President Robert Mugabe literary lynched his deputy Vice-President Joice Mujuru when he told party supporters demanding her sacking today: “Party ine marongero ayo. Inga kana michato inodambuka wani. Ungabva wati mudzimai wawagara naye chienda nhasi. Nyaya yacho inoiswa kuvabereki vake…vamunenge musingade hamuva vhotere.”
Mai Mujuru has been under siege for nearly two weeks with First Lady Grace Mugabe demanding her resignation claiming that she was tarnishing the image of the party because she was thoroughly corrupt and was buying support to topple Mugabe at the party congress in December.
Mugabe literary confirmed that his deputy was buying support just before the party’s politburo meeting today when he castigated war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda who is also under attack for failing to attend any of Grace’s nationwide rallies.
Sibanda’s colleagues have been demanding his resignation with another war veteran Joseph Chinotimba today saying Sibanda should not be allowed to continue leading the association. Chinotimba said he was more popular than Sibanda because he was an elected Member of Parliament.
Mugabe told the supporters: “Jabulani ndimi munonzi makamutengera mota akagozo pihwa dzimwe shanu dzichibva kuna vaButau… abva anamata vakamupa. Hondo yaanoda kuita ndeipi achiita nemasoja angu? Tinoda kuzviona….Jabulani anotaura sekunge akabatwa naSatan. We hear that Jabulani Sibanda stopped some buses from coming…asi Jabulani avakutonga nyika kanhi?”
David Butau has been Mai Mujuru’s right hand man and held secret meetings with former United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell during one of which he asked for United States assistance for the “reformist element ” of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front led by Mai Mujuru and her husband Solomon Mujuru.
Butau also arranged a secret meeting between Vice-President Joice Mujuru and United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray. Mai Mujru was the acting President at the time. Mugabe had gone to Copenhagen to attend a climate change summit, but she held a secret meeting at her farm which was not attended by any foreign affairs people as is normally required.