Mugabe will regret First Lady decision: Dongo

HARARE - Outspoken war veteran and former legislator Margaret Dongo has challenged Zanu PF politburo members to “man up” today and demand answers from President Robert Mugabe over his wife Grace’s recent gratuitous attacks on Vice President Joice Mujuru.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, Dongo, said the 90-year-old needed to be pushed to stop him from regarding Zanu PF as his private property.

“Bob has never bothered to respect the post of the vice president he has appointed. She is a woman and he was supposed to bring back such issues to the VP. The first lady is being used. There is a camp that is using her and that is why she is being too emotional,” she said.

The former Zimbabwe Union of Democrats (ZUD) president added: “I hope I won’t be disappointed again if they do not stand up. If they do that, then they are all Mugabe’s wives.”

Zanu PF meets in a crunch politburo indaba today, where Oppah Muchinguri is expected to present a report on Grace’s controversial “Meet the People” rallies where she publicly embarrassed senior party officials, including Mujuru.

With Zanu PF currently divided along two major factions reportedly led by Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Dongo said the 51-year-old ruling party was headed for a split if Mugabe decided to unilaterally appoint members of the politburo as demanded by some of his colleagues.

“If Mugabe appoints members to the politburo, that will be his greatest mistake, he is on his way out,” Dongo said.

“He wants to build the party and not destroy it and if he appoints (the politburo), then he will be destroying the party. He has to come clean and wash his hands by calling for elections.”

She said “by allowing the first lady to take over as the secretary for Women’s League, Bob has made a mistake.”

“That position requires someone with political maturity,” Dongo said. “I think Bob will regret his wife’s entry and I think he has to address it now. The root cause of all this is Oppah Muchinguri.”

Dongo, who hoped to oppose Mugabe in the 1996 presidential elections but did not meet the minimum age requirement of 40 years, said Grace was threatening the very existence of the ruling party.

“Cde Muchinguri should have approached the vice president as her senior and shared with her what the Women’s League had decided to do,” she said. “The other person to blame is Bob. He should have asked Oppah if she had consulted other women, let alone the war veterans who matter, not only to invite them to tell them what you want.”

Dongo said Grace was “careless” at her rallies and did not have the political muscle to call for the VP to resign.

“Grace is not in the structures of government and she is not in the structures of the party,” she said.

“Any fool can understand this, so she cannot call for the resignation of the VP. She is not in the structures. She has no powers to say the VP should resign.”

The former MP for Harare East said Muchinguri had successfully destroyed the friendship between Grace and Joice, when by portraying the VP as opposed to the First Lady’s rise in politics.

“Oppah ndiye chipfukuto (Oppah is the weevil), she has created this hate between the First Lady and the vice president,” she said.

“The vice president is our leader in terms of the women combatants. All these anaOppah they follow behind. There is no way Oppah could have been allowed by Bob to by-pass the vice president unless if we say he doesn’t know what he is doing.”

*Don’t miss the Daily News tomorrow for the full Dongo interview!

 

Comments (38)

every time that this woman opens her mouth I know kuti she talks sense. Zanu is full of Mugabe's wives for sure! Hapana anoti bufu kana Gushungo wotaura. You are a woman of substance Maggie.

True Kepekepe - 30 October 2014

Oppah ndiri hure guru, PASI naOPPAR pamberi naJoiyce..I am not a ZANU Pfutse Party but the circus is interesting. Bob's plan of checking the depth of the swimming pool. Sorry for the young people who are being used to chant pasi negamatox. They will regret it one day

Garikayi - 30 October 2014

All this sympathy for mujuru. Have you forgotten how she disrespected the late Father Zimbabwe over the Econet bid to be awarded the operating license ? Mujuru sowed the seed of disrespect for seniors that Grace is reaping for her ! Mujuru must personally apologize to the Nkomo family for insulting Umdala wethu

ronald dube - 30 October 2014

Rim we gore Nzou yakadonhedzwa nesvosve. Gone are the days when people just watch and start blaming the opposition. The fact that everything is now blowing out of proportion you will see all the blame being pushed to Mai Muchinguri and she has to answer in detail why things went the way the did since they thought they were now nailing the last nails in Mai Mujuru,s coffin yet the whole body came out alive. Watching from a distance who was doing what. We have said it again and agai that this is a hot Potato which people should not gamble with,one day the old Guard will be shocked to see the whole army of Zimbabeans behind Mai Mujuru that time it will be too late

Karigamombe - 30 October 2014

A point of correction, Maggie.You don't have to be in the Party structures to rebuke corruption.Every citizen has a right to call for the resignation of corrupt and irresponsible govt officials including the vp.Grace has just exercised that right.Come on Maggie you should know better.

Matilda - 30 October 2014

Panorwa madzimai pakaoma. Hapana anosara akapfeka. vese vanhu ava ndeve zanu so they should have anticipated the outcome from their words and actions.

zvirozviyedzwa - 30 October 2014

well said Maggie those RGM WIVES will not say anything instead vava kuzotongwa nevasina kumborwa hondo yacho maTYPIST anaGIRE .where are the Nyikayarambas? zvoramba here to voice your concerns?

ndozvo mhaiyo - 30 October 2014

The now irrelevant Dongo is desperately seeking relevance, she was foolish enough to leave the party because of her greed and poor strategy, Grace as a citzen of Zimbabwe is entitled to her own opinion just like the foolish Dongo herself, finally its up to the people to chose between corruption and those who are exposing and speaking against corruption. Common sense however detects that the later will prevail, zvenyu zvekpfura chopper yemashanga iyo muchinyebera vanhu zvakave zvakare, rop in Mujuru in you file and rank and leave Oppah and Grace on their side, then we see who the people choose. Its either the corrupt or the true revolutionaries and i go for the later, just as the mood with the majority now. There is always a turning point and Grace happens to be part of that whether you like it or not. And what makes being one's wife bad, how can the husband-less Dongo degenerate the TERM WIFE, SHE IS SO STUPID NOT TO RESPECT THE GENDER ISSUES.

reason - 30 October 2014

The now irrelevant Dongo is desperately seeking relevance, she was foolish enough to leave the party because of her greed and poor strategy, Grace as a citzen of Zimbabwe is entitled to her own opinion just like the foolish Dongo herself, finally its up to the people to chose between corruption and those who are exposing and speaking against corruption. Common sense however detects that the later will prevail, zvenyu zvekpfura chopper yemashanga iyo muchinyebera vanhu zvakave zvakare, rop in Mujuru in you file and rank and leave Oppah and Grace on their side, then we see who the people choose. Its either the corrupt or the true revolutionaries and i go for the later, just as the mood with the majority now. There is always a turning point and Grace happens to be part of that whether you like it or not. And what makes being one's wife bad, how can the husband-less Dongo degenerate the TERM WIFE, SHE IS SO STUPID NOT TO RESPECT THE GENDER ISSUES.

reason - 30 October 2014

The now irrelevant Dongo is desperately seeking relevance, she was foolish enough to leave the party because of her greed and poor strategy, Grace as a citzen of Zimbabwe is entitled to her own opinion just like the foolish Dongo herself, finally its up to the people to chose between corruption and those who are exposing and speaking against corruption. Common sense however detects that the later will prevail, zvenyu zvekpfura chopper yemashanga iyo muchinyebera vanhu zvakave zvakare, rop in Mujuru in you file and rank and leave Oppah and Grace on their side, then we see who the people choose. Its either the corrupt or the true revolutionaries and i go for the later, just as the mood with the majority now. There is always a turning point and Grace happens to be part of that whether you like it or not. And what makes being one's wife bad, how can the husband-less Dongo degenerate the TERM WIFE, SHE IS SO STUPID NOT TO BE GENDER SENSITIVE.

reason - 30 October 2014

reasoning ya reason yakatozviomera zvayo. in his mind only zanu people are sensible. if she decided to leave the party that is her democratic right why bother. imi munoda zanu garai muzanu yenyu makanyarara don't judge those who decide otherwise.

tula - 30 October 2014

As long as this country is ruled by those who went to war it will never move forward.

Matilda - 30 October 2014

Muchinguri uyo ndiye chipfukuto afunga kuita destroy party

pat - 30 October 2014

Dongo Zanupf will not split because as you rightly say it is made up of Mugabe's wives. Joyce will be dumped and then tormented and nobody would want to be seen on her side so she is finished in ZanuPF but not in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately like Makoni she has a team of cowards, except Mliswa. As for Jabulani chawakadya chamuka, Butau wabaya, pray hard if you do, Kaukonde sorry maningi, its now time you guys have shown kuti muri amadhodha sibili. But ukaona Bob akudai akuziva kuti bhora ranwa.

maita - 30 October 2014

Sending a wife to do your bidding is not a sign of being a good leader?Surely at 91,one should not be in the thick of things but resting at home and advising future leaders.

Malaika waMalaika - 30 October 2014

God hear our cries

People Power - 30 October 2014

@ reason, what is your relevance? Dongo is a Zimbabwean citizen and has every right to speak for or against anything or anyone. She is a very brave woman who is not afraid to speak truth to power,unlike the plethora of wives in Zanu PF. By the way when last did you do an audit of the pervasive corruption in your party. Start with your heroes family.

connie - 30 October 2014

I really wonder what this woman is talking .Mugabe will never regret anything even with this politburo meeting no one is going to cause problems to Mugabe right now everyone in that me is terribly scared and whatever inkosi is going to say its yebo!!! nkosi!!!. Every one in zanu is Mugabe 's donkey and we all know donkeys are very docile and very obedient . Mugabe will do what ever he wishes in zanu and he will regret nothing

Diibulaanyika - 30 October 2014

all I can say is let the fire burn.mujuru is the best

murombo munhu - 30 October 2014

Meuse muri ku commentor muri mhata. Maggie is right. Imbwa dze ZANU Manama. Mai Mujuru will emerge triumphant . Bob ucha urayisa vana va Grace. Probably wako ndi Bona ukatarisa Ka Hitler pasi pe Mhuno . Bob you will go straight to hell. Beecher ra Bona the matriarch Amati parira .

Gama - 30 October 2014

Dongo please go to the aid of Mai Teurai Ropa Nhongo and urge her to partner Morgie. Pull out of zpf and unite all the Zimbos to prevent the establishment of Gushungo Dynasty in Zim.

TICO - 30 October 2014

Haya zvinenge zviroto shuwa. TB Joshua gave a prophesy of power fights at the turn of the year and Zanu Pf and The Herald were quick to dismiss him as a prophet of doom. . . . .. imi vanhu vemusangano imi. Dai murivamwe henyu madzikama nekuti kana izvi zvakataurwa zviri kuzadzisika sekutaurwa kwazvakaitwa,whatmore zviri pamberi apo? kkkkkkkkk. muchaputitsana henyu mirai muone. I have always tell people kuti kuenda kwaBobo ndiko kupera kweparty iyi. Again if there is anyone here who was following some prophecies on Zim, pakataurwa sometime ago zvikanzi kana change yazouya please please,whoever achauya panyanga don't touch Grace and her family in revenge, this is where all this thing is going. isu vana tarubva takabvuma kunzwa kureva kwaMwari tatungamira,mozotibata kana mapedza henyu. Grace uchashaya pekunyarira iwe, nana Oppah nanaMai Mahofa. Kureva kwaMwari hakuwire pasi,the more you try to work against it, the more you are incubating the miracle and the fulfillment of the prophesy. ndichadzoka hangu pano ndichikuyeuchidzai. Ndatenda hangu. Munofunga kurigger kwamaita mavotes evanhu since 2000 God will not be watching? Why do you act as if makauya nevanhu pano panyika imi? You never won any election since 2000 and God will be watching havo and we thank God, people taisarara vamwe vanhu tichiita maprayers for the deliverance of our nation from bloodshed. We have only managed to go this far because of other people's prayers, now you still continue to make people suffer after you stole their vote, imi, kudenga kuna Mwari vanogadza nekubvisa, regai muone henyu smooth flow and change ichaitika ipapa.

Budzi - 31 October 2014

If u turn your back, your advice is not needed. Dongo concentrate on other issues. You left ZANU PF

liberty shungu - 31 October 2014

Matilda, you are right to say you did not to be in the party structure to call for resignation. However Grace went on to abuse the President by if saying he the does not act, she was going to act. In whose capacity. Ini kana ndiri CEO ku company X, does my wife use my powers to fires my alleged enemies. Please lets be mature and treat this country as a democratic country not a dynasty. Vanhu vakafira nyika ino vakawanda.

felix - 31 October 2014

No Margaret, Grace is used to doing whatever she wants in Zimbabwe and this is in ZanuPF blood that its Bob and she is Bob's wife. Nobody is supposed to question that decision. Isn't that the reason why you left Zanu PF? Why are you surprosed. These are people who have caused many people to be homeless at unilateral decisions Its not new???????

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Flixcom Solutions - 31 October 2014

Ko tirikungonzwa zvakataurwa kunze before meeting ko imo mu meeting zvakanzi kudii? Tinoda kunzwa kuti Jabu anoti kudii. Zimbabwe I property ya Mugabe. Nezuru aitsigira mukadzi wake.

Der - 31 October 2014

Cdes let's analyse what (Cde) Dongo is saying objectively and not subjectively because by the end of day its zimbabwe on the line. I need a future politically and economically. Zanu Pf will go down with the economy and the political landscape of zimbabwe. The freedom of speech is now gone and ONLY allowed to the Graces and the Chinos of our time. What about the Jabulanis (JB)???

martin chipimo - 31 October 2014

Margaret Dongo became a legend when she correctly labelled Zanu pf parliamentrans as “Mugabe's wives”. This remains true today. Today there is an even bigger scope for these brown nosed political 'whores'. They include ministers, “prophets” (aka charletans), permanent secretaries. The rot of Zimbabwe is apparent because of the insiduous erosion of civilized values by the rampant Zanu pf 'criminal culture'.

Inside the Mugabe Cabal - 1 November 2014

People like Maggie now wait for such occasions to register their presence. Thee are people who soiled the nappies that wrapped them and are now pretending to be wise mature guys. What is happening in ZANU PF is inevitable in a revolutionary party. It is not the beginning and by far not the end. It has happened several times before hence, the tried and tested party. This is what reinvigorates the party to go forward with vitality. True captains are tested on their ability to sail through turbulent waters. That's the mark of transformational leadership.

Gumisai Mutasa - 2 November 2014

Hold your word Cde,we dont consider carelessness,ruthlessness,and wagon-jumping inevitable in a historical or revolutionary party.Since 1955 when nationalism began it was already organized with its structures in place.That is why the move from UANC TO NDP,then ZAPU and ZANU later as a breakaway movement.there was no such thing as disorganization.This thing came in when Mugabe got into power he never talked about succession issue,he always sought to victimize all who had diverse views from his and created his own empire fielding his own lieutenants along trust and family lines or nepotism.That all is not to be considered inevitable.We need good governance,tolerance,the spirit of oneness and a people oriented-governance or leadership not one of manipulation and self-centredness which is responsible now for the fiasco in our party now.Why cant we just make a simple test.Lets just have Mugabe out of our party leadership and give the second in command just for 90 days and we see if we dont talk wonders both in party and the country.If he also is getting it that is if he has the party at heart try it.Gammatox yes we are

carson Macate - 2 November 2014

amen

chando - 3 November 2014

vanhu ve zanu mazuva enyu ndiwo arikupera, come december part hapasisina, sekuru venyu is decomposing in office, munhu kuora vanhu vakatarisa, Maggei, is a real war vet, kwete vana opar mahure amugabe ekuhondo

mambo - 3 November 2014

nhamo yeumwe hairambirwe sadza 2008 havana kumbotifungawo rega zvikaure ikoko.

Conny rondy - 5 November 2014

nhamo yeumwe hairambirwe sadza 2008 havana kumbotifungawo rega zvikaure ikoko.

Conny rondy - 5 November 2014

batanai mhani mugadzire nyika than kurwa pachena zvinonyadza kudaro

eugean tsvangirai - 6 November 2014

batanai mhani mugadzire nyika than kurwa pachena zvinonyadza kudaro

eugean tsvangirai - 6 November 2014

batanai mhani mugadzire nyika than kurwa pachena zvinonyadza kudaro

eugean tsvangirai - 6 November 2014

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