In her first interview since the registering of her Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, Joice Mujuru fails to impress! She told the British Sunday Times that she did not see any rigging in the 2013 elections, much to the disappointment of everyone but especially the opposition.
"I never saw the rigging… I am sure it was a very small clique that was doing it," said Mujuru.
When it comes to rigging the elections, I think Mai Mujuru is telling the truth; she saw nothing, heard nothing and said nothing.
We should not forget that Mugabe accused her and her husband of operation “Bhora musango” in 2008. The Mujurus instructed their supporters to vote for the Zanu PF parliamentary candidates but instead of voting for the presidential party candidate, Mugabe, they were instructed to vote for Tsvangirai. It is hardly surprising then that Mugabe and his Joint Operation Command, the real power house in Zimbabwe, would have kept Mujuru in the dark as to their 2013 vote rigging plans.
"I do hope it is a diplomatic response meant to evade liability because their key value to opposition politics is not to show that they were dull and everything happened around them," said Jacob Mafume of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
"They have to state categorically that they knew there was rigging; how it was done and, more importantly, that they know how to stop it. There is no value if they were also innocent beneficiaries because they will simply become victims now."
Diplomatic response, you wish! As for being a victim of Mugabe vote rigging she does not have to wait for the next national elections, she has already had her baptism of fire.
In 2014 she thought she was set to win the VP post in the party’s upcoming elective; she had 8 out of the 10 provinces backing her. She was falsely accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe (nonsense given that the electoral victory would have put her in pole position to be his successor). She did not see that one coming and, worse still, did not what to do to fight back.
ZPF is going to be just another opposition party whose supporters will be in for the usual harassment, beating or worse. At the end of the day they too will complain about the violence against its supporters and the vote rigging. Like MDC, ZPF too will have no clue, even after seeing Zanu PF bussing in its supporters to vote, etc. how Zanu PF rigged the elections!
There is a lot of stuff Mujuru did not know, even when she was VP; that fits in well with her character and reputation as corrupt and incompetent. If she was to become president, God forbid, then she will either stop a lot of things happening because she cannot get a head round the issues involved or else sign off things many things when she does not a clue what it is she is doing.
If the opposition has been banking on Mai Mujuru and her ZPF colleagues knowing Zanu PF’s vote rigging secrets and spilling the beans and thus make it very difficult if not impossible for Zanu PF to rig the next elections now the opposition have heard it from the horse’s mouth – she and her friends know nothing of substance. The only sure way to stop Zanu PF using violence and rigging the next elections is by implementing the GPA reforms BEFORE the next elections.