Editorials 3.3.2016 09:00 am

Mujuru party a shameless sham

FILE PICTURE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and former vice-president Joice Mujuru. Picture: Supplied.

FILE PICTURE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and former vice-president Joice Mujuru. Picture: Supplied.

She fell out of favour with the ageing despot after first lady Grace Mugabe accused her of plotting a coup against her husband.

For years, leader of the newly-formed Zimbabwe People First Party, Joice Mujuru, was part of Robert Mugabe’s corrupt Zanu-PF government. Mujuru also served as Mugabe’s vice-president for more than a decade.

Two years ago, she fell out of favour with the ageing despot after first lady Grace Mugabe accused her of plotting a coup against her husband. The dictator wasted no time and acted swiftly despite Mujuru pledging unquestionable loyalty to Mugabe.

He sacked Mujuru, after accusing her of corruption and plotting to kill him. Mugabe also dismissed seven government ministers over the alleged plot.

After being in limbo for nearly two years, Mujuru, once seen as a possible future leader of Zimbabwe, has somehow managed to resuscitate her political career.

She has launched a new party through which she hopes to eradicate corruption that has brought the once prosperous country to its knees.

“We are living under an unjust system. There is selective application of the law, one for the poor and powerless, one for the rich and powerful, one for opposition party supporters and one for ruling party supporters,” Mujuru said.

She added; “Zimbabwe urgently needs investor-friendly and market-driven policies to stimulate economic activity. In order for all this to take effect, the scourge of corruption will need to be totally uprooted so that the nation is rid of this cancer and evil spirit.”

This is rich coming from an individual who for years was part of a regime that stole elections to remain in power it used to unleash terror on its own people.

If she was honourable, Mujuru would have started by apologising to millions of Zimbabweans whose lives were destroyed by a brutal regime she was part of.

Her new found anti-corruption stance is nothing but shameless opportunism.

 

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