Anger over Grace police, army ‘abuse’


OPPOSITION political parties have criticised First Lady Grace Mugabe for ordering the police and military to distribute “goodies” to citizens in the name of the ruling Zanu PF.


Grace told thousands of Zanu PF supporters in Mbare this week that she would give them food.

But after grumblings that the “goodies” might be “stolen” by party apparatchiks, she said the army and police will be responsible for the distribution door-to-door.

The Zanu PF women’s league chairperson has been touring the country, doling food hand-outs and farming equipment, some of which is reportedly part of a $90 million government deal with Brazil.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said Grace was turning out to be Zimbabwe’s own version of executed 18th century French Queen, Marie Antoinette, who reportedly retorted that hungry citizens should eat cake.


“The use of the army is abuse of State institutions by the First Lady, who is a mere party functionary and should not be allowed anywhere near the army. She is being badly advised and committing crimes in the process,” he said.

“Grace does not have immunity. The one with immunity is the President, hence her advisers should bring her up to speed for she will be made to account sooner rather than later.”

He added: “It is now clear that Grace is behaving like Marie Antoinette in the former French Queen’s last days. It would serve her well to study a bit of history.”

The country’s main opposition party, the MDC-T, has threatened to take Grace to court on allegations of “pilfering” State resources.

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was forced to explain to Parliament Grace’s role in government programmes and he had to bite his tongue.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said Grace should not be allowed to abuse the military and police for “party factional wars”.

“She is not a government official and as such, she has no constitutional mandate to boss around the police and the army. She must ‘Stop it!” he said

“As the MDC, we are totally bamboozled why all those men and women in Zanu PF, some of whom are quite honest and patriotic citizens, are just looking aside as this woman literally runs amok. Zimbabwe is not a monarchy.”

Gutu added: “This is the very reason why the MDC is mooting the idea of taking this matter up with the courts. We cannot just stand aside and watch as Grace Mugabe continues to defile and bastardise State institutions.”

Grace has been touted as a possible successor for her 91-year-old husband and is reportedly now locked in a bitter war for control of the ruling party with Mnangagwa.

She has, however, declared she has “no presidential ambitions”.


  1. True, where are the thousands of youth graduates churned out from several depots doted all over the country?There were very active and prominent in the campaign to dislodge Mrs Mujuru from the vice presidency. Through out the process, they verbally abused her uttering even unprintable words a person old enough, to be their grand mother.It is clear that no one is having faith in them,then who is going to trust them?Certainly in occasions of this nature,they should had been tasked to distribute those goodies since rallies are considered a private function.

  2. Can you all not see that this is a misguided cruise missile, luckily it does not have nuclear capabilities otherwise it would lead to a world crisis. The minute she appeared on the scene, it signified the beginning of the demise of Zanu PF.

    What idiot in his right senses, if they can ever be an idiot with the correct senses, go around trying to educate people who have more intellect than her.

    She should be looking after her husband and feeding and milking the cows at home.
    One reminder she should be made aware of is what happened to Emeldo Marcos, the former wife of a despot similar to her husband.

    These despotic antics will come to pass and when true democracy comes to Zim it will be sweet.

    As for Tyson and company, please prepare for your retirement as we are going to strip you of all you looted including your undies and wife. One thing for nothing is that the new Zanu PF is going to disown you miserable brainless idiot.

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