Grace, Oppah clash over influence

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars get nastier and more confused, First Lady Grace Mugabe and Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri are apparently now locked in a bitter battle that is dividing Manicaland province and the ruling party’s women’s league down the middle.

Sources within the party also claimed yesterday that the war between the two ladies had recently witnessed many spouses of senior Zanu PF officials allegedly trooping to the multi-million dollar business hub of President Robert Mugabe’s wife in Mazowe, “in a bid to try and knock some sense into her”.

Apparently, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxilia, had led a Midlands women’s league delegation to Mazowe last week, where it appeared that the intention was to de-campaign Gweru businesswoman Smelly Dube, who is allegedly linked to the first lady and the ambitious party Young Turks who are known as the Generation 40 (G40) group.

“The delegations talked bad about Dube and claimed that she was the one fuelling factionalism in Midlands. They also accused Dube of using her financial muscle to cause division amongst Women’s League members.

“However, Amai (Grace) refused to entertain those allegations and instructed the women to work together. Amai also questioned why they were talking about Dube in her absence, saying allegations should always be dealt with when all parties are available.

“It’s unfortunate for Mai Mnangagwa and her team because they did not get what they wanted,” one of the sources said.

Mnangagwa’s wife declined to comment about the matter yesterday saying, “Zanu PF has structures. Please may you look for the provincial chair or spokesperson for women. I do not know about that issue”.

Dube was unavailable for comment.

In the meantime, and amid this confusion, it also emerged yesterday that the party’s Youth League was seeking a meeting with Grace to complain about Muchinguri-Kashiri’s “nefarious activities” in Manicaland — where the Water minister is in a bruising fight with regional leaders over who is in control of the province.

This is despite the fact that Grace, Muchinguri-Kashiri and the G40 worked tirelessly together last year to decapitate former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies.

But no sooner had Mujuru been vanquished than cracks emerged, with Muchinguri-Kashiri and the Young Turks eventually falling out.

The Water minister is now said to have cut her ties with the G40’s brains trust, the so-called Gang of Four, choosing instead to throw in her lot with Mnangagwa’s camp, while Grace and the G40 are allegedly on the other side.

Last week, the Daily News reported that Grace and Mnangagwa’s relationship was unravelling, and that she was now working hand in glove with the G40.

Zanu PF insiders said that a number of developments over the past few weeks suggested that the pact between Grace and Mnangagwa, which had been witnessed when they worked together to annihilate Mujuru and her allies, “is now on shaky grounds”.

One of the well-placed sources said it was clear that all was not well between the two, particularly as it became more evident that “Dr Amai (Grace) could be priming herself for the ultimate post, rather than assist Ngwena (Mnangagwa) to get there”.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 21 July 2015

ko mai mufundisi Kashiri varikuita seiko nhai, handiti sangano rechurch rakamirira kupiwa gwara

Manyowa - 21 July 2015

"Chabuda hapana!'

X-MAN IV - 21 July 2015

The end of an era is nearing!! God has a plan for us brothers and sisters. We have suffered for too long pasina chatakatadza isu veruzhinji rwe Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe will rise again!!!

misty - 21 July 2015

kkkkkkkkkkkk. when time is up: then it is. Only God can reverse it if he so wishes. I guess time is up for these evil men & women. regai zvikazhane; uzvaaa!

mapingu - 21 July 2015

As a country we lament that Gracy came dashed into the arena too late. Had she came in 20 years or so earlier Zanu-PF would be history. Zimbabwe could still be the beloved country we ever cherished. Now its too late. Whatever comes after Zanu-PF is a bitter concoction of what was brewed by Mugabe for ages. Corruption, theft, plundering and looting, nepotism, greedy,no respect for law,leaders being above the law, reaping where one did not sow. These are the evils characterising Zimbabwe and they cannot just disappear the moment Zanu-PF dies. I am afraid to say this is the new culture in Zimbabwe. To those of you who applaud Mugabe as their hero I say to you wait till he and his Zanu-PF falls then you will see the naked truth.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 21 July 2015

These people are not ashamed of themselves at all Mugabe knows his team is corrupt but still wants to claim kuti its the best team tinzwirewo tsitsi mdara USHE MADZORO CHIPA VAMWE NYANGA MDARA VACHIINE SIMBA KOO PENJENI UNOZO ENJOYER RIINI?

bidzo - 21 July 2015

Bobby what you said is true and am with you on that, but what i would want to clearly state is what you side lined as a possibility, we can create azimbabwe that is lawful, citizens that fear the law including those who act above the law currently,mmake sure all the parastatal positions are not led by political puppies seeking to gain milage, but people who deserve posts professionaly who fear god and respect vana vemuzimbabwe, democracy and their well being mayb then we might have a better zimbabwe

zondo - 22 July 2015

Oppah atenderedza chinhu chake hei asina kurova ndiani

Harare - 22 July 2015

Kana ririchokwadi, Dr Grace Mugabe deal with Muchinguri once and for all. I read again that she stormed out of the Politburo meeting. If its true, please throw this woman out. She does not have respect. People please ndapota, lets respect our President. Hazvina ndaba mange murimese ku Hondo, he is now President. Hazvina basa First Lady mange murima secretaries mese, respect her she is now the First Lady, mudzimai wa President. The problem na Ouppah is she thinks zvaakaona zvakawanda mu Hondo has too much information/secret. That information/secret is now invalid. After 35 years ndiyani angaite busy nayo. Please please we need another cabinet reshuffle.

Ngwekazi - 23 July 2015

Chembere mbiri idzi dzanetsa Shungu dzavo ndedzei uye vanoda kunyepera vanaani takavaziva kare ende shungu dzavo ndedzei tichasvika .

ndzvashe - 24 July 2015

tiri kunetsewa nemahure maviri awa hapana nyaya dziripo apa ndedzechihure chete. Mudhara ayi chaya vese vari vatatu saka nyika yose togaro tenderedzewa musoro nemahure.

chakanyuka - 26 July 2015

tiri kunetsewa nemahure maviri awa hapana nyaya dziripo apa ndedzechihure chete. Mudhara ayi chaya vese vari vatatu saka nyika yose togaro tenderedzewa musoro nemahure.

chakanyuka - 26 July 2015

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