One step at a time, Grace

HARARE - First Lady, Grace Mugabe, will never cease to amaze.

In the last two weeks, she has made headlines especially following her nomination to lead the Zanu PF women’s league.

She has gone about threatening everyone she believes wants to place obstacles either on her political career or her business interests which include vast tracts of prime land in the Mazowe area.

Grace has also publicly admitted to having an affair with President Robert Mugabe, while the 90-year-old’s Ghanaian wife, Sally, was on her death bed. Grace wedded Mugabe following Sally’s death.

She astonishingly claimed that there was nothing wrong in men marrying as many women as they wanted and took a swipe at the media for writing about the issue.

But what Grace needs to understand is that in politics, a week is too long. She needs to slow down and become the mother of the nation. Grace needs to speak like the mother of the 14 million people in the country.

Surely, we can’t have a president’s wife threatening people left, right and centre instead of focussing on national issues.

While everyone understands that power corrupts, we believe that Grace is moving far ahead of normal pace. Like what Mahatma Gandhi said “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step” we urge the First Lady to take a breath and slow down because politics is a brutal game.

Why is she in a hurry, and why is she so agitated that in a space of two weeks, she has attacked Zanu PF officials, the media and a deputy minister?

Last week, Grace savaged, Zanu PF Mazowe South Member of Parliament, Fortune Chasi, whose crime was to stand for his people whose land is allegedly being grabbed by the First Lady.

Grace owns huge tracts of land in Mazowe and has been on crusade taking more and is currently embroiled in a row with over 1 000 families whose land she reportedly wants to take over.

What Grace needs to understand is that politics is journey which needs people who are patient and who treat others as equals.

This idea of displacing people from their properties will only make her unpopular. This habit of using public forums to personally attack vulnerable people like Chasi will not help her in any way and this will be her downfall.

The fact that Grace  is the wife of the president does not in any way mean that she can trample on people’s rights and it also does not mean she is above the law.


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