HARARE: EMBATTLED Zanu PF vice president Joice Mujuru is reported to have absconded the party’s crucial politburo meeting where amendments to the party constitution ahead of the crucial December congress are supposed to be deliberated.
Conspicuously absent is Nicholas Goche, her proxy who was dumped from the central committee elections after youths, war veterans and party supporters demanded that he first be cleared of the charges to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.
Sources close to Mujuru said the vice president felt there was no reason to attend this meeting.
“The situation is bad and she sees no reason in attending this meeting,” said the source.
Politburo insiders who spoke to the Zimbabwe News reporter said there was no reason given for her absence.
“No-one knows why she did not attend. But it is business as usual and we are busy deliberating on central committee election results,” said the politburo member.
On Tuesday provincial officials in Mujuru’s home district, Mount Darwin, refused to accept her application to participate in the party’s central committee elections where the majority of her supporters and party bigwigs were booted out.
The development represented a further setback for Mujuru, who is in an increasingly fierce struggle for influence in the country with Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, and her archrival in the succession battle, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“She is on her way out and her absence today confirms she has thrown in the towel,” said a close Mnangagwa ally.
Mujuru on Tuesday lost her bid to secure a Central Committee post after her district of origin, Mt Darwin, rejected her application in elections that saw a number of other Zanu PF bigwigs linked to her alleged activities to oust Mugabe also failing to make it. Other Politburo members who suffered the same fate include Dzikamai Mavhaire in Masvingo, Tendai Savanhu in Harare, Francis Nhema, Flora Buka and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi in the Midlands and Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu in Matabeleland South.
They join other bigwigs like secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa in Manicaland and Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Absolom Sikhosana and Angeline Masuku in Bulawayo who have already been booted out.
Mujuru submitted her CV to the provincial elections directorate which rejected it last Sunday on the basis that she was implicated in leading a faction that was plotting to assassinate Mugabe.