In what sets the tone for an open confrontation over succession in Zanu PF, First lady Dr Grace Mugabe Thursday directly attacked Vice-President Joice Mujuru, declaring the veteran politician is not fit to rule this country.
Grace, who was addressing war veterans in Mazowe as part of her nationwide campaign to garner support for her Women’s league post takeover in December, has been attacking those linked to the Mujuru faction in Zanu PF.
She caused a storm in Zanu PF over the past two weeks when, during her “Meet the People Tours” across the country, made veiled attacks on the Mujuru camp accusing it of fanning factionalism. She also described the Vice-President as corrupt, jealous, divisive and no longer suitable to remain in the Presidium.
However, it was in Mazowe that she directly named the Vice President calling her by name and telling the crowd that, “there are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru…we cannot go back to where we were before independence.”
She added: “Mai Mujuru must resign!”
Grace also rewrote history concurring with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chris Mutsvangwa’s assertion that the popular story of Mujuru shooting down a helicopter during the liberation struggle was a lie.
“All war veterans know what they did, not those who claim that they have downed a chopper. Let people say it than praise yourself only to be disapproved by others.” Grace said.