JOICE Mujuru’s confirmation that she will contest the 2018 vote appears to have rubbed Zanu PF the wrong way with politburo members Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo leading the attack on the former vice president.
Kasukuwere said Mujuru was a “nobody” and her vision “lacked depth” while Moyo said she had “stolen the MDC-T’s failed manifesto”.
The two were reacting to Mujuru’s manifesto, titled Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development (BUILD), which was published Tuesday.
According to the statement, the Build plan will, among other things, seek to lure foreign investment through the promotion of property rights and a review of the land reform program.
But Kasukuwere rubbished Mujuru’s vision.
“It’s a waste and a shame for people like Mujuru to be associated with such a statement which is devoid of merit and clarity. It will be ”FTT”…failure to thrive. Hapana deal apa (There is no deal at all),” said Kasukuwere.
“She must accept that she is now nobody in the mainstream politics and concentrate on farming.
“How can she attack indigenisation when she was part and parcel of the regime that formulated the policy?”
“It’s very unfortunate that she is being misled by myopic people into doing things she has no spine to withstand,” added the Zanu PF national commissar.
Moyo used his twitter account to attack the two paged blueprint saying “the Gamatox Manifesto is out. As expected its buzz word is BUILD: Build from looted assets”.
“Zanu PF will never produce such an anti-Zimbabwe & treacherous document against land reform & indigenisation. Gamatox has stolen a failed MDC-T manifesto with indigenisation & land reform as the targets,” added the minister of education.
Another politburo member and war veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa said Mujuru’s project was destined for spectacular failure.
“People First is the latest futile, ill-fated project to try to derail the Zanu PF revolutionary agenda,” he said.
“The anti-people forces who have spent 35 years trying to unseat Mugabe and Zanu PF are latching onto the fake war heroics of Joice Mujuru.
“This will never wash with a politically astute Zimbabwean populace which has seen through every stratagem of the post-Rhodesian enemies and their like-minded ilk of detractors and local puppets.”
Since her expulsion from government, Mujuru has appeared reluctant to confirm her interest in mainstream politics.
But observers said her two-page plan read like an election manifesto, signalling she was ready to challenge President Mugabe who has indicated he will contest the 2018 vote at the age of 94.
Mujuru, 60, has not formed a political party yet.
During her 10 years as Mugabe’s deputy, she was seen as a shoe-in to replace Zimbabwe’s sole leader since independence from Britain in 1980.
Analysts said Mujuru could be in a better opposition to unseat Mugabe as the other parties have fragmented due to internal power squabbles.
Eldred Masunungure, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, said Mujuru still enjoyed significant support among ordinary Zanu PF members, senior party officials and the military establishment.
He, however, said she would not have it easy.
“Let’s not assume that it will be plain sailing for her. She will be subject to the usual restrictions and repression as has been the familiar trademark against those who oppose Zanu PF,” said Masunungure.
Outlining her People First project’s vision, Mujuru said they were “national democrats, guided by the values of the liberation struggle of self-determination”.
She added that this would be expressed through the adoption of market driven polices under a constitutional democracy.
Mujuru said under her watch government will make sure that “all people …will be treated equally before the law”.
“We shall promote and support free press. Repeal AIPPA (Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act) and review the licensing criteria and methodology under the Broadcasting Services Act and related legislation,” she said.
Mujuru also said her government would allow millions of Zimbabweans dotted across the globe the right to vote.