‘Grace forcing Mugabe to stay’


MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said President Robert Mugabe’s “arrogance” and refusal to leave power was a result of his marriage to a much younger wife, who dictated the pace, forcing him to soldier on despite his advanced age.


Mugabe wedded his former secretary Grace, 40 years his junior, in 1996 at a lavish ceremony at his Zvimba village.

Addressing party supporters in Chikomba yesterday, Tsvangirai also said Mugabe confided in him that he was reluctant to leave power for fear of plunging his Zanu PF party into chaos.

“Sadc told him to come up with a new constitution to build the economy and health, and that if these issues are addressed, we go for elections — but he is arrogant and you never know whether it is inborn or old age,” Tsvangirai said.

“I asked him why he was not retiring yet he was falling asleep as he talks? He (Mugabe) said he wanted to rest, but the problem was if he left, Zanu PF would be doomed and dead. The problem is that if you take a young wife she will be insisting and pushing you and you cannot resist that. That is the problem, but the important thing is that this time let us give him a pension.”

While Tsvangirai spoke about the President’s marriage, First Lady Grace told thousands of Zanu PF supporters at a rally in Norton that Mugabe had directed Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo to order all local authorities to scrap utility bills debts accrued by residents since 2009.

Grace has emerged as one of Mugabe’s main campaigners for next week’s polls.

“(Mugabe) told Chombo to cancel all these debts after realising the extent to which people were suffering. We are using a currency that is not ours and is hard to come by, so this was the best solution considering our collective plight,” Grace said.
Mugabe also told the party supporters that Zanu PF members of his Cabinet were involved in “adulterous affairs” hence they should not chastise the Premier over his marital affairs. After losing his wife Susan in a road accident in 2009, Tsvangirai reportedly dated several women before settling for Elizabeth Macheka last year.

“Small houses, small houses (mistresses) — they have become a real menace. Even in Cabinet, I do have adulterous members and I then say to them if you are indulging in such activities, why mock Tsvangirai?” he told thousands of Zanu PF supporters.
Meanwhile, Tsvangirai claimed Mugabe has rigged elections since 2002, vowing at next week’s election the people should defend their vote.
“We are facing an election and there are things that we want. We can put (Chikomba MDC-T parliamentary candidate) Piniel Denga to Parliament and vote for MDC-T councillors, but the important thing is if Mugabe is still there we would have done nothing. In 2002, Mugabe rigged the elections, in 2008 he rigged and this time we are saying enough is enough and this time we will defend our vote,” Tsvangirai said.
On graft, Tsvangirai said Mugabe had defended corrupt ministers since 1980.
“I asked Emmerson Mnangagwa, my nephew, that in 33 years as minister, what did he achieve? In the MDC-T government, we will fire corrupt ministers and we will redeploy. We have no fear to fire people. Corruption is just too much, even if you want a birth certificate, identity card or even a driver’s licence – it is even worse at roadblocks,” the MDC-T leader said.
Tsvangirai said people in rural areas were still afraid of Zanu PF terror, but urged them to be strong and vote Zanu PF out on July 31, equating the election to a life-and-death affair.
Mugabe, desperate to win every vote in Wednesday’s election, also appealed to gold panners to vote for him, saying his government would support their activities.
“We want them to pan and sell their minerals to Fidelity Printers and not sell clandestinely to unscrupulous buyers from outside the country. We want them organised and they will be supported by government,” he said.
As the gathering dispersed, students at St Eric’s High School in Norton, who were made to lose their day’s learning as a result of the rally, endured yet more “punishment” as they were ordered to remain behind to take furniture back into the classrooms.


  1. If it’s about young wives then there is no point in voting for Tsvangirai as he has also recently married a young wife. Talk about n’anga inobata mai? Tsvangirai walked straight into that one didn’t he? If he is voted president he won’t leave because of his much younger wife Eriza.

      He is Matibiri but prefers to be Bob…
      And each election he comes to rob…
      Takes his family to Rome…
      Claiming he is of Catholic form…
      Cometh his dreaded elections…
      He starts his usual shenanigans…
      Suddenly he is Madzibaba Gabriel…
      Not ashamed of his evil…
      Zimbabweans will not forget…
      To show him the way to the State House gate…
      Bye bye dictator Matibiri…
      Retire & drain rock dhiziri…
      NaGrace chibva wangobuda…
      Nekuti Vanhu Havachakuda.

      • I enjoy this every day man. Nice lyrics. Maybe we can talk to Rocky to put some sound and bit to it.

    • iih sorry zvataurwa nechirungu, watadza kunzwa. wangobata panzi young wife. its an old man against a very young wife. his is a match ie not too old and not young kwete 89 vs 41 89-41=48 kikiki child abuse

    • Uridununu rakadii iwe? What is the age gap btwn Grace and Bob? What about btwn MT and his wife? Which is greater? You missed the point altogether!


  2. Look who is talking.Nhai vaTsvangirai Susan anemakore mangani.So it means you shall also refuse to leave power because you married a younger wife.The electorate expect better things from you nokuti they had hope in you but its lost.Mugabe being forced to stay, what a song.First it was the military,then ZANU(PF),nhasi his young wife,mangwana SADC,mangwana acho AU AND FINALLY it will be MDC-T itself which does not want Mugabe to leave because they are enjoying the gravvy train.

  3. This story is truly a mixed bag of onions, rotten tomatoes, cabbages, cockroaches and rats. You can’t figure out the head and tail. Mnangagwa, Tvangirai’s nephew, really? My suggestion to newsday is to accord each leader his own headline and we can easily judge who is an idiot in these elections. Do not cover-up for some politicians who are failing to sell their manifesto to the electorate at this crucial stage by trying to mix oil and water.

    • @ reason if the stories written by Newsday are a mixed bag of onions ,rotten tomatoes, cabbages, cockroaches and all that nasty stuff why do you spend the whole day with your head burried in this nasty bag???? Why not read the herald and feel good about yourself.
      Why not read the PF manifesto and tell the readers of the herald how good it is. Its amaizing that Zhuwawo failed to sell his party’s policies last night to an audiance of a couple of people pa ZIFM Let the people decide what they want on the 31st Its soo wrong to try and force newsday to write their news to your liking . Some of us dont read the hearld or watch ZTV because we dont like the manner of their reporting.

  4. I hope the Tswangison is educated to know the age difference between his wife Elizbeth and him. You are likely to be forced to remain into power if you are voted in because you have equally a young wife.

  5. MDC-Tea Leader had forgotten that he too married a BABY girl after rejected his age-mate. You take away the young girls and isisu where do we get young girls to marry. Kikkkk. He is 35years older than his current customary married wife and 42 years older than his current Bulawayo girlfriend Ms Nyathi

    • Iwe dzokera kuchikoro; Morgan was 60 years and the girl 35years = 25years difference. Whereas sekuru is 40+ older than Grace. Off course what blinds you is va Matibili have bribed so many of your kind

      • 25 years difference is just too much as well and ndokumitisa ka22year old girl. Manje 60 – 22 = 42 bayafana lamadoda.

    • Tsvangirai anorewa huipi hwekutorera murume akazvirorera mudzimayi vezera rake pachishandiswa simba rehofisi. Haasi kutaura maths dzamakutiradza pano-kuziva!

  6. morgan is 21 years older than Liz. Mugabe is 44 years older than Grace. These 2 are of different generations.

  7. Poor Gushungo. He is now forced to take large quantities of Viagra to satisfy the young madam!

    Hezvoka bwaa, hezvokaaaa…
    Zvauchazadza magamenzi nema.nyo.ka…
    Kunyepa kwahi ndini madzibaba Gabriel…
    Tibvire uchaenda ku-hell..
    Siya vanamate vega mapostori…
    Ubva wavaudza kuti sorry…
    Maprofesa vako kuwanda vemusoro bhangu…
    Ndirini ndotonyara zvangu…
    Vanhu Havachakuda Chienda.

    • Naye tonomusiya kuna ndepa chaiko adyiwe neshumba cz nyama yejongwe rakurisa kikkkkkk harichanaki

  9. Tsvangirai is pre-occupying himself with petty issues like Mugabe is too old or Grace is forcing him to cling on, Tsvangirai must tell the electorate why people should vote him and not encumbent and certainly age factor or Grace issue are not issues that compel folks to vote Tsvangirai.

  10. Hello Hello Hello people of Zimbabwe if you really need unbiased news reports go to 1st TV i was so excited to listen to Mr Nhanhla Duve’s debate versus Mr Dzikira what a debate hapana akamboti mumwe pasi ne watch yako he pasi ne MDCT he pasi ne Harahwa he pasi nanhingi it was business as usual what a debate this is what we expect from young politicians gone by are the days od soverenity and imperialism issues it old news these guys articulated their debate very well and even to the extend of joking very well this what we expect from ZBC

  11. It is not Grace but the fear of being charged for his inhumane crimes, although i am sure she is behind him the whole way and pushing him, but again fear is what it is.

    • WAKASHIGA Oliver wekaMutare. Nhamo yodongorera mumba iyo hauyioni here. Asi unolumawo paNgoda. Hako. Rega isu timbomhanya ne MDC-T pada USD ringaramba riritii ndikatengawo X-Jap. Bearer shandisai mogo weZANU PF. IYA YAMAIRASA YOTENGA IMWE KUMA RABU EKUNO CHINHOYI YAKATII.

  12. Yaaa tapinda busy ne these leaders.

    My people there is no hope patwo awa no plan except fingure pointing.

    Maface Bulawayo is now a ghost town. Boys Harare is now a hell. Issues like resuscitating Bulawayo or decongesting Harare are issues of High Priority. Please Morgan naRobert tipeiwo maserious. Iwo vakadzi womotukirana ndomanifesto here? Address real Issues Guys otherwise leave offices mese. It pains to read empty speeches, manifestos while people are suffering. I like Grace and Elizabeth like anyone else they are our sisters, no figure pointing Vakuru address issues dzenzara, mabasa, accommodation, water, electricity crisis, image yedu and so forth.

    Taneta mhani.


  14. “(Mugabe) told Chombo to cancel all these debts after realising the extent to which people were suffering. We are using a currency that is not ours and is hard to come by, so this was the best solution considering our collective plight,” Grace said.

    So let me ask the “Mother of the Nation” one question: Water needs treatment, refuse needs to be collected, workers need to be paid, where is the moey going to come from? Elections will be over by next week and then what? Please stop taking us for granted, we can actually see beyond our noses.
    Maybe you too should start seeing at life after Mugabe because he is almost 90 year now (twice your age).

    What will happen to your children when the old man is long gone? Will they have water to drink, shelter, etc? You may think that his friends will support him. Theman has no friends, all these peretenders will disappear as soon as he is gone. Think Grace. Stop this stupid ZANU language. BE a true mother of the whole country, and we too will respect you. At the moment your language is not different from a sheeben queen’s.


    • handina kumbonzwa pakanzi vanhu havachabhadhare marates zvachose.Those unrealistic charges must be scrapped and start afresh.Mari yekuita zvese izvi ichabva pama new payments that are done later than June.

      • Saka mari yemapot hole, yekusevisa mastands, etc ichabva mumarates aJune and later? If this is so easy why dont we have rates holidays all the time?

  15. @ReasoN,rmember basa rako rechighost worKer riri kupera pa31 apa,tavakukuziva.Mogiza pastate house

  16. Ataura ega Tsvangi kuti Eriza ichembere. Uye haana kumbovhura zipi yake kuna Loretha Nyathi a 19 yr old kuBhuruwayo. As for Mnangagwa apa PM vakutsvaga hushamwari manje havalume

    • @Tsano you are crazy leave Mnangagwa alone. He is a straight forward family man. Njaaa nxaaa tsano. MDC-Tea leader Tsvangirai empregnated a 19year old. Why protect him and his foolishness.

  17. Married men should refuse to be under petticoat governments. Once you allow a wife to control you, then you are in trouble. I, me, Widzo dont tolerate such nonsense. You can hate your brother or sister or your relatives becoz of a wife. On the issue of age difference btwn a hubby and wife, there is nothing wrong in an older man marrying a young wife, becoz women ages quicker than men.

  18. apa Save varasika vanhu vakangofanana ivo naMugababes in terms of vakadzi vadiki but stil stil jongwe tichangobata muromo cum july 31.

  19. Zimbabwe we are watching from far.we wish you people a peaceful elections and on top of all elections come and go,but the Nation is bigger than politicians.so lets not be overwhelmed by these events.respect to each ones choice is paramount too.may you all have a free and fair peaceful election come 31st July 2013.God bless Zimbabwe God bless Africa.

  20. Aaah!! mugabe is 44 yrs older than his wife Grace??? ndiye here akamubvisa umhandara????iiiii l think Harahwa iyi yakajutiwa.Tsvangirai’s age oldr than his hife z bettr….

  21. Vanhu havachazivi zvokuita sure, kuno kuKadoma zuro Mai Mujuru vaingohumanawo vachituka ”hanzvadzi dzedu dzerudo”. Chirikunakidza panyaya iyi ndechekuti vasikana vavanotuka ndidzo nhengo rebato reZanuPF. Chenjerai nemashoko enyu nekuti zvirikungodzoka pakutuka iye Sister Gire, gero ramudhara.

  22. Mangwana ndi 31 July, zuva rakasarudzwa na Matibiri ega kuti arovepasi. Ngaaende munhu wechirudzi uyu…

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