Grace's venom continues

BULAWAYO - First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday embarrassed Zanu PF’s Bulawayo provincial chairman, Callistus Ndlovu, when she scoffed at his claims that there was no factionalism in the province’s party structures.

Addressing hundreds of party supporters at Amazulu Stadium here, Grace dismissed as utterly false the claims made by Ndlovu.

“Here in Bulawayo, allow me to say we don't have factions,” Ndlovu said in his welcoming speech to the First Lady.

“All the people here work together. But since people are not like water which flows in one direction, there are instances where there are disagreements.

“We agree that people are allowed to have different views over issues but the big thing is Zanu PF is our surname. We never joined Zanu PF to fight but we did so to work together.”

In a response, Grace who talked up the unity love and peace brought about by the Unity Accord signed between PF Zapu and Zanu  in 1987, scoffed at the chairman’s claims.

“Ndambobvunza kuti pane factionalism here zvikanzi hakuna. Inhema dzekupedzisira. Ndidzonhema dzisiri kudiwa nevanhu idzodzo. Nhema chaidzo (I asked if ever there is factionalism in the province and they said no. But those are utter lies loathed by the people),” she said .

Grace said the positioning and posturing for the second vice president’s post was factionalism in its own right.

“Please do not concentrate on dividing the people,” she said. “You will never make it here in Bulawayo.

“This is an urban area. We do understand all your problems. If your problems are not addressed, Zanu PF will not have much recognition here.

“Unity is the one that brought peace, the love that we are witnessing and living in harmony as we are but here in Bulawayo, Bulawayo Bulawayo, what is wrong with Bulawayo? KoBulawayo what is wrong?” she asked rhetorically.

Grace said during Zanu PF's rally in the city towards the July 31, 2013 harmonised elections, the Bulawayo leadership promised President Robert Mugabe that they were going to sweep all the seats, but to the contrary the party dismally lost all the seats.

“Takabva tichifara  tichiti tichatora ma ‘seats’ ese but tikazoti toteerera ma results achiitwa announce  tikati yowee, vatora maseats ese (We left here happy that we were going to win all the seats, but after the election results were announced, we discovered all the seats had been taken by the MDC). We were shocked but we are talking of unity of purpose,” she said.

She urged the entire Bulawayo leadership to be truthful and know what exactly they needed.

“When the Unity Accord was signed, it was all about uniting two parties, Zapu and Zanu,” she said. “It was agreed then that there was one united party. But what I am witnessing is that zvinhu zvirikuramba zvakawoma muno muBulawayo (the situation is still tough here).

“This is because that is where most of the leadership lives; the leadership that is not showing unity of purpose.  You say we want unity and yet on the other hand you want to have Zapu.”

Grace said it was factionalism that has immensely contributed to the party losing elections in the second largest city.

“What I am seeing here is a leadership inongoti pangu pangu (self-centred leadership). If there was solidarity and unity of purpose, I was not going to see five names emerging in the newspapers vying for the vice presidency.”

She said lack of unity of purpose among the local leadership was the main reason why the city had perennial problems.

“So far here in Bulawayo there are problems. You (leadership) are the ones who create these problems. Hakuna kumboti chii?  Vanhu zivai kuti ma problems anobva kumusoro kuno uku. Ndokwaanobva nokuti dai ma leaders akabatana vachitarisana nechinhu chimwe chete I don’t think we could be talking of shortage of water, potholes, madzimai arikutambudzika vachitorerwa misika namapurisa (The problems are emanating from the leadership, there is no unity of purpose otherwise there would be no shortages of water, there would be no potholes, women suffering, women losing their wares to cops).”

She warned that the day of reckoning would come. The event saw youth leaders, senior party members including Oppah Muchinguri and Grace again rehearsing the “pasi ne Gamatox” slogan.

However, while cheers came from the tent where youth leaders were seated each time the gamatox slogan was chanted, supporters could be seen perplexed about its meaning.

Meanwhile, Grace also praised her husband’s tolerance towards some inept Cabinet ministers whom she said were failing to execute their duties effectively.

She said the president was a tolerant individual.

“I know Baba Mugabe (I know the president well) and I live with him,” she said. “I personally know the president and I am one honest person and I stand by the truth.

“If that wasn't true I would not be here wasting my time but the president is very calm, he loves and respects the people. 

“The people that I live with know that I am an honest person, ask them I don't lie.”

Grace said she was updated as to whom the best and worst performing ministers in the Cabinet were.

“I talk from an informed position and I know everyone who knows their job very well and who those don’t.

“But when we meet we just greet and respect them but at times I say to the president the lenience is enough,” she said.

With most ministers appointed by Mugabe having proved failures in resuscitating the moribund economy, Grace feels something has to be done.

“We want people to be appointed on merit, we want people who will work for us and there are people in Zanu PF who can do the job even better,” she said.

Grace criticised leaders fanning factionalism; a practice that she said should be stopped immediately.

Comments (32)

if the first lady is an honest woman as she claim please tell us when did she started that affair with the president. What really happened to her first marriage . Is it true that the president loves people ? if it is true why did he allowed people butchering during gukurahundi time why did he allow murdering of innocent people in 2008 because of political difference GRIRE please do not take us as fools

mr honest - 16 October 2014

Will somebody please explain to the First Lady that she is yet to be officially appointed the leader of the ZANU PF Women's League and the roles that come with that position. It needs to be clearly pointed out that she is NOT the Prime Minister who oversees Ministers' performances. And also that her duties will not include shouting at all those in the other camp and in opposition parties whose opinions differ from hers and spin doctoring for her husband telling us what a Saint he is when we know otherwise.

Dr Know - 16 October 2014

If u were so honest why telling us. We need to judge for ourselves. Where is your husband whilst u go around spitting your venom everywhere? We have never heard Mai Mujuru doing this. She is a respectable woman of values. Are you now the self appointed Spokeswoman to the President.?When were you appointed? By who? All these questions need an answer

Chakachaya - 16 October 2014

Iyo nyaya yekuti "First Lady" ndeyenhando. Hapana chinemusoro chaari kutaura apo Grace. Murume wake haana chaanizva. Tatambura naye Mugabe. What use are his degrees? Kana Idi Amin aive nani pa economy. Mahumbwe chaiwo.

Mer - 16 October 2014

There was a competition in some city in Europe where they set up a trophy for the most humble person in that city. The panel shortlisted two, and the judges picked the eventual "winner." But to his amazement they told the unfortunate young man that humble people do not parade/publicize their humbleness. Those that don't lie or are honest or grab other peoples properties don't spend time advertising the fact. There was a Cold Storage Commission advert some time ago that went..."Nyama inonaka inotaura yega"

charles nyaradzai gono - 16 October 2014

To all politicians be it zanu or MDC T pliz when you get to a place where people do not speak same language like you try by all means to speak their language no matter how broken it will be try it . This makes people feel that you are part of them . If you just speak in your language that shows you do not care about them and that shows ukudelela at its best .Remember the late great Mandela once said if you speak to people in the language they understand it goes into the head but if you speak in their language it goes into their harts . In zIm tuula mabaula , tholebeleka , to amba siyakhuluma ,tino taura . bulabula ,riya buwa , Only those who are old fashioned and stupid can think they are better than other zimbabweans

Diibulaanyika - 16 October 2014

Those that advise these politicians should be telling them to try and speak in the native language of the locals, but HEY!!! they are even afraid of giving their bosses correct advice because they fear for their lives!!! Cry beloved Zimbabwe!! Even interpreting would be better than this assumption that everyone understands your dialect!!!

charles nyaradzai gono - 16 October 2014

mdidi yenu grace lo mugabe, futsek

melusi - 16 October 2014

Those that advise these politicians should be telling them to try and speak in the native language of the locals, but HEY!!! they are even afraid of giving their bosses correct advice because they fear for their lives!!! Cry beloved Zimbabwe!! Even interpreting would be better than this assumption that everyone understands your dialect!!!

charles nyaradzai gono - 16 October 2014

This is what happens when we allow ourselves to be ruled by people who are immoral and stupid.

Tekeshe Tsuro - 16 October 2014

“Grace said she was updated as to whom the best and worst performing ministers in the Cabinet were”! “best performing ministers” among this inept lot? A cabinet full of toadies. Mugabe is not in a person to appraise anyone because his ineptness is legendary - the man who masterminded a world record rate of inflation. The fact that they are unable to see that their administration is dysfunctional is worrying. They have no shame at all. If Mugabe “loves people” as Grace is saying why then did he send his Fifth Brigade to massacre unarmed civilians in Gukurahundi? That is a bizarre way of showing love for the people. The best she could have done when she was in Matabeleland was to apologise for her husband's crimes in Gukurahundi.

Musona - 16 October 2014

One sentence shoud read "Mugabe is not in a position to appraise anyone because his ineptness is legendary - the man who masterminded a world record rate of inflation" - that will take some beating.

Musona - 16 October 2014

“The people that I live with know that I am an honest person, ask them I don't lie.” Iwe Gire usandisekese..

lol - 17 October 2014

How can a failed form 2 dandahead and harlot for that matter think she can make any meaningful statement

mamoyo - 17 October 2014

Those who live in glass houses must not throw stones. We know that the Mugabe looters own 2 mines in Marange. We are not fools. Save us the rubbish for goodness sake

chimuti - 17 October 2014

Where is the President?

Malaika waMalaika - 17 October 2014

If Zimbabwe had a real leader she wouldn't be in the state she is in now - so what is Grace talking about - from the top to the bottom, Zimbabwe is dead. We inherited a very strong economy from the white government which we destroyed and some people are not even qualified to talk about how to be good blaah blaah. Grace is trying to protect her interests just like everybody else in Zanu PF - not that they want anything good for the country. If you were to measure the progress of the lives of Zimbabweans in figures out of 10 - it would be that whites left us 4 at independence and the black government has put us at minus 6. That is instead of moving towards 10 to be may be at 9, we are below 1 at minus 6 - 10 points backwards,

clemet moyo - 17 October 2014

We do not salute those witjhout war credentials hehehe now the chickens are coming home to roost but i didnt realise that Mother was a defacto Prime Minister running the show handei ku Congress akomana tinakirwe

protestor - 17 October 2014

ndikudzoka grace tiza.

rex nhongo - 17 October 2014

Grace why do you want to stay blind like so many others all you will inhered is a broke and and very dirty and stinking country just open your eyes wide and look around you 40 years ago it was still clean

jack - 17 October 2014

bob marley said Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny, And in this judgement there is no partiality. Africans a-liberate (Zimbabwe), yeah. No more internal power struggle; We come together to overcome the little trouble. Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary, 'Cause I don't want my people to be contrary. And, brother, you're right, you're right, LYou're right, you're right, you're so right! We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight) We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! Mash it up in-a (Zimbabwe); Natty trash it in-a (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); I'n'I a-liberate Zimbabwe. (Brother, you're right,) you're right, You're right, you're right, you're so right! We gon' fight (we gon' fight), we'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), We gonna fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! To divide and rule could only tear us apart; In everyman chest, mm - there beats a heart. So soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries; And I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries. Brother, you're right, you're right, You're right, you're right, you're so right! We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight), We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! Natty trash it in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Mash it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Set it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Natty dub it in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). Set it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Every man got a right to decide his own destiny. (end)

tj - 17 October 2014

bob marley said Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny, And in this judgement there is no partiality. Africans a-liberate (Zimbabwe), yeah. No more internal power struggle; We come together to overcome the little trouble. Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary, 'Cause I don't want my people to be contrary. And, brother, you're right, you're right, LYou're right, you're right, you're so right! We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight) We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! Mash it up in-a (Zimbabwe); Natty trash it in-a (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); I'n'I a-liberate Zimbabwe. (Brother, you're right,) you're right, You're right, you're right, you're so right! We gon' fight (we gon' fight), we'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), We gonna fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! To divide and rule could only tear us apart; In everyman chest, mm - there beats a heart. So soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries; And I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries. Brother, you're right, you're right, You're right, you're right, you're so right! We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight), We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! Natty trash it in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Mash it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Set it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Natty dub it in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). Set it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Every man got a right to decide his own destiny. (end)

tj - 17 October 2014

bob marley said Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny, And in this judgement there is no partiality. Africans a-liberate (Zimbabwe), yeah. No more internal power struggle; We come together to overcome the little trouble. Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary, 'Cause I don't want my people to be contrary. And, brother, you're right, you're right, LYou're right, you're right, you're so right! We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight) We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! Mash it up in-a (Zimbabwe); Natty trash it in-a (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); I'n'I a-liberate Zimbabwe. (Brother, you're right,) you're right, You're right, you're right, you're so right! We gon' fight (we gon' fight), we'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), We gonna fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! To divide and rule could only tear us apart; In everyman chest, mm - there beats a heart. So soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries; And I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries. Brother, you're right, you're right, You're right, you're right, you're so right! We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight), We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights! Natty trash it in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Mash it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Set it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Natty dub it in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). Set it up in-a Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Africans a-liberate Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Every man got a right to decide his own destiny. (end)

tj - 17 October 2014

Grace is Sarajevo. Something is about to happen. Do you remember the Sarajevo assassination which was said to have caused the first world war. The powder that finally exploded in August 1914 had been gradually accumulating for the past 20 years, all Europe needed was a spark to start the war hence the Sarajevo Incident. Therefore I feel Grace is the Sarajevo.

Muchandiona - 17 October 2014

hapana zvinozivikanwa apa

nduku - 17 October 2014

our hero bob marley was right, he should be here now to see this.

conciousman - 17 October 2014

KuHerald uko havadi kuti tiise macomments edu, vachadya izvozvo. manje tino verenga todzoka kuzotaura zvatinofunga kuno,next time i will quote Journalist wacho kuti abva aziva kuti comment iri pano ndeyake.I know they come and read your stories and comments here too. Ko DailyNews makabva matyiswawo futi namother kuRudhaka, keep telling us the news remember initially they tried to stop you saying there is no factionalism now its open, keep reminding that lady kuti wakapinda mumarriage yemumwe iye ari padeathbed, that's what she donesn't want to be reminded, keep reminding her please musambotyiswe izvi hazvisi zvekunyepa izvi,we can calculate Bona's age and Robert jnr's age and check the details, musatyiswe please, tell her kuti angazoigona kuitonga Zim here iye akatiza murume.

Gumbura - 18 October 2014

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