Only a gun can stop me: Grace

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FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday warned hawks in the faction-ridden Zanu PF party she would only be silenced by a gun and would stop at nothing in admonishing divisive behaviour by party members though she did not harbour any presidential ambitions.

by XOLISANI NCUBE

Grace said although she had no liberation war credentials, this did not disqualify her from reprimanding some wayward ex-fighters.

She said she would also not stop speaking against certain vices bedevilling Zanu PF.

The First Lady was addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters in the high-density suburb of Mbare in Harare during one of her Meet the People rallies.

“I am called Mafirakureva, I will die for the truth. People have a problem; they are used to blackmailing others so that whenever you say something, they question why you said it,” she said.

“When you say something bad that you have observed, they say you don’t want war veterans. Let me tell you: You will not get me.
You will never close my mouth, you can only come and shoot and kill me. You are not going to intimidate me.”

Grace has been linked to a Zanu PF faction of Young Turks known as G40, which is locked in a bitter power succession wrangle with another faction said to be led by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. However, the First Lady yesterday denied belonging to any faction.

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Grace said despite many people linking her to a plot to take over from her 91-year-old husband, she was content with being the wife of the Zanu PF leader as we as being the Women’s League boss.

She said unless she was shot, she would resist any plot to kick her out of her position.

“People here are suffering while we are fighting for positions. Let me tell you: I am here as the wife of your President, a person you elected to lead the women and it ends there. Full stop! I don’t want anything more,” Grace said.

She said people may say whatever they wanted, but this would not deter her from her task to serve the people as she had the energy and would increase that to “90 horsepower, from 60”, if people continued gossiping about her.

Recently, the women’s league has been pushing for a woman to be appointed to the party presidium, raising suspicion that Grace was angling to succeed her husband, President Robert Mugabe.

“I am not going to tolerate bad things in Zanu PF, I will say it out. I will not stop because I stay with the biggest war veteran (Mugabe) at my house, a man who stayed 11 years in jail. His son died and he was not allowed to mourn him, and today, someone starts to say that I don’t like war veterans? Even my own brother was a war veteran. So how can I hate war veterans?” she queried.

She said the party would not just watch while some members brandished their liberation war credentials mischievously, hoping she would not reprimand them because she was not a war veteran.

“I do not hate war veterans, but they are some two or three who are misbehaving. Down with them! I don’t care whatever you say because in my house, I am cooking for a hero, a big war veteran,” Grace said.

The First Lady said war veterans had been infiltrated by people who were threatening to demonstrate against her, before daring them to go ahead and see the consequences.

Her rally was part of her series of rallies which will see her travel to Midlands today and then Mashonaland East tomorrow as she seeks to interface with the party structures and hear their grievances.

24 COMMENTS

  1. It takes only a few words to expose ones character n public .we judge ppl by the way thy talk n present themselves on issues regarding personal attacks.over the years true leaders hv been attacked but thy hv nt taken these insults to kick n shame their enemies n public.it is clear the new breed of politicians are fun seekers ready to pounce on their attackers o ppl how think otherwise.ppl shuld air their views on types of leaders n leadership views thy want.silencing thm is dangerous.we r nt blind zanu is mugabe if u say anything against their wish u are a sell out clearly.n sme cowards r using this strategy to push others out of positions u simply labeled a gamatoX o anti amai n ur world crumbles.zanu is a national institution n leaders shuld accept different views so as to make it stronger rathe than weaken it on personal vendettas.

  2. we want economic change and freedom…we want to venture into politics ourselves as young people because we understand the pain, misery and the tough situation we are going through. other people will never Represent us well. we need new minds, fresh ideas and innovative Leaders who care more about the future than the present. “But again we are afraid” Politics is now dangerous that one cant express themselves as they will….. May God raise people like Steve Biko, Thomas Sankara, Lumumba etc…even our own Honourable President was at some point an inspiration.

  3. Well, we’ll see if Dr Grace will still have the same courage to repeat these words after her husband has left office, only time will tell…..

  4. mafirakureva? tell us who killed mujuru then, why you left Stanley goreraza, what are the remedies to the bleeding economy and what sickness has plagued Mugabe!!!

  5. Very soon we will be asking you to repeat all this nonsense and see if you can, after your grandfather is gone. Mwene kumedza bhonzo hutemba huro

  6. Its public knowledge that News day,Daily news,Standard and the independent hate the first lady with a penchant you have your preferred successor Elizabeth the independent media were challenged to report developmental stories which put pressure on the politicians and authorities to deliver for the ordinary masses of Zimbabwe,come 2018 Mugabe will win hands down even if he is in a wheel chair,the independent media you make your money through selling Doctor Amai why don’t you start covering Elizabeth please advise your choice to start hitting the road as 2018 is around the corner

  7. Spot on Josphat. mafirakureva upi wacho tell us more about who is going to be murdered next with your blood thirsty party. Ko mugabe asarirwa nemakore mangani with his cancer etc etc ndozvtinoda kuhwa izvozvo

  8. Last kicks of a dying horse zvino Masvingo hamuna kuenda wani ….trying to appear hard again , no one is buying that anymore.

  9. Amai ava pane pavaka tsika- Ngwena na Mphoko varikuzviziva saka vachi HUTA .Ma GENERALS vano bikirwa kumba kwavo-manje manje muchaona ma promotions.vachelee.

  10. This is what happens when we have pitikoti government. In Zimbabwe if you belong to the illegal ruling party you can do what you want.Ministers are leaving their offices attending to Amai Rallies and claim that they are working very hard for the betterment of the nation. What position does this Grace hold in Zimbabwe Government? All Zimbabweans does not belong to Zanu pf so who are they serving? Sekuru is always dreaming.

  11. I thought the war was over and we were moving forward?
    Why do we continue to live in the past?
    The question is why are there divisions in the party?
    Possibly dealing with the root cause is the best solution?
    I heard a saying once;
    A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still”
    Food for thought.

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