Joice Runaida Mugari Mujuru (Teurai Ropa (Spill blood'))
Zimbabwe

Joice Runaida Mugari Mujuru (Teurai Ropa (Spill blood'))

Vice-President

Date of Birth: 15/04/1955
Place of Birth: Mount Darwin

Ethnicity: Shona - Zezuru

Career: Left school, after two years of secondary education, to join liberation struggle, 1973; reported to have downed a helicopter in 1974 earning the nom de guerre of Teurai Ropa (Spill Blood); member of the General Staff of the Zimbabwe National Liberation Army (ZANLA), 1974; Commander, Chimoio Camp, Mozambique, 1976; married Solomon Mujuru, then known as Rex Nhongo, Deputy Commander of ZANLA, 1977; Member of the Central Committee of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and Secretary for Women’s Affairs, 1977; Member of Parliament, Mashonaland Central, 1980; Minister of Youth, Sport and  Recreation; 1980-85; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, 1985-88; Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Women’s Affairs, 1988-1992; Governor of Mashonaland Central, 1992-96; Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, 1996-97; Minister of Rural Resources and Water Development, 1997-2004; Vice President of ZANU-PF and Zimbabwe, 2004 to date.

Commentary: One of the youngest government ministers at Independence, Joice rose to become the most powerful woman in Zimbabwe in 2004 when she was elected party Vice-President. This was a move that was widely believed to have been engineered by her husband Solomon in order to block Emmerson Mnangagwa, for a long time considered to be Mugabe’s successor. Mugabe even hinted that she could rise higher which was interpreted to mean she could succeed him. Initially, she completely overshadowed her co Vice-President, Joseph Msika, but her star began to wane when her husband openly confronted Mugabe, telling him to step down at the Goromonzi party annual conference in 2006. Though she was reappointed Vice-President in 2008, this is widely believed to be window dressing. Joice has lost favour with Mugabe following reports that her daughter, Nyasha del Campo,  tried to sell 3.7 tonnes of gold and diamonds worth more than $15 million to a European company, Firstar. Mujuru was reported to be behind the deal and to have threatened the head of Firstar Europe, Bernd Hagemann, when he scrapped the deal.

Mujuru remains very popular in her constituency of Bindura. However, she is very unpopular in Matebeleland because of the way she snubbed former Vice-President Joshua Nkomo over the awarding of a mobile phone licence when she was Minister of Posts and Telecommunications. She ignored Nkomo’s instructions to award the tender to Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet, now the largest mobile phone operator in the country, and instead awarded it to Telecel, a company owned by a Congolese and a local consortium that included her close associate, James Makamba, a front for her husband, and President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Leo Mugabe.

Joice Mujuru's husband, the powerful General Solomon Mujuru died in a fire at their farmhouse in Beatrice, about 80 kilometres south of Harare, on 15 August 2011.

AC Vol 52 No 17, The kingmaker general dies at Alamein & The police fail to protect

 


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Vol 55 N0 7

ZIMBABWE

Snakes on a plane

The factions supporting the two main contenders to succeed President Robert Mugabe – Joice Mujuru and Emmerson Mnangagwa – are fighting for control of the state airline, compounding its problems of poor service and corporate debts...

Kaukonde belongs to the ZANU-PF faction led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru which pits him against Mpofu and Mnangagwa...

Vol 55 N0 6

ZIMBABWE

Unsuccessful successions

Almost all high-earning parastatal chiefs targeted were allies of Vice-President Joice Mujuru, the leading party candidate to succeed Mugabe...

Vol 55 N0 6

ZIMBABWE

State corruption complicates succession battles

The two main contenders – Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa – remain implacable foes with both of them spending much time trying to wrongfoot the other...

Cashbert, as he is now known (a friend of Mugabe but also a political ally of Vice-President Joice Mujuru), is being allowed to retire...

Vice-President Joice Mujuru warned that the revelations were an attempt to destabilise ZANU-PF...

Vol 55 N0 4

ZIMBABWE | CHINA

Wasting assets

Gono, who leans towards Vice-President Joice Mujuru, was in line to fill a Senate vacancy in Manicaland (with talk of a cabinet post to follow) but his name has still to go forward formally to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission...

Vol 55 N0 1

ZIMBABWE

Success needs succession

An opportunity to reverse this policy was deliberately missed after November’s provincial party elections saw the allies of Vice-President Joice Mujuru sweep the board...

Vol 55 N0 1

ZIMBABWE

Ruling party conference ignores crisis

The outcomes in the November provincial internal ZANU-PF elections indicated that Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s allies had swept up all but one of the ten provinces...

Vol 54 N0 23

ZIMBABWE

Struggles with the economy

In what may have been a warning shot to Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Mugabe muddied the issues with a typical obfuscation, saying that it was the Central Committee (where Mujuru is weaker) not the Politburo that represented the party between congresses...

Vol 54 N0 23

ZIMBABWE

ZANU-PF power struggles resume

Mashonaland Central and East would have gone to Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s supporters...

Vol 54 N0 19

ZIMBABWE

Sakunda fuels rumours

ZANU-PF figures linked to the trade include the new Water Affairs Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, the former Defence and now Justice Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Vice-President Joice Mujuru...

Vol 54 N0 19

ZIMBABWE

Mugabe shuffles the pack, again

Conscious of growing pressure over the succession, Mugabe has tried to balance ministerial patronage between the factions led by former Defence Minister and now Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and that led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru...

Joice Mujuru is set to remain the sole Vice-President until the special party congress now scheduled for the year’s end...

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