in News, Politics / on November 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm /
HARARE – Vice President Joice Mujuru has advised the Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa to maintain a dignified silence when people criticize him through the media.
As fierce infighting to succeed President Robert Mugabe ravages through the party, even spilling into the state media, Mutasa used a Zanu-PF fundraising dinner on Friday to claim that there were people scandalising him through the media.
In response Mujuru said: “I want to advise our secretary for administration that what makes me remain smiling is that I give myself a lot of time to think about others and say to myself, if I were to respond to certain utterances how far will that go?”
“The best thing is to just keep quiet, take your bible, you read. So, I want to advise Baba Mutasa tonight, Ambuya vangu, Amwene vangu, Mrs Mutasa, I know she goes to church, she has a Bible. Please borrow him and he reads Proverbs chapter 11 verses 5, 6, 7, 9 and 18. You find your answers there. I thank you.”
Mutasa seen as backing the Zanu PF faction led by Mujuru had earlier on said he had never heard Mai Mujuru on any occasion saying that she longed to be the President of Zimbabwe.
“There are those that are scandalising us through newspapers. I think that is absolutely wrong, misusing the media and in certain instances when people behave that way, that is sometimes referred to as corruption.
“You don’t use your office to scandalise those who are not in the same office and those who cannot respond to those words.”
The remarks were in apparent reference to what the Mujuru faction believe was the manipulation of the state owned media by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo and his Permanent Secretary George Charamba in pushing the agenda of a faction of the party led by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Party spokesman Rugare Gumbo had no kind words for Moyo and Charamba telling them they have no business commenting on Zanu PF. Moyo and Charamba meanwhile claimed they were articulating President Mugabe’s position on the elections.
“Jonathan Moyo is a government minister and I am the party spokesperson, and what I said, I said so after consulting relevant people. The party is not run from the ministry of Information, it is run from the party’s headquarters,” a furious Gumbo said.
A Herald newspaper editorial allegedly penned by Moyo had even referred to Didymus Mutasa as a “dwarf in huge robes”. Although the paper did not mention Mutasa by name, the Presidential Affairs Minister is short in stature and had in the week come out strongly in support of Gumbo.
“You see, when you refer to us as dwarfs in huge robes, how do you expect me to answer? Because I am not in charge of any newspaper. I can only go to newspapers to answer, but which newspaper will I use if my own newspaper refers to me that way.”
Mutasa said if VP Mujuru was going to be the President of Zimbabwe in future, it would be because people would have chosen her. He said when President Mugabe elevated her to Vice President, it meant she was better than others.
Zanu PF party is mired deep in chaos after provincial elections scheduled for seven of the country’s 10 provinces were called off in the wake of alleged massive vote-rigging, intimidation and vote-buying.
So serious was the problem, an unprecedented special meeting of its Politburo was called for Saturday in an attempt to arrest the slide into anarchy after botched elections in Manicaland, the Midlands and Mashonaland Central provinces.
Mujuru came out tops in that meeting after the party endorsed provincial executive elections that were held in the Midlands, Mashonaland Central and Manicaland provinces. In those polls most Mujuru loyalists prevailed.
In the politburo meeting held last week “Mai Mujuru complained to President Mugabe that she was tired of people who are over-ambitious showing scant respect for the party leadership. She even went further to warn the president that if he is not careful the same people will end up targeting his post,” according to a source.
The gloves were off in that meeting as Mnangagwa and Mujuru (in front of Mugabe) openly traded bitter accusations and counter-accusations of candidate imposition, vote-buying and manipulation of provincial election results.
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