Time for Mugabe to rein in Grace

HARARE - Zimbabweans know from experience that things are dire in their country when even the bastions of Zanu PF’s propaganda apparatus feel obliged to report that heavily armed police stopped supporters from demonstrating against President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, when the First Family returned from their Rome vacation on Tuesday.

According to State media, Zanu PF’s Harare provincial executive allegedly hired five kombis to demonstrate against the First Lady at the Harare International Airport for her recent and unrestrained attacks on Vice President Joice Mujuru as the party’s ugly factional and succession wars continue to escalate.

And here we need to quote The Herald verbatim and in detail to illustrate the extent of the crisis.

“Their plan flopped after vigilant security details thwarted the intended demonstration by stopping them from accessing the VIP enclosure. The youths were wielding placards with messages like: Tichapedzerana (we will sort you out), Dirai Rese Gamatox (intensify the poison), Pasi nemakuhwa (down with gossip), and NaJonso Tichapedzerana (We will deal with Jonso — colloquial for Prof Jonathan Moyo),” the paper lamented.

No sane Zimbabwean can argue that it is not a very serious situation when security details have to ensure that citizens do not get anywhere near the country’s leader at the airport, as is the custom when he returns from his foreign trips.

All this because they rightly fear that violence could break out among rival factions and that some Zanu PF supporters might protest against Grace, who has stoked unprecedented tension in the party with her sensational allegations against Mujuru.

As if all this was not bad enough, Grace made matters worse on Tuesday when she snubbed Mujuru for the second time and declined to shake the beleaguered VP’s welcoming hand — all this in broad daylight and in the full glare of State media cameras who were the only ones allowed to capture the charade.

This is the reason why we are appealing to Mugabe, in the interest of our country, Zanu PF and the nonagenarian himself, to break his silence on this worsening crisis and move quickly to rein in his marauding wife.

Our fear is that if Mugabe does not heed this advice urgently, he will reinforce the unfortunate and dangerous perception that he fully approves of all the ill-advised statements that are being made by his wife on him, Mujuru and Zanu PF, as well as on sensitive matters of State and government.

Indeed, it would be tragic if the president continued to tolerate the impression that he has abdicated his responsibilities to the people of Zimbabwe, in deference to his wife, and that he condones the disparaging remarks that she is making about his party and government subordinates whom he appointed.

In the same vein, we also implore Mugabe to act hard on the real factionalists in his party who are hypocritically getting carried away by Grace’s untested allegations against Mujuru, including those relating to corruption and alleged abuse of office.

Indeed, and without condoning malfeasance, many similar allegations have been made against Mugabe and the first lady herself, as well as against party strongmen such as Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Local Government minister Ignatious Chombo, Water minister Savior Kasukuwere and Transport minister Obert Mpofu among others.


So what makes the allegations against Mujuru so different as to warrant different treatment?

While we are at it, any person or would-be leader who is incapable of practising the most basic of human and diplomatic etiquette such as shaking another person’s hand is a lost cause, and has no business whatsoever aspiring to a high national political office.

It would be a very sad day if all political leaders in Zimbabwe were to stoop as low as Mrs Mugabe has gone in her disdain for her perceived enemies, as the consequences of such backward and irresponsible behaviour are too ghastly to contemplate.

Comments (16)

As of now, Grace is separating boys from men. We will see. Pane varume here apo.

Dirai Rese Gamatox - 23 October 2014

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE!!!! MUGABE HAS NO REASON TO REIGN IN GRACE BECAUSE SHE IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE ASKED HER TO DO. HE WAS NOT MAN ENOUGH TO SAY THESE THINGS HIMSELF SO HE GOT THE TSHOLOTSHO BRIGADE TO HIGHER HIS WIFE AS THE ASSASIN. JUST WATCH AND SEE. DO YOU THINK IT WAS A COINCIDENSE THAT NGWENA ENDED UP NOT GOING TO TSHOLOTSHO TO JOIN HIS BOYS IN 2005??? BOB KNEW THAT AFTER GENERAL MUJURU'S THREATS AT POLITIBURO AND THE RESOLUTION TO PUNISH THOSE IN TSHOLOTSHO, BOB ADVISED NGWENA NOT TO GO OR ELSE HE WOULD BE FORCED TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIM TOO. DONT BE FOOLED. BOB HAS BEEN PART OF THE PLAN ALL THIS TIME AND WHEN GENERAL MUJURU WAS ELIMINATED, THAT CAMP WAS FINISHED. THEY ONLY HAD TO WAIT FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO POUNCE. ENTER CHRIS MUTSWANGWA TO START THE ATTACKS, THEN GRACE IS ROPPED IN TO FINISH THE JOB. WHY DO YOU THINK NOTHING WAS DONE TO CHRIS AFTER DIGGING INTO MUJURU AND MUTASA, AND PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD OF ALL PAPERS??? A JUNIOR PARTY MEMBER AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL TAKING SUCH A DIG AT SENIORS WITH IMPUNITY?? VIVA DINYANI VIVA!!!! VIVA TSHOLOTSHO VIVA!!!!!!

SHIBOBO - 23 October 2014

President Mugabe probably thinks Grace is the best thing after toasted bread and so why would he choose to reign his beautiful young wife in? She is doing her best to protect the family's interests after he is gone, why would he choose our interests over his own family's? Think about that. In all the 34 years he is been at the helm, do you think he has served the majority's interests more than his own? And he did tell us the other time that the only person he trusts is his wife! What a bitter pill to swallow.

Dr Know - 23 October 2014

“No sane Zimbabwean can argue that it is not a very serious situation when security details have to ensure that citizens do not get anywhere near the country's leader at the airport, as is the custom when he returns from his foreign trips” - absolute garbage. Ridiculous. I don't think there is anything sane about wasting petrol going to airport to bid Mugabe farewell in the morning and stay late to welcome Mugabe. Pointless exercise. Why is it done? Who said it was the national custom? It is a ZanuPF custom by bootlickers. It's a silly custom to be honest. Only done in Third World totalitarian societies. What do you mean it is a very serious situation? Serious in which way? What benefits odes the nation get by going to the airport to greet the leader who is clueless? You don't know what you are talking about. You are very backward. This is a nauseating and primitive practice.

Musona - 23 October 2014

One sentence should read, "What benefits does the nation get by people going to the airport to greet the leader who is clueless?"

Musona - 23 October 2014

ingotaurai hasha dzenyu changamire. smith aitambirwa wani. zvimwe zvezvinhu zvirikuitwa na mugabe smith aizviita. for your own take, this does not only happen in zimbabwe - many coutries do the same. ruvengo rwenyu rwakanyanya sekuru. third world pese pese. endai munogara ku hingirandi kana musingadi zvemu zim.

taurai - 23 October 2014

The practice or 'custom' of forcing marching people to airports, stadia, heroes' acre or rallies; and deploying armed security personnel to prevent them from leaving is wrong. If we can learn anything from Grace 's antics in the pas few days or weeks, it is that is ok to defy authority. By refusing to shake the VP's hand, I hope the dim wit, albeit without intending it, showed that it is possible to refuse to bow down to other mortals all the freaking time. Rambai wanhu. If Grace say dzokai mhani imi, rambai like the women in Matebleland did.

Farai - 23 October 2014

Mugabe can not stop grace maybe he is even getting beaten up at home, the man is old maybe even senile at times

Harare - 23 October 2014

No sane person can say Mugabe must rein on his wife when he actually sent her to deliver the message .That is ridiculous no way can Mugabe do that .

Diibulaanyika - 23 October 2014

It is only in one or two primitive Third World tinpot tyrannies where people go to the airport to greet a leader or bid a leader farewell going away for a day or two. Ian Smith rarely went out of Rhodesia. On the few occasions he did there was no such primitive ceremonies of automaton ministers lining to give him a send off. That never ever happened. White people do not behave in such a primitive and pointless manner. There is no reason for it. The other country where it used to happen was in backward Malawi under Banda. White leaders are no ostentatious like black leaders. Why is it done? Nauseating.

Musona - 23 October 2014

Smith was man enough he dealt with political problems in the country without involving his wife. Not at one time did we hear Smith 's wife mingling in politics .

Diibulaanyika - 23 October 2014

Why should Mugabe rein in Grace? When Mugabe trashes Tsvangirai, noone talks about the need to rein in Mugabe. When Tsvangirai trashes Mugabe, noone talks about the need to rein in Tsvangirai. When Sikhala trashes Biti, noone talks about the need to rein in Sikhala. When Makoni trashes Mugabe, noone talks about the need to rein in Makoni. When Mutasa trashes Makoni, noone talks about the need to rein in Mutasa. What has become so special now to warrant the reining in of Grace? Isn't local politics all about transhing each other?

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Flixcom Solutions - 24 October 2014

We do not have to forget the Ugandan Politics in our yesterday years. Where is that First Family of the well known Idi Amin. At that time it was great news all over the world but my question is the same Businesses that were taken away from those Asians they only enjoyed for a while then had to pack there bags and start leaving in Exile where there were no Motorcades and no Security. Also remember our brother Mengistu what happened in Etheopia ask yourself this question ,do you think he doesn't want to enjoy all those Motorcades and strong Security presence. The Bible say Jesus was saying in the book of Mathew there will be no stone that will remain sitting on top of other stones. Which no Oppression can rule forever. One day this will be a laughable History where people wil even be laughing in Buses going to work. When everything will be called History. Even the Pope will be saying whom are you referring to?

Karigamombe - 24 October 2014

In as much as I do not agree with what the first lady says, I prefer to see the positives in this whole fiasco. Firstly, I believe this is a new kind of politics we are witnessing in Zimbabwe. A political novice, from a ZANU PF perspective, taking a dig at the country's Vice President? That was unheard of in the revolutionary party not so long ago, worse still for people who belong to ZANU PF. In a way, I believe this is a learning curve in Zim politics and people should let Grace Mugabe be. I followed the Democratic party primaries back in 2008 when Barrack Obama won his first term. Allegations and cheap political jibes were thrown all over between Obama and Hillary Clinton, presidential aspirants from the same party, but sanity prevailed in the end.

sinyoro - 24 October 2014

Zimbabwe will never be a colony again BUT will never rebuild the economy under Gushungo's corrupt gvt. IYI YAGRACE NA VP INGANGOVE PERSONAL. HAPANA NYAYA IYI PA POLITBORO MUCHAZVIONA.

kAKARA KUNUNA - 24 October 2014

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