'Grace Mugabe for president'

HARARE - Outgoing Zanu PF Women’s League boss Oppah Muchinguri yesterday stunned the political fraternity when she proposed that First Lady Grace Mugabe succeed President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s head of State.

Muchinguri dropped the bombshell at Grace’s rally at the Harare City Sports Centre, with one observer describing the proposal as “too farcical to be real”, while another said it was “too disturbing to be funny”.

The proposal comes as Zanu PF is embroiled in ugly factional and succession fights in which supporters of Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa have been going for each other’s throats over the past few months.

Muchinguri also claimed that Grace’s supporters had handpicked her to stem the vicious infighting in Zanu PF, suggesting further that this was the reason why the First Lady needed to succeed her 90-year-old husband. 

As she introduced Grace to party supporters who filled the rally venue to the rafters, an exuberant Muchinguri said Harare province was meeting the “Queen”.

“Nhasi tatsikwa na (We have been graced by the) Queen Mother, the Queen of Queens,” Muchinguri said. 

“We looked at the person who has people at heart, who is accessible, who is humble, and it is Dr Grace.

“We are tired of boastful leaders. The person who has love for widows and orphans is Dr Grace.  She is not a boastful leader.

“First Lady pane mamwe mafirst lady, ungatoti vakavhoterwa vangatoita President. (She is a First Lady among first ladies, if she is voted, she can easily FROM P1

become president.) She is a real war veteran.”

This endorsement of Grace as a national leader from Muchinguri comes despite the fact that the First Lady has no history of having participated in Zimbabwe’s 16-year war of liberation — a previous pre-requisite for leadership positions in Zanu PF.

“Things had become bad because of factionalism. People were no longer respectful.  Ndikamira na chairlady zvonzi ari mufaction yanhingi, ndikada kumira naava (Harare Zanu PF provincial chairperson Amos) Midzi, zvonzi uri faction yanhingi (they would say I belong to that faction).

“I believe that with Amai vane (who has) access, ndiro tsime reduka (she is our well of relief). Muchinguri anga akuti akada kuita meeting, zvonzi hatimude muprovince medu, asi ndiri mukuru weWomen’s League, interference ichiitika. (If I want to hold meetings, people say we don’t want her in our province but I’m the women’s league boss.)

“Zvino pana Dr Grace Mugabe muchaita zvetuma meetings twepaside here? Hazvichagoneke, zvaoma izvi, zva binder. Ndo dhiri rakarongwa (Now that there is Dr Grace Mugabe, are you going to have your covert meetings? It is impossible, those plans are in disarray),” Muchinguri said.

Describing Grace as a transparent and no-nonsense leader, Muchinguri said with the First Lady in the saddle of the Women’s League, things were going to turn for the better, not only for women, but also for the youths.

“She fears God. She knows that there is nothing we can do without the guidance of God. There are some who wear (church) uniforms when they are gossipers.

“There are some who wear uniforms when they are bad and do things that drive people away from Zanu PF. Rudo rwakazara muna Amai. Munhu anokwanisa kuyananisa (She is full of love and she can heal rifts),” she said.

Dressed in a flowing Zanu PF dress adorned with the face of her husband, Grace started her address by publicly embracing Shadreck Mashayamombe, the Harare South legislator who was recently accused by rivals of attempting to stampede her out of Harare.

She also led Midzi and his rival youth chair Godwin Gomwe into a peace pact, which she claimed marked the end of factionalism not only in Harare but across the country.

“I have a duty to unite people,” the First Lady said.

“What causes factionalism is that there are some people who think they are cleverer than our current leadership.

“Let us not be used in factionalism because we are poor.  Factionalism starts at the top and we are going to stand by President Mugabe.”

With her conduct as the First Lady often bitterly criticised across the political divide, Grace told her faithfuls yesterday that she had developed a thick skin to deal with this.

Grace’s rally was attended by party heavyweights such as Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo, Tendai Savanhu, Olivia Muchena, Eunice Sandi Moyo, Stembiso Nyoni and Temba Mliswa.

Comments (33)

Joke of the day. Pwere sanaDisGrace endai kucreche. Oppah is a snake in the grass. Watch out Grace, you are just a pony in a game of chess. Kana Mugabe arikutoseka zvake necircus irikuitwa naOppah. Senior members in ZANU please stop this nonsense, don't take us to be fools. We are talking of leadership not running a creche or a strip house. Leading a nation is not like organising a 21st birthday bash. \god bless Zimbabwe, Cry the Beloved Country

Garikayi - 9 October 2014

This is becoming like Animal Farm in which the goal post are being change to suit those in power. So now Grace is being proposed to succeed Mugabe because of the factional fighting in the party regardless of her not having fought in the war of independence until now that was a pre-requisite!

Wilbert Mukori - 9 October 2014

Newsday what bombshell are you talking about. Presidential posts are held by persons and Dr Mugabe is one. Anyone can contest for the post including the writer of this article. Hapana nyaya apa.

Ndugu - 9 October 2014

Zanu Pf has become a huge embarrassment amongst all the liberation movements in Southern africa

Huge embarrassment - 9 October 2014

mediocrity destroys a nation's character

mediocre - 9 October 2014

lets wait amd watch as these thieves make fools of themselves. they are running out of options now

jimmy bauer - 9 October 2014

Mugabe - what exactly is his job I always wonder? The man inherited the second best economy in Africa and over the years he has made a mess of the country. He would think the country is being run by a drunk 6 year-old. His blind supporters cannot see that Mugabe is inept: they praise him instead lest they lose their positions. Mugabe is the dead weight - nothing will change for as long as Mugabe is around. What is needed is not more of the same. Frankly, I don't think Grace is the right person for leadership - she believes praying constantly will change the country's fortunes. She constantly bangs on about “praying”. All her speeches are riddled with “God” and “praying” when pragmatism is what is needed. Grace has been badly influenced by the husband. ZanuPF is like a crate or box of rotten apples - there's little choice in rotten apples.

Musona - 9 October 2014

One sentence should read, "You would think the country is being run by a drunk 6 year-old".

Musona - 9 October 2014

Please Mai Muchinguri, give us a break! ZANU-PF has far better candidates who can be presidents than your ridiculous suggestion of Mai Mugabe. Let people decide. Do not take us for granted. Fed up!

Tony - 10 October 2014

Grace a war vet? which war did she participate in? opah rushesha has gone boot leaking. Grace, president of zimbabwe, Magama Tongogara will muka Chipoko goritoto to bunk that.

bob90machanginja - 10 October 2014

This makes very interesting reading. As I have maintained before the statement being made by Oppah is not strange at all. The reason why Mugabe never groomed a successor is simply because he had his wife in mind all along . The so called factions have been used so that Mugabe can have his way just as he used to when used to herd cattle whereupon he would remove his father's cattle from the rest of the village herd whenever he had quarrels with other boys. The man has typified selfishness from the day Zanu was formed. By a coup detat he was able to have Ndabaningi sidelined. Look at how the genuine heroes, Tekere, Sithole, Chikerema were denied burial at the Heroes Acre. All dictated by one man because the genuine heroes challenged him. It is sad that he still displays his arrogance despite the fact that circumstances including age have had a toll on him. I frankly think he has put his family in great jeopardy as there are vultures and hyenas waiting to pounce on his wife . Her life is in immense danger and surely TB Joshua's prophecy about the wife of a Southern African leader dying will come to fruit. You see the problem basically is that if you are too materialistic as Grace is and at the same time you also display symptoms of being a whore and actually live the life on one , nyadzi dzese dzinopera. You think there are no other ambitious people in ZPF whose life has been nothing but politics , who will be sidelined and accept. My prophecy is that Grace will not live to see the December Congress. Ask Border Gezi, Elliot Manyika, and a host of other politicians. The velocity at which she is propelling herselv will consume her.

rudolph - 10 October 2014

This makes very interesting reading. As I have maintained before the statement being made by Oppah is not strange at all. The reason why Mugabe never groomed a successor is simply because he had his wife in mind all along . The so called factions have been used so that Mugabe can have his way just as he used to when used to herd cattle whereupon he would remove his father's cattle from the rest of the village herd whenever he had quarrels with other boys. The man has typified selfishness from the day Zanu was formed. By a coup detat he was able to have Ndabaningi sidelined. Look at how the genuine heroes, Tekere, Sithole, Chikerema were denied burial at the Heroes Acre. All dictated by one man because the genuine heroes challenged him. It is sad that he still displays his arrogance despite the fact that circumstances including age have had a toll on him. I frankly think he has put his family in great jeopardy as there are vultures and hyenas waiting to pounce on his wife . Her life is in immense danger and surely TB Joshua's prophecy about the wife of a Southern African leader dying will come to fruit. You see the problem basically is that if you are too materialistic as Grace is and at the same time you also display symptoms of being a whore and actually live the life on one , nyadzi dzese dzinopera. You think there are no other ambitious people in ZPF whose life has been nothing but politics , who will be sidelined and accept. My prophecy is that Grace will not live to see the December Congress. Ask Border Gezi, Elliot Manyika, and a host of other politicians. The velocity at which she is propelling herselv will consume her.

rudolph - 10 October 2014

in this case, we can say zanu is a family party. instead, we may start calling the party zanu m. there would not be any difference with mdc t. its hard to comprehend what goes on in this revolutionary party. why do we become so obsessed with one family yet there are many people who can lead the country? this would be a sad scenario.

tsanga - 10 October 2014

Cry the beloved country

misodzi - 10 October 2014

I am purchasing a one way ticket out of Zim, never to return. Cannot live with this continued and persistent idiocy any longer.

connie - 10 October 2014

Cde Grace for the sake of your family dont trust Opah .Don't forget that Opah was also involved in the death of General Tongo, she was together with the late Gen in the same vehicle.She was the one who sold out. Cde Charm (Opah,Mai Tanya,Mai Rushesha,Mai Nyemba)Musatengese gwara rehondo

Nyati - 10 October 2014

Grace doctordntbe fooledby thet prostitute called opphan who triedtosnatch yohusband fromyou,cant usee that this is foolish, they want to put you as prezo then afterwards munangagwa otora cnt u see.Kana wakangwara endorse joyce and also keepthe position yako ye women's leaugue.Zvakozvethick skin izvounofa ayiaaaaa

istuta - 10 October 2014

AT least we shall have another President in the name Dr.Grace Mugabe

Philip Kamutezenga - 10 October 2014

Mhondoro dzenyika ino matikanganwa ,Mbuyanehanda Nyakasikana ,Chaminuka, Mudzimu mukuru ,Nyadenga Musikavanhu ,Mwarindidzimu , kusvika riniko tichibatwa senhapwa munyika yechiberekerwa.

stcwejente - 10 October 2014

kuseka nhamo serugare....I wonder why the media still calls her Dr Grace???? she is mbuya gire for crying out loud. she is corrupt and illiterate. the way this is going I can tell u kuti sekuru wants to hand over the reigns to her soon. Wat leadership qualities have she got??? iye akafoira kana o level chaiyo uyu........

Takaz - 10 October 2014

Grace's status as a war veteran may have been sexually transmitted to her by uncle Bob, but one thing for sure is it does not take a doctorate for one to implement good governance in this country. I am sure the late mai Sally Mugabe must be turning in her grave

Makwirameat - 10 October 2014

honestly, where is this circus leading us to. i blame the likes of munangagwa, mai mujuru and chiwenga for their silence when the country is being taken for mahumbwe. this is a nation guys and not a tuck shop. recent events happening in zanu are quite disturbing especially given that they are in power and by virtue of that they are suppossed to give the nation guidance on economic issues. they have chosen to throw away that mandate for the sake of one family that is now proving to trample on people willy-nilly. it appears grace's entry into politics has created another faction and its a pity that mujuru and munangagwa can not see the opportunity to team up and form a formidable force. magabe dynasty siyanai nayo.

haya - 10 October 2014

Have you heard? Kim Jong-un is missing. Which can only mean one thing: He has been overthrown! His little sister, Kim Yo Jong, now runs the show in the most isolated nation on Earth. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jongun-north-korea-leader-could-be-dead-ill-or-deposed--all-we-know-is-no-one-really-knows-anything-9784636.html

selele - 10 October 2014

Today, Kim Jong-un missed Workers' Party Day amid rumours he has been ousted..

selele - 10 October 2014

did jonso, emmerson and tyson get more than they bargained for now that grace has become over ambitious to become head of state. or is it that she is just being used as a front to muddy the waters and get the mujuru off balance.

cde churucheminzwa - 10 October 2014

ma1

faction - 10 October 2014

(We have been graced by the) Queen Mother, the Queen of Queens,” Muchinguri said."Oppah is coming across as a bootlicker probably looking for a better position for herself

Crocodile - 10 October 2014

this is bull shit

sinyame - 12 October 2014

Grace doctorate is not a valid doctorate she must go and sit down and study hard like what orthers are doing....... kunzi wawe Doct hazvisinyore UZ apa yashoresa

kabila - 16 October 2014

Grace doctorate is not a valid doctorate she must go and sit down and study hard like what orthers are doing....... kunzi wawe Doct hazvisinyore UZ apa yashoresa

kabila - 16 October 2014

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.