Joice Mujuru, who was sacked as vice President on Tuesday, having also been removed from the same position in the revolutionary party at its just ended five day elective congress in Harare last week, says she is a ” true Christian” and does not believe in “killing”.
Ahead of the elective congress which was attended by about 12000 delegates, First Lady Grace Mugabe- a former typist had stayed out of politics until her 49th birthday in July-launched systematic and scathing attacks on Mujuru- long tipped to take over as Zimbabwe’s leader – of incompetence, corruption, extortion and trying to topple the President-allegations she denies.
Speaking in an interview the former vice president Mujuru told the Voice of America that she was not given a chance to explain herself on the allegations.
“Mind you I am a Christian, a true Christian. I don’t believe in killing, I don’t believe in hating, I don’t believe in making somebody suffer. It’s politicking; these are some of the things that were started towards Congress,” Mujuru said.
Mujuru said she is not in a position to organise anybody to do such harm to anyone.
“Mind you, I have been a patron of the African Christian Council of Zimbabwe, churches of Zimbabwe which has over 700 churches,” she said.
She added: “And for such a person to be a patron to such a humongous organization, you forget about them and you go back and start even practicing witchcraft, you start even thinking about killing somebody, even to assassinate a sitting head of State, it’s unheard of, it’s uncalled for, for what purpose – just me a poor widow. I can’t do that.
“I’m surprised, and I even spoke about infiltration that has come in our party, I spoke about this in February if not March early this year when I went to address women in Chinhoyi. But nobody took time to ask me what I had discovered or what I had in mind or what I had seen,” Mujuru bemoaned.
Mujuru was expelled together with eight ministers among them Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, Labour minister Nicholas Goche and Higher and Tertiary Education minister Olivia Muchena.
Others fired were Youth and Indigenisation minister Francis Nhema, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Webster Shamu, Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire and Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Simbaneuta Mudarikwa.
Mavhaire’s deputy Munacho Mutezo was the only deputy minister to be axed.