Town, South Africa at the weekend to thrash out the scheme with her new-found buddies.

Dr Mujuru, Prof Moyo and Messrs Zhuwao and Zhanda could not be reached for comment.

Mr Mbwembwe tried to distance himself from it all saying, “I have been out of Harare for more than a week, doing my constituency work. I don’t know anything about what you are talking about. Maybe you guys in Harare can give me details of what is transpiring.”

Mr Kunaka said: “I am not aware of the new political party project. There could be some people with a hidden agenda. I don’t play hide-and-seek. I do things in the open.”

Earlier, Dr Mujuru had told a Washington-based radio station: “I went to speak to (Cde Mugabe). . . He invited me there himself. If you were to be invited by VaMugabe would you say no?”

She said the former leader wanted them to “work well together”.

Intelligence sources said all indications were that the G40 cabal still had a grip on Cde Mugabe’s decision-making through Mrs Mugabe.

“The initial plan was to have Grace lead the party, but then the name Joice Mujuru came up as a compromise because Grace’s political activities are still fresh in the minds of the nation.

“‘New Patriotic Front’ has been brandished as a possible brand because the idea is to make it appear that this project is indigenous and Pan-African.

“A document has been crafted to that effect; to extol the virtues of Zimbabwe’s heroes because that is how a people comes together, around its heroes and myths. They will try to push forward the names of national heroes, which is where Mujuru comes in, even as they try to put back on track what is largely a self-serving agenda to grab power at all costs.”

Dr Mujuru was married to national hero General Solomon Mujuru.

Another source said, “Mujuru is just a pawn in this game which is tailored to upstage President Mnangagwa’s administration. Why is Jonathan suddenly posting positive comments about Mujuru, whose intellectual capacity he has long questioned and whose leadership he has always disparaged? Why is he calling the meeting (between the Mugabes and Dr Mujuru) ‘game-changing’?

“These guys are going around saying they have bought 300 vehicles that will be used for campaigns. That’s not true. Some of the vehicles in question were purchased when (Ignatius) Chombo was still (Home Affairs) Minister and these were for chiefs. They are trying to create an impression that they are organised and well-funded when that is not the case.”

Zanu-PF Politburo member and war veterans chair Cde Victor Matemadanda said the G40 cabal was free to form a political party as the Constitution provides for such rights.

“One thing people like Zhuwao should not forget is that Zimbabwe is in a mess right now because of his uncle (cde Mugabe) and the cabal that made Zimbabweans suffer because of corruption and neglecting developmental issues.

“Every Zimbabwean is battling economic hardships. It won’t be easy to forgive G40. Imbwa ikadzingwa mumusha inoyenda kunohukura iri kunze kwemusha yakatarisa mumusha, but ikawona kuti vanhu vandiramba, inofuratira yotarisa musango yoenda ichihukura nesango. That is exactly what Zhuwao and his team are doing.”

Zanu-PF National Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi said the ruling party was ready for all comers.

“As far as we are concerned, this is a grouping of misguided elements who are all failures. Zanu-PF is too strong and as the Youth League we are not bothered. We should not lose sleep over (them). We are waiting for them and in elections we will show them what we are made of,” said Cde Togarepi.

A political analyst said G40’s intention was to dilute Zanu-PF’s vote and block President Mnangagwa from getting 50 percent-plus-one of ballots needed to make him a first round winner of the Presidential race.

“The Zhuwawos and Jonathans know that they will not win any election. They are just making noise in the hope of splitting the vote,” he said.

Political analyst Mr Godwin Mureriwa weighed in, “Mugabe engaging Mujuru is a sign of desperation. He is trying to seek relevance and also trying to use tribal Zezuru politics but Zimbabweans are not that foolish. What Mugabe must know is that Zimbabweans are tired of him and nobody wants him to be involved in our politics again.

“They know that President Mnangagwa has the of the majority of the people of Zimbabwe, who are behind him because he is working hard to improve the economy.”

Other citizens, too, are not amused with the evolving project.

Harare resident Miss Blessing Nyengera said, “What makes them think we can gracefully accept Grace Mugabe back in our lives? No one in his or her right senses can trully associate himself/herself with G40 given the way they made us suffer as they looted the country’s resources for their own benefit.”

Mr Tendai Ngwerume of Chitungwiza added: “The country is moving in the right direction under the new dispensation. A lot of positive changes are already in progress under President Emmerson Mnangagwa. What makes G40 think we have forgotten their cruelty?”

But it is not just about G40, Mrs Mugabe or Dr Mujuru: Cde Mugabe himself could – hypothetically – stand as the envisaged project’s Presidential candidate.

Constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku explained: “Former President Mugabe served one term and he can still contest an election although I don’t see that happening. He still enjoys his rights to take part in any political process; the law is very clear on that.”

Section 103 of the Constitution says, “The President and Vice-Presidents, and any former President or Vice President, must not, directly or indirectly, hold any other public office or be employed by anyone else while they are in office or are receiving a pension from the State as former President or Vice President, as the case may be.”

However, such a move could see Cde Mugabe lose the goodwill he has enjoyed from President Mnangagwa’s administration, which has largely sought to treat him with dignity as a former Head of State despite his last years in office being hijacked by the G40 cabal’s machinations.

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  • Chartered

    This sounds very unusual. Grace insulted and humiliated Joyce and helped hound her out of the VP post and ZANU PF party. It would be shocking that Joyce would all of a sudden forget all that and work with Grace. But of course this could be just a union of convenience. Joyce could have accepted that on her own her chances are slim. As for old Bob, I doubt he is consciously party to this, if at all. His name gets associated with it because of his wife who is in turn being pushed by bitter and angry Jonathan. Without too many analysis, for now we will wait to see if this story is real.

  • Sandura1

    This Mugabe is so stubborn and ruthless! He gets a good send off and still wants to stir trouble in Zimbabwe. Mr ED, see the kind of political god father you have.

  • fidel

    It is not the duty of a national paper to speculate and deride on the intentions of perceived opponents of the ruling party using politically correct analyst. All Zimbabweans, Joyce and Grace included, have the freedom to form or join a party of their choice without reprisal from those that claim to possess or own Zimbabwe. Democracy demands that and our new dispensation espouses that. The type of mentality exhibited in this report is archaic and found latitude in medieval times. Joseph Goebbels once said, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” The question to be asked is whether your write up is in tandem with ED’s pronouncements.

  • Tokwe Mkosi

    Joice Mujuru and Grace Mugabe joining hands in politics shaping an opposition party hahahaha. This is pure witchcraft. Cde Joice Mujuru- hamuna ganda kumeso, . Grace hapana kana munhu anoda kunzwa nezvake when it comes to the politics of Zimbabwe, tinomudonhedza, mangwana chaiye. If you have money simply drill boreholes and supply water to the poor communities as charity and for God’s sake not shaming yourselves in politics .

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Yatanga manje Sunday Mail iya. If she wants to work with Marujata let her. What’s wrong with that? Are you saying Zimbos are so stupid they will just vote in whoever wamatipa without using our brains? If Grace is hated and stupid let her run namai Mujuru wacho. If tthey’re a bad choice hanti they will just lose? Munotyei. Any person has the right to run for office. Hapana nyaya apa.

  • omahn

    While this report is spiced up with fictional inundos you cannot rule out unstable elements in the Zanu pf hierarchy playing hide and seek with such possible opportunities

  • jerryb

    The biggest joke indeed, that combination is not attractive at all. Joice should just stop the power hungry game and cease from jumping boats. As for Gucci Grace, this game is a`int yours at all.

  • Muza Sibanda

    Then ED should move with speed to arrest Grace and Bob for their known crimes. Vaguta kunyarwa vanhu ava. Vanofunga kuti ED akapusa? Mugabe ngaaende kuICC chaiko and answer to crimes against humanity.

    • G Tichatonga

      Kkkkkkkk, you don’t understand the business of the ICC. Besides, ED was part of the state apparatus RGM presided over.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Former President Mugabe is making a serious mistake to be involved in politics again instead of quietly resting away from our national opposition politics. Is he not being captured again by his wife and being used negatively against our national interests? Nehanda forbid.

    • Zvobgo

      cde Mugabe has been politics for longer than you will ever be

  • Gomo

    Ndiko kuvukura kwavave kuita uku

  • Sparks

    they dreaming whio will vote for that woman who sputs venom

  • zimba ngoma

    Mujuru is really stupid wot makes her think if for instance their party wins (kurota kwe pfunda )jonso and dr cables wont chuck her out again as long as ED turns the economy around before elections I dont see this party even getting a seat and he should stop hero worshipping mugabe in his interviews jonso is slowly twisting those words in their favour ende. tuvanhu itwu tune makaro kkkk

  • Do they really think they will get the vote if the party they were stalwarts of booted them out?

  • john

    Wrong turn for Joice, thats me thinking..She is a slow learner!!

  • john

    Joice is a slow learner, she has already forgotten how she was treated by Guccie Grace… the fact that she is roping in Grace.will see her downfall…

  • res judicata

    Hanti elections are coming?lets wait and see.We the silent majority shall decide.U can vhukura the way you want but hey tick tock tick tock. .

  • Sugarfoot01

    Zimpapers hasn’t changed one bit… still peddling falsehoods…

    • Simple

      You leave in the past. Let go!

  • Presley

    Good for democracy

  • honourable

    Mr Godwin Mureriwa always talks sense

    • G Tichatonga

      Nah, he talks rubbish.

      • honourable

        which rubbish?

        • G Tichatonga

          Which sense?

          • honourable

            read the article

    • Zvobgo

      cde Good wine you mean?

  • Zim4ever

    This project should suffer a stillbirth. We can not allow it to see the light of day in free and fair elections. For all that the self-serving G40 looters did, to give them any chance of coming back into the political space will be myopic on the part of true progressive Zimbabweans. While the new administration is far from perfect, it has made the right noises and is starting to walk the talk. It will however take time to correct the mess we had been led into but ED seems to be committed to reforms and to leveling the political playing field and most importantly to revive the economy. I say to anyone who is hoping for the RGM dynasty to rise from the ashes…..UNOPENGA!!!! and STOP IT !!!

  • Tman zimbabwe

    Iii ! Mai mujuru vazoperegwa manjee. Team ya mbuya Gire, zhuwau na musoro dzvonyo, pakaita. Ukaona munhu oti izvo vamwe vanotsvaira mdhoti vachibudisa mumba mavo iwe wotora uchinoisa mumba mako, ziva kuti waperegwa zvikurusa. Sorry sitereki.

  • Cde Kangai

    Aunza Grace back in politics ndiyani? Ndiko kupererwa chaiko uku. Grace is better quiet at home than shouting at rallies. Please old man keep your Gire and we keep our Zimbabwe. #AllDynasticPoliticiansWillFall… #EDHasMyVote

  • Everfaithful

    Sunday ED mail.kkkkkkkkk

  • Morgan Ndangana

    I wish kugara nhaka amai Mugabe ini. I love that woman.

  • Tman zimbabwe

    Iii! Mai mujuru vaperegwa manje. Team ya mbuya Gire, zhuwawo, musoro dzvonyo, pakaipa. Ukaona munhu oti izvo vamwe vano tsvairira madhoti panze iwe woma kwekwenura uchiisa mumba mako, ziva kuti waperegwa zvechokwadi. Sori sitereki.

  • Tman zimbabwe

    Iii! Mai mujuru vaperegwa manje. Team yana mbuya Gire, zhuwawo na musoro dzvonyo, pakaipa. Ukaona woti izvo vamwe vanotsvaira madhoti panze iwe woma kokonora uchinoisa mumba mako ziva kuti waperegwa zvechokwadi. Sori sitereki.

  • L. Makombe

    Very interesting, I do not think this is real. Who in his right frame of mind would vote for Grace, let alone RGM and any of the former G40 members. Mujuru should not have gone to entertain RGM. She will lose focus and think the G40 is for her. How come after seeing RGM she was attacked, was it stage managed to attract sympathy? She is doomed if she goes to RGM for advice worse if she cooperates with the former G40 people. I wonder when these so called opposition parties will learn, you have MDC-T in this doomed Alliance, now you have Mujuru and Grace. Is she serious? Zimbabwe lacks serious and credible opposition politics, what we have are mere pretenders.

    • MakhosiXamu

      i will , we don’t need the army in politics

  • zimbotry

    Even if this is true they have no chance. Grace is unelectable.

  • SlackJawedYokel

    Confusion. I will go with MDC. Anything Zanu is just full of confusion

  • G Tichatonga

    If one can dedicate so much energy to a report, like you have done, it shows that you are worried. The idea is not to win the election but to sway the numbers in favour of the MDC or other.

  • MakhosiXamu

    i will support that project 100%. THE EU/SAdc are worthless organisations that have no power.

  • Milton Moyo

    this means zanupf will share its votes and here we go MDC we will swipe away.