First Lady wades into Zapu wrangle

BULAWAYO - First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday waded into the fight for the vice presidency post under the Zapu card, ordering those vying for the position to respect the Unity Accord.

Speaking during one of her “Thank You” rallies at Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane, Grace said internal fights for positions were disturbing ahead of the party’s crucial December congress.

For the past few months, posturing and self-positioning has created acrimony amongst comrades formerly led by the late Joshua Nkomo.

Some of the candidates who have indicated their interest in filling the post left vacant after the death of John Landa Nkomo include Simon Khaya-Moyo, Kembo Mohadi, Ambrose Mutinhiri,

Naison Kutshwekhaya and former Zimbabwean ambassador to South Africa Phelekezela Mphoko.

“I realise that because of the Unity Accord that was signed between Zanu and Zapu it states that a vice president should come from this side,” said Grace.

“But kana takuti tese tinoda  tichinokanda mazita tirikuwona kuti kuwirirana hapasisina (But if we all want the post and are canvassing, we realise there is no consensus).”

She, however, said the competition arising from the ugly fights was actually making the late nationalist and former Vice President John Nkomo turn in his grave.

“I don’t think Nkomo wherever he is can rest peacefully if there is disunity in the party,” she said ordering the concerned members to honour the Unity Accord.

President Robert Mugabe’s wife described the wrangle as the highest level of disrespecting each other amongst the former Zapu cadres.

“What this means is even the people we lead are not going to respect us and that will also bring confusion,” said Grace, adding that it was fuelling factionalism in Zanu PF

“We stand in numbers for one position and this is what is causing divisions. Like adults who are directors of the party, you should have sat down and discussed the matter.”

The fired up Grace, who was wearing a no nonsense face, lambasted the party members for going to the media to announce their interest in taking certain positions at congress.

“You can be older than me but let’s have wisdom.....there is an English saying which goes ‘do not wash your dirty linen in public,’ she said.

Grace lambasted party members for using the press to settle scores.

Earlier, addressing the same gathering, Oppah Muchinguri, said the reason why the Women’s League decided to rope in Grace was because there were people keen to topple the president.

“In the Women’s League, we had people who divided us so that they could take over the position of President Mugabe and that we refused,” she said, adding that the organisation was now being used by certain individuals to enhance their chances at the December congress.

However, as has become the norm, hired Zanu PF youths, who have been attending all rallies by Grace, taunted party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa through their now common slogan “pasi ne Gamatox”.

Some of the senior Zanu PF members who attended the event include Temba Mliswa, Obert Mpofu, Andrew Langa, Patrick Zhuwawo, Jonathan Moyo and Khaya-Moyo among others.

Comments (8)

There is gross disrespect here, when will we allow our leader to rest? You busy at each other's throats instead of showing cause that you mature and give confidence that President can safely rest at his home. He seriously needs that but you are letting him down. Wasakara he wants to rest, so grow up and allow him to hand over!

UNCLE REAL - 15 October 2014

nothing new. Ran out of steam

dr matibili - 15 October 2014

So no person from zapu can be president only deputies blood huge kak .

Diibulaanyika - 15 October 2014

Five people want to be Vice President, and only one wants to be the President! No wonder the first lady thinks this is weird. Its unusual indeed. Only in Zim

Nduna - 15 October 2014

Please just be respectful for once and allow Dr Nkomo a deserved rest.Where does he come in?Zivai zvokupanana maDegree and leave the dead alone.

Matilda - 16 October 2014

It's amazing how everyone vying for the V.p position is described as a back stabber,Isn't this the democracy that Zanu pf sings about, why cant 5 people vie for a position???Because we are so used to placing people into undeserved positions.

Zimbabwe is dead - 16 October 2014

I honestly pray for all Zimbabweans as you are certainly to get another president Mugabe, this one will be a woman. Will the army salute her? We wait and see!

Jai - 16 October 2014

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