Former Vice President Joice Mujuru, ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and scores of liberation war stalwarts who were brutally purged from the warring post-congress Zanu PF and government yesterday snubbed Heroes Day commemorations around the country.
It had been suggested in the days leading to yesterday that Mujuru would attend the commemorations at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, not least because her decorated late liberation struggle icon husband, General Solomon Mujuru, is buried there.
Had she attended the function, this would have seen her come face to face with President Robert Mugabe — their first meeting since the former VP and her close allies were brutally purged from the post-congress Zanu PF and government late last year on murky allegations of plotting to oust and kill the frail nonagenarian.
The spokesperson of the “original” Zanu PF formation that uses the slogan People First, Rugare Gumbo — who also speaks on behalf of Mujuru — said Mugabe’s former second-in-command had chosen to commemorate the life of her husband elsewhere, rather than at the national shrine.
“She did not think it was necessary for her to be there as she could still, like any other Zimbabwean, remember our heroes anywhere she likes,” Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday.
Addressing people gathered at Heroes Acre, Mugabe took the opportunity to yet again castigate Mujuru and her allies, warning that by taking him on, they were all forfeiting their right to be buried at the shrine.
Extract of story by Mugove Tafirenyika and Ndakaziva Majaka for the Daily News