Grace now runs Zanu PF: Mutasa

HARARE - A relaxed Didymus Mutasa yesterday added fuel to the fire raging within President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF, stating matter-of-factly that quarrelsome First Lady Grace Mugabe was now indisputably in charge of the ruling party and not her ailing nonagenarian husband.

Mutasa, for long a close confidante of Mugabe and a former Presidential Affairs minister in charge of the country’s spooks, said Grace was now unequivocally the “centre of power” in the ruling party.

His insider comments followed his expected “expulsion” from the party on Wednesday, together with his voluble nephew Temba Mliswa — as the former liberation movement continues with its brutal purges of all senior officials perceived to be sympathetic to ousted former vice president Joice Mujuru.

“Yes. I expected it (his purported expulsion). They said so a long time ago.

“They were waiting for the First Lady. Now she is back and they have shown where the centre of their power is.

“However, they did not specify which Zanu PF they expelled me from, the real one which puts people first, or the unlawful one to which they belong to.

“To remove all doubt, it must be stated that I remain a member of the original lawful Zanu PF. I never belonged to the illegal Zanu PF which does not care about people. It cares about its leaders only,” the seemingly unflappable Mutasa said.

Mutasa added: “They are guided by emotion and not by rationale and the constitution of the party and that of the country. They have made us a lawless people. What a shame.”

Newly-installed Zanu PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo — a target of the deadly fight from party hardliners himself — told journalists on Wednesday, following a politburo meeting in Harare that Mutasa and Mliswa had been expelled for behaviour that was allegedly contrary to the expectations of the ruling party.

“On Cde Didymus Mutasa, a detailed report by the national disciplinary committee was submitted to the politburo highlighting, of course, the disparaging reports said by Mutasa on party leadership and his rubbishing of the congress as illegal, null and void,” Moyo said.

Turning to Mliswa, Moyo said the former Mashonaland West chairperson was fired for disrespecting the national leadership and interrupting meetings in his province.

Confusion still abounds as to when Zanu PF’s disciplinary committee met to reach its decisions on Mutasa and Mliswa, amid conflicting reports from lickspittle State media — raising suspicion that the decision may have been arrived at long before Grace returned from her controversial two-month sojourn in the Far East.

Mutasa’s pointed comments regarding Grace’s undue influence in Zanu PF came as social media speculation around the issue went gaga yesterday, amid snide comments to the effect that Mugabe had allegedly accompanied Grace to Wednesday’s politburo meeting.

The frenetic online debates came after lickspittle State media showed images of Grace surprisingly sitting next to Mugabe in the politburo meeting, and not second vice president Phelekezela Mphoko, as would normally be demanded by protocol.

Mutasa’s comments also follow those made by former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda late last year, who was quoted saying, “I am not going to allow any coup both in the boardroom and in the bedroom” at the height of the Grace-fronted anarchy that is still devouring Zanu PF.

So biting and resonant with ordinary Zimbabweans was that quote that it ultimately contributed to authorities dragging the popular war veteran to court where he is facing charges of insulting or undermining Mugabe’s authority.

Grace also demonstrated the immense power she now wields within Zimbabwe’s body politic when Cabinet ministers, service chiefs and Zanu PF bigwigs scrambled to Harare International Airport to welcome her back to the country last week after she had been away in the Far East for more than two months.

Observers said the fact that these bigwigs had felt compelled to converge at the airport together with hundreds of ruling party supporters to welcome her back to Zimbabwe in the manner they did spoke volumes about how much political power she now wielded in the country.

Mugabe himself admitted during the ruling party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare late last year that Grace now often directed him what to do.

There was so much pomp and ceremony as she arrived back in the country on the day that one senior Zanu PF official who spoke to the Daily News described her welcome as “fitting for a Queen”.

“She (Grace) is now probably the most powerful politician in Zimbabwe, which is why her welcome back to the country today almost rivalled the treatment that the president gets when he returns from his trips abroad.

“To not go and pay homage to Amai at the moment amounts to virtual political suicide and everyone knows this. Her welcome was fitting for a Queen,” the central committee member, who requested anonymity, said.

Among the bigwigs at the airport were Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, politburo member Shuvai Mahofa and fast-rising youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi.

Speaking at the airport welcome party, Togarepi wasted no time in reminding the gathered Zanu PF bigwigs that it was in fact “Comrade Stop It”, as Grace is now popularly known in party circles, who was in control.

He bluntly told them that the honeymoon was over for those who had taken advantage of her absence to misbehave and frustrate the ruling party’s youths.

“We are happy as the youth league that mother (Grace) you are back. We were being persecuted when you were away. When a mother is not there, others take advantage and push you, but this is our time to report them to you,” he said to loud applause.

Not to be outdone, the rotund Mahofa described Grace as God-sent.

The grand welcome flew in the face of recent comments by Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba that Grace was allegedly a private citizen whose prolonged absence from Zimbabwe should not have been an issue for anybody.

While Grace is bootlicked, sometimes embarrassingly by Zanu PF bigwigs — particularly since she fronted the stunning decimation of Mujuru and her perceived allies — the First Lady has struggled to find favour with ordinary Zimbabweans.

Many of her critics derisively refer to her as “Gucci Grace” or “First Shopper” or lately “Hurricane Grace” or “Calamity Grace”.

A significant number of Zanu PF bigwigs also suspect that her dramatic entry into formal politics last year was a first step in her ultimate ambition to grab the leadership of both the ruling party and the country after Mugabe’s time.

After her “surprise” nomination as head of Zanu PF’s women’s league in August 2014, Grace accused Mujuru, the popular widow of the late liberation icon Solomon Mujuru, of untested allegations of corruption and plotting to topple and assassinate Mugabe.

 

Comments (25)

MUTASA UCHANYARARA ZVAKO. ZANU PF HAINA REVERSE GEAR. WAENDA IWE. KWASARA FUNGAI MBETSA KU MANICALAND UKO. WAJAIRA KUITA ZVAUNODA MANJE NYAYA DZAKO DZESE DZIRI KUBUDA. UCHASARA USINA KANA CHINHU THE SAME WAY TEKERE DIED. A PAUPER!!! YOU ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! FUNGAI MBETSA NEXT!!!!

MMMMUTASA TASA!!! - 20 February 2015

FUNGAI MBETSA CALL HIMSELF THE EMPEROR OF MANICALAND AND HE WAS INVOLVED IN ORGANISING HOOLIGANS WHO DISRUPTED AMAI GRACE MUGABE'S RALLY IN MANICALAND. FUNGAI MBETSA SAID ' KANA MUGABE ASK HIM FOR PERMISSION TO COME TO MANICALAND' MANJE NDIWE NEXT AFTER MUTASA!!! MIRA UONE!!!

MAMBONDIANI - 20 February 2015

MUTASA NA FUNGAI MBETSA USED TO DISTRIBUTE FARMS AND STANDS TO THEIR GIRLFRIENDS NEKUZVIDA TOO MUCH. KUZVIITA VANA MAMBO. MANJE TAKAUDZA DR GRACE MUGABE NYAYA DZENYU HEZVO ONE BY ONE MURI KUDZINGWA MUMUSANGANO!!!!! FUNGAI MBETSA NDIYE NEXT!!!!!! REVERSE ALL YOUR STUPID DECISIONS RIGHT NOW OR WAPERA IWE!!!!

NDINI UYO - 20 February 2015

Uyu murume anonzi Mutasa ngaarege kuti nyuudza. Hatisimapenzi kani ! Maidya pamwe chete, muchiseva pamwe chete navo ivo vakubhutsura. Dai waiziva kuti kune ruzhinji rweZimbabwe rwakavasacficed to liberate Zimbabwe you would not be a selfish fool as you are now. Go to hell ! If you want to talk to Bob , he is your friend, GO ! Do not play kunzungu, kunyimo - people are not as stupid as you and your fellow friends think. I am sick and tired of your ugly face on all news websites. Unodakuonererwa nhai ?

Chorosi - 20 February 2015

Mambondiani/Ndini Uyo is obviously one person. You have a big axe to grind with Mbetsa...but why abuse this forum, day in day out. Your case, which I assume, is about a small chieftainship, could be resolved if you follow the legal challenge.

Tongo - 20 February 2015

gud observation Tongo in fact if u luk @ it even MMMMUTASA TASA!!! iz jus e same person.

viv - 20 February 2015

Grace has always been the centre of political power albeit in the shadows. She is not blind. She knew what was going on and also had her input in her husbands everyday political affairs. It's not as if Grace has just landed from planet Mars. She was what is called "the backseat driver" in politics. The reason why she was not visible or vocal politically was because she was scared of Solomon Mujuru. It was Solomon who arranged that she got a job as a secretary in the prime minister's office.

Musona - 20 February 2015

Fungai Mbetsa Fungai Mbetsa kudii?Tinei nazvo isu.Waunoda kuinfluencer ndiani.Mugabe wacho arikudzinga ndiMambara wakatiuraira nyika ,chese cheZanu PF chakangofanana musati humanira page ino

manu - 20 February 2015

Mujuru is popular with whom . What nonsense

Enock Sebele - 20 February 2015

This guy who is always talking bad about Fungai Mbesta. What is his business in ZANU pf. You are behaving like that idiot Kaya Moyo who is always talking nonsense on Tv. Just shut up!!!!

Flash - 20 February 2015

Fungai Mbetsa akakwira mukadzi wako and you are afraid to confront him.

Nyopora - 20 February 2015

It will be a humanity injustice to allow Grace to rule Zimbabwe. We will not have that in our life time. To Giod we come to God we return . It's high time we seek Devine enter venting to our Zimbabwean tragical comedy. We are sick and tired of being led by people with a 1963 politically flawed philosophy.

Flash - 20 February 2015

ha zvakaoma akomana, uyo muchinda arikuzviti, mmmutasa tasa, mambo ndiani, ndini uyo pfungwa dzake hadzitori mushe...you are sick in your brains iwe why couldn't you just use one name are you crazy ndofunga chawakaitirwa na Fungai Mbetsa na Mutasa chikuru wena. Grace is way too dumb, daft, stupid, way too uneducated to run our country. Only people who are naïve can think she can be a leader of any given country. Anozivawo chii grace, no brains, no charisma, just a lucky bitch!

tinorovawo - 20 February 2015

It will be a humanity injustice to allow Grace to rule Zimbabwe. We will not have that in our life time. To God we come to God we return . It's high time we seek Devine enter vention to our Zimbabwean tragical comedy. We are sick and tired of being led by people with a 1963 politically flawed philosophy. Flash - 20 February 2015

Flash - 20 February 2015

Dhiziri ngaande haana msoro chinguri vakati nanaMadhlira vanoenda kumatare edzimhosva kumirira kusvika wadzigwa . Rangova dahwa kuvata mumugwagwa ngoro ichivuya . makashaiwa chivindi kare ngaaende .

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 20 February 2015

This guy always talking about Mbetsa is as dull as they come. Get a life!! Not sorry for Mutasa and Mliswa, they are getting what they deserve - they contributed immensely to our suffering!

Mwamba - 20 February 2015

MUCHAONA KUTI NDIRI KUTAURA SHUWA SOON. MUGABE ARI PANYANGA UYE GRACE MUGABE MUKADZI WAKE SAKA VARI KUTONGA. APO WAREVA INI NDINI NIKUV, MMUTASA TASA NA MAMBONDIANI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MANJE IWE NDIWE ANI??????????????????????UYE UNEI MU ZIMBABWE?????????????

nikuv - 20 February 2015

Fungai Mbetsa munhu mupenyu here nekuti pane shasha inorwadziwa naye pano. I believe whatever sin he committed is out of this world.

Qawe laMaqawe - 20 February 2015

fungai mbetsa chii ichocho

The Atomic - 21 February 2015

Mutasa is a raging bull held by its horns, he is now a toothless dog. Which legal ZANU Pf does he belong to, may be in his dream. ZANU Pf has never been legitimate partly due to his contribution as minister of security. We must now find a way to purge Mugabe and his ZANU Pf elements that are racking havoc in Zim.

Mentalist - 21 February 2015

ini ndine yangu na Fungai Mbetsa murume aishandiswa naMutasa kupa ma girlfriends ake ma stands in mUTARE....cHIKANGA pHASE 1,2 . Fungai Mbetsa naMutasa ndivo vamwe. Those not from Manicaland you don't know the issues here. Mutasa thought he was even higher than Bob!!! he used to be Lord in Manicaland manje yava nguva yedu yekumuratidza where he belongs vese na FUNGAI MBETSA!!!

MMUTASA TASA, MAMBONDIANI, NIKUV, ndinewe - 21 February 2015

MUTASA MUTASA! Just shut up and get back into your kennel and lick your wounds and take your puppy with you! You were an active player in all ZANU(PF) crimes against Zimbabwean People including Matebeleland. You were a witness when BOB was cheating on our Dear Mother SALLY with Hure GIRE, Just like any of her kind, she knows that you know too much so your being close to Bob is not good for her. You made enough blood money so go and spend it before you die in an UNEXPLAINED fire! Dont cry Foul when ZANU shifts the goalposts! you used to do it yourself so SHUT UP! Just pray that you dont run into a PUMA or fall into River RUNDE where the crocodile has it liar, you have been warned!

TAPESANA - 24 February 2015

MUTASA! Unotya kuwa iwe wafa? Now is the time to play your trump card! Expose all the atrocities and the Vote rigging tactics used by your former party! Tell the nation what happened to RASHIWE GUZHA and all the unexplained deaths that took place while you were pals with BOB and the Party, they have let you down so All is fair in Love and War! TITAURIRE MUDHARAAAH! You might even hint on TONGO! Who knows?

TAPESANA - 24 February 2015

Pamberi neZANU PF

Gandanga reBuhera - 26 February 2015

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