- Published: 10 November 2014
- Written by Zimeye
Reports reaching our news desk are alleging that Vice President Joice Mujuru tendered her resignation to President Robert Mugabe today, Monday afternoon.
A Zimbabwean news websites operating from UK, Zimeye, has reported that President Mugabe however turned it down saying that she "must take responsibility of what she started," one of the sources said. At the time of writing, further details were not available together with the exact declared reasons for the 'resignation'.
Earlier last month ZimEye also revealed that President Mugabe has pinned down Mrs Mujuru on so called secret tapes in which a voice said to be hers is heard audibly saying that Mugabe has overstayed his welcome and is resting on his faeces (literally translated).
Earlier on in the day, the Jonathan Moyo controlled state media published a lengthy report accusing Mujuru of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe by courting the army's favour.
Attempts to obtain clarification on the latest incident however were slowed down after the President's office hanged up on several telephone calls made Monday afternoon.
This comes barely two weeks after First Lady Grace Mugabe said Vic e President Joice Mujuru, who was a potential successor to her 90-year-old husband Robert Mugabe, should resign, in an attack which has widened divisions in the ruling party.
Dr Grace accused Mujuru of betraying the president by mobilizing support for a possible challenge for the party leadership at a December congress.
"Mrs Mujuru must resign now. She wants to use money to topple Mugabe," Grace said while addressing veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war at her orphanage outside Harare.
"There are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru," she said in a speech.
Addressing a faction of war veterans and collaborators led by Joseph Chinotimba at a no-holds-barred "Final Push" meeting at her Mazowe Orphanage Home, Grace also seemingly endorsed Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over the vice-presidency.
"I said (defence forces Commander General Constantine) Chiwenga should bring his firing squad and pump the bullets in me for defending my husband. These are the same people who in 2008 led the Bhora Musango campaign. Why do you want to remove Mugabe by force? This is a coup which they are planning," she said.
"It is not good to be fired. It would be better if Mai Mujuru resigns today than wait to be fired by President Mugabe," she continued.
Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe will be among African leaders at the burial of Zambian leader, President Michael Sata who died two weeks ago.
Cde Mugabe has already arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka ahead of President Sata’s burial at the Embassy Park, the burial site for the country’s presidents, where two other Zambian leaders, Levy Mwanawasa and Fredrick Chiluba are buried, ZBC News has reported. The State broadcaster however could not, as is always the norm, report if Vice President Mujuru is the acting president.