President Mugabe yesterday revealed that Vice President Joice Mujuru and her cabal had plans to assassinate him and engaged n’angas in their pursuit for power.
He said this while opening a Zanu-PF Central Committee meeting at the party’s headquarters on the second day of the ongoing 6th National People’s Congress.
VP Mujuru and her allies, secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and Secretary for Transport and Welfare Nicholas Goche — who have been implicated in the plot to oust the President — were again conspicuous by their absence, marking the third straight indaba they have missed after last week’s Politburo meeting, the one held Tuesday and yesterday’s Central Committee meeting.
“VaMutasa, he he he he ndaibvunza chairman (Cde Simon Khaya Moyo) kuti asi manga marangana here? Vaiiti ini ndichazoda kutora chigaro chehuchairman ndikati aah zvachine munhu aripo akakuudzai kuti arikubviswa ndiyani?
“Ava (Cde Khaya Moyo) vanga vasingarambi kuti vanoda kuti vasimudzirwe, vaibvuma. Zvino vamwe ndivo vakanga vasvika pamweya wakashata. Ambition idzodzi kana dzisingaitike, vanhu vakuda kutsvaga nzira dzekuti zviitike nhasi. Let’s get the President out of the way so tobva tazouya nezvekuti aah kana kushudha tingamushudhe (Cde Mutasa, he he he he, I used to ask the national chairman (Cde Khaya Moyo) whether they had agreed that he relinquish his post for Cde Mutasa who said he would assume the post of national chairman. And I said there is no vacancy there, who told you that he will be removed? Cde Khaya Moyo did not make it a secret that he wanted to be elevated but the others had adopted evil intentions that stopped at nothing even having me shot).
Cde Mutasa and expelled former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo were quoted saying if President Mugabe blocked VP Mujuru’s ascendancy, he will be shot and deposed the Kabila way. Former DRC president Laurent-Désiré Kabila was assassinated by a member of his security team on January 18, 2001.
President Mugabe said because of VP Mujuru’s machinations a lot of party cadres had been hoodwinked into following her plots thinking they were preparing for their future.
“And vanhu vanga votora masides ka kuti ehe we must prepare for our future, mamwe madzimai wiriwiri kudivi iroro, prepare for our future. Vamwe varume ikokoko wiriwiri preparing for our future but now vakudzvamuka kuramba.
“Handizvo zvinoitwa, once you do that you have divided the party and this is what has happened, this is what has happened.
“And the discovery of that and the uncovering of other things zvaana corruption zvazobudawo izvi,” President Mugabe said.
He added that VP Mujuru had also consulted traditional healers to get charms that would help her ascend to the Presidency and had also tried to get blessings from the leader of the Johane Marange Apostolic Sect in Manicaland in a desperate attempt to lead the country.
President Mugabe said during the liberation struggle it was unheard of that people would jostle for positions saying the practice then was to wait to be elevated by the people.
He commended the First Lady for leading the exposure of VP Mujuru’s devious plans saying she had divulged some things that he wanted to be kept away from the public domain.
President Mugabe said the Vice President had tried to block the ascension of the First Lady to lead the Women’s League despite the support she had received from the women, the youth and other party structures.
“Nyaya yekuti ko ava Amai ava vakatonzi huyai mutungamirire madzimai, kutungamirira madzimai, havana kunzi huyai mutore chigaro cha vice president.
“Ko, zvondo rabva papi? ndozvaakanga (Amai Mugabe) asingadi, so zvikanzi I’ll fix her.
“Zvese zvatakanga takamboisa pasi ah, pfachu pfachu, 10 percent. Zvikanzi anofunga kuti hatizive zvaari,” President Mugabe said.
President Mugabe said the ongoing Congress was supposed to shape the future of the party and ensure that it was left in capable hands.
“We are meeting at Congress and it’s a congress which now must lead us to be very, very careful for the future.
“You can see the future is long, there will be a future without the present leaders, after all some of our comrades are down.
The President accused VP Mujuru of working with Europeans and Americans in a mistaken belief that they would pour billions of dollars into the country’s economy.
President Mugabe said examples in West and North Africa where the countries were predominantly colonised by France showed that Europe did not have Africa’s interests at heart.
“I have been to Ghana 1958 to 1960 and when you look at them now and compare their present situation to that that existed in the 1960s, no change.
He said most French colonies had remained dependent on their former colonisers due to the agreements they signed when they attained independence and had no control over their natural resources.
He said people who thought Zimbabwe cannot do without Europeans or Americans had no place in Zanu-PF.
“It’s the same thinking that we are seeing here of people who say we can’t do without Europe and America.
“If you are American or European minded you don’t belong to Zanu-PF. Go there because we know that they will never let their riches be the foundation of the wealth of Africa,” he said.
President Mugabe said people in areas like Harlem, New Orleans and Brooklyn in the US were living in squalid conditions yet some thought the US government would assist Zimbabwe overcome its own challenges.
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