Guku­rahundi visit ex­poses Mu­juru hypocrisy

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Fea­ture Nduduzo Tshuma

THE Guku­rahundi re­vi­sion­ist mis­sion by Zim­babwe Peo­ple First leader Dr Joice Mu­juru, who re­cently re­vealed plans to visit mass graves in Mata­bele­land for po­lit­i­cal mileage, should be con­demned in the strong­est terms. Ad­dress­ing party sup­port­ers in Gwanda last Satur­day, Dr Mu­juru blamed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe for be­ing the cause of war vet­er­ans’ al­leged mis­ery.

The 1980s dis­tur­bances, a dark pe­riod in the coun­try’s his­tory, have al­ways been fod­der for op­po­si­tion par­ties who want to use the emo­tive is­sue to gain sup­port in the Mata­bele­land re­gion.

Dr Mu­juru is the lat­est to join that band wagon of the po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunists who want to try and win votes in the re­gion by open­ing old wounds.

What is ironic if not baf­fling how­ever, is that Dr Mu­juru has served as a mem­ber of Govern­ment in a num­ber of port­fo­lios since the coun­try’s In­de­pen­dence in 1980 and has never men­tioned any­thing about the pe­riod.

She served as the coun­try’s Vice Pres­i­dent for 10 years un­til her ex­pul­sion from Zanu PF in 2015 over al­le­ga­tions of lead­ing a fac­tion plot­ting to over­throw Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. In that decade, she said noth­ing about the is­sue. Now af­ter her ex­pul­sion from Zanu-PF and exit from the Govern­ment, Dr Mu­juru wants to make peo­ple be­lieve that she was ei­ther voice­less in the govern­ment or was a pas­sive mem­ber.

She pre­tends not to know of the De­cem­ber 22, 1987 Unity Ac­cord that brought to­gether Zapu and Zanu un­der the ban­ner of Zanu-PF that has won suc­ces­sive elec­tions to date.

Dr Mu­juru’s selec­tive am­ne­sia ap­pears to be a ploy to give peo­ple an im­pres­sion that she has also for­got­ten the words of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe at the burial of Dr Joshua Nkomo when he de­scribed the dark pe­riod as a mo­ment of mad­ness.

Sud­denly it has slipped her mind that her late coun­ter­part in the govern­ment, the late Cde John Nkomo headed the Na­tional Heal­ing and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion brief.

She now wants to re­visit the Guku­rahundi is­sue as if the Govern­ment that she was part of for more than 30 years has never done any­thing about it.

What Dr Mu­juru should know how­ever, is that her at­tempts to use the emo­tive Guku­rahundi is­sue to win sup­port­ers in the re­gion will come to naught.

Other par­ties have tried it, the MDCs have tried it, some NGOs too but the re­sult has been the same, the peo­ple have re­fused to let chancers play around with their emo­tions.

Be­fore Mu­juru’s Gwanda ad­dress, party moles had re­vealed that she held a se­cret meet­ing at a house in Bu­l­awayo’s eastern sub­urbs where she asked peo­ple to tell her the prob­lems they were fac­ing.

De­spite be­ing in the govern­ment for more than three decades, Dr Mu­juru re­port­edly told the meet­ing that she was not the head of the govern­ment un­til her sack­ing, hence she wanted to hear from the peo­ple.

But a quick re­minder is the Bu­l­awayo kraal project in Binga which was adopted and aban­doned by Dr Mu­juru dur­ing her time in the govern­ment to the point of near col­lapse.

It took the timely ef­forts of the First Lady, Dr Grace Mu­gabe, to save the project from sink­ing.

There is this ten­dency by ex­pelled mem­bers of the rul­ing Zanu-PF to play to the gallery of en­e­mies of the State by presenting them­selves as naive rid­ers in the sys­tem and whose point of en­light­en­ment is ig­nited by their ex­pul­sion.

The ZimPF leader wants to hide be­hind her men­tor Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe for her fail­ures in the govern­ment yet it is clear that de­spite mas­sive hand hold­ing by one of Africa’s great­est states­men, she did not learn any­thing.

Now, to at­tract for­eign fund­ing, Dr Mu­juru wants to por­tray the man she called fa­ther as an evil be­ing.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry In­for­ma­tion Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, Mr Ge­orge Charamba, re­cently said of Dr Mu­juru’s ac­tions:

“Af­ter In­de­pen­dence, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, then as Prime Min­is­ter, ap­pointed Teu­rai Ropa Nhongo (Dr Mu­juru) as a min­is­ter of Govern­ment.

“By her own ad­mis­sion, she felt ille­quipped a n d of un­de­serv­ing of the ap­point­ment, but only obliged at the in­sis­tence of Cde R G Mu­gabe who hand-held her all the way, in­clud­ing help­ing her re­sume her school­ing within the precincts of Zim­babwe House. ‘‘She has a lot to be grate­ful for to the man she now vil­i­fies.” Dr Mu­juru has al­ready been warned about pro­vok­ing his­tory. While com­ment­ing on war vet­er­ans, she had for­got­ten about her much pub­li­cised dis­abil­ity claims. She looted the War Vic­tims’ Com­pen­sa­tion Fund for free­dom fight­ers by claim­ing she suf­fered 55 per­cent dis­abil­ity in the war. Dr Mu­juru col­lected a cool Z$389 472 val­ued in ex­cess of US$40 000 at the time. Now she wants to pre­tend to cham­pion the cause of war vet­er­ans. She later re­turned the money af­ter she was ex­posed by the me­dia. As Vice Pres­i­dent, Dr Mu­juru never en­gaged the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle fight­ers but sud­denly she wants to re­mem­ber them now be­cause she is in the rain? Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on the other hand, the pa­tron of the war vet­er­ans, has pushed for em­pow­er­ment pro­grammes for for­mer lib­er­a­tion fight­ers. Not only did he en­sure that they get their pen­sions and monthly gra­tu­ities, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has made sure that the govern­ment pays for the war vets chil­dren’s school fees. Un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, war vet­er­ans have ben­e­fited from the land re­form ex­er­cise where a spe­cific quota was set aside for the lib­er­a­tion fight­ers just to men­tion a few in­ter­ven­tions.

What did Mu­juru do dur­ing her ten­ure be­sides en­ter­tain­ing the il­lu­sion that she could fill Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s big shoes? Noth­ing.

Dr Mu­juru, who wants to play hero, has in­stead been ac­cused by for­mer col­leagues in the rul­ing Zanu-PF of frus­trat­ing govern­ment pro­grammes as she an­gled her­self to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“What we can now con­fi­dently de­scribe as the Mu­juru fac­tor emerged and caused pre-oc­cu­pa­tion.

“This was the first ma­jor at­tack that shrunk the pol­icy space be­cause clearly the Mu­juru fac­tor had a dif­fer­ent agenda of grab­bing power,” said Zanu-PF polit­buro mem­ber Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo re­cently.

“The peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with that ca­bal were not pre­oc­cu­pied with pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion, they were pre­oc­cu­pied with power grab­bing and it is very dan­ger­ous the day af­ter an elec­tion to be pre­oc­cu­pied with grab­bing power.

“It quickly builds in­er­tia in the sys­tem es­pe­cially where you can cre­ate im­pres­sions that have trap­pings of be­liev­abil­ity.”

Prof Moyo said a num­ber of mem­bers of the Mu­juru ca­bal were crafty in cre­at­ing false­hoods to the ef­fect that she was anointed to take over from Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe sin­gling out Mr Didy­mus Mu­tasa and Mr Ru­gare Gumbo as ped­dlers of those lies.

The Tsholot­sho North leg­is­la­tor said the over­tures by the Mu­juru ca­bal af­ter the elec­tions to the 2014 Congress in De­cem­ber frus­trated the Govern­ment’s pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion drive with some de­lib­er­ately work­ing against the coun­try.

The Guku­rahundi story will not sell Dr Mu­juru, her op­po­si­tion col­leagues should ad­vise her bet­ter.

Dr Joice Mu­juru

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