Stop pro­vok­ing chaos and fan­ning vi­o­lence

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ZIM­BABWE Peo­ple First leader Dr Joice Mu­juru was hu­mil­i­ated by hordes of youths from Mata­bele­land when she ad­dressed a rally in Pre­to­ria, South Africa, re­cently. The rau­cous crowd was miffed that Dr Mu­juru a for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent of both Zanu-PF and the coun­try was out to cap­i­talise on the early 1980s dis­tur­bances in the Mid­lands and Mata­bele­land re­gion to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage.

This was af­ter the ZimPF leader an­nounced dur­ing a rally in Gwanda that she in­tended to visit Bha­lagwe in Kezi to pay homage to vic­tims of the dis­tur­bances. Video footage of Dr Mu­juru’s rally in Pre­to­ria shows ma­raud­ing youths be­ing re­strained from mo­lest­ing the ZimPF leader with some re­mon­strat­ing with South African po­lice of­fi­cers and mar­shals. The an­gry youths told Dr Mu­juru that she had no moral stand­ing to seek to cap­i­talise on the un­for­tu­nate events of the early years of in­de­pen­dence now that she was in the op­po­si­tion trenches when she failed to do so dur­ing the 34 years she was a se­nior mem­ber of Gov­ern­ment and the rul­ing party.

Records show that Dr Mu­juru never raised the is­sue even when she was Vice Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe for a decade. Re­ports also in­di­cate that some se­nior of­fi­cials of ZimPF in Mata­bele­land are fiercely op­posed to her ap­par­ent at­tempt to cap­i­talise on the emo­tive is­sue to en­dear her­self to the peo­ple of the re­gion and are qui­etly nudg­ing her to drop the mis­sion. This presents her with a dilemma. Dr Mu­juru is try­ing to rein­vent her­self as a lat­ter day demo­crat and is des­per­ate to curry favour with her West­ern fun­ders but is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to dis­so­ci­ate her­self from Zanu-PF the party which in essence made her.

As a fresh-faced ex-com­bat­ant with lit­tle for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe took her un­der his wings and per­son­ally tu­tored her at Zim­babwe House in the early years of in­de­pen­dence. He even ap­pointed her the youngest mem­ber of Cab­i­net not­with­stand­ing her clear lack of ca­pac­ity and en­cour­aged her to fur­ther her ed­u­ca­tion af­ter she passed her OLevels.

The hand-hold­ing con­tin­ued through var­i­ous ap­point­ments to dif­fer­ent port­fo­lios in Gov­ern­ment cul­mi­nat­ing in her el­e­va­tion to the sec­ond most pow­er­ful po­si­tion in the coun­try dur­ing the 2004 Zanu-PF Congress at the HICC. Her fall from grace is well doc­u­mented but we will aver that it was down to a lust for power and wealth which she and her hus­band the late Re­tired Gen­eral Solomon Mu­juru were guilty of.

Dr Mu­juru and her late hus­band’s al­lies have co­a­lesced to form ZimPF but it is the al­liance with Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s MDC-T which ex­poses the murky deals cut in dark cor­ri­dors. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has al­ways lashed out at those within the rul­ing party who sup with the Devil at night but pre­tend to cham­pion the cause of the masses dur­ing the day.

Wik­iLeaks in­ad­ver­tently ex­posed these un­holy al­liances but it is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing clear that the so-called coali­tion of op­po­si­tion forces un­der NERA (Na­tional Elec­toral Re­form Agenda) is a con­sum­ma­tion of a long courtship whose seeds were sown when Dr Mu­juru was still in Gov­ern­ment and Zanu-PF. Her as­so­ci­a­tion with char­ac­ters like Am­bas­sador Agrippa Mu­tam­bara a re­tired Bri­gadier Gen­eral who served at the plea­sure of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in var­i­ous diplo­matic post­ings around the world be­trays her re­liance on her de­parted hus­band’s al­lies for po­lit­i­cal sur­vival.

Those with long mem­o­ries will re­call that Rtd Brig Mu­tam­bara is the same man ac­cused of rape by Ju­dith Todd a daugh­ter of for­mer Rhode­sian Prime Min­is­ter Garfield Todd in the early 1980s. The am­bas­sador was to later fa­mously claim that he had been in­structed to do the sor­did act by none other than Gen Mu­juru

fur­ther ob­fus­cat­ing an al­ready com­pli­cated mat­ter.

To­day, Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara is a lead­ing fig­ure in ZimPF and at the week­end he was at the cen­tre of an at­ten­tion-seek­ing stunt in Gu­ruve where he fired shots at Zanu-PF youths and when they de­fended them­selves he cried foul. Pic­tures of an in­jured Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara and other of­fi­cials from his party have been splashed all over the me­dia as part of a spir­ited cam­paign to keep Zim­babwe in the in­ter­na­tional spot­light.

On Mon­day, the MDC-T also pa­raded “wounded” ac­tivists be­fore West­ern diplo­mats, the pri­vate and in­ter­na­tional me­dia in a des­per­ate bid to shore up their wan­ing for­tunes. The United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly and other in­ter­na­tional sum­mits have come and gone but Zim­babwe has re­mained un­scathed de­spite naked at­tempts to foist it onto the agenda of these plat­forms.

Clearly, the op­po­si­tion par­ties have come to the end of their tether in as far as push­ing for the in­ter­ven­tion of out­siders in the coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs is con­cerned. As for the likes of Dr Mu­juru and Am­bas­sador Mu­tam­bara who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s good heart and benev­o­lence, we strongly urge them to de­sist from seek­ing to be­smirch the name of the man who es­sen­tially made them. They might live to re­gret it.

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