First Lady 'fires at' Daily News

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe took another pot shot at the Daily News yesterday, claiming that she gets bored and worried when she does not see a story maligning her in the paper.

Delivering her closing remarks to hundreds of people bussed from all over the country to her Mazowe business hub, Grace accused Zimbabwe’s leading daily paper — which was violently and unjustly shut down by her husband’s government in September 2003, and which only returned to the news stalls in late March 2011 — of waging a war against her.

She once again called on the Daily News reporters to identify themselves at her rally, but no one dared to as the mood was very tense, amid threats by her supporters, including national youth brigade graduates, to deal with anyone perceived to be sympathetic to Mujuru.

“They (Vice President Mujuru and her allies) go with their lies to the Daily News and now the paper is theirs. No one can dispute that the Daily News is an MDC paper and when you see it supporting her you know that I am vindicated.

“Sometimes I get worried when I see no story about me on (sic) the

Daily News. I get shocked when I read no bad story about me on (sic) the Daily News. Continue writing, I don’t care. I will never sue or do anything to you. After all you are Zimbabweans,” Grace said.

Mugabe’s wife went on to predict that journalists at the popular newspaper would one day confess to her that they were used (ostensibly by Mujuru) to write lies about her.

“One day, you will come to me and say amai what we were writing were pure lies.

“But what I ask you to do is that when you pray you should ask God whether what you are doing is worth it,” Grace added.

President Robert Mugabe’s wife went on to urge journalists to use their talent and skills to promote the nation.

“You are children of Zimbabwe and you should always do good to your nation. Use your talent to do good things. Don’t write lies. Don’t say we don’t have sanctions when we have sanctions,” she said.

Last month, the First Lady made outrageous and patently false claims that Mujuru had bought a 10 percent shareholding in the Daily News.

Stan Gama, the ANZ group editor, said it was gratifying to note that the First Lady had realised the error of her ways and was no longer peddling the falsehood that Mujuru owned a 10 percent stake in the newspaper.

“We are very grateful to see that she is correcting herself, particularly noting also that she did not incite anyone to be violent against our staff,” he said.

“I also want to thank her again profusely for the good marketing job that she continues to do for our newspaper. I hope that she will be pleased to hear that since she entered formal politics and started marketing the Daily News its circulation has jumped by 30 percent, which is fantastic news,” Gama said lightheartedly.

Comments (15)

The 'First Family's foreign policy' and not the Foreign Policy of Zimbabwe is becoming more and more clearer, simply put: the Chinese want to invest, but they are worried about Bobs health, if he passes on next in line is Joice who has interests with the west, which is a better option than the Chinese in my opinion, so then the strategy is take Joice out, leave her with no way to become successor by eliminating all her allies, put Munangangwa in who is favoured by the Chinese because he did some military training blah blah blah and starts this whole rule by dictatorship all over again!! The country must not be fooled, please daily news don't hesitate to publish this agenda and let people know the truth, Zimbabwe is not the first family's playground for sure

Tino - 18 November 2014

First Lady please bear in mind that papers are only there to publish the truth as it is not lies and hearsay . We have stopped reading the Herald because of this fact. Secondly you have to be reminded that Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans not to Grace and Robert Mugabe. You are Citizens just like anyone else. Staying at Zimbabwe House does not give you the right to push people left and right. After all it's our vote which made your husband to be there. Now that you have the money all of a sudden you now own the whole Nation bussing these dragged people who are posing as Students. Bear in mind that the same God whom you are referring to will one day judge you according to what you are doing to God,s people. History will always repeat because my Bible tells me that if God did it elsewhere the same God will also do it in Zimbabwe because he is no respecter of person. God,s children are in tears because of your bad advising to your Husband. Watch this area very seriously it's important for your tomorrow.

Karigamombe - 18 November 2014

First Lady please bear in mind that papers are only there to publish the truth as it is not lies and hearsay . We have stopped reading the Herald because of this fact. Secondly you have to be reminded that Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans not to Grace and Robert Mugabe. You are Citizens just like anyone else. Staying at Zimbabwe House does not give you the right to push people left and right. After all it's our vote which made your husband to be there. Now that you have the money all of a sudden you now own the whole Nation bussing these dragged people who are posing as Students. Bear in mind that the same God whom you are referring to will one day judge you according to what you are doing to God,s people. History will always repeat because my Bible tells me that if God did it elsewhere the same God will also do it in Zimbabwe because he is no respecter of person. God,s children are in tears because of your bad advising to your Husband. Watch this area very seriously it's important for your tomorrow.

Karigamombe - 18 November 2014

First Lady please bear in mind that papers are only there to publish the truth as it is not lies and hearsay . We have stopped reading the Herald because of this fact. Secondly you have to be reminded that Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans not to Grace and Robert Mugabe. You are Citizens just like anyone else. Staying at Zimbabwe House does not give you the right to push people left and right. After all it's our vote which made your husband to be there. Now that you have the money all of a sudden you now own the whole Nation bussing these dragged people who are posing as Students. Bear in mind that the same God whom you are referring to will one day judge you according to what you are doing to God,s people. History will always repeat because my Bible tells me that if God did it elsewhere the same God will also do it in Zimbabwe because he is no respecter of person. God,s children are in tears because of your bad advising to your Husband. Watch this area very seriously it's important for your tomorrow.

Karigamombe - 18 November 2014

First Lady please bear in mind that papers are only there to publish the truth as it is not lies and hearsay . We have stopped reading the Herald because of this fact. Secondly you have to be reminded that Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans not to Grace and Robert Mugabe. You are Citizens just like anyone else. Staying at Zimbabwe House does not give you the right to push people left and right. After all it's our vote which made your husband to be there. Now that you have the money all of a sudden you now own the whole Nation bussing these dragged people who are posing as Students. Bear in mind that the same God whom you are referring to will one day judge you according to what you are doing to God,s people. History will always repeat because my Bible tells me that if God did it elsewhere the same God will also do it in Zimbabwe because he is no respecter of person. God,s children are in tears because of your bad advising to your Husband. Watch this area very seriously it's important for your tomorrow.

Karigamombe - 18 November 2014

The ongoing feuding within Zanu pf is quite hilarious and entertaining, yet seriously tragic. The rinsed head honcho / chief dictator is now paying the price for clinging onto power for too long, and for not allowing debate on succession matters. There are many Zanu PF desperados who have waited forever for king-dong to croak. The reality is that the despots time is nearly up. All of the Zanu pf aspirant power 'contenders' are unfit for any form of civilized leadership. They all have multiple blemished track records. They have applied the parties evil self-serving doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative such as plundering, delusion, human and property rights violation, and self-aggrandizement. Therefore the demise of Zimbabwe will accelerate and continue unabated. The belated introduction of “The Assumptive High Priestess” reflects the desperation that the lonely leader feels about his succession. It is also a belated endeavor to set up a dynasty. The implosion of Zimbabwe remains inevitable. And to think that the last shameless EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe (Aldo Dell'Ariccia ) averred that the was no leadership crisis in Zimbabwe ! Too bad that most Zimbabweans are so stupid that they do not even know how stupid they are.

Arthur Tutisani - 18 November 2014

its time we start talking war kwete zvokuramba tichindenderedzana nezvisina basa

war - 18 November 2014

Journalist will come and confess, "thats hallmark of extortion, intimidation, instill fear of future unknown harm" Identify yourself, "thats militant for sure." Its your time grace enjoy while you can because zuva roda kuno vira.

X-MAN IV - 18 November 2014

I will never say amai to Grace Marufu,it will be a mock of my mother.Munhu akakwirwa naPamire,Gono,Zhuwawo,Makamba,Goreraza naMugabe nemabodyguards ndoti amai haaaa maya.mAI VANGU HARISI HURE KUNENGE KURI KUVASCVOORA

haha - 18 November 2014

Before she poo poo her poo does she ever ask God to help her too? Jurnalist who write the truth are being asked if they have consulted God has she?

maita - 18 November 2014

Apa Gama wandivhuna mbabvu apa so zvirikukufairai padaily news mabonus ititi panaDecember

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 18 November 2014

daily news itsono mubonzo chaimo. vanhuivava vanobika news se news. vaovenga bepa iri cannot help but read it. kuherald isadza julo. daily news hot cake. well done guys.

tsanga - 18 November 2014

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