Grace frustrates Mnangagwa in Dubai

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly used  a private jet by owned by South African multi-millionaire arms dealer to fly to Dubai for a private meeting with President Robert Mugabe — but he was, however, jettisoned by the ever presence of First Lady Grace Mugabe who allegedly did not give him a chance for a one-on-one with the 91-year-old, the Daily News can reveal.

As details surrounding the embattled VP trip to Dubai emerge, the Daily News was told by authoritative sources that a South African millionaire Ivor  Ichikowitz — who is involved in arms dealings — provided the jet but it was not clear at the time of going to press yesterday why Mnangagwa decided to use the controversial businessman’s plane.

Mnangagwa, who has lately been on the back-foot as a faction opposed to his presidential ambitions plot his downfall,  travelled to Dubai reportedly for clear the air talks with Mugabe, who is currently enjoying his yearly sabbatical.

The Daily News was yesterday told that Mnangagwa sought and was granted a meeting with Mugabe following widespread reports in government that there were plans by the nonagenarian to replace him with senate President Edna Madzongwe, as Zanu PF seeks to fulfil the woman quota mandate.

But his plans for a private chat with Mugabe were in vain, as the influential Grace was by her 91-year-old husband side around the clock, according to sources close to Mnangagwa.

And instead of the much hoped for tête-à-tête — the bruised Mnangagwa could only be invited for a family dinner, on a table he shared with his wife, and the First Family.

“There was no chance for the VP to be alone with the President  as the First Lady was all over the show, the two families ended up having dinner and exchanging pleasantries. Grace made sure that his husband rested and does not discuss politics with Ngwena (Mnangagwa).

“She frustrated Mnangagwa to an extent that the whole thing ended up being a joke because it was like a whole VP had flown in a private jet to have dinner with the First Family,” the impeccable source told the Daily News.

Grace is supported by the the ever scheming  Generation  40 (G40) faction that has stepped up pressure to derail Mnangagwa’s chances of ever succeeding Mugabe, who turns 92 on February 21 next month.

And the acting president, whose offices were on Wednesday broken into, even posed for pictures in the private jet owned by Ichikowitz, owner of Paramount Group.

According to his website, “Ichikowitz is a life-long proponent of Africa and its people and his interests stretch from local community initiatives to international trade and development. He believes that the continent has the potential to become an important global economic power. Over the last two decades he has been an active investor, employer and entrepreneur building numerous successful businesses across the continent.

“Since the early 90s he has proudly supported initiatives that promote transformation and nation building in South Africa. He was active in the anti-apartheid struggle and has openly supported the African National Congress.”

Comments (15)

If by hook or crook the unelectable Mnangagwa becomes President of the republic all these shadowy people who are propping him up will demand their dues & the only people who will have to pay for it are the already impoverished masses.

Lt General - 15 January 2016

Blah blah as usual

Blah - 15 January 2016

impeccable sources... kkk nyce one

joe - 15 January 2016

un electable munagagwa for sure. Whtas zanu thinking or are they

jomo511 - 15 January 2016

Storie n stories.mnangagwa was summoned by president to explain civil servants isues,simple.he was then ordered to go back to work n deal wth the crisis.bcoz vp mnangagwa is in charge of government business nt vp mphoko.thats the reasn he emidiately took over.theris really nothing to this story.pure fiction frm this reporter.a 1st lady does not prevent a vp from meeting the president,for any matter to be discussed.its the president himself who can refuse to meet vp bt in this case president summoned vp.

viola gwena - 16 January 2016

Dream on - Gire is in charge. No one comes through to see my husband except through me # she said this before

Bewarned - 16 January 2016

We know the guy is corrupt to the bones that is why he is friend to some dubious business people and even using their private jets . He Munangagwa remains accused of diamond plundering in DRC .All what he was going to do in Dubai is just gossiping and tried to crook the old many but unfortunately the wife of the old man made sure that would not happen toko kkkkkkkkk

Diibulaanyika - 17 January 2016

Who said Mnangagwa is unelectable? MaZezuru majaira. Is Mugabe electable,

dick mboko - 17 January 2016

why not talk in the country and not in a foreign country they seem to be all going bananas because of all the wealth they have

? - 18 January 2016

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