Mugabe has managed to stay in power for 36 years now because he has created a ruthless monolithic one-party dictatorship which has denied everyone outside it political space to breath. All those who have fallen out with Mugabe, Edgar Tekere, Simba Makoni, Dumiso Dabengwa, Jonathan Moyo, Morgan Tsvangirai and, in the last year Joice Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, etc. have all discovered that outside Mugabe’s Zanu PF camp it is very cold.
“Charova sei chando kukwidza kamba mumuti!” so goes the Shona proverb. (It will have to be bitterly cold to force the tortoise to climb a tree!)
“FORMER vice-president Joice Mujuru is touring the country's provinces consulting grassroots ahead of the official launch of her People First (PF) party, amid revelations she is wooing experienced politicians from established parties,” reported the Standard.
“According to close Mujuru allies, President Robert Mugabe's former long-time deputy was in the Midlands Province early last week where she met former legislators from both the ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition, in particular former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC-T.”
Yeah up! Joice Mujuru, must be finding it bitterly cold outside Zanu PF for her to forsake her usual laid-back approach (unless there was some corrupt deal to be made) to get off her backside and do something to push her People First (PF) project.
When Mai Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo and others were booted out of Zanu PF end of 2014, they were cock-sure the whole nation would embrace them with the same blind loyalty people had embraced Zanu PF in 1980. They were aware that over the years Zanu PF had lost the people’s support and was only in power because it rigged elections.
Mai Mujuru and friends thought President Mugabe had, unwittingly, done them a great favour by booting them out of Zanu PF because the people would see her and others as the victims of the tyrannical Mugabe just as the people themselves have become victims of the tyrant. All she and her friends had to do now was to issue a timid apology for having been senior members of the Zanu PF regime the last 34 years and the people would – with tears streaming down their faces - forgive, forget and embrace her and her friends as the “true Zanu PF” liberation heroes and heroines just as happened back in 1980.
Mai Mujuru has been shocked and confused that the people have not been so easily fooled.
People know she and others were not kicked out of Zanu PF because they were democrats who were fighting to end the corruption and tyranny. There was no ideological difference between Mujuru and Mugabe. They were kick out of the party because there was a fight for the control of the party and Mai Mujuru and her supporters outwitted and out manoeuvred. It was not a fair and democratic fight but since when has Mugabe cared about that; all people Mai Mujuru and her supporters should know!
People also know that if Mai Mujuru and PF should get back into power they would follow the same worn out path Mugabe has traded; the corruption, mismanagement, ruthless oppression, everything.
For the last year, Mujuru and her friends have struggled to infuse some enthusiasm in the nation for their PF party but with little success. They have delayed the launching of the party for a year; it is now or never, hence and the tortoise climbing the tree.
Mai Mujuru must be real disparate for supporters for her to be recruiting from Zanu PF and MDC; she knows Zanu PF is unelectable and MDC leaders have lost political credibility since their failure to get even one democratic reform implemented during the GNU. In fact with MDC imploding, MDC members are themselves disparate for a new political home. They are like chickens caught in a storm and are soaked to the bone; they so disparate for warmth they are snuggle up to a chicken-eating dog!
The hands of PF leaders like Didymus Mutasa, Jabulani Sibanda, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and many others are red with blood of innocent MDC members they killed in the name of Mugabe’s no-regime-change mantra. All former Zanu PF members have shamelessly called for the death of MDC supporters and leaders. These are the same hyenas MDC members are snuggling up to!
PF will have to resort to Mugabe’s tried and tested way; bus supporters from far and wide to rallies and give the public free food and beer. She can afford to do this from her accumulated wealth from 34 years of looting. How long she will be able to do this, giving that she has lost her spot of the feeding trough, as another matter!
Ordinary Zimbabweans must hold their nerve and continue to demand the implementation of the GPA democratic reforms necessary to end Zanu PF’s political strangle hold on the nation. As long as the dictatorship, be it with a new name PF instead of Zanu PF, continues to stifle democratic debate and competition the nation will be forced to recycle corrupt and incompetent leaders like Joice Mujuru, Rugabe Gumbo, Morgan Tsvangirai, Welshman Ncube, etc. because dictatorship will never allow quality leaders to emerge.
We want democratic change, free and fair elections, freedom of expression, the right to life, the right to a fair share of the nation’s wealth and riches, etc. For us to give all these up to elect Mujuru and PF, which is Zanu PF in all but name, will be giving up a diamond the size of a hen’s egg for a worthless piece of stone!