You can kill me - Grace

MUTARE - The First Lady Grace Mugabe, who has openly declared her interest to succeed her 90-year-old husband, President Robert Mugabe, yesterday came up with another bizarre allegation — this time claiming that there were people in Zanu PF out to assassinate her.

Addressing thousands of people gathered at a rally in Sakubva Stadium, Grace continued with her not-so-subtle insults targeted at Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters, and dared unnamed “vultures” to kill her and fulfil their wishes.

Scoffing at an unnamed individual from a rival faction whom she said had written a list of people he/she wanted to be in the party’s politburo and who allegedly and cowardly was using the media to communicate this to Mugabe, Grace said if she died, then God would have allowed that to happen.

Before she spoke, rival youths engaged in violence and a fierce war of words just behind the VIP tent.

The violence pitted youths bused from Harare and other areas against Mutare youths who took offence to insults directed at party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa.

Grace said: “Hazvina mhosva nyangwe ukandiuraya, inenge yakwana nguva yangu nekuti ini kufa kwangu handiurayiwe nemunhu asi Mwari kana angoti ndife ndizvozvo (I don’t care if you kill me, my time would be up any way because no human being has control over my life but if God permits me to die that will be it),” the First Lady said.

“Nekuti…nekuti…veduwee mapepa iwayo anenge ane list yevanhu achiti isu isu tatosara list yedu yepolitburo hehehehehe zvinosekesa. Izvo ndinosekawo nekuti iwe ukaita list yako chauri kutya chii kuzoiisa mupepa. Ko Mugabe akasaiona? Inenge iri intended kuti Mugabe aione. Enda kwaari uti ndauya neyangu iyi. (There is a list of people this person has chosen to be in the politburo. This is laughable. After compiling your list why are you afraid of just taking it to Mugabe himself. Just go to him straight and tell him that this the list I have made).

“Anokuudza kuti code of conduct hauizivi here. The way vanhu yavanoapoindiwa hauizivi here? Iwe! Hehehehe tichaonerera gore rino. Tichaona chekuona! (He will ask you if you don’t know the party’s code of conduct and if you don’t know the process that needs to be followed for people to be appointed into office. We will see a lot this year.),” Grace said.

With Mujuru and Mnangagwa faction members sitting in two different tents, the First Lady surprisingly tore into both camps, warning them against using her to settle their deep-seated differences.

“I don’t want anyone to see me as theirs…I have thought long about this and realised that if I’m not careful, I will be used. There are people who have their scores to settle, but don’t try to use me to settle your scores,” she said.

Targeting the top Zanu PF leadership, she said at 49 she is now mature enough to know when she is about to be used to settle personal scores.

“I want to remind you especially at the top. You should know that I’m a mature woman now. l’m 50 soon,” she said.

Among others, the rally was attended by Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, who was in the same tent with alleged Mnangagwa faction members ministers Jonathan Moyo, Joseph Made, Supa Mandiwanzira and Ignatius Chombo.

Other top party stalwarts like Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa, among those said to belong to the Mujuru faction, sat in another tent.

Outgoing Women’s League Secretary Oppah Muchinguri said party members were no longer free to interact among themselves for fear of being given tags of belonging to one faction or the other.

“We have reached a point in our party where we are no longer able to greet each other without being labelled as members of one faction or the other,” Muchinguri said.

She said Manicaland was notorious for producing Mugabe’s opponents in the party, naming the late Edgar Tekere and Mavambo/Kusile leader Simba Makoni in the process, while in the opposition ranks she named the late Abel Muzorewa, Arthur Mutambara and Morgan Tsvangirai in a long list that omitted Lovemore Madhuku and the late Ndabaningi Sithole.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF Harare and Manicaland Provincial Youth League executive members clashed before the rally started, with embattled Harare Youth League chairperson Godwin Gomwe claiming he had been assaulted in the skirmishes.

Manicaland Youth league secretary for administration, Sheila Mutsenyu, who allegedly led the charge at the Harare Youth League executive members, however rubbished Gomwe’s claims saying the clash was restricted to harsh verbal skirmishes after the visitors had booed Mutasa and Manicaland provincial chairperson, John Mvundura.

“Gomwe is mobilising bouncers he brought to Mutare and they booed Nyati (Mutasa’s totem) and Mvundura achiti pasi neGamatox (down with Gamatox). As youths, we are the vanguard of the party and we cannot remain silent when our leaders are being abused. 

“We only had a heated exchange but no one was assaulted,” Mutsenyu said.

Mutsenyu gained notoriety last year after she stripped naked in front of US Ambassador Bruce Wharton.

Two years earlier, she had also brazenly and embarrassingly urinated at the Daily News offices in Harare, accusing the top newspaper of being too critical of Zanu PF.

Comments (18)

These Grace rallies are generating more heat than light. Never a dull moment. The more confusion and trepidation Grace causes the better. Anything causing instability in ZanuPF is more than welcome news to all of us.

Musona - 11 October 2014

Grace Mugabe cannot be president with the way she acts. She is not diplomatic and soon she will be taken out by some in ZANU PF if she continues insulting people. This also shows that Bob has lost control of ZANU PF affairs when people are openly tearing each other apart and he can't stop even his own wife. Seriously who would want a president like that if her intention is to lead Zimbabwe yet she can't be diplomatic? Yes, anyone can see that Mnangagwa is trying to use her for his personal gains and, he has the support of the army even though he lacks grassroots support. Bob will kick the bucket soon and Grace will have to run.

Chokwadi - 12 October 2014

Yangowe njakenjake muZANU. Bob is senile, frail and also confused. He created this nonsense. Rovanai again and again. Soon we will have not factions but break-ways. There is nothing left in ZANU anyway...rangova obsession yezita kuti ZANU. Can the so called factions just form other parties and call them ZISO, Zhara or whatever!! Give us a break please. Grace shut the f*** up . This is not running an orphanage.

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john - 12 October 2014

Grace is only talking too much because her bully husband is still alive - once Mugabe is gone she will face a torrent of criticism. She will not have a free rein as she is having now. Instead of being a voice of reason and conciliation she is causing more divisions by her unguarded utterances. If Solomon Mujuru were alive today I don't think Grace or Muchinguri would be saying all these things about Joice Mujuru. The same will happen to Grace when Mugabe is gone.

Musona - 12 October 2014

the problem is those who are aspiring for leadership are not doing anything that suggest that they want to rule the country. Unless those of the likes of mujurus and mnangagwa's wake up, we will be ruled by the first lady. its a zanu problem of accepting whatever the first family proposes. they dont have the guts to say no. sometimes it is important to draw a line. in this case, it seems zanu people are happy with the first lady taking over.

taurai - 12 October 2014

Why has that lady all of a sudden risen to political eminence, its clear that she has the backing of the Mnangagwa faction, the more she opens her mouth the more the more everyone realises her political shallowness and mind on top of a flawed doctorate.

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And Mugabe is laughing watching all this drama. Manheru oti 'yah madam wamboita kuti ma Zimbo akanganwe nhamo, keep going, good work.' Apa venhamo vachidhashurana.

Maita Manyuka - 13 October 2014

Serious now, ZanuPf nolonger has anybody in control angove ma declarations and declarations from all quarters and angles, the center cannot hold now.

Maita Manyuka - 13 October 2014

Whats wrong whet that.??????????????????

jack - 13 October 2014

Mai Mugabe has become very influential and powerful in the past few weeks While her messages have mainly been targeted towards the Party I propose that she also tackles economic isssues. She must encourage the buy Zimbabwe campaign by encouraging women to purchase locally produced items, such as soaps, cooking oils, chickens, clothes, tomatoes etc from supermarkets inorder to create employment for their husbands. She must encourage large supermarkets to enter into partnership vertical integration relationships with people from Mutoko, Domboshawa to grow tomatoes and assist them with training, packaging etc. She must encourage them to buy blankets from Bulawayo blanket manufacturers, Agricultural implements from local manufacturers, Fridges and radios from local assemblers. She must condemn why it has taken this long to reopen Zisco. Mrs Mugabe must of necessity use her growing influence to speed up construction of the Beitbridge - Chirundu road. In short she must also touch on economic revival issues.

Kambiri - 13 October 2014

What this woman really lacks and needs is a good hard fuck!

Johno - 13 October 2014

Let's hope they succeed...

zimbo - 13 October 2014

Kwaaaaaaaaa @ Johno

Demon - 13 October 2014

Mortal talking about death is noble. Liking it or not it will don one day.

liberty shungu - 14 October 2014

Mai should try and address real ecomomic challenges being faced especally by woman.

SVODAI - 15 October 2014

Mutsenyu une demon rechihure rinofungira kuti ungarare nemurungu go to hell

mukanya - 16 October 2014

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