PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has again claimed that former deputy, Joice Mujuru, wanted to kill him in order to take over power.
Speaking in Gweru Saturday, the 91-year-old president also attacked opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai saying he could not think for himself and depended on whites for funding and ideas.
Mugabe was addressing guests at the handover of Gushungo House at Woodlands Park suburb in the Midlands capital.
The property was donated by Gweru businesswoman, Smelly Dube, in honour of Mugabe’s contribution to the liberation struggle.
The Zanu PF leader said although they had been comrades in the liberation struggle, Mujuru plotted to kill him the Laurent Kabila way.
Kabila, the former DRC leader, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards in 2001, after Zimbabwe helped save him from violent ouster by rebels which invaded from Uganda and Rwanda.
Mujuru was Mugabe’s deputy for 10 years and seen as his successor until she was ousted last year, accused of plotting a coup as well as engaging grand corruption.
The former VP has since denied the coup and graft allegations – charges over which she has not been prosecuted either.
Fired with Mujuru were several cabinet ministers and senior party officials said to have been part of her coup plot, including then Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo.
On Saturday Mugabe accused Gumbo of vacillating during the liberation struggle and being divisive in his Mberengwa home area by wanting dominance over Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mugabe said unlike Gumbo, Mnangagwa was not rebellious.
Mugabe also turned on long-term rival and opposition MDC-T leader Tsvangirai saying he could not think for himself and depended on the local white community for political guidance.
“He (Tsvangirai) and the late (Gibson) Sibanda were approached by whites who crafted MDC for them so that they could fight liberation fighters,” said the president.
“Tsvangirai committed the sin of fighting the liberation fighters and he would be judged by those sins when time comes.”
– New Zimbabwe