First Lady Grace Mugabe resumes her ‘meet the people’ rallies in Mazowe South constituency. She faces a mammoth task of mobilising support for Zanu Pf which is being crippled by factionalism.
14:25: Grace concludes her speech. The crowd breaks into song.
14: 18: Grace ‘s donations
- 531 tonnes of maize, Grace came with 240 tonnes maize with the rest being stored at GMB
- 100 tonnes of rices
- Internet equipment
- 120 knapsacks
- 7 982 litres of cooking oil
- 5 tonnes of clothes
- 12 000 pairs of shoes
- Raincoats with a combined weight of 1095 kg
- 50x 300 bags of cement
- 3 00okg of salt
- 3 000 tablets of food
- 2000 kg of sugar
14: 17: The First Lady denounces violent youths who have come to disturb her rallies
14:06: “People are busy visiting traditional healers seeking elevation instead of concentrating on finding solutions to the drought.
Grace brings out her sarcastic side “Mafios do you know a traditional leader whom I can visit”
“Hatingatose tese tese ngatibvumei kutongwa nevanogona kutonga” ( We cannot all be leaders let those who know how to lead, do so)
14:03: “You get happy when someone is given a vote of no confidence and yet you complain to the President when you are given one, you should be willing to be judged according to the deeds you have done.”
13:52: We agreed at the congress that Mugabe will contest in the 2018 election, dont let confusion cloud you. Mugabe is the only person who is able to keep peace intact in the country. I hate people who tells lies about me muera Soko, Kurevera nhema ini ndakakuappointer, ndinokukicker.
13:50: Grace castigates successionists. “If Mugabe fails to walk I will ferry in to work in a wheelbarrow!, Tichienda kubasa kunoshandira Zimbabwe because vanoda kutungamira zimbabwe havana kukwana.”
13:48:The government wants minerals to be processed in the country rather than exporting them unprocessed,so as to create employment at local refineries. Foreign companies mining in zim should also build refineries and emmploy locals rather than processing them outside the country.
13:45: Grace blames industrialised countries for global warming and encourages people particularly tobacco farmers to desist from deforestation.
13:42: The Chinese deals signed by Mugabe include the construction and rehabilitation of roads and the construction of a new Parliament building under the ZimAsset cluster of Social Services.
13:37: Grace explains the ZimAsset clusters
ZimAsset seeks to restore Zimbabwe’s breadbasket status. “I had to make donations because the people are starving. My job as a mother is to come and even admit failure if we fail to provide.”
13:31: She launches on vitrolous attack on those who criticize her marriage to Mugabe. “Im abused..hanzi kamukadzi aka hakazi munhu , ko imi mune vakadzi 1000 munotaurwa here. Mugabe munhu, munhu akadzikama. If you see a men bedding multiple women, you dont have respect for women”.
“For one to be called a hero you have have a good moral upstanding.
She professes knowledge of the nickname people have given her “People me nicknamed Mazowe crush, you think I’m s stupid ,I do not know what Mazowe crush means?”
Grace attacks team Lacoste which is affiliated to Mnangagwa. “Dont abuse mutupo waPresident”
13: 25: People who say Mugabe must go because he is old .. are they young themselves, remove the log in the eye before you remove the speck in someone’s eye.
She attacks war vets who refuse to recognise her authority, “kune vamwe vanoramba kutsiurwa neni… pane vamwe vanoti vakaenda kuhondo ukamuti zvipfure nepfuti anoramba asi achizviti akabata pfuti muhondo.”
13:05: Grace chides the crowd for making noise during the specch ” Amai vanoda kutererwa, mukasateerera amai vanotswinya.She thanks Martin Dinha, Dickson Mafios, and saviour Kasukuwere in particular for his efforts in organisinng the rallies.Ndinovaviva nekugara… ndakapihwa basa and ndichariita… vasingazvifarira ngavasvotwe kusvikira varutsa. Tinoda kuchinja maiitiro ekushandira nyika nemusangano. Ndiri kufamba kuti vanhu vaona kastaira kaMai Mugabe ( She feels the urge to move around conducting rallies because that is her mandate, Those who do not want her to conduct rallies shall be disappointed because she will continue doing them. She wants to change the way things are done in the party and how people serve the country. ) Kana vanhu vachhirwara ngavaone kuti Mai Mugabe vari kurwara vari pamubedga , iye zvineo ndadzoka ndasimba.
Grace justifies the Mazowe trip. She says charity begins at home ‘ndinoda kuswera nevangu.’
13:08: Grace takes to the podium. She thanks the supporters for attending the rally.
13:06: The crowd is dancing to the song ‘Unconquerable.’
13:05: VP Mphoko ends his speech.
12:55: “Zimbabwe ndeyeropa…vahu vakasiya hame dzavo vakafirwa nevamwe kuhondo.The Zanu Pf constitution says the country was liberated by Zanu Pf and Zapu. We are now hearing od disunity, this is not the country we fought for that is Rhodesia. “There are 14 million people in Zimbabwe, at the very apex of those the people there are President Mugabe, then the deputies, that is I and my counterpart Mnangagwa.”
12:52:VP Mphoko is now addressing the supporters. He goes into a narrativ of the sacrifices made during the liberation struggle
12:50: Supporters are singing praise songs.
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12:11: Jonathan Moyo takes to the podium. He chants the slogan “Pasi ne vaya vaya.”
12:10: Kasukuwere introduces Jonathan Moyo and the ministry “Thats why muchimuona vari paTwitter ndokubasa kwavo.”
12:03: National political commisar Saviour Kasukuwere is in attendance.
11:58: New slogans “Pasi nekupanduka half half ” and “pasi ne vese vasingakudei are being chanted.”
11:55: Youth and Indigenisation Minister Patrick Zhuwao explains the purpose of the meet the people rallies
“Leadership wants to understand what is happening at a detailed level…Members engaging in uneccessary accusations..The First Lady is making sure that all take the lead and focus on the mandate.”
Grace Mugabe is expected to donate farm implements to supporters. Most of the supporters in attendance are women bringing into speculation that the Women’s League boss may try to garner support for the women’s quota system which should see a woman being appointed Vice-President.
- Gifts for Grace Mugabe are being presented.
- Sarah Mahoka says Robert Mugabe and hid wife are anointed by God.
- Vice President Phelekhezela Mphoko and several ministers are in attendance.