Stand ready for President Grace, says Bhasikiti

HARARE - Former Masvingo provincial minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has warned his former comrades in the warring post-congress Zanu PF to prepare to salute First Lady Grace Mugabe as the party’s leader, saying sarcastically that “she is going to inherit what is rightfully hers”.

Speaking tongue-in-cheek in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, amid a push by Grace’s supporters that she and not Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeds Mugabe, Bhasikiti said the ruling party was no longer “a people’s party, as it is now a Mugabe fiefdom”.

Bhasikiti, who was sacked from the ruling party together with dozens of other party bigwigs for supporting former Vice President Joice Mujuru, said the constitutional changes that had been adopted during Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress in December last year “effectively entitle Grace to take over from her husband, and subsequently her children as well”.

“Grace is totally right in her aspirations to succeed the president because there is no way she can let her family estate be taken away by outsiders.

“The party is Mugabe’s property and it is only normal for a wife to take over the administration of the Gushungo family property from her husband and subsequently hand this over to her children,” Bhasikiti said.

He added that those senior party officials such as Mnangagwa who were allegedly angling to take over from Mugabe when he “finally calls it quits are day-dreaming”.

“Do not expect any other leader besides Grace because that would be abnormal. Even at law, it is the immediate family — that is the wife and children, who inherit a husband’s property.

“As it stands now, since December 2014 Grace has every right over the party. Party officials should by now know who the owner of the party is. Grace is perfectly correct in demanding her rightful place in the party,” he added.

However, the former Mwenezi legislator was quick to emphasise that Grace’s “proprietary rights” were only limited to the post-congress Zanu PF.

“When it comes to the national presidency she will have to meet us as People First, where we believe in putting the interests of the people at the front burner of everything.

“There, she has no rights as we will provide the national president. When you look for the country’s president, look no further than People First because we are the people’s party,” he said.

Chipping in, MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said Zanu PF had never been a democratic institution, hence “its personalisation by the First Family”.

“We all know about the undemocratic nature of Zanu PF. They have, unlike us in the MDC, never held democratic elections. So, whether it is Grace or Mnangagwa, it really doesn’t help Zimbabweans.

“What we know is that come 2018, the MDC will provide the country’s president and that will be Morgan Tsvangirai,’’ Mwonzora said.

Comments (8)

Zanu was always Mugabe's fiefdom. Bhaskiti is either naïve or deceitful. He knows fully well that everyone who is anyone in zanu is because of Mugabe's patronage. Zvobgo, Nkala, Mujuru et al all created this monster and all died without undoing what they did.

Lt General - 1 December 2015

OBhasikiti bakiti! What difference is your People First with Zanu? You're the same people who where worshiping Mugabe and after being kicked out you're starting a new Mujuru frenzy. Are you going to write another thesis praising Mujuru. We just comment here because we have nothing to read, otherwise oBhasikiti ngabantu yini

Qiniso - 1 December 2015

bhatso aribho-o ndomaonero akewo

rabson jairos - 2 December 2015

Bhasikiti, nyaya yawa kadzingirwa haina kumboipa-wakadudzira shumo inoto USHE MADZORO zvoga -Isu MAPOROFITA -EZVOKWADI tinokutsigira.Pamberi ne PEOPLEs FIRST.

Chilufya Zoto aka-prophet 271262 - 2 December 2015

Yes Mr Basket ,lets see what good will come out of yu now that yu in charge of yo new party.Bt Im wondering when yu going to split,whos side yu wil take ,mujurus or gumbos.Split is coming bt definately nt from yu.A party formed bcoz yu culdnt master politics in the main party ,that new party wont go far.When zanu split from zapu ,it was a group of men who set down n quit zapu,as strong as it was,they wr not kicked out,bt left on their own.yu got kicked out with Bla Dhidhi.Yu were out played .

viola gwena - 2 December 2015

When will the supporters of Mugabe (not necessarilyZanuPF) realise that they are being played and have been played all along. A round of bootlicking calls for yet another round of grovelling, fawning and sycophantic s now in the service of a woman only intent on abusing them as often as she can for as long as she can

Nooshie - 2 December 2015

Dear military of Zimbabwe, If you bald heads allow Grace Mugabe to gazump the presidency from your grasp, you would have failed yourself and all the fallen heroes of the liberation war. Grace has no right to stand onthe podium and talk down on you guys. Remember the days you spent in the bush, running from Smith's Spitfire, you survived only to be rewarded with a venom spitting women of no fixed bode, she is reaping where she did not plough.....kill her, kill her, kill her....Chiwenga, Shiri, Mnangagwa, Sekeramayi, machende, atova mushy potato?, wake up guys, shoot this bitch once and for all, nd you will finish this deranged president as well. We are tired of your lot Quick.

Msuuunuuu - 2 December 2015

Better to hev grace and nt Mnangagwa

Sekuru Mtsipa - 3 December 2015

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