Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF blocks Veep Joyce Mujuru’s leadership bid

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Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Joyce Mujuru has been barred by the ruling Zanu-PF party from serving on its powerful central committee, state media reports.

She had failed to win nomination after being linked to a plot to oust President Robert Mugabe, The Herald newspaper reports.

Mrs Mujuru’s fall from grace damages her chances of one day succeeding the 90-year-old, correspondents say.

Zanu-PF is due to hold its elective congress next month.

Mr Mugabe has said he does not intend to quit.

Mrs Mujuru was a close comrade of Mr Mugabe, but the two have have since fallen-out.

First Lady Grace Mugabe, who has recently entered politics, has led a sustained campaign against Mrs Mujuru, accusing her of being “demonic”.

Last week, Mrs Mujuru said she had ordered her lawyers to restore her “political standing” after being falsely accused by state-owned media of treason and corruption.

Wonder Mashange, the acting Zanu-PF chairman in Mrs Mujuru’s home province of Mashonaland Central, said the party had decided to “defend” Mr Mugabe by rejecting Mrs Mujuru’s bid for a seat on the central committee, The Herald reports.

“We agreed that any member of the party who is accused of assassinating the president – we are not going to accept his or her CV [curriculum vitae],” he is quoted as saying.

Mrs Mujuru has not commented on the decision.

BBC Zimbabwe analyst Stanley Kwenda says a complex power-struggle is raging within Zanu-PF, as Mr Mugabe plays his opponents against each other and consolidates his grip over the party and government.

Mr Mugabe may favour another leader for the post of Zanu-PF vice-president, while keeping Mrs Mujuru as vice-president of the country, he says.

Even though Mrs Mujuru’s bid to be elected to the central committee has been thwarted, Mr Mugabe still has the power to appoint her to serve on the powerful leadership body, our analyst says.

Mr Mugabe may decide to do this to show her that he remains the boss, he says.

Either way, Mrs Mujuru’s political star has waned, while that of her rival, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, has risen, he adds.

Both Mrs Mujuru and Mr Mnangagwa have long been seen as possible successors to Mr Mugabe.

Mrs Mugabe’s surprise entry into politics this year, and her nomination to lead Zanu-PF’s women’s wing, has also fuelled speculation that she could be planning to take over from her husband one day.

Mr Mugabe has governed Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

Mrs Mujuru took part in the 1970s guerrilla war against white-minority rule when her nom de guerre was Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood).

She married Solomon Mujuru, the former army chief seen as Zimbabwe’s king-maker in 1977.

He died in a fire at his farm in 2011.

BBC

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3 Responses to Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF blocks Veep Joyce Mujuru’s leadership bid

  1. That’s what you get for “sleeping” with a snake, and it serves you right.

    FastLane (AUSILAND)
    November 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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  2. Zimbabweans will never cease to amaze. Zimbabwe has a well educated population BUT the politics in that country continue to be stone-age. It is hard to believe that 14 plus million Zimbabweans have allowed themselves to be manipulated by a small bunch of former freedom fighters and a few generals when they were able to dare and even managed to discredit a powerful regime led by Douglas Ian Smith? Oh, I recall one Zimbabwean, reacting to our Guy Scott being VP, saying “that will never happen in Zimbabwe”. Why? Just because Guy Scott is white? What would the late hero of human rights Nelson Mandela have said to this naive racist black Zimbabwean? Insults and blows hurt, whether delivered on you by a black or white person. Wake up, Zimbabweans!! Smith, Ian Douglas, would have been laughing loudly had he lived to witness this.

    It is simple and straightforward. Mugabe is terribly scared of enduring Mubarak’s experience. He is, therefore, praying to his idol, day and night, that his dear wife takes over from him and protects him. But Mugabe must be careful. Most women are only loyal to their husbands for as long as their husband remains on top of their jobs. Immediately Zimbabweans make the mistake of voting Joyce into power, Robert Mugabe will suffer peacefully and silently. Just wait and see. As for Zimbabweans, they will continue suffering the indignity of using a currency of another country; Zimbabwe will remain a small backyard district of Washington DC. How can you adopt another country’s currency? Even Germany, utterly defeated in 1945 kept the Deutshe Mark.

    Let me say this......
    November 27, 2014 at 1:33 am
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    • I cannot put it in any better way!

      storm
      November 27, 2014 at 8:04 am
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