By John Chimunhu|
President Robert Mugabe says the government is compiling evidence of corruption against his embattled number two, Joice Mujuru, and will arrest her once investigations are complete.
Speaking during the opening of the sixth Zanu PF congress in Harare, Mugabe heaped abuse on Mujuru. He accused her of using ill-gotten money from the Marange diamond fields and from illegal gold deals to pay people and influence them to pass a vote of no confidence on his leadership.
Calling Mujuru a ‘thief’, Mugabe accused her of boycotting the meeting in order to evade questions from irate party members.
“They were using money to buy votes and to mobilise people to pass a vote of no confidence against me,” Mugabe claimed, and praised his wife, Grace, who sat next to him at the meeting, for exposing the ‘plot’.
“Those who committed crimes will be prosecuted as soon as we have compiled all the evidence. Even if you are a minister or deputy minister, you will be fired. We just want to gather all the evidence,” Mugabe said to applause.
Mujuru and several ministers accused of plotting a coup against the president stayed away from the 12 000-strong gathering allegedly after receiving death threats from Zanu PF youths and war veterans.
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