7 May 2012

Zimbabwe: Mujuru Lifts the Lid On Dysfunctional Marriage

Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe
Zimbabwe Vice-President Joice Mujuru with her late husband retired General Solomon Mujuru.

Vice President Joice Mujuru surprised many when she used the memorial service of her late husband Solomon Mujuru to lift the lid on their dysfunctional marriage. She also said she ignored his womanising tendencies to make their relationship work.

Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe, thronged the service at the Mujuru farm in Beatrice. But not many in the crowd expected Mai Mujuru to open up about her late husband's many affairs with other women and his alcohol addiction.

"I never stopped to bathe my husband's feet in June even if I knew that the previous night he did not sleep at home and he was not at work." Speaking in Shona she said: "If you have a bull in your kraal, you cannot instruct it which cow to service or which one not to service. I am saying this with a bleeding heart."

The Vice President admitted that the reason she did not confront General Mujuru was that, "pfuti dzairira mumba, tese taatiri masoja (there was a risk that guns would go off because we were all liberation fighters)." Astonishingly she also confessed that Mujuru did not trust her and hired state agents to follow her.

"What I want you to know is that my husband set CIO's on me for 10 years so that he could know where I was, who I was with. Luckily, he didn't find me at a beer hall, he never caught me with another man, he found me either at school or at church," an emotional Mai Mujuru said.

Mai Mujuru also said she would not re-marry and on this basis urged her family to include her in all their businesses. "I don't want to be a daughter-in-law twice, even if I were in my fertility life. I would not remarry. I don't want my children to have different totems. I will die here; that's where my grave is," she declared.

General Mujuru died in a suspicious farmhouse fire last year in August. Family lawyer Thakor Kewada told SW Radio Africa last month that his clients firmly believed that Mujuru was murdered and his body "was planted in the house and the fire was started as a cover up."

Leaked US diplomatic cables have suggested that relations between Mujuru and Mugabe were so strained that at one time that the two did not speak to each other, after Mujuru challenged Mugabe to step down during a ZANU PF politburo meeting.

The cables leaked by the Wikileaks website also exposed the fact that the Mujuru faction in ZANU PF sponsored the presidential campaign of former Finance Minister and one time politburo member, Simba Makoni, in 2008. That move is said to have cost Mugabe votes in ZANU PF strongholds.

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