Bhora Murango, Shona for the literal translation: "kick the ball into the bushes, instead of the goal net", was a campaign by some Zanu-PF leaders in the run up to the 2008 parliamentary and presidential elections against the voting for the party president Robert Mugabe. Bhora Musango was used as an opposing response to the Bhora Mugedhi ("kick it into the goal nets") campaign.
The campaign was allegedly masterminded and led by the then Vice President of the party and country, Joice Mujuru. As part of the campaign, Zanu-PF candidates called for the party's supporters to vote for them alone and not Robert Mugabe for the presidency. The campaign is credited for successfully resulting the defeat of Robert Mugabe to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the March 2008 presidential elections.
Mugabe was however able to recover the loss by "winning" a second round of elections that Tsvangirai boycotted because of the violence Zanu-PF was targetted on MDC party members resulting in the death of several hundred party members.
Mugabe acknowledged the Bhora Musango campaign had caused disunity in the party and warned his party members against such acts in the future. He was quoted saying, "Kwedu takamboita bhora rainzi rovera bhora musango rekuti mumwe atadza kusarudzwa asi anoenda achiti ini ndinavo vangu vanondisupporter havambofa vakakuvhotera iwewe. Ibhora re rudzwai, ghedi racho riripi? (In our party, we once had people undermining each other because they claimed to have more support than other party cadres)"
The Bhora Musango campaign was cited by the party as one of the reasons Mujuru was expelled from Zanu-PF on 2 April 2015.
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- Everson Mushava [Mugabe’s ‘bhora musango’ election nightmare], Daily News, Published:2 January 2012, Retrieved:3 April 2015,