Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
FORMER Vice President and National People’s Party leader Dr Joice Mujuru has all but confessed that she — together with her cabal — wanted to topple President Mugabe at the zanu-pf Congress in 2014.Dr Mujuru and her cabal were expelled from zanu-pf, some of them ahead of the congress and others soon after, when their plot was exposed.
At the time of their expulsion, they dismissed the allegations saying they were fabricated.
But in an interview on the British Broadcasting Corporation programme, HardTalk, that was aired earlier this week, Dr Mujuru revealed that nine of the 10 provinces were going to vote for her at the 2014 elective congress.
She was responding to a question on why she continued as Vice President of Zimbabwe if she believed that there was foul play in the death of her late husband, General Solomon Mujuru, who died in an inferno at his Ruzambo Farm in August 2011.
“I fought in that party,” she responded.
“I wanted to change from within. If you follow issues and programmes that I did, I thought I was going to win. That’s why nine out of 10 provinces had decided to do what they thought was right and chose (sic) the leadership that they wanted, which Mugabe did not like. And that leadership was in support of me.”
Nine zanu-pf provincial chairpersons were expelled on allegations of plotting to oust President Mugabe, which gives credence to Dr Mujuru’s confessions.
The nine former chairpersons, who were suspended or expelled are the late Mr Amos Midzi, Messrs Ray Kaukonde (Mashonaland East), Temba Mliswa (Mashonaland West), Callisto Gwanetsa (Masvingo), Jason Machaya (Midlands), Andrew Langa (Matabeleland South), Professor Callistus Ndlovu (Bulawayo), John Mvundura (Manicaland) and Luke Mushore (Mashonaland Central).
On the BBC programme, Dr Mujuru kept distancing herself from Government decisions that were made during her tenure as both minister and Vice President, leading the anchor, Stephen Sackur to question her judgment.
“It calls into question your judgment about everything,” said Sackur.
“Everything we have discussed, it is hard to understand how your political career makes any sense at all if you have morals, ethics, principles.
“It’s very hard to understand anything you have done.”