First Lady steals show in Vic Falls

VICTORIA FALLS - First  Lady Grace Mugabe (pictured) was the runaway star at the official opening of the post-congress Zanu PF’s conference yesterday — with wild cheering and whistling punctuating the air each time her name was mentioned.

Even though the increasingly influential women’s league boss did not have an opportunity to address her gathered legion of party admirers, she was by far the most popular politician at the conference other than President Robert Mugabe himself.



The first lady cleared eclipsed vice presidents Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, and other top officials.

From Mugabe himself to Mphoko, and other party bigwigs, they all chanted “Pamberi naDoctor Amai” (Forward with Grace) to deafening applause from delegates. Mnangagwa, who was chairing the get-together, was the only official who spoke and did not chant the popular slogan.

Indeed, speaker after speaker extravagantly acknowledged her potent presence, which she beamingly lapped in — with most delegates observing that no one with ambitions to lead Zanu PF could afford to cross her path now.

If there was any reminder that she too is mortal, it was the presence of “suspended” women’s league spokesperson Monica Mutsvangwa at the jamboree — who danced and punched the air wildly as she responded to slogans, as if to remind the first lady that the women’s league’s recent decision to expel her was not necessarily a death sentence in itself.

In his opening remarks, Mugabe once again shamed Zanu PF propagandists and hangers-on who routinely and crassly want to argue implausibly that there are no serious divisions in the ruling party, observing emphatically that there was massive factional tension within the former liberation movement — imploring warring factions to bury the hatchet and work for everyone’s good.

He also, once again, savaged over-ambitious party leaders that he said were fanning factionalism in the ruling party.
“We always hear that some people support individuals, that they support so and so ... we don’t want to hear that. We want you all to rally behind our leaders, our vice presidents, president and other people in the party,” Mugabe said.

He warned that the conference would deal with such wayward behaviour among party supporters.

“When the time for a congress comes, we are all going to resign before elections to choose the new leaders. That is how the leaders are to be elected.

“Right now we are far away from the congress and some elements in the party are calling for others to be removed from their positions. We say pasi nemi (down with you),” Mugabe said.

The conference is happening at a time that party followers are anticipating the emergence of a clear successor to the increasingly frail nonagenarian, and amid vicious jockeying for power between supporters of Mnangagwa and ambitious party Young Turks known as the Generation 40.

Amid all this, the powerful women’s league is agitating for a return of the women’s quota system within the party — a call that has the support of the majority of provinces, as well as the youth league.

Most delegates who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said it was almost a fait accompli that the call would be “heeded and adopted” by the party’s next politburo meeting — a move that would put spanners in the works of Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations.

In anticipation of factional disturbances and chaos, delegates were subjected to thorough searches yesterday, with delegates’ accreditation cards also bar-coded, amid fears that some unregistered party followers bussed from as far as Harare and who are allegedly staying in Livingstone, across the mighty Zambezi in Zambia, would cause problems.

Comments (23)

Hapana nyaya apa kuguta rice yama kapiwa uku

haiwa - 12 December 2015

Mave kupost pone ye quota system kuti it will addressed at the politburo handiti you said Ngwena will be removed at the conference zvashaya basa ka .....kusvika 2018 muchingodaro

haiwa - 12 December 2015

Mahooligans aka haiwa kuzo cheer up here ayo every thing around this couple is just fake fake fake

Tino - 12 December 2015

Vakomana ZAnu pF yawa , How the mighty has fallen

Mushonga - 12 December 2015

we can all pretend but this large fish stared rooting from the head long time can you honestly prevent rhodies to farm and provide food for population thats displaced in country that has not seen a war in 35 yet have not seen independence, peace later alone democracy. ululation who got the best on not does start adressing the issues just wait and see whats about to happen keep your focus and see

hloni - 12 December 2015

we can all pretend but this large fish stared rooting from the head long time can you honestly prevent rhodies to farm and provide food for population thats displaced in country that has not seen a war in 35 yet have not seen independence, peace later alone democracy. ululation who got the best on not does start adressing the issues just wait and see whats about to happen keep your focus and see

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bremand bremand - 12 December 2015

Pamberi naDoctor Amai? Isn't that creating another centre of power? Only that this time this centre of power is the one favoured by Mugabe.

Inyika - 12 December 2015

...."we are all going to resign before elections to choose new leaders".. The race against time.

X-MAN IV - 12 December 2015

I need to remind the Editor and his journalists that the Slogan 'Pasi na X' when translated is not 'Down with X'. This is Shonglish. The correct translation is 'Death to X'.

dick mboko - 13 December 2015

the truth is that grace is not popular so is mugabe. in zanu pf unlike other parties in zimbabwe, people are led by fear, so the problem is that those who attended the congress know that if mugabe stands or grace and you do not show that excitement the guy next will get a promotion by mentioning it that so and so did not show those emotions i gues he/she hates you. considering how hard life is that person will be remove from the part and his family goes hungry, if the gods are not on his side then that person may even be killed as zanu pf is one such party that life is meaningless for all except mugabe and grace. SHAME

amina - 13 December 2015

What do you expect from amazanga and amalema . They believe if they cheer Gorereza 's x wife they will be liked by Mugabe .After all this is why they had gone there in the first place to worship the son of a Malawian migrant and his wife so they can get protection and safe keep their loot .

Diibulaanyika - 13 December 2015

hee Mnangagwa on the ropes,hee kasukuwere to deal wth ngwena bla bla blla,whr r yo stories now.this conference bla was going to be turned into conference hehehe.Dailynews munombotatarika.vp is bak in his office doing work.zvenyu zve time table ndezvenyu ne g40 yenyu.If that conference was help in Masvingo or Gokwe ,who wuld be popular?even in mutoko?Matabeleland is crying for 1 vp to be based in Bulawayo in noone is listerning,including the vp himself.Go n live with people in Bulawayo.have yo mansion there.why run away from yo people.

viola gwena - 14 December 2015

this is not the 1st tyme we hav seen this .we as comrades thwarted an attempt 1984,to remove Teurai from wmen s league boss ,replace her wth then 1st lady.it was stopped,steadfastly.this maybe coming again.M Nyagumbo had the predicament of telling 1st lady madyiwa dzokai muvanhu.bt this was real congress whr every one was invited,a peoples congres or conference,whichever yu want.

viola gwena - 14 December 2015

WHAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY?

BREAD AND BUTTER - 14 December 2015

What did we say before this zanu sex gathering which took place in vic fall before it started . ? They was nothing these fools were gathering for only bonking . Are we going to see any economic changes as a result of this gathering ? A big nada !!!!! no no no!!!!! and if they is anyone thinking zanu and Mugabe have solutions for our economy recovery then that person has sewage stuff in his or her head . zanu and Mugabe are a big big economic recovery stumbling blocks without these two we are destined for dizzy heights economic wise . Zim do not need zanu and Mugabe bcoz he Mugabe is the worst leader to ever led this once great nation as compared to the able Smith and we were the happiest black people in africa as we never went to other countries looking jobs nor did we import food never . So the solution is to have zanu and Mugabe out of power .a s . p. anything less than that will be a waste of time and that will mean more destruction and shiit will continue flowing every where bcoz that is what zanu policy say to have shiite every way in the country.

Diibulaanyika - 14 December 2015

Its interesting how the daily news seems to be warming up to Dr Grace Mugabe. The Herald also seems to warming up to Dr Mujuru. Interesting to note and watch

sala - 14 December 2015

Rice ,sala ,vakapuwa rice ne mukaka.all papers hate ngwena.the change of economy will come from zanu.Mdc had a chance n flufd it.now its bak to zanu.Tanzania went thru this ,and now Tanzania is a gem,well managed ,good succesions in place.Zanu will be changed for the beter.all these g40s is nonsense that wil come to puss.A liberation party cannot be destroyed easily.Zanu is refinding itself.Cadres like Mutsvangwa are the heroes again,able to withstand intimidation from people with borrowed powers.Mutsvangwa can only be suspended by the central commettee,a full one to that mater.He does not run any structures of zanu ,so only president can suspend him,on good grounds.So for this fellow guzha to just jump out of blankets n suspend bla chris ,is madness.amatures of the struggle,lawless fellows of no background.uncouth.pretenders of the struggle.hijackers of a revolutionary party.

viola gwena - 15 December 2015

what will stop this fellow guzha from suspending anyone now,coz no law is used here.he culd goon wth his friends an suspend the Tongogara s history.or even try to suspend the 1st lady from being 1st lady?he has no bounderies.This fellow joined zanu recently after some cooked up vote of no confidence n he became chairman,now he is higher postion,suspending cadres of the struggle.YU.?farisa mushe.furirwa zvinemwero.kupusa.

viola gwena - 15 December 2015

The country is burning whilst selfish people choose to ravagely chew large chunks of meat ignoring crying voices of defenceless Zimbabweans. As a normal nation would we celebrate the installation of an old man to be responsible for our welfare. Surely zimbos ,we are so docile.

mukanya - 17 December 2015

The country is burning whilst selfish people choose to ravagely chew large chunks of meat ignoring crying voices of defenceless Zimbabweans. As a normal nation would we celebrate the installation of an old man to be responsible for our welfare. Surely zimbos ,we are so docile.

mukanya - 17 December 2015

Imwe nyika inevanhu vanoti vakadzidza yakatongwa nehure sekutamba. nxaaa

kkkkkkkkkkkk - 18 December 2015

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