Updates by Felex Share and Costa Mano

We have come to the end of our updates as the press conference has ended.

1109: “I don’t believe in talking about other people’s characters I am not God. Yes, President Mugabe has been my boss for a long time and I will not discuss his character.  Let’s focus on progressive issues, bread and butter issues for the development of the country,” she says after being asked on President Mugabe’s character.

1103: “Now more than 18 months since allegations were levelled against me no docket has been brought forward I don’t know what that means to you,” says Dr Mujuru in response to a question on allegations levelled against her.

1059: She claims one of her followers lost a home in an alleged arson attack.

“Through our meet the people programme I saw horrible things people with scars no medical attention given to them because of political violence.”

1056: On coalition talks she says: “It’s rampant in the media..I hear Mujuru has met Tsvangirai or she has rejected a certain post. I am yet to meet Morgan since the inclusive Government ended. We are open to dialogue. We now have an official party and we are open to dialogue”

1047: She ends her address. It’s now time for questions.

1046: Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa, Sylvester Nguni, Cogan, Matanhire, David Butau, Kaunye, Svova, Makova, pastor Bulayani among others. Mavhaire to lead elections committee. Legal committee led by Gift Nyandoro, Mvundura external relations, Research committee by Butau.

Four other committees to be occupied by women.

Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Dzikamai Mavhaire (R) at the press conference today. Picture by Felex Share

Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Dzikamai Mavhaire (R) at the press conference today. Picture by Felex Share

1042: Time for management team to be announced.

1040: Let’s bring the transformation everyone is looking for and build our country in peace while some revolutionaries are pulling Zimbabwe down.

1039: War veterans, the police, army and intelligence services to defend the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

1037: Zimbabweans be part of this agenda to restore practical hope to our people. We abhor political violence and intolerance.

1036: If there is any crime I am guilt of  it is the belief in the democratic renewal of leadership from within. We shall have a congress to elect leadership.
To spearhead this congress is a national management committee which I shall announce.

1035: On those who say I was in Zanu-PF. We are a new entity with new values and followers from every political party. We are not a one woman’s party we don’t have one centre of power. I have known only one political party and now I am outside and I will not go back. I am neither a witch nor an assassin

Now let’s watch what’s happening on the opposite.

1032: We shall rejoin the Commonwealth. We have to have ties with countries, we can have diplomatic relations without affecting our sovereignty.

1031: The civil service should be apolitical, efficient and professional..without these traits we can not build a better Zimbabwe and restore hope.  A vibrant economy is built by such an effective civil service

1028: We are fighting against a system, it is that system which is unjust she says quoting the late General Josiah Tongogara. This system has stolen any hope for the people of Zimbabwe

1027: We fought for the right to self determination, right to vote not one man vote for us all.

1026: We want to serve this country from wanton destruction by those who do not want to see what people value.

1025:  Zimbabwe is crying for transformation. ZPF stands for accountability hard work to build a better Zimbabwe. Our blue print BUILD outlines our policy thrust to change Zimbabwe for good.

1024: Zimbabwe is a broken country in that time of the day we look to the get to bring the change desired but we know we will not be given this from the Government. We need electoral laws reformed to ensure a free and fair election. The suffering masses need to make this loud and clear to ensure elections are not stolen or rigged.

1022: Agriculture, banking, financial, mining, tourism, manufacturing, sectors need redesigning to make Zimbabwe a 21st century emerging economy. There should be an independent land audit.

1020: This has given decay across the whole country…we need investor and market friendly policies. Corruption needs to be uprooted. There is urgent need to create employment, an overhaul of the Indigenisation Act is needed.

1018: Dr Mujuru is now on the podium and she says it’s time to build a new Zimbabwe in peace. It needs reform in all sectors. She says people live under an unjust system that applies the law selectively. The ordinary person’s capacity to earn a living has disappeared, Government faces a cash squeeze.

We do not have currency of our own and infrastructure is in need repair if not complete overhaul.

1011: He says present are party members from the 10 provinces who include business people and church leaders. Gumbo and Mutasa are introduced as founding fathers of the party

1010: She is introduced as the party’s president by Mr Nguni who says is her PA.

1009: Dr Mujuru arrives.

1000: Some of the party leaders present include Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Sylvester Nguni, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Bright Matonga, Colonel Claudius Makova (Retired), Lieutenant Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi (Retired). Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Ambassador John Mvundura and Brigadier Elliot Kasi (Retired).

0958: Scores of people are gathered at a local hotel waiting for an address by former Vice-President Joice Mujuru where she’s expected to launch her party, Zimbabwe People First.

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  • Isac Hunt

    the tide is turning

  • Suppoter

    Sounds good from the little that has been written, especially about Police being apolitical, Rule of law not be selective, infrastructure, Land Audit, Investor friendly country, engage other countries and seek help where necessary, protect our constitution, Do away with corruption, create jobs, make meaningful laws among other things so far so good, now lets see less talk and get down to business. About people having scars that I don’t believe the former VP did not know that. But people change I just hope she has changed and now she wants to put the country first, If she does that definitely count my Vote. I don’t care where she comes from as long as she has policies that will move Zimbabwe to the right direction collectively we can do it. She needs our support. Yes there will be some who will disagree with her thus democracy nothing wrong with that. Less fighting.

  • chakutareal

    Thanks Herald for the live update. Your reporting is also commendable – unbiased.

  • ThaDoggPound

    Well done The Herald for giving space to, and covering even those whom we know you do not agree with politically. That is what freedom of the press,balanced and fair reporting are all about. Good job!

    • theheraldonline

      Thanks ThaDoggPound.

    • Rawboy

      Its early days.
      It wont be long before she starts getting called names should her policies towards the West differ radically to those of the Zpfers

  • DK

    So why was she behaving as if she did not want to be the next president? Can she also confirm that she met a certain professor (Musorobhangu) in the middle of the night in South Africa?

  • takamiriria_chokwadi

    Herald wat you did is very commendable…kudos to you…This is what we call a national newspaper…

  • Real Professor

    Heads might roll at Herald for this update, but kudos to the two gentlemen who are so talented enough to give such a detailed unopinionated report.

    • Boorangoma

      Why should heads roll for letting us know what a sell out is up to? Joice Mujuru is a sell out and has been captured live by The Herald.

      • Blackwave

        That has been the problem with zanu pf and its members…labels and hate speech…even during the war people were killed for no reason because they were labelled sellouts…if she is a sellout, who has she sold out? You zanoids? Why because you cannot stand diversity of ideas? The constitution clearly states that every citizen has a right to free political association…do u even understand what that means? This country is going down the drain because of people like you who continue to hold on to archaic ideas and principles and labels. People with good ideas continue to be sidelined because one has to be zanu or nothing! Because if you dare show any difference with the so called norm you become a sellout! You have the temerity to call others sellouts but your party is responsible for all the mess we are in…over 4 million people have left the country and the law is applied selectively, and so many other things…the only thing you have been saying in response to all our problems is the tired mantra of so called sanctions…one thing is for sure…the tide is slowly turning against you and your party…

    • Chief Beramauro

      No sane principal would sake the team for this kind of coverage. At least the Government gets to know what is happening, and what the mood of the people is like towards Mujuru now that she has come out open. It’s important for people to know, and more importantly for Zanu-PF to know the exact mood of the electorate and prepare itself for 2018. Mind you we are dealing with an experienced###here.

  • murozvi

    new party but same tired faces. VaRozvi havana chavakaona sure!!!!

    • sinyoro

      kkk idama iro ,same old wine in a new container aaah nothing tangible will come out. True opposition is Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC

  • lot chitakasha

    I am pleasantly surprised by the coverage..well done to the Herald team !

  • sambiri

    Free and fair election being echoed by someone who has been inside.

  • chidyausiku

    as long as you are from zanu pf i wont support you

  • Politics

    Herald you never post my posts and I am not surprised .. its because you don’t want the truth to get to the people… you have given Mai Mujuru this space for the main reason that she is your weapon to split votes and affect the opposition…. there is nothing new she has said … its the exact same things the current opposition parties have been saying and she was part of denying these truths which have always been in the public domain….

  • Zachilomwe

    Herald reporting without fear or favour! Inga kune vanhu vanorova graft kuGlass hse. Didn’t know taingonzwa munotuka vamwe but giving update yeOpposition means u guys report zviri balanced. Events as they happen. Congrats HERALD

  • maka

    everything in zimbabwe has changed number one being herald giving a report of the opposition part??????

  • DK

    Thanks The Herald for being on the look out of who is about to sell away Zimbabwe back to Commonwealth. We were once there, and we have spent these past 10 plus years and the benefit if you were to ask me has been increased confidence of our people, that even without Queen Victoria we can do it. In fact, with Queen Victoria around we would still be in bondage, mentally. I pray that this Joice woman does not come anywhere near power. Ndoo zvaakadzingirwa naMugabe izvozvi zvekuda kunanzva varungu iye akarwa hondo. What Commonwealth when we can have our own Pan-African organizations?

    • Zunzanyika

      If you call food aid, from queen Victoria means standing on your own. Then you need psychiatric help because only a completely deranged person can would want to be out of development and progress.
      Most countries worldwide wants to join ogernisations, such as the commonwealth and the United nations.
      Only back ward thinking people like you who the the economy is great should not comment on this page as you have nothing to contribute.

  • Mukaro

    Herald, I hope you keep showing this maturity for Zimbabwe to move. This is commendable from your editorial team. At this rate, I will buy a moth’s subscription, keep it up.

  • Gorekore

    Herald keep up the good work, you may want to know that, according to me, you have given by far the best coverage of this event. This is the type of reporting that people want: non-partisan, let people make their own judgments. Once again thank you

  • Suppoter

    Have the past elections not have been free and fair tell us more amai you were there?????

  • BaRuva

    that is good and very professional of Herald. thump up

  • muZimbo

    The problem was not the Herald but the #### guy

    • DK

      Why was she not asked about her multi-farm ownership?
      the farm in Beatrice, and another one in goromonzi kwakambotsva kuya-kuya. Pamberi naRG Mugabe….Joice bodo.

      • mt darwin

        The farm in beatrice is the only one they have and Ruwa is a residential plot, kana uine Mari yako haurambidzwe kutenga land saChiyangwa.Ndine 3 maplots, 2 ekutenga and one ye land reform program. Asi hazvinei nenyaya dzirikutaurwa pano. Watove off topic

  • Tarubva

    No doubt, the winner is The Herald today. I would like also to congratulate you guys for a job well done!

    • Murerekwa

      The Herald is the winner because even jonathan Moyo who accused the paper of being biased will have nothing to say. This paper for years has been blamed for being biased, but surely, the same paper reported the booting out of Joice from Zanu-PF, and the former VP’s supporters hated it. The same paper looked as if it sided with Jonathan, until the good professor realized he could no longer use the paper at will, and today they have just shown that they are more objective than any other outlet at the moment. hate it or like it, The Herald has given some of us a very good platform to air our views. Isu vamwe hatitaure zvinyadzi, saka our comments always get the nod.

      • succuba

        It’s just one article Murerekwa, lets not get carried away, but yes its like a breath of fresh air from this newspaper, good unbiased reporting.

        And that coming from me is indeed an accolade.

  • Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire

    mai mujuru 5 star

  • rue

    At least we will have a choice at the election. I am personally fed up with mai mugabe ranting week in week out. I am so proud of the journalist who compiled this story its not biased. Very rare

  • Strategic

    Politics!!! My foot!! Another break in at Lacoste palace! Details to follow as usual. Still manufacturing the details

  • Bro Themba

    Well done Herald,I dont agree with Mrs Mujuru’s policies but thanks for giving us a balanced picture on the ground. Zanu Pf has the capacity to win elections without resorting to unfair means.Proud Zimbabwean.

  • Kezi

    I smell a rat on this management committe..Can we see all the names of those said to be representing the provinces.

  • Taki

    Surpassed my expectations, well done!

  • tafamutekwe

    You are obsessed with the MDC-T. That cult grouping destroyed itself by splintering into tiny satellites of its own self.