Grace seriously ill — Mugabe

PRESIDENT ROBERT Mugabe yesterday touched down at Harare International Airport from his month-long holiday in the Far East minus his wife, First Lady Grace, whom he said remained behind as she was suffering from appendicitis.


Mugabe said the First Lady had been hospitalised for the condition all this time and, although she was discharged on Tuesday, she was still recuperating in the Far East.

He said Grace’s medical problem had been managed and she was now taking a rest after the operation.

“She did not know for a long time what the problem was. She is out of hospital now. She came out the day before yesterday [Tuesday] and she is resting,” Mugabe said, adding she was expected back in the country sometime mid-next month.

Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix, and common symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and decreased appetite.

Severe complications of a ruptured appendix include widespread painful inflammation of the inner lining of the abdominal wall and sepsis.

Although Mugabe seemed to be downplaying his wife’s illness, medical experts who spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday alluded that she very likely had cancer of the colon.

They said during her public rallies last year, she showed the signs and symptoms – including hair loss and dry skin — consistent with someone on chemotherapy.

Mugabe was met by thousands of Zanu PF supporters who waved placards denouncing ex-party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa for allegedly plotting to topple the veteran party leader, who turns 91 next month.

Addressing party members, Mugabe described Mutasa as “a stray braying ass”.

“I want to say we took a long time out of the country. We did not spend Christmas in the country because Amai ‘Stop it’ had a problem and we said we needed to go for check-ups. It is the time we usually go for check-ups,” Mugabe said.

“I told her that she should have just said ‘Stop it’ to the condition.”

The President was making reference to Grace’s popular chant “Stop it” during her campaign rallies last year when she publicly denounced former Vice-President Joice Mujuru for allegedly plotting his ouster.

He said while he was on holiday, he used to receive daily briefings on what was happening back home including on issues relating to Mutasa’s damning statement.

“I don’t know what got into this one you call Gamatox. We gave him a top job even in government where he was Minister in the President’s Office and also was responsible for planning the [Zanu PF] congress only to run away towards congress and say he was sick and was in South Africa,” Mugabe said.

“Why did he run away? He wrote to [South African President Jacob] Zuma about Zanu PF — where does Zuma come in? Those we instructed to stop it, are puppets. She [Grace] said the Women’s League should move forward. She is coming mid-February.”

Mugabe said Mutasa was behaving like a “stray ass” by failing to accept that other countries had nothing to do with Zanu PF politics.

“In the papers, he says ‘we’. Who was he referring to? A stupid fool cannot be corrected. There is nothing you can do to a stray braying ass. We will never be stopped by Gamatox. We will have no time for individuals. No little brain, disorganised, mentally deranged if not close to being insane,” Mugabe said.

He said he was aware of some within Zanu PF who were against the elevation of Vice-Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, but urged party supporters to rally behind his two lieutenants.

“I want to say congratulations to our VPs Mnangagwa and Mphoko. I know they are some who don’t like them, but if the party likes them, that’s it. Cde Mnangagwa is no longer a Midlands leader only, he is a national leader. Mphoko is not a leader for Matabeleland, he is a national leader,” he said.

Turning to the restive civil servants, Mugabe pleaded with them to remain calm as government was aware of their poor working conditions.

“We will pay you. Understand us, this is not the time. This is the time to unite. I know you have worked hard and we are concerned,” he said.

“To our neighbours, we want to say the congress we had in December was a Zanu PF congress. Sadc, Comesa and African Union are organisations not for individuals, but for countries and nations. It’s like the United Nations, that’s why it is the UN. In our country, we have a people’s party and Zanu PF issues are dealt within Zanu PF.”


  1. If the party likes them that’s it, what about the people they will serve. They are just supposed to like them because the party says so

  2. Most of the Dictators enjoy praise and worship. we are tired of his hate speeches against his opponents. saka Grace akaroiwa namai mujuru . god is for everyone not the kingdom of mugabes only. Chifa iwe taneta newe.

  3. I am shocked by how Zimbabweans show stupid yet they call themselves educated. Kuswera makarindira munhu arikubva kunodya nyika ruitivi imi miromo yakaoma nenzara wow what a legion of morons. Muchibva ipapo a dry pantry awaits you at home and you call yourself sensible people. He is telling you that he had gone for medical check ups abroad with his family leaving dry hospitals for you and you sing and worship him. Zimbabwe will always be a Mugabe Colony again and again. Tanetsa isu nemi zvimbwasungata zvinonanzva shangu dzaMugabe nemhuri yake imi dzenyu mhuri dzichisvuurwa nenzara. Vazhinji ipapa they are from Mbare and you know well your conditions of living are worse than embeva nemakonzo yet you spend your time waiting for Matibili asi chabuda hapana

  4. Solomon Mujuru is no more but Mai Mujuru now has someone stronger on her side who is God of the widows. Let’s see how things pan out

  5. Get well soon Amai Stop It! In future learn not to denigrate other people. During your whirlwind “scold the people tours” you shouted at Mai Mujuru about mini-skirts and cast aspersions on here body structure. You actually said “dai tiri vamwe tine miiri yakanaka”. Mai Mujuru the widow kept quiet. God heard it and He shall speak.

    Moses Matenga, when you googled up appendicitis did it not say some of the symptoms include harshness, that may result in “one going around shouting at people and accusing them of various things”? Mwari havazi benzi, don’t promote hatred and character assassination if you are a national leader. Mugabe still remains President, even of Joice Mujuru. He should have come to the rescue of the beleaguered cow when the onslaught against her started. God fights for widows and orphans, especially when such orphanhood and widowhood is caused by those in high power!

  6. mugabe anobhowa anenge mushonga wemudumbu

    1. Hahahaha! Made my day…

  7. We derive our comfort from the knowledge that everything has its own time under the sun and that everything has its own set time to end, nothings lasts forever.

  8. Taneta nazvo zvana Mugabe isu ndeve ikoko aifanira kufa kwete kuitwa operation grace wacho ibenzi haafunge.

  9. maihwe zvangu!

  10. God’s time is now

  11. F#*kin lazy idiots. Unoda kushama Mugabe achikururira. Ndiwe uchafa uchimusiya.

  12. What this story about

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