Door open for down, out Mutasa

Mr Charamba

Mr Charamba

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Former Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Mr Didymus Mutasa is free to meet President Mugabe or rejoin Zanu-PF, but should do so openly without trying to put on a brave political face, Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba has said.

Mr Mutasa was expelled from Zanu-PF for coalescing with former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru, who was also fired from the revolutionary party on account of plotting to unseat President Mugabe unconstitutionally.

Dr Mujuru went on to form Zimbabwe People First party, where Mr Mutasa was roped in as an elder without substantive and clearly defined roles.

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They soon parted ways, with Dr Mujuru forming the National People’s Party. Mr Charamba told The Herald yesterday that Mr Mutasa approached the Office of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeking to make contact with President Mugabe.

Mr Mutasa

Mr Mutasa

He said Mr Mutasa might have made some political mistakes, but President Mugabe had no hard feelings against him and doors were open for him to meet the Head of State and Government.

“We have been following reports on Cde Mutasa, particularly claims of his present condition which suggests hard times,” said Mr Charamba.

“Of particular note has been his wish to meet with the President. I want to indicate to Cde Mutasa – he does not have to beat about the bush if it is the wish and desire to reconnect with the President. He must do so straight forwardly and without putting on a politically brave face.

“He knows the President’s character and personality and much more importantly he knows the President’s light heartedness and besides he is appreciated as a person who made a significant contribution to the struggle to the extent that whatever misjudgements might have overtaken him cannot take away from that contribution.

“We are also aware that Cde Mutasa reached out to Vice President Mnangagwa to communicate his wish to meet with the President. The President has no hard feelings and if Cde Mutasa wishes for that contact he needs to remember that the way remains clear for him to.”

Mr Charamba said most people in Zanu-PF were surprised by Mr Mutasa’s decision to join Dr Mujuru’s political project given his then high office in Zanu-PF.

“Everyone in Zanu-PF did not understand why a person who had risen so high in the party (and the office of secretary for administration is not a junior office) needed to topple himself from that zenith to become a mere follower on a political journey to nowhere,” said Mr Charamba.

“Good things were going on for him and one is not sure what bad spirit got him to spoil his chances, but in life those things do happen and if you are dealing with a mature party like Zanu-PF there is always that giveness to understanding and appreciating human fickleness.

“Even in olden days, there was what they termed the wheel of fortune. It was always turning, raising those at the level of the dust to the pinnacle and those at the pinnacle to the dust, but with greater patience and forbearance you can always move from the dust to the pinnacle.

“But care must be taken. I am a mere spokesperson of the President – I am not promising anything except the President’s bigger heartedness.”

Reports suggest that Mutasa is facing numerous challenges in his life. Recently, his properties that include a Range Rover vehicle were attached for failing to settle legal fees accrued when he was fighting his expulsion from Zanu-PF.

By his own admission, Cde Mutasa is so broke that he is even failing to settle his electricity bills.

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  • samas

    So all it means is join zanu of and get rich.Hmmm.

  • Umfansimbi

    There is definitely something wrong if a former cabinet minister cannot lead a normal life two years after leaving cabinet. What happened to his pension.Now he has to become a “yes man” so he puts food on his table. We are really a kleptocracy!!

  • Reuben Mukondiwa

    The one who has been a Zanuist will always remain a Zanuist..

  • kutototo

    So Charamba is now a Zanu PF spokesperson, thought he was a civel servant.

  • gudo

    oposition parties should not be fooled by Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo who comes to them in sheep’ clothing but inside they are Zanu pf agents, the same with Mujuru

  • Cde Rudeologist Chiqala

    Has he eaten too much Mamalade Jam?

  • yowe

    Hupenyu hwakaoma usiri muZanu..It is rich pickings when you are on board the gravy train looting and robbing the nation..Once you are booted out life becomes terrible.Honai murume uyu ma1 aapinda even Mutsvangwa is looking for a way back kkkkk ZANU chiwororo

  • SR-71 Blackbird

    Dr. Patrick Lumumba of Kenya eloquently said in his speech in Dar. Being in government hierarchy is a road to riches. People are appointed to what he called lucrative ministry of mines as we’re well aware of this ministry in Zimbabwe.

  • zimbotry

    It is ZanuPF who have reduced us to beggers with nearly 4 decades of corruption, theft and mismanagement.

  • zimbotry

    How can people be employed when there are no jobs and many of those that do have jobs have to wait for there wages. Try living in the real World

  • zimbotry

    He was forced to live in the real World outside ZanuPF where the bigwigs line their pockets at our expense. Now he knows how most Zimbabweans struggle. And he doesn’t like it.

  • SR-71 Blackbird

    It is said Tsvangirayi is a puppet of the West. Do you imagine a puppet can dictate US, British or any Western foreign policy?

  • Tarubva Chibva


    Mutasa is a shameful example of a confused person. Firstly he was asking to be considered for upto Vice President position only and secondly he started following Joyce Mujuru instead of the other way round.


  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Why do you think he’s down and out? Cause he’s not looting like the rest of you? This country needs a revolution. This time an economic one. And we can’t have one with the looters still in power unfortunately

  • wesango

    Hacha been trying to get in touch with you for ages..

  • maita

    This is the sorry situation we have put Zimbabwe into. He got a free farm, a ministerial loan to buy vehicles. I remember he owned Crocodile Inn in Rusape, so what does this mean about our leaders, survive on cronyism, no wonder n’angas and prophets have a nice time with these politicians as they run to them for charms to remain in the party. Surely I don’t understand this. This is a way to tell zanupf guys to create an even field so that anybody can live properly outside politics. We don’t all want to be politicians, so leave us live our normal lives.