Mujuru want mugabe dead aims her guns at

HARARE – A seething Zimbabwe People First
(ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, roundly savaged
President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF
yesterday, following last weekend’s orgy of
violence by seemingly deranged ruling party
youths who left for dead four of her officials
in Guruve, Mashonaland Central.
Speaking to the Daily News after the former
vice president visited the injured officials at
Harare’s Avenues Clinic — who included
retired senior military official and former
diplomat Aggripah Mutambara — she
described the growing barbaric attacks on
her party followers as “satanic and
“Those youths in Zanu PF actually need to be
rescued from what they are doing. We cannot
have a leader (Mugabe) who comes from the
United Nations where they talk about
democracy yet his party is beating up people.
That is satanic and demonic.
“It is sad that people are paid to beat up
people by the ruling party. It is very sad. We
are being led by people who do not know what
they are doing. Why burn cars? Why the
violence?” a visibly angry Mujuru said.
“As Zimbabwe People First, we are always
against violence. It is sad that in this day
and age we are still witnessing land grabs
and this kind of anarchy. There is no party
that owns land in Zimbabwe. We all have a
right to land. The government is there to
serve the people,” she added.
Her anger followed last weekend’s ugly
scenes in Guruve in which axe and
knobkerrie-wielding Zanu PF mobs invaded
Dunaverty farm — where three ZPF officials
are running agricultural operations — before
launching gruesome attacks on their hapless
victims and leaving them requiring urgent
The deadly attacks led to many Zimbabweans
expressing the fear that Mugabe and Zanu
PF were increasingly using terror to silence
dissenters ahead of the eagerly-anticipated
2018 national elections.
It was later revealed that the marauding
mobs wanted to chase away Obert Mutasa,
Cyril Mureya and Temba Ncube from the farm
— all of whom are prominent supporters of
Mujuru’s fledgling party.
And as if to rub salt into the injured ZPF
officials’ wounds, Mutambara — who had
driven to the farm on Sunday to try and
rescue his comrades before he too was
mercilessly set upon — was bizarrely
arrested by police together with the other
bludgeoned trio despite nursing bad wounds
and having been on the receiving end of the
savage attacks by the manic Zanu PF
But Mujuru told the Daily News yesterday
that the horrific scenes at Dunaverty Farm
had “emboldened” her party to do more in its
quest to bring an end to Mugabe and Zanu
PF’s rule.
“We are not deterred by the attacks. We
cannot step back when people are suffering
like this. If anything, this has actually
strengthened us. We cannot be deterred by
people who are fighting for a 92-year-old,”
she thundered.
In a later statement responding to Mugabe’s
spokesperson George Charamba, who tried to
blame the injured ZPF officials for having
caused the violence in Guruve, ZPF said this
exposed the nonagenarian’s hand in the
bloody skirmishes.
“It is clear now, after Charamba’s rants,
that the violence was planned from the
highest Zanu PF office, which is the party
presidency, because if it wasn’t so Charamba
would not have been keen on putting the
stage-managing spin that he threw around
with amateurish exuberance.
“We now know, courtesy of Charamba, that
violence can be stage-managed and it’s now
clear that Charamba is in the loop on how
Zanu PF and his boss Mugabe have been
stage-managing violence and blaming it on
opposition political party activists,” the
party said.
Meanwhile, there are growing fears that the
panicking Zanu PF has started unleashing its
terror machinery to remain in power ahead
of the country’s watershed 2018 national
This follows the worrying resurgence of
violence across the country in recent weeks,
including a savage crackdown on the
opposition and pro-democracy activists by
authorities, as civil unrest continues to
escalate in tandem with Zimbabwe’s dying
On Tuesday, suspicious riots rocked Harare,
as police fought running battles with
supposed protesting street vendors in the
capital’s central business district — amid
stunning claims that the troublemakers in
fact belonged to factions within the warring
Zanu PF.
A local civic organisation which documents
cases of violence in the country, the
Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), said Zanu PF
and the police were the “top perpetrators”
of violence in the month of August.
According to the report, Zanu PF party came
tops in perpetrating violence during the
month, accounting for 42 percent of all
reported cases, while the Zimbabwe Republic
Police (ZRP) were second with 34 percent,
followed by the Zimbabwe National Army with
8,3 percent.
“In August, State-sponsored perpetration of
violence remained relatively high . . . August
has recorded a sharp increase in the total
number of victims who stood at 1 401 as
compared to July’s 647 and June’s 356.
“It is sad to note that citizens’ freedom to
demonstrate and petition is still at risk as
police continue to brutalise those who
exercise this freedom,” ZPP said.
Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabweans have
known since the country gained its
independence from Britain in April 1980, is
battling to save his long political career as
citizen unrest escalates over the ever-
deteriorating quality of life locally, which
they blame squarely on his misrule.
But the increasingly frail nonagenarian has
not taken lightly to the challenge to his
power, unleashing the country’s security
apparatus on the restive populace with
devastating consequences — amid fears that
the government may effect a State of
Emergency to foil further protests.
Two weeks ago, police and soldiers ran amok
in many of Harare’s high density suburbs
where they indiscriminately beat up nightclub
revellers, before they also ordered the early
closure of shops in Chitungwiza.
Authorities also savaged and arrested scores
of pro-democracy activists and opposition
members coalescing under the banner of the
National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera),
who were holding nationwide protests to
press for much-needed electoral reforms
ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018
national elections.
This was despite the fact that
demonstrations outside central Harare had
not been included in the current police ban
on mass action of any kind.t