President slates feuding bigwigs

President Mugabe addresses thousands of zanu-pf supporters ahead of zanu-pf’s first Politburo meeting for 2016 at the revolutionary party’s national headquarters in Harare yesterday

President Mugabe addresses thousands of zanu-pf supporters ahead of zanu-pf’s first Politburo meeting for 2016 at the revolutionary party’s national headquarters in Harare yesterday

Felex Share Senior Reporter
President Mugabe yesterday blasted Politburo members attacking each other in the media, granting interviews to the hostile private media and denigrating the party’s senior leadership, saying while they thought they were being cheered on by the media for their actions, such leaders were in fact embarrassing themselves and the party.

Addressing zanu-pf supporters at the party’s headquarters in Harare, the President said zanu-pf had normal channels of addressing grievances, describing the behaviour by some Politburo members in the past few weeks as indiscipline at its worst.

His remarks come in the wake of frenzied tweeting by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo who has also been using the private media to attack fellow party and Government leaders, among them Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba and War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa.

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In response, Minister Mutsvangwa also granted an interview to the private media.

The gathering was convened by the zanu-pf Women’s League to “thank President Mugabe for a successful tour of duty as African Union chairperson and to show solidarity with the First Family following the attempted bombing of their farm, Gushungo Dairy.”

“The media, especially the opposition one, is having a time of their life, something which has never happened,” President Mugabe said.

“Varikuti aaah hatisati tambowana rufaro serwatinarwo rwekuti muzanu-pf varikungotukana siku nesikati, kubvarurana.

“They (Politburo members) are going to the private media and saying I have done this to so and so as if they are little children. Yesterday after our Cabinet meeting, we deliberated on that at length and I said down with that.”

Prof Moyo has also used his Twitter handle, @ProfJNMoyo to attack fellow party members, including Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move which has been condemned by war veterans, the police, youths and other organisations affiliated to zanu-pf who said the behaviour was reminiscent of the shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa who built a social media following at the expense of the party.

President Mugabe said by washing their dirty linen in public, the Politburo members were “embarrassing themselves and the party”.

Any differences, he said, should be addressed in line with party procedures.

“If you feel you are aggrieved, the party has a way of dealing with that,” he said.

“Come to the party not the opposition (media), you will never find a solution there. Uko kuzvinyadzisa ikoko kwauri kuita. Usafunge kuti zvawaisa nyaya uko urikupembedzwa, urikuzvinyadzisa iwe nekunyadzisawo vamwe. That’s not how you handle issues.”

President Mugabe went on: “If there is any difference, come let us sit down then we see the best way forward in line with the party regulations. Izvi zvekugara tichishaudhana ah…we do not want that. And those doing that are Politburo members who should know better.”

The President said even MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who no longer had any party to speak of, was accusing Zanu-PF of detracting from national development through factional fights.

“Even Tsvangirai is saying the country is being led astray because of the fights in Zanu-PF,” he said. “People now see us as more divided than his party. He is happy with that not knowing he no longer has a party to talk of. His party is splintered, a splinter here, a splinter there. Just a bit part.”

President Mugabe said a strong organisation was built on unity and Zanu-PF members should not demean the lofty status Zimbabwe achieved during his successful tour of duty as AU chair.

He said party leaders should disseminate the correct information to party structures to avoid a situation which saw some provincial front runners barring some women from attending yesterday’s meeting.

President Mugabe said he had also learnt of the event just three days ago.

The President said women were critical in every aspect, including elections, and as such they should be empowered.

He said since independence, the Government had been working hard to achieve gender equality in all sectors and he spread the doctrine during his tenure as AU Chair.

“We can’t even win a single election without you (women),” he said. “During the colonial era, women used to get lower salaries than men and we said down with that because the work is the same. We have championed the rights of the girl child even in education, among other sectors.”

President Mugabe also took time to brief the supporters on the outcomes of the summits and meetings he attended during the last quarter of last year as AU chairman, including the handover ceremony of the chairmanship last month in Ethiopia.

He chronicled how he had moved other continental leaders to fight for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, adding that the “Western world should not continue belittling us”.

President Mugabe said foreigners who wanted to work in the country should come as partners and stand guided by the country’s laws.

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  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    I thought someone was going to be suspended manje!!

  • Dr Terry M

    Mugabe hiding behind his finger as usual…….

  • chihwa

    at least herald agrees the police is affiliated to zanupf

  • Amai forever

    With threats of demonstrations and counter-demos, and with the President lauding the Women’s and Youth Leagues who came in droves, it’s clear who won and who didn’t.

    Advantage Women’s & Youth Leagues. The War Veterans are looking like a spent force.

  • Changara

    Mutsvangwa went to the private press…..ha ha ha ha
    Barring women from attending ha ha ha

  • yowe

    Saka zvatopera?? Hahaha

    • Biggie Taapatsi

      No, this was just what happened “outside”. We are yet to hear what happened “inside”, in the politburo meeting itself

    • maita

      Hazvisati just listen to this Mahoka girl what she said, ndohonzeri idzodzi.

    • Judas Iscariot

      Yeah,they’re very disappointed. At the very least,they expected the prof to be suspended, from the party for 5 years. The president understands,Jonah is a valuable asset. Remember Charamba saying the little fellas were about to be dealt with? What about the threat by war veterans to bar him from attending the meeting? Prof Jonah is the man.

    • taurai masengo

      It seems the President is totally clueless on what is happening,this is succession battle !Let Zanu pf hold elections to chose their next chairman for 2019 so that he can be mentored by his Excellence so that those wanting that position might stop that madness.The chairmanship of zanu Pf should be limited to 10 years not lifetime.If chairman rules for many years the party will fall when that chairman is gone!L love the party !

  • Tsuro naGugo

    Herald why did you photoshop this pic?

    • theheraldonline

      Tsuro naGudo, the pic was photoshopped to combine two scenes in one. After the process, you can now see the crowd and the one addressing the crowd.

  • Department 6

    musha wenyu wamaichemera..hoyo waita mamvemve

  • kabija

    The president didn’t mention any name, but the herald as usual has taken sides, presenting moyo as the instigator and mutsvangwa the defender. The president also said ..”come the party (media, the herald) and don’t go to the opposition (media)…” Interesting?

    • Blackwave

      Its true. Jonathan is clearly being potrayed as the chief instigator while Mutsvangwa is the victim…so we know which side the herald are backing….

  • Membathisi

    So why vilify Prof.Moyo like this? Why pursue him like this from pillar to post in vain attempt to besmirch his person and government standing? This is pathetic on your part.Prof.Moyo is a political scientist and this paper has to accept this fact or risk making a laughing stock of itself..

  • Nyamasvisva

    I am left with no doubt in my mind why HE is “loved” by all ZPF supporters. It cannot be because of leading the armed struggle (so many were involved but never attract so much affection. Infact lots more did , collectively , more but have paled into insignificance for one reason or another ). To me it’s more of his grandfather like approach to situations , always cracking jokes even when a storm is brewing. On a day when most people, not exactly wished anyone harm, expected him to correct errant behavior with a touch of finality and firmness, he plays granny and makes a light moment of it all. It does make sense then why so many people from the warring factions have displayed strange behaviours totally not scared of what could possibly happen to them , they know their leader-the grand dadly one ! On one of my posts, I wondered where HE is when all manner of obscenities, unprintables and unpleasantires are traded between the two camps. Its all clear now. Reminds me of the sekuru who will see no wrong in a kid who , instead of tending goats and catlte, decides to go separate ways with his head , him going to play bhora somewhere and the herd going to anything green including neighbours’ crops. Upon hearing news of the devouring act by the herd, thanks to his grandchild’s playfulness, instead of pulling a rod from where it is supposed to be kept safely, hugs his grand child in sympathy. Trust me, there is no correction there. None of the errant zpf members take this seriously. I also notice that HE was moved and pleased by the gathering , which gathering is made of faction members. Honestly, exactly why so many wrong doing members of our society get away with so much – no one pulls the trigger at all. And for that we love him and he is up there for choice again in 2018. Free for all society ours is! The only thing that will get anyone in trouble is attempting to bomb Gushungo! And very unprecedented greeting my mother there – Pamberi Neni! I rest my case.

  • Kuta Kinte

    The President is a real man of character. While everyone expected fireworks and political radioactivity, the president chose to be collected and exhibited a unique staidness of character which you can never find in the DNAs of many. The man is a special statesman whose character and principles go beyond the political horizon. Just imagine the hullabaloo towards the PB meeting where most people thought heads would role. As I said before, this has disappointed the other side. ZANU-PF has a knack to solve its problems internally as every home has its own particular problems. I am left with no choice except to say LONG LIVE COMRADE RG.

    • kauda

      you are foolish. The reason the party is fighting itself is because the old man is hanging on for too long. It is unhealthy.

  • Idiot

    Tipeiwo minda