No one can silence me - Grace

HARARE - With the post-congress Zanu PF's factional and succession wars showing no signs of abetting anytime soon, First Lady Grace Mugabe has taken another dig at a section of war veterans that she says is opposed to her, adding defiantly that no one can silence her.

Addressing thousands of party supporters in the Harare suburb of Mbare yesterday, Grace - who is believed to be working with the group of young Zanu PF followers known as the Generation 40 (G40), which is opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa - also bemoaned, once again, rampant factionalism within the ruling party.

Her emphatic denunciation of factionalism in Zanu PF flies against the desperate attempts by both government and party propagandists over the past few weeks that the ruling party is united and not wracked by divisions.

Likening herself to a powerful engine, President Robert Mugabe's wife also took a massive swipe at her Zanu PF rivals describing them as cowards who trembled with fear each time they heard that she was holding a rally.

"They can say whatever they want to say ... but I won't stop. I have the energy, I have a 60-horse power engine to work for the people," she charged, adding that "there are people who are afraid when they see the 60-horse power working ... and start bad mouthing me. When that happens I work harder and get into 90-horsepower (mode)".

"Factionalism is there in Zanu PF ... it's there, and those who are doing it know themselves," she said emphatically to applause.

The First Lady also declared at the rally, which shut down most of Mbare and the pulsating home industries in the suburb's precincts, that she was "back" - as she tore into some war veterans who have been attacking her over the past few weeks.

"My name is Mafirakureva (the one who dies for the truth). I tell the truth and there is nothing more I do than speak the truth. The problem with people is that they are used to blackmailing others ...

"Let me tell you, you are not gonna (sic) get me, I have my mouth. You can only silence me by shooting me and killing me. You're not gonna (sic) silence me. I am not going to tolerate nonsense in Zanu PF. I will speak, I won't stop," she said.

She also moved to explain why she had attacked some war veterans at her rally in Rushinga, saying a few ex-combatants falsely believed that they were superior to other Zimbabweans and must therefore be treated preferentially.

Fortunately, she said, she had the support of the majority of war veterans. She also challenged her detractors to a game of numbers to show who had the backing of most ex-combatants.

"I will not be gagged or intimidated. I am prepared to die for the truth. I have stayed with the biggest guerrilla cooking for him and today people say I don't like war veterans? My brother was also a war veteran who died in 2010, and he fought the war.

"If you want, go and bring your war veterans and I will bring mine and let us see who wins. Try it if you want, try it.

"There are certain people who think they are important and say I am a war veteran I cannot be told anything by Grace Mugabe because she didn't go to war. There is nothing like that," she said.

Grace went on to extend an olive branch to party officials who are currently serving lengthy suspensions after they were accused of being key figures behind former Vice President Joice Mujuru's faction that allegedly sought to oust and assassinate Mugabe.

She urged Zanu PF supporters in Mbare to "forgive your MP Tendai Savanhu who is here even if he might have done wrong in the past".

"He has realised his mistake, that is why he came here with me. So, I urge you to work with him. You are also mothers and should have the spirit of forgiveness," she pleaded amid a chorus of disapproval from the crowd - prompting her to promise them;  "I will have to come back here with the message of forgiveness".

The evidently mellowing Grace also went out of her way to embrace the country's independent media at the rally, inviting them to continue playing its watchdog role, but in a constructive way.

Speaking earlier, Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere castigated people who did not support the first lady, saying such people were possessed by demons.

"Those people who don't support Amai should be exorcised of their demons," he said.

Comments (37)

Yes private media especially daily news,news day,independent,and the standard are you gonna start reporting constructively covering developmental issues which BUILDS ZIMBABWE you were challenged yesterday by Amai to put pressure on politicians,authorities on matters which resonates with the social welfare of the ordinary Zimbabweans we are aware that daily news you are desperate to see the backside of Amai but come 2018 Baba Mugabe will win hands down even if he is in a wheelchair you better advise your preferred Amai Elizabeth to start hitting the road to counter Amai Grace......icho charira

colonel - 20 November 2015

what development is this person talking about? very strange indeed.

zvirozviyedzwa - 20 November 2015

well said 1st lady.yu can now hav my respect ,now that yu hav clarified yo position,women chair no further up.whether yu put tgether warvets more than anyone is not an issue especialy this time of hunger.besides lets not carryon dividing war vets,yu hav yo group n that person theirs,division,bt we now call on Ngwena to unite all war vets,regardles.He knows them.

viola gwena - 20 November 2015

this slut never cease to surprise me. if she is content with women's league post why is she moving to all corners of the country? why should she be introduced by mboko and humiliating emma? she can tell nonsense to those that want to hear it. for some of us this is a no no. I cannot listen to her hallucinations! kana uri mafirakureva tiudzezve kuti Solomon mujuru akauraiwa nani uyu wakatizirei Stanley goreraza!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 20 November 2015

yes Jose,bt I wil not use fowl language zvangu.Bt yes I cant stomach my commanders in the military ,siiting as jomic ,taking minutes frm 1st lady.that is too ghastly to contemplate.Starred generals ,saluting my 1st lady after a meeting?when that happens ,I wil walk up to my commander and say something usefull to our brand as men of honour.

viola gwena - 20 November 2015

Dear Amai Grace Mugabe! Please do not take war veterans for granted by shouting at them willy nilly because by the time they were engaged in the struggle to have a free Zimbabwe there was not freedom of expression you are enjoying today because of the oppressive system that prevailed then. You were very young I know you admitted earlier on, but the problem that you encounter with these former freedom fighters is that you think being the first lady you have been given the audacity to be above them, ABSOLUTELY NO! That is only a tittle that you have by virtue of being the wife to the seating president. There is a difference between being a party card carrying member and those who fought for the masses to be freed from the colonial bondage of the Smith regime which Zimbabwe had to do away with on the 18th of April in 1980. For sure we all want to be equal but their contributions for a free Zimbabwe have not to be down trodden. The major problem here is because your husband does not want to pass on the baton stick to others, here comes the source of friction as opposed to your self esteem. We need to be very open with each other here, these comrades have a story to tell because there was an agreement made amongst themselves torwards independence as they engaged in Lancaster House talks that there was supposed to be rotational leadership not life president we are experiencing today. So u better change the way you confront them. That kind of leadership is the one that has caused these divisions that have left us into the current crisis. We don't want to be personal here, let us be objective and put our differences aside and stop being self centered you see. Give chances to others such that they show their leadership skills and or qualities. Thank you.

dokonda nyamakate - 20 November 2015

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Dee - 20 November 2015

''Wait for the Lord and keep his way, He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it'' (Psalm 37:34 NIV)

Dee - 20 November 2015

Kwave kuita kweashaya kutsvaga uta neMugate........last kicks of a dying horse ...KoMasvingo hamuna kuenda wani , nhasi maperekedzwa naMnangagwa kwake Mberengwa why???Hazvina kuzoita zvamai fungidzira. People beat you at your own game.

Gono - 20 November 2015

Bob proudly claims that she is a screamer. He likes to show off the finger nail scars on his back.

clodunt - 20 November 2015

With fools like Grace and her handlers at the helm, we have no shortage of tomfoolery in Zimbabwe. No wonder we can not escape from the dire economic malaise we in. False prophecy, witchcraft, dictatorship, misguided policies is at the root of perpetual misery of Zimbabweans. Its easy to manipulate people (religiously, traditionally, or politically) if they are more concerned about feeding themselves on an hour to hour basis. As a people we need to wake up and smell the coffee. When Grace says, lets just "endure our troubles" she means continue to be poor o she can have all she wants with impunity.

tino16 - 20 November 2015

Empty containers make the loudest noise...this bitch is getting too too far with her lack of diplomacy as a first bitch. She must be stopped in her tracks otherwise she is messing up this country big time. Bla bla bla for nothing

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bremand bremand - 20 November 2015

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thulani mwanema - 20 November 2015

can somebody tell our dear Nelson Chamisa to preseve his precious life by staying as far away from the crococodile as possible.U see the croc is never a friendldly animal,it can appear passive while pretending to be fast asleep by the river bank but one of its eyes will be half open closely monitoring its pray,s movements.You hardly notice its movements when it attacks but one thing for sure is that it never misses.so the way our beloved Chamisa is teasing garwe playing with its tail asking him silly teasing questions like whethr garwe is not having nightmares over grace 's rise makes me scared to the bone we still love u our young technocrat in our democratic party

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bremand bremand - 21 November 2015

Prison will silence you Grace and that's not a far fetched thought.

Newako - 22 November 2015

child's play pamusha. sera tabayiwa nenzara. we are expecting this type of politics to progress the country! these lot are a joke.

zvirozviyedzwa - 22 November 2015

Everything comes to pass. The stage we are going through will pass. Neither Grace, the G40 nor all the MDC's are our answer. When we have the answer and we have all realized and understand the politics of the third world, then we will rise. As has happened in the Arab world. That can not be stopped. Democracy is something we have to "create" and can only be inclusive if it starts with the people. Which unfortunately I dont see for now. I see extractive individuals who are fighting to extract as much as possible from non inclusive government institutions. All this will come to pass.

Manheru - 22 November 2015

Yes the future does look bleak. I regrettably agree with Manheru above that neither the MDC, G40 are the answer. "As the whirlwind passes, the wicked will pass away and be in this world no more." (Daniel 6:4-24). Paraphrased. Let their evil trip them up, even destroy them.

Nooshie - 22 November 2015

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