Grace parades her power again

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s increasingly-influential wife, Grace, has once again flaunted her power in the strife-torn post-congress Zanu PF, forcing her nonagenarian husband to postpone today’s important politburo meeting to Thursday to accommodate the controversial First Lady’s rally in Rushinga.

Mugabe and other members of the ruling party’s top decision-making body were scheduled to meet in Harare to look into preparations for the former liberation movement’s crucial annual conference, to be held in Victoria Falls in early December, amid Zanu PF’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

But as has become the norm since Grace’s dramatic entry into formal politics last year, it is no longer business as usual both within the ruling party and in government — as each time she mounts one of these numerous rallies, Zimbabwe comes to a standstill and everything else takes second precedence.

The First Lady’s rally today will be held at Chimhanda in Rushinga District, Mashonaland Central — a week after she addressed a similarly disruptive political gathering at Mutambara Mission in Manicaland Province’s Chimanimani District.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that valiant efforts by some aggrieved party bigwigs linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to go ahead with the crucial politburo meeting came to naught as Mugabe would have none of that.

“If anyone in the party still doubts that Dr Amai (Grace) is now in charge, they should have their head examined. As you guys (the Daily News) have said, Dr Amai is the most powerful person in Zimbabwe today.

“The tradition to date has been that the politburo does not sit only when the president is away or not feeling well. This is a new thing that the politburo does not sit because Dr Amai can’t make it. She is now in charge,” lamented a miffed politburo member.

Grace provided yet another public demonstration of her power last week when a huge Cabinet entourage, including Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, accompanied her to her Manicaland rally — as is bound to happen today.

This is despite the fact that the controversial First Lady says that she is mounting these rallies in her capacity as Zanu PF women’s league secretary, and also notwithstanding the serious economic challenges facing Zimbabwe that require the urgent attention of senior government officials.

In addition, even the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) covers these controversial rallies live  — in costly exercises that are usually reserved for her long-ruling husband.

And to rub it in to her Zanu PF foes, she often uses the rallies to delve into government policies, and to embarrass and issue irregular instructions to the country’s obsequious vice presidents and Cabinet ministers.

At her Chimanimani rally, for example, Mphoko and the gathered Cabinet ministers were left with no choice but to bootlick her, in an embarrassing spectacle that left many people wondering about the ruling party’s so-called one-centre of power mantra that should only see her husband eulogised.

Mphoko even suffered the public indignity of having to introduce her to the crowd, even though he is her senior within the ruling party.

Most of the Cabinet ministers and party officials who grace her rallies are those linked to Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) group — that is said to include combative Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere — and which is locked in a bitter power struggle with Mnangagwa and his supporters.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that the politburo would be receiving an update on the party’s preparedness for its December conference.

“The committees organising the conference will brief the politburo on their progress and I can tell you all is going according to plan. But I would suggest I give you full details after that meeting,” he said.

“Apart from causing the postponement of a crucial politburo meeting you are going to observe that like her previous rally in Manicaland a huge Cabinet entourage, including MPs will accompany her to Mashonaland Central tomorrow because at this  stage nobody would want to be seen as not supporting her,” the politburo member who spoke to the Daily News said.

Zanu PF provincial chairperson for Mashonaland Central, Dickson Mafios — who is Kasukuwere’s brother — promised that a “massive turnout” by Zanu PF supporters would be there tomorrow to receive Grace in Rushinga.

“The liberation war was intense in this district and the coming of the mother of the nation (Grace) will be soothing for this community.

“We are receiving Dr Amai not only in her capacity as the mother of the nation, but also as one of our biggest farmers in the province,” Mafios said of Grace whose business hub is in Mazowe.

Comments (17)

Zvakaoma kupererwa zvakunoita vati vadii just keep your cool Teurai Ropa

mabiyako - 14 October 2015

No mani Grace is never the most powerful person in the country that is nonsense .Talk of being powerful in zanu yes bcoz this is where every one tacks their soiled tails in between their shacking legs when ever she appears . But outside zanu people are very very very angry bcoz they have no food no clean water , no houses of their own , no jobs , no money for school fees for their kids no,freedom of choice no rule of law too much corruption in govt , no medicine in hospitals , no more love in their families as it is difficulty under such conditions the country is in and most people are displaced and living in foreign countries bcoz of Grace .s husband . So if this typist was normal she would not waste time trying to be president of this country bcoz of reasons in mentioned above no one would ever vote for her party zanu it has ravaged everything that it has laid hands on . Phuma Mugabe ngena Morgan cheesaa mpaaaamaa!!!!!!! come 2018 uzene njabulo .

Diibulaanyika - 14 October 2015

On a different knot daily news please do us a fervour I have been driving around on some of our major roads and been meeting these Zalawi trucks and company they seem to be transporting terrible smelling substances which smell like black manyeu, impolompolo or masheshe. Daily news as our only reliable remaining paper find out why these substances cannot be contained safely in proper containers which can stop the smell . Is it health to transport such smell things from SA right across our country with all road users and those with homes near roads inhaling these unknown stuff ? Pliz investigate for us thank you .

Diibulaanyika - 14 October 2015

How come the Generals are so conspiquious about the whole thing yes they are apolitical but we used to see them in Sekuru's camp in his tour the 10 provinces even during election time. I am smelling a rat kkk

ARMY - 15 October 2015

Musache masoja aya. pamberi nawo asimiramira kudai.ngaanyatsoonekwa masoja asitichisidzira tisigwagwadza gwagwadza.ndokuti KANA TOSHEVEDZERA KU UN, SADC TITUMIRWE VANOTICHENGETEDZA tisiita maerection edu murudekaro. torai mapicture emasoja iwayo musitumira ndoumbowo hwacho.

tapindatapinda - 15 October 2015

A potential dictator?

david taylor - 15 October 2015

Ooh vakoman nyika iya yaenda kumawere chaiko. Kana zvakadaro handidzoke kuchinyika chinotongwa nefamily imwe......now nekamukadzi kaPresident. Zim yawora.....asi chii kurara here kana kuti ifear of the unknown....Shuuu.........nyika yawora

Clemence Tashaya - 15 October 2015

gendor equality is what we want regai amai vambotonga nyika ..give her the ground may be she could produce tangible things

discord mufandaedza - 15 October 2015

Regai vatonge Amai Mugabe.Hamuna vanhu vanokodzera kutonga mu Zanu PF.I will be happy if she becomes President of Zimbabwe because that is what people in ZanuPF and Zimbabwe deserve.Pamberi naamai Mugabe.

Kufandada - 15 October 2015

Anyone who thinks Grace can be president of this country is as moronic as Grace herself. Zim will never be led by an idiotic, dense person.

misty - 15 October 2015

people are angry with both zanu pf and mdc t especially mdc t to be precise tsvangirai. he is all the things you mentioned @diibula. a handiende type and dictator he is. talk about purgings of those who challenge him for power and the guy uses zanu tactics. what about rigging the constitution in his favour, he does it the smart zanu pf way and argues that there is no one who can take the party forward. there is no difference between morgan and mugabe. its same fanana. better to give people first a chance. they sound repentant.

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 October 2015

dr amai does not even sound educated.Morgan usavatevere kunotsvaga doctrate.being learned does not guarantee good leadership.

truth - 16 October 2015

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