Mugabe tells Muchinguri manage your fires


One newspaper dubbed it a “blood and thunder politburo meeting” but it turned out to be a damp squib that was prematurely ended by a power cut, a sad reminder of what citizens face every day. Friday’s politburo meeting of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front was expected to be a show-down between President Robert Mugabe and his deputy Joice Mujuru who has been under fire from Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who has called on Mujuru to resign because she is thoroughly corrupt and is trying to unseat Mugabe at the party’s congress in December. Mugabe has so far not commented on what his wife has said about Mujuru and cabinet ministers with his spokesman George Charamba saying Grace’s views were her own and not necessarily those of her husband. The only reference about the party squabbles Mugabe made about Mujuru was to outgoing Women’s League secretary Oppah Muchinguri. “Ndimi makativambira mashoko ka imp kumadzimai?…apokaapo the fire is on, manage it,”  he was quoted by The Herald as saying. The matter, reports say, will be discussed on Wednesday making room for more speculation.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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