'Party caucus yet to endorse Grace'

HARARE - Lawmakers in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF are yet to endorse First Lady Grace Mugabe’s nomination as the new secretary of the Women’s League.

Joram Gumbo, the Zanu PF chief whip, told the Daily News in an interview on Monday that legislators were yet to meet as a caucus to ratify the decision.

“We are yet to sit as MPs to make such a decision but other MPs in the various party organs are supporting the idea to appoint Amai Mugabe,” Gumbo said.

He claimed most legislators, who sit in the Women’s League and Youth League organs, were in support of the idea.

“These MPs made their decision in their various organs of the party in the Youth and Women’s League as party members, not as MPs,” Gumbo clarified.

“We have young MPs like Mike Gava (Mhondoro- Gezi) Anastancia Ndlovu (Midlands) Yeukai Simbanegavi (Masvingo- Gutu) Kudzanayi Chipanga (Makoni West), amongst many MPs who endorsed Amai Mugabe.

“These youths are led by Absalom Sikoshana who met our young MPs and made the resolution.  This also applies to the Women’s League members like Oppah Muchinguri, (Manicaland) Mandy Chimene, (Makoni South) Sarah Mahoka (Hurungwe East) and   Flora Buka (Midlands), these are all MPs, and they made their own recommendations,” Gumbo said.

He said the endorsement by those few MPs did not imply that it was the legislature’s resolution. Gumbo said other party organs such as the Central Committee were yet  to deliberate on the issue.

The Women’s League recommended Grace’s appointment to the position during her 49th birthday party at her orphanage in Mazowe two weeks ago.

Last week, hundreds of Zanu PF youths gathered at the Amai Grace Mugabe Children’s Home to endorse the Women’s League resolution to install her as the leader of the organ.
Mugabe and the politburo have a final say in the matter, which violates the party’s guidelines.

In the event that Grace lands the post, she will follow the footsteps of the late Sally Mugabe, who was the first secretary of the Women League from 1980 until her death in 1992.

Currently, the Zanu PF Women’s League is led by Muchinguri, who has indicated that she is ready to relinquish her post for Grace.

Comments (4)

There is just no way a true mother of the nation can get herself involved with Party politics. Agreed, Sally Mugabe herself seriously participated in our liberation struggle. Grace is not at all compara ble to Sally.Please we should not insult the great Sally by trying to draw a line between her & a gold digger. SALLY WAS A TRUE MOTHER OF OUR ZIMBABWE!

DZUNGU - 13 August 2014

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Galore 123 - 13 August 2014

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When Amai Sally was the first Sec of the Women's League she never interfered with the Vice President,so why should Amai Grace do so with Amai Mujuru

mariyeti Mpala - 14 August 2014

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