Grace, a gift to opposition

HARARE - It is said that the tallest trees catch the strongest winds and are the first to be blown over in a storm.

The First Lady, Grace Mugabe, is in all likelihood internalising the truth of this saying ever since she decided to run for high office in Zanu PF, amid the party’s ugly factional and succession wars.

Her hope then is probably that the current anarchy consuming the ruling party does not literally blow her over before her ambitious dream of succeeding her nonagenarian husband as the leader of our troubled country is realised.

But the signs are not good and she will have to do things radically different if her worst nightmares and those of her dubious party’s sponsors are not to be realised.

What is clear thus far is that she is wilting badly under the glare of the media and public spotlight that is currently trained on her, causing her to act and speak out of turn whenever she is on the big stage.

It is both pitiful and unedifying.

Firstly, Grace does not appear to understand that as the First Lady it is incumbent upon her to act as a mother figure for the whole nation, and not operate as a reckless rubble-rouser and lightweight spokeswoman of a desperate faction of Zanu PF.

In other words, Zimbabweans expect her to work, strengthen and unite the nation instead of resorting to cheap politicking, vacuous name-calling and unbecoming attacks on opposition leaders and her supposed opponents within Zanu PF as she is so regularly fond of doing.

Secondly, it is also time that she realised that while all Zimbabweans are free to dream about leading the country, it is definitely inappropriate that the First Family should be seen to be plotting a dynasty of family leaders for our troubled country, particularly given her husband’s less than stellar record in power.

Indeed it has been under Mugabe’s watch that Zimbabweans have witnessed the terrible massacres of innocent civilians in Matabeleland and the Midlands in the early 1980s, the callous Murambatsvina demolitions of the mid-2000s, the savage murders of opposition supporters after he was beaten hands down by Morgan Tsvangirai in the disputed 2008 presidential election, as well as the record inflation and economic anarchy of 2007/2008.

Perhaps it is not too late to hope that Grace and her sponsors will soon realise the folly of her over-weaning ambition and gracefully (no pun intended) opt out of formal politics.

For now though, she is like an early Christmas gift for the country’s beleaguered opposition who probably are wishing cantankerously that she realises her ill-advised political adventure as the country hurtles towards 2018!

Comments (7)

All zimbabweans no that they is one troubled political party in the country and that is zanu . For you to try and paint the opposition as being in trouble is big hallucinating . May be you are not leaving in the country that is why you think the opposition is in disorder . The opposition is intact whether you like it or not that is the situation . In fact the opposition is more mature than zanu eg look at how MDC T dealt with sellouts so easy not this madness which is emanating from zanu. Please give the opposition a break.

Diibulaanyika - 11 October 2014

This is so true as demonstrated by the fact that even state media such as ZBC (zanu broadcasting corporation), Chronicle & Herald are not focusing on and rubbishing Tsvangirai as much as they used to do, thanks to Ms Don't Take Photo.

Khumalo - 11 October 2014

Can someone brief the nation how Grace Mugabe got to acquire Harare land owned by the Dutch Reformed Church and meant to house an enlarged Eaglesvale College. We also want to know how the leader of the Mnangangwa faction, Grace Mugabe, acquired in 2014 the last farm, the only farm in Zimbabwe belonging to the Dutch Reformed Church for her purposes. How much land does this novice politician really need Comrade Jonathan Moyo? Please

Grracelands - 12 October 2014

moyo akati anoda kudestroya zanu from within and that is exactly what he is doing. he does not care who will succeed the president. his interest is to get rid of the party all together. thats why he is using the first lady to challenges the other lady. whether this would work as is purpoted by muchunguri is another day's talk. the sure thing is, zanu as a party is more threatened than ever before thanks to jonso's trickeries.

taurai - 12 October 2014

mai mugabe ndizvo, regai vatonge, mai mujuru varikutonga vari vice president

gumbo - 13 October 2014

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Observer - 14 October 2014

No. Grace is not a gift to the opposition as the opposition is irrelevant in Zimbabwe since there can never be free elections. So, the opposition is the one that is irrelevant.

clement moyo - 14 October 2014

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