Zimbabwe

Zim's ex-VP Mujuru accused of causing drought

2015-04-10 14:05
Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)

Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)

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Harare - Sacked Zimbabwean vice president, Joice Mujuru, says she is “clean and pure” after a traditional chief accused her of causing drought, reports said on Friday.

Chief Fortune Charumbira said Zimbabwe’s drought that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops this season was caused by Mujuru’s alleged plot to oust President Robert Mugabe.

“They [a political faction led by Mujuru] wanted to take President Robert Mugabe’s throne, that is why we did not get good rains this year and there is a drought,” the private NewsDay paper quoted Charumbira as telling Zanu-PF supporters.

But he said that “the country has now been cleansed”, a reference to the ousting of Mujuru and her political allies from Zanu-PF.

'I am clean and pure'

Mujuru was sacked as vice president in December, and she was expelled from the ruling party last week. She was accused of leading a faction within Zanu-PF that planned to topple Mugabe, 91, from power.

In an interview published in Friday’s NewsDay, Mujuru slammed the chief’s comments as “gossip”.

“I can vouch that I am clean and pure... I have no supernatural powers that cause mishap to poor struggling masses I fought for,” Mujuru said.

Mugabe has himself accused Mujuru of practising witchcraft in a bid to topple him from power. At his birthday party in February Mugabe claimed that Mujuru had performed rituals while semi-naked in the presence of hired Nigerian sangomas.

Mujuru has dismissed those allegations as “fantastical and sexually lewd”. In her interview with NewsDay, Mujuru warned top Zanu-PF officials not to parrot Mugabe’s allegations because they don’t enjoy the president’s immunity from prosecution.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  joice mujuru  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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