- Published on 05 June 2015
- Written by Chronicle
Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru is not yet free from prosecution for crimes that led to her expulsion from both the government and Zanu-PF, as the wheels of justice move at their own pace.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is the government spokesperson, said Mujuru, who has been accused of corruption and plotting to assassinate President Mugabe, should bear in mind that the law always catches up with offenders.
This comes after the beleaguered former Vice-President vaunted in a statement issued to the private media on Tuesday that no charges had been preferred against her six months after being expelled from the party and the government. She also claimed that her expulsion was "controversial, unjustified".
"Aware of these and related treasonous allegations, Mujuru boastfully, but naively, asks in her revealing statement why no charges have been preferred six months after her expulsion," Prof Moyo said.
"The answer to that is that the wheels of justice move at their own pace and both the arresting and prosecutorial authorities are constitutionally independent. Meanwhile, Mujuru is free to play with fire if she so wishes, but mhosva haiwori (the law will catch up with her)."
Prof Moyo said Mujuru was lawfully expelled from both the party and the government; otherwise she should have challenged the decision in the courts.
He said Mujuru's unsigned and undated statement, which had been widely published by the private media, had no substance. "While in the statement Mujuru describes her expulsion from government as 'controversial, non-procedural and unjustified' everybody knows that she was dismissed in terms of the law and she publicly acknowledged and accepted her dismissal," he said.
"In any event, if there was any substance or truth to her false claim of wrongful dismissal she would have, by now, approached the courts rather than play media games."
President Mugabe exercised his executive powers in terms of Section 106 (2) (b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No 20) Act 2013 to fire Mujuru last December.
This was after it had become evident that her conduct in the discharge of her duties had become inconsistent with her official responsibilities.
Said Prof Moyo: "If there's anyone who still doubts the reason of Mujuru's dismissal from government or its justification, it's fortuitous that her statement provides the clearest indication thus far, which should put paid to the matter.
"It beggars belief that Mujuru has the nerve to claim that her dismissal was 'controversial, non-procedural and unjustified' in the same statement in which she clearly declares that her expulsion was 'inevitable' because her 'vision for Zimbabwe was divergent from the rest of the party leadership'.
"By her own admission in her latest statement, Mujuru confirms that she had become a rebel against the rest of the party leadership. This, among other things, means she had become disloyal to both President Mugabe, the party and government. One can only imagine how she or anyone else could have expected her to remain in the party, let alone the government, when she had become a rebel in pursuit of her own competing vision."
Prof Moyo said it was Mujuru's rebellious pursuit of her divergent and competing vision against the President, the party, the government and the rest of the leadership which must have inspired expelled party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo to criminally threaten that President Mugabe "would go the Kabila way" if he blocked her from assuming power.
"In the same vein, and for the same reason of Mujuru's pursuit of her own divergent vision, Didymus Mutasa (expelled Zanu-PF secretary for administration) confided to one of his girlfriends that President Mugabe would be 'taken out' if he did not allow Mujuru to succeed him at Zanu-PF's Sixth National People's Congress in December 2014. The evidence of these criminal statements is there," said Prof Moyo.
He said Mujuru's divergent vision was imaginary.
"Finally, it's notable that Mujuru's divergent vision which led to her expulsion is imaginary with no grounding on any reality," he said.
"Her so-called vision has eleven points, including putting people first, all which are imagined. While Mujuru can imagine as many fantasies as she wants, the fact is that Zimbabweans have had enough of imaginary escapades from the likes of Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T leader) whose ranks Mujuru is free to join at her own peril."
In her statement, Mujuru pushed the "People First" mantra that members of her cabal also expelled from Zanu-PF and fired from the government have been pushing since their dismissal.
Mujuru was expelled from Zanu-PF together with seven other senior officials, while over 90 others have since been suspended, all for their involvement in a plot to unconstitutionally remove President Mugabe at the 6th Zanu-PF National People's Congress in December last year.