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Mujuru wanted to use Nigerian witches to topple me – Mugabe

2015-03-03 14:01

Cape Town – Former Zimbabwean vice president Joice Mujuru has rubbished  President Robert Mugabe's claim that she was a witch who hired the services of Nigerian witchdoctors to try and topple him from power.

According to News Day, Mugabe claimed in his birthday speech that Mujuru roped in Nigerian witches in an attempt to kill him and other Zanu-PF party officials whom she viewed as a hindrance to her political ascendancy.

Mugabe claimed that 10 chickens were slaughtered, each representing the person who Mujuru wanted to have killed, starting with him, his wife Grace, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, among others, the report said.

Mugabe also made sensational claims that Mujuru performed the alleged rituals while "topless with breasts hanging".

Outright lies

But Mujuru, in a statement sent to the media, said it was disturbing how allegations that she tried to topple the president had been reduced to allegations of witchcraft.

"I am at loss as to how I continue to be the subject matter of presidential conjecture and fantasy based on outright lies.... I am sure even the ordinary Zimbabwean has become tired of this story in its various guises. It’s a charade which has lost steam," Mujuru was quoted as saying.

Mujuru's ally, ousted Zanu-PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo urged Mugabe to "stop making laughable public statements", adding the nonagenarian should instead focus on the country's critical issues like the ailing economy, said a Daily News report.

Gumbo and other senior party bigwigs, including Mujuru, were brutally purged before, during and after Zanu-PF's congress that was held in Harare in December last year, on allegations that they wanted to assassinate Mugabe.

Presidential immunity

Meanwhile, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has urged Mujuru to take Mugabe to court over the accusations, saying Mugabe was in breach of the country's Witchcraft Suppression Act.

New Zimbabwe.com quoted MDC Spokesperson Obert Gutu as saying Zimbabwe's Witchcraft Suppression Act criminalised the act of accusing anyone of being a witch and/or of practicing witchcraft or sorcery.

"Robert Mugabe boldly accused Joice Mujuru of practising and dabbling in voodoo and thereby, Mugabe has clearly breached the law," said Gutu was quoted as saying.

Gutu, however, was quick to point out that Mujuru could not sue Mugabe whilst he was still president as he enjoyed presidential immunity in terms of the provisions of Section 98 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Mujuru would have to wait until Mugabe vacates office, Gutu said.

Comments
  • Ann Murray - 2015-03-03 14:09

    Becoming more senile by the minute - "Mugabe claimed that 10 chickens were slaughtered, each representing the person who Mujuru wanted to have killed, starting with him, his wife Grace, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, among others, the report said." Perhaps he would have preferred to have been equated to one of the mighty elephants that he devoured on turning 91!!!! What a lot of claptrap!!!

      Sterling Ferguson - 2015-03-03 14:34

      What you don't understand about black Africans, the people believe these stories about witch craft in most parts of Africa. African times is not the same as the rest of the world because these people don't see the world like you.

      Pule Mogale - 2015-03-03 15:16

      "What you don't understand about black Africans, the people believe these stories about witch craft in most parts of Africa. African times is not the same as the rest of the world because these people don't see the world like you." The above is a narrow-minded and biased view. Christianity for example is a very ridiculous superstition and it definitely did not originate in Africa; and the different peoples of the world still cling to it to this day. I can quote several Bible verses in which witches and witchcraft are alleged to be real. Sterling Ferguson, do you subscribe to a religion, and if so, would you care to tell us which one?

      fargone - 2015-03-03 15:24

      Quite astonishing, why could he not use his magic cloak or hickory wand to fend off these witches! Everyone knows he's into the black arts!

      Michael Meiring - 2015-03-03 15:31

      Afraid of being Hexed!

      StormerHJ - 2015-03-03 16:32

      The one moment Mugabe thanks God for his successes and the next moment he is afraid of witches - it doesn't make sense

      sthembize.zulu - 2015-03-03 17:33

      He whom the gods wish to destroy they first make insane

      Gerrie Malan - 2015-03-03 17:50

      #Pule, you said it, not a "white racist". African times is not the same as the rest of the world. I accept you have read the report about Albinos being hunted like animals for African witchcraft body parts needs? I'm sure you're glad you're not an Albino! And dragging Christianity into this is as stupid as it can get. But oh, yes, by your own admission, we're dealing with Africa?

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-03-03 18:34

      Actually Gerrie she has a very good point. Both are just as ridiculous in their own right ! And yet supposedly intelligent people will debate for hours on the veracity of their particular version of fairy stories !

      Gerrie Malan - 2015-03-03 18:54

      #Jonathan. Ok, let me follow your point. The problem with world sports is that it has become a god to itself. ????? As relevant as your and Pule's remarks.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2015-03-04 01:22

      @PULE, you might not like it, but this is Africa 2015 where the people spend a lot of money putting curses on people and taking them off of people. Many African people living in Europe and the US spend a lot of money traveling back to Africa and Haiti to put curses on people. The Christian religion is based on one god and the Africans practiced ancestor worship that your dead ancestors controls one life. I know a woman paid over ten thousands dollars to a priest to get her husband to tome back to her.

      Skoppienaai Sewinduit - 2015-03-04 08:12

      @Sterling - regardless of the details of how many gods you worship, or whether it';s ancestors or what what, the point still stands, believing in one load of clap-trap isn't any different to believing in another load of clap-trap.

  • Joe Irwin - 2015-03-03 14:11

    This guy has really lost it.

  • Andrew Terr - 2015-03-03 14:12

    lol Breast hanging.

  • Fullmoon Up - 2015-03-03 14:12

    if he is right, then apparantly they are really bad witches, and hopeless at witchcraft, because he still breathes...!!

  • Ndivhonwa Munzhelele - 2015-03-03 14:16

    Is president bob loosing it or wat guys?

  • Jason Coates - 2015-03-03 14:17

    Comrade President Mugabe is the greatest African leader today.

      Maka Mihli Mnqwazi - 2015-03-03 14:57

      He is the most educated leader but definitely nit the greatest

      Maka Mihli Mnqwazi - 2015-03-03 14:59

      Definitely not the greatest but the most educated

      Nicholas Collocott - 2015-03-03 20:06

      He was educated and did fight in the struggle but now unlike Mandela he became a dictator and forces things upon his country, in Zimbabwe it is not a democracy because they always sabotage the votes and rig every cop to do what he wants just like Hitler and the SS.

      Brighton Dube - 2015-03-13 12:36

      have u been smoking weed?

  • Jason Coates - 2015-03-03 14:18

    He is wonderful. We all love him here at News24. No one may make critical comments about him.

  • louis.elst - 2015-03-03 14:20

    This man cannot speak the truth

  • Beulah Liebenberg - 2015-03-03 14:21

    He is clearly obsessed with her, he keeps talking about Mujuru all the time. Only a jealous man will think up such nonsense.

  • Juanita Golgaves - 2015-03-03 14:21

    Bwaaaahaaaaa bwaaaahhaaaaaa .... too funny ...

  • mark.stephen.1884 - 2015-03-03 14:25

    Mad Bob was perfectly capable of toppling himself a few weeks ago waaaaah ha ha!!

  • Investigative Intelligent - 2015-03-03 14:25

    Obviously the president has already started to hallucinate due to old age

  • Mogwere Makhutle - 2015-03-03 14:29

    I suspect he took some cocaine!!

  • Dilligaf - 2015-03-03 14:30

    Witch doctors in this day and age ? What can I say .

  • Mike Urich - 2015-03-03 14:31

    Aaaaaaahhh!oom Bob what is this now?

  • Selby Sello Rasoesoe - 2015-03-03 14:31

    Old age is driving uncle Bob insane

  • Mlambo Macebo Raymonds - 2015-03-03 14:31

    Esh what a joke.

  • Christopher Choane - 2015-03-03 14:41

    Someone is watching Nigerian Movies.

  • Tom Jerry - 2015-03-03 14:45

    Bob Bob Bob An unborn child will laugh at this.if you've nothing to say...get some lemons and suck them.

  • Lesley Moepa - 2015-03-03 14:46

    Old dog can't bark.

  • Prince Manfred Masuku - 2015-03-03 14:50

    Witches my left crippled foot

  • Prince Manfred Masuku - 2015-03-03 14:50

    Witches my left crippled foot

  • Mike Mike - 2015-03-03 15:04

    Ha Ha ha Ha - This backward imbecile was made the head of the OAU. This continent certainly is still deeply in the dark ages. No wonder nothing good, or clever ever comes from these shores. So sad that this continent is such a backward mess. The sooner this continent can be educated the better. My gosh, I am still laughing.

  • william.liebenberg.7 - 2015-03-03 15:04

    2015! My antisters..

  • Zenzo Hlabangana - 2015-03-03 15:06

    He saw the boobs hanging... Lol

      Lucy Afarensis - 2015-03-03 15:23

      Rather see bob hanging

  • Pack Age - 2015-03-03 15:09

    Don't forget the Tokalosie too

  • Stephen Michael661 - 2015-03-03 15:14

    I love how any story involving mugabe has disproportionate numbers of thumbs down for his detractors on the comments section.

  • Lucy Afarensis - 2015-03-03 15:19

    Hihihihi...my friends in Europe won't believe this! Just insane! Unbef.....glievable!!!

  • David F Mashaba - 2015-03-03 15:24

    Many african presidents use secret socities to gain power many presidents worship the devil some has shrines where human sacrifice are done that why their hearts are cold to the suffering of their people what you use in life you fear most zanu pf must stop the lies because they want peoples sympathy we know you failed to lead shame on you

  • Mr GoodCat - 2015-03-03 15:25

    One flew under the Cuckoo's nest.....

      Steve Ritchie - 2015-03-03 15:29

      Wonder who used what when fell down the stairs?

  • Thian van der Walt - 2015-03-03 15:28

    This is the rambling of a syphilitic infected brain.

      Ernie van Biljon - 2015-03-03 17:21

      Sorry, Boet, you can't blame syphilis, because there is no brain to attack!

  • Ndivhonwa Munzhelele - 2015-03-03 15:38

    Mujuru if u cn take out president bob then u wil b helping manny helpless pipul of zimbabwe coz of bob zimbabwe is lyk dirt so pls take dat old fool out once nd forall

  • Erichsen Welgemoed - 2015-03-03 15:43

    Tick tok insane human

  • Etienne Fitzpatrick - 2015-03-03 15:44

    oom bob moet dai tik lollie neersit hy vang nou tokkies

  • johan.nel.712 - 2015-03-03 15:46

    Sorry Mujuru, even witches have their pride, you'll have to try something else

  • Grant Neill - 2015-03-03 16:01

    Witchcraft really? what is this, the dark ages?

  • Ewald van den Heever - 2015-03-03 16:02

    What must the rest of the world think of Africa?

  • Bento Maepa - 2015-03-03 16:14

    Can you really believe this, a state president who is fixated on superstition. No wonder he is fond of blaming everything bad that happens in Zim on others. I wouldn't be surprised if he thinks that Zim's economic woes are because Zim has been bewitched. This is too much for the Zimbos.

  • Menzy MaziwayiNkosi Daniel - 2015-03-03 16:29

    This is not lyk Pres Mugabe or he's is afraid of Mujuru.

      Steve Hughes - 2015-03-03 18:01

      What? No....seriously. what the Hell did you just try to say?

  • johan.weakley - 2015-03-03 16:34

    Darkest Africa.

  • Gabz Legae - 2015-03-03 16:35

    Uncle Bob is hallucinating! His days are numbered. I can't wait for his day to come.Yipeeee!

  • Thembi Mathiya - 2015-03-03 16:37

    Kicks of a dying ass

  • Julia Griffiths - 2015-03-03 16:38

    Sick old man. Grow up go lie down I am sure your head hurts

  • Lehlohonolo Maputo Mokgata - 2015-03-03 16:42

    This senile is a joke.

  • Engelbert Pompies - 2015-03-03 16:46

    She should have used the witches from Swaziland. At least they had brooms and could break aviation laws by flying too high. Those sonic brooming assassins know what they are doing.

  • Joe Black - 2015-03-03 16:55

    Ahaha... ahahaha...

  • James Herbst - 2015-03-03 17:03

    Bogom!

      Pule - 2015-03-03 21:12

      Ooink!

  • Ernie van Biljon - 2015-03-03 17:12

    You n take them out of the bush, but you'll never get the bush out of them!

  • Adri Nye - 2015-03-03 17:13

    Destroying the economy and food supply of the country, now conjuring up this bs and dining on baby elephants and lions and all.... he is just a downright c*&nt!

  • Jinxxx - 2015-03-03 17:27

    Haaaaaaahajahahaaaaaa!!!