I’m Zanu PF referee – ‘Queen’ Grace

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has blasted Zanu PF bigwigs allegedly fanning factionalism and those unhappy with their current positions, warning if further provoked, she can swiftly seal their fate as she is the kingmaker in the ruling party.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Grace’s remarks at a rally at Mutambara Mission in Chimanimani yesterday came after a heated briefing where Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene nailed senior Zanu PF officials allegedly throwing spanners on the development of both the province and unity within Zanu PF.

Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba down to his knees while talking to   Grace Mugabe while VP Mphoko listens. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba down to his knees while talking to Grace Mugabe while VP Mphoko listens. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

In apparent reference to Zanu PF politburo and central committee members, in particular officials linked to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Grace said she would one day disclose those behind factionalism.

Addressing thousands of bussed Zanu PF supporters, Grace — who was accompanied by at least 16 ministers together with close to 40 legislators — also complained about backbiting that was exposed in an embarrassing leaked audio tape where party officials were conspiring against some members.

“We don’t want factionalism. I said it in the briefing meeting that people think factionalism only happens at the top level, no, there are also people doing factionalism at the lower structures. Down with them because they are dividing the party,” she said amid wild cheers from the rented Zanu PF crowd.

There was a chilling silence in the VIP tent as President Robert Mugabe’s wife raged against senior party colleagues.

“When I said down with factionalism, I noticed that there are some people who are not happy with what I said. Stop it, whoever is involved in factionalism should stop it,” Grace fumed.

Mutare South MP Nyasha Chikwinya (blue dress) joins members of Mbare  Chimurenga choir. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

Mutare South MP Nyasha Chikwinya (blue dress) joins members of Mbare Chimurenga choir. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

She warned Zanu PF leaders against abusing party supporters by peddling lies and taking them for fools.

The First Lady said in Zanu PF she was literally the referee who could decide who stays or goes in a game.

She vowed to blow the whistle like what she did last year in a development that resulted in the dismissal of senior party officials among them former Vice President Joice Mujuru and several Cabinet ministers linked to her.

“It will come another time when I will be prompted to blow the whistle,” she warned.

“I am likening politics to a football match because we say bhora mugedhi(ball in the nets) in Zanu PF and I am the referee. All members are playing the match and if you infringe on anyone I will blow the whistle.”

There were reports that Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri was unhappy with the position of party secretary for transport that she was given in the politburo although she has disputed this.

Manicaland province is divided along Muchinguri supporters and those aligned to acting chairman Samuel Undenge and Chimene.

A police officer stands before the dancing Mbare Chimurenga Choir women. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

A police officer stands before the dancing Mbare Chimurenga Choir women.
Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

As Grace attacked faction leaders, some supporters were chanting slogans denouncing Zanu PF leaders allegedly fanning divisions in the province.

Grace paraded ministers linked to the G40, Patrick Zhuwao (Youth and Indigenisation) and Saviour Kasukuwere (Local Government).

Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko who is reportedly sympathetic to the G40 curiously introduced Grace at the rally instead of the other way round as demanded by party protocol.

The First Lady said Manicaland was an important province that has seven ministers and as such it must be handled with care and rescued from insane officials who were fanning factionalism and drawing the party back from fulfilling election promises.

She said although her husband Mugabe was aging at 91, people must continue supporting him as he was the only most eligible person to lead the country.

Grace said Undenge was educated enough to hold a ministerial post and urged aspiring leaders to first get education.

She also said the country was open to foreign direct investment (FDI), contradicting Zhuwao who last week said there was no need to pursue such avenues to revive the economy.

She donated tractors, ploughs and planters among other farming implements as she launched a spirited campaign to revive horticulture activities of beans in Cashel Valley and surrounding areas.

Handouts galore: The First Lady handed out tractors and other farm implemets to Cashel  Valley and Nyanyadzi villagers.  Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

Handouts galore: The First Lady handed out tractors and other farm implemets to Cashel Valley and Nyanyadzi villagers. Pic: Aaron Ufumeli

Grace donated several food stuffs to thousands of bussed Zanu PF supporters from all the corners of the province.

There were however ugly scenes when police whisked away placard waving people who stormed the VIP section demonstrating against suspended Chimanimani West MP Munacho Mutezo.

Speaker after speaker praised the initiative that was fronted by the Zanu PF women’s league particularly Undenge’s wife, Letina.

Earlier, when Grace was attending a briefing rival members of the famous Mbare Chimurenga choir nearly fought as they battled to outshine each other.

Most Cabinet ministers, MPs and top Zanu PF officials attended the Chimanimani rally.

16 Responses to I’m Zanu PF referee – ‘Queen’ Grace

  1. maita October 9, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    Margret Dongoonce said men in zanupf are Mugabe’s wives, here they were with vahosi on tow.

  2. Chipoto October 9, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    A country gone to the dogs where a woman whose sole job was/is to sleep with different men (Pamire, Kuruneri, Gono, Makamba, Zhuwawo, Robert Mugabe, Stanley Goreraza etc) now is paraded as the most important person and instead of talking development is busy being a donor. Mugabe, a President becomes a donor in the country he leads using tax payer’s money. Sad indeed.

  3. machakachaka October 9, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Amai mava kuenderera. You are not the president.

  4. maita October 9, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    What a shame to the people of Zimbabwe.This statement says it all “She said although her husband Mugabe was aging at 91, people must continue supporting him as he was the only most eligible person to lead the country.” For all this pride in being the most literate country in Africa we cannot have anybody eligible to run the country and Mboko is there listening to this garbage, what does he say when he get home to his kids?

  5. maita October 9, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    She said although her husband Mugabe was aging at 91, people must continue supporting him as he was the only most eligible person to lead the country. And the VPs where listening what do they tell their families ‘ we are not eligible?’ Shame.

  6. Zimbabwe October 9, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Stop it it or else red card??????????????

  7. Kaitano October 9, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Iri ndiro Bonyora manje ratinoitirwa nana Gire

  8. Jonathiel Moyowaonda October 9, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Gamatox 40 (G40) whatever you want to call it the truth is , it cant be a true ZanuPF without Oppah Muchinguri, Didymus Mutasa, John Mvundura and many stalwarts figures that were purged last year. Kuti Teurai Ropa, Rugare Gumbo. Dzikamai Mavhaire. Killion Gwanetsa, Webster Shamu,Jabulani Sibanda and many who are just silent ndiko kuti ZANUPF.

    The party has been hijacked by people who did not participate in the armed struggle. Weevils have transformed themselves into a dangerous grouping that continues tearing into shreds that are now difficult to patch together.

    The respect accorded to Grace is simple due to her marriage to the President. This does not warrant her to stage a bedroom coup and present herself as a kingmaker in ZanuPF.

  9. Ndozvadii October 9, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Every dog has its day.Yours will come one day. Only that you will not be a referee. G40 hakuna hakuna. Hatiide iri kurwisananisa vanhu. Please dont allow it. Wachakurawo hai vanozozviona kuti havazi matsotsi. Lets pray for our country and for our leaders chete.
    Izvi zvevanhu vane nhafu ngativasiye vakadaro.

  10. Chambati October 9, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    There is only one thing that i admire on Dr Grace, she is doing a good thing by destroying Zanu pf. Her lack of thinking is a blessing to the majority of Zimbabwe who vote her husband through fear. What this simply tells us is her husband is the King of Zimbabwe. The country’s economy is doing very bad through liquidity crunch to an extent that even reputable companies are struggling to make profit. Here a wife to somebody who claims to earn $12 000 is donating several tractors. Where is this money coming from? On top of that the whole cabinet left their offices to follow a mere secretary of Woman’s league including vice-présidents. May the living God have mercy on Zimbabwe.

  11. SANCHO October 9, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    NDIKOKO

  12. Eagle October 9, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Zanupf has torn apart at the seams right before our very eyes, this is all too good to be true I suspect
    I must be in some kind of dream

  13. Southly Park resident October 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    Please Amai come to Ordar Farm and rescue us, pane vanhu vari kuda kutidyira mari. Mr. Chiyangwa vakati vanoda compensation ye$7/m2 asi vakuru veConsortium vakuti tibhadhare $36/m2. Tibatsirei Amai.

  14. Hacha Ndizvo Dr October 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Hatitongwi neSmall House

  15. swagger muchando October 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Ko vanhu vose ava varikuteerana naGire vaidiniko kuita the same thing when Oppah Muchinguri was in charged of this womens sh*t ,zvinongoratidza zvoga kuti it’s not true loyalty or support they are giving this “Stop it” woman. lt is bootlicking that’s all, Zanu pf yaora vakomana heyiiiiii

  16. twoman October 9, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    One day its one day Grace and your old mugabe

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