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PRESDENT Robert Mugabe on Saturday attacked former deputy Joice Mujuru, describing her as a ‘naïve idiot’ for believing that n’anga’s, or traditional diviners, could help her oust the veteran leader and take over power.
But, now aged 91, the Zanu PF leader’s memory is probably failing him for he may also have been astoundingly naïve regarding the traditional healers.
Not song long back, Mugabe dispatched a posse of top government ministers to see a 37-year-old n’anga who had claimed she could produce ready-to-use diesel from a rock.
In the dead of the night on a day in 2007, self-styled traditional healer Rotina Mavhunga ordered three government ministers – Didymus Mutasa (now fired from Zanu PF), Kembo Mohadi and Sydney Sekeramayi – to mobilise a 50-vehicle convoy which drove for 230km to Makuti and Kariba on a pointless trip as part of her elaborate con.
Mugabe then sanctioned gratuities for Mavhunga which included a farm and millions of dollars in cash before she was later arrested after it was discovered she had fooled the government.
Perhaps Mugabe learnt from that embarrassment.
On Saturday, he told a meeting of his Zanu PF’s national consultative assembly that belief in witchcraft was not “real”.
He has claimed that Mujuru consulted local and Nigerian occultists as part of an audacious power grab attempt which has since seen the former vice president and scores of her allies dismissed from both government and the ruling party.
Mugabe, who was fooled by Mavhunga despite his own several degrees, repeated the charge Saturday, adding he was surprised that for all her education, Mujuru still believed in witchcraft.
“(Mujuru) was a great believer in witchcraft,” said Mugabe.
“… you would think that with all that understanding that she had gained in the party, all that apparent religion and education, through her doctorate, that one would certainly at least ask oneself: ‘Is this real?’”
Mugabe claimed that Mujuru had mobilised the party’s youth and women’s wings to demand change of leadership at the December 2014 congress.
“They had their secret methods, which we discovered later,” he explained. source-newzimbabwe
photo-High powered Zanu PF delegation which included 2007, self-styled traditional healer Rotina Mavhunga ordered three government ministers – Didymus Mutasa (now fired from Zanu PF), Kembo Mohadi and Sydney Sekeramayi – who mobilised a 50-vehicle convoy in the dead of the night on the ‘Diesel from Chinhoyi rock, elaborate Con