Stop eating maize, it's stock feed: First Lady

BUHERA - President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, has said Zimbabweans must stop eating maize — the country’s staple food — claiming the grain is stock feed unfit for human consumption.

Officially opening a girls’ dormitory named after her at Hande High School in Buhera, just a few kilometres from where she had curiously donated maize at her rally on Friday, Grace said she was no longer eating sadza — a cooked maize-meal that is not only common in Zimbabwe, but across southern Africa.

“Maize was not meant for human consumption at all, but as stock feed. Isn’t it so (Agriculture) minister (Joseph) Made?” she said.

“It’s better to eat millet sadza,” she suggested.

“I have long stopped eating it after I gained the knowledge. Knowledge is power. The food to eat is brown sadza, that is what our forefathers would eat,” Grace said.

Oddly, she later donated 300 tonnes of maize and 120 tonnes of rice among other basic goods.

This comes as the Manicaland District has produced a very poor crop, in spite of the good rains the usually arid area received this season.

“The soil is not fertile and it’s not meant for maize. People here should try to venture into small grains which grow well in this part of the country,” the First Lady said.

Earlier on, State minister for Manicaland, Mandi Chimene, had said locals needed to be encouraged to dump maize production due to perpetual crop failure.

“Maize is not your crop here and you need to consider migrating to small grain production. We have seen some fields with very poor crop. I hope amai (Grace Mugabe), they will listen to you if you tell them yourself,” she said.

Successful maize farming in the district has always been a long shot and has always been a perpetual exercise in futility.

At least 50 percent of the district is in natural farming region five, 35 percent in region four and 15 percent is in region three.

Comments (22)

Amai wee wee..shuu his lady is now insane. What was she eating in childhood, when she go married to that Airforce boy, even when she was a Secretarial student at CCOSA and then becoming a Typist in the Robbers and Mugger's office. No cdes, this lady is now going far. She must be stopped henceforth. She must stop this bile spewing business with our elders kumamisha uko......please stop this madness now. Wakakura uchidya yei kuChivhu uko or kuBuhera we don't now.

Clemence Tashaya - 20 February 2017

Knowledge is power yes. .... and ignorance is bliss!!!

Sagitarr - 20 February 2017

That's a very much rude if not insulting statement from a person of power to the general population. Practically over the years gone by people's lives have been reduced to that of stock and their maize consumption will not drop in the near future. A good leader improves the lives of the people and everything will fall away naturally.

X-MAN IV - 20 February 2017

Sounds very much like Marry Antoinette's infamous satatement, ''Let them eat cake''. How soon these new money people forget from whence they came from? We shall meet thee on your way down mistress.

Observer - 21 February 2017

marie antoinette. of coz

natural nyasha - 21 February 2017

Its not surprising as she also said girls are having morecases of getting pregnant more than boys

independent - 21 February 2017

Grace Mugabe is full of hypocrisy, she knows that many people does not have access to millet or such fields where enough millet can be grown for house hold consumption. She took land and her husband RGM chased the white farms who had the means and capacity to grow millet.

amina - 21 February 2017

Vanhu musangosvoropodza kana amai Dr.Grace Mugabe vauya nedama rakanaka. Chii chakashata kuyeuchidza vanhu kuti makore ano emvura irikunaya zvisina anonzwisisa vanhu ngavarime mbewu dzinoenderana namanairo emvura muregion yavo ? Handipokani nazvo amai. Asika ndinemuvhunzo mumwe chete. Sadza rezviyo ndiro ramunodya here imwi nemhuri yenyu kwenyu kuFar East kwamunogara ? Kana kuti munodya twenyu twechiChinese tunoita kuti kana masvongwa mofunga kuuya kuZimbabwe nehukasha hunenge hwembwa yapiwa mastard mouya kuzovhiringa vanaamai vedu paruzevha muchivarutsira tsvina dzakuzvimbirai. Kana zvakadaro a-aa, kweteba, vekwedu vacharamba vachichirima chibagwe drought or no drought. Kana tichifa nezhara ndizvozvo mwari mutsvene ariko, achatiraramisa nemichero (chakata,matamba, makwakwa nematobwe) kana nesora zvaro.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 21 February 2017

i thought attaining a doctorate meant an enlightened and intelligent brain, today let me kkkkkkkkkkkkkk. what if i also argue that millet was meant for birds or fowls not people, kkkkk its better you eat grass, kkkkkkkkkk

danieljackles - 21 February 2017

i thought attaining a doctorate meant an enlightened and intelligent brain, today let me kkkkkkkkkkkkkk. what if i also argue that millet was meant for birds or fowls not people, kkkkk its better you eat grass, kkkkkkkkkk

danieljackles - 21 February 2017

They are worried to loose the vote , they are used to vote buying by dishing out Maize but this year God has made their plan unsuccessful by giving enough rains for every hard working farmers especialy the old resettled farmers , check the space Zanu PF will out come 2018

Mudhara - 21 February 2017

First Lady, tell People to eat mugaiwa, mumhare nembwirembwire kwete zvamuri kurotomoka izvi. Potatoes are not originaly european but became european because of Food shortages just like we Need maize. Little knowledge is dangerous.

selele - 21 February 2017

The iron of it is those pple who had come to her gatering did so to collect maize meal not that they liked her .heeish shocking defeat is looming mama these are your last days .bcoz you are going and very soon you will be very unhappy windowed and out of power the writing is on the wall .

Diibulaanyika - 21 February 2017

And you will eat maize meal again bcoz when you are h ungry you h ave no choice as zibabweans do now they are eating shit bcoz zanu and Mugabe are forcing them to do so All the millions you have in some foreign countries we will retake them and you be broke such that you will eat mugayiwa ,

Diibulaanyika - 21 February 2017

Mukadota went to America for a week when he came back he told Amai Rwizi that he no longer ate Sadza. He was only eating American Ghoulash. Amai G. Mugabe akaenda ku Chaina Singapore and Maylasia akadzoka ooti haa chadhli Sadza jena awe kudhla rice ne sadza re zwiyo. A hwina cup ndiani apa, Amai G. Mugabe or muchakabvu Samanyika Mukadota? kkkkkkkkkkkkk!

Sekuru Ndoronga - 21 February 2017

This may be the future president speaking Obviously campaigning for her husband seat Zvakaoma I would love a glimpse of her intial months as president !!!! We look at America and say it will never happen in Zimbabwe Did you see the manic grins of old ladies alluring because they were getting food from amai The bible says the left hand should not know what the right one is doing but why are we surprised -----there is no time and they have to convince people to vote for amai and when she wins we are back to now -----In those crowds do they know amai bought a ring worth 1.4 million ---no Does amai have an explanation to that ring no ----apart from laughing like a hyena at that rally You remember her speech yokuti :ndakarara nenzara zuro so I can feel what you people are feeling : The old demented husband is talking about entrepreneurship ---how do you start a business without capital Iye aive mudzidzisi wani akatanga nekuva nechikoro chake??? This leadership is toxic

gonyeti 2 - 21 February 2017

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk pakaipa.Dr Amai I love you but apa mandipedza.Kana musina chokureva nyararai

nzenza - 21 February 2017

She was indeed "laughing" like a hyena. Seka se benzi!! Inga vakuru vanozviziva wani kuti benzi ukaripa sadza dzinomboti pengenukei. Kana zvanetsa motobikira doro!!

Will Blackman - 22 February 2017

Gentlemen, Ladies, we are all in Zimbabwe where we say zvinhu tichida popularity kuvanhu

Zwelithini Farai Singwango - 22 February 2017

first lady what u r starting can u end it . MARIE ANTOINETTE akazoikuvarira ka iyi . ko kungoguta then monyarara . magutiro akadai aya

al - 25 February 2017

Our traditional food is best for us. A large percentage of people in Zimbabwe are victims of high glucose levels in their blood. Migrating from Maize back to our traditional grains have positive effects on our health. Traditinal grains do well where maize fails. Let's look at the positive side of her remarks. I admit it is not possible to change overnight to maize sadza

I SakalaI - 27 February 2017

this woman is jus brash, uncouth and undignified!! deplorable first lady material let alone presidential material!! zvangazvakayipeyi kungoti ngatirimeyi ma small grains?? what was insulting people's staple diet for?? ririkudoka zuva renyu, the winds of change are blowing

muza - 28 February 2017

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