Grace will never rule Zimbabwe: Misihairabwi

via Grace will never rule Zimbabwe: Misihairabwi | The Zimbabwean 7 September 2014 by Nelson Sibanda

Grace Mugabe is not prepared to assume any meaningful role in Zanu (PF) or government and will never rule Zimbabwe, said MDC Member of Parliament, Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga.

Speaking to The Zimbabwean at the Southern African Political and Economic Series Trust recently, Misihairabwi said the First Lady had no capacity to satisfactorily handle high political party responsibilities.

“Grace is not ready to manage the Zanu (PF) kind of politics and will never be the state president in her life time,” said Misihairabwi, dismissing suggestions that Mugabe was grooming Grace for the presidency as wild and farfetched dreams.

Misihairabwi pointed out that Grace was being used by one of the two Zanu (PF) factions to achieve some goals.

The MDC secretary general noted that the fact that it took Zanu (PF) some 21 years after Mugabe’s first wife, Sally, had passed away to recognise Grace as a political force, showed that she was not taken seriously by the ruling party.

Grace, said Misihairabwi, would not understand Zanu (PF) politics let alone government affairs and her entry into politics has no significance to happenings in the party.

According to Misihairabwi, Mugabe made his choice about who to mentor for some presidium roles not his successor and ‘that person is none other than Joyce Mujuru’.

She said the Zanu (PF) December elective congress would not finalise the succession wrangle, but make clearer who would be in control of presidential affairs.

“Mugabe rarely shifts positions and since he chose Mujuru as Vice President it is unlikely that he has changed his mind.

“This was underscored by the fact that Mugabe did not nullify the recent disputed Zanu (PF) Youth Wing elections,” Misihairabwi said, observing that if Mujuru had fallen out of Mugabe’s favour the party elections favouring her would have been put on ice.

Misihairabwi added another interesting dimension to Grace’s ascendancy to political power.

She suspected that Grace might be appointed Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development to avoid a clash of interest between the boss at the party Women’s League and the respective minister.

The outspoken Misihairabwi dismissed rumours that Mugabe was no longer in control of Zanu (PF).

She said Mugabe was very much in control since all party members both men and women would kneel before him to seek permission for whatever business.

The Zanu (PF) succession battles were not for controlling the party, according to Misihairabwi, but for control over resources.

Derek Matyzak, senior researcher with the Research and Advocacy Unit, concurred with Misihairabwi that, Mujuru could succeed Mugabe since her dominance of the party politburo had significant influence over party structures eligible to vote at the elective congress.

Matyzak was quick to point out that any Mugabe nominated candidate might be rejected by internal party structures which need proper Zanu (PF) processes to be followed.

“At the end of the day the Zanu (PF) guided democracy would give guidance to the voters to elect good candidates,” noted Matyzak.

A research made by RAU found that the Zanu (PF) succession battle would be viewed as a contest between the Zezuru led by Mujuru and the Karanga represented by Mnangagwa.

“It certainly seems to be outside any coincidence that the Head of State, President Mugabe, a Vice President, Mujuru, the head of the judiciary, Godfrey Chidyausiku, the head of the Defence Forces, Constantine Chiwenga, the head of the Air Force, Perence Shiri, the head of Police, Augustine Chihuri and the Registrar General of Elections are all Zezuru.

“None of the four Cabinet Ministers of the last government excluded from the Politburo were Zezuru,” reads part of the RAU research report.

The report however indicated that observers noted that the succession battle might not only be fought on ethnic lines, but the military factor.

It was noted that the securocrats who stepped in to ensure Mugabe’s victory at the June, 2013 presidential election, would be a determining factor depending on who they feel has the capacity to protect their positions and the status quo.

The military preferred candidate would be in a position to protect the Zanu (PF) old guard and believe in ‘rule by entitlement’ by virtue of their contributions made during the liberation war.

Grace’s appearance at the political stage sent fears among some Zanu (PF) sections that Mugabe wanted her assume the presidency when the right time comes.


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    Priscilla, anything is possible with Mugabe. If he wants grace to rule, she will.

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    az zimbabweans will never allow grace to rule us.that will be the end of zanu pf

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    Kitsi-yatota 8 years ago


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    Kazingizi 8 years ago

    well, never say never Priscilla, you should know better!Misihairabwi chembere yepaIndia apa yakabika mabwe ikanwa muto!

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    Priscilla you are long standing MDC armchair academic like your gutless naive gullible self seeking opportunist ilk. Yoza mob justice are not cowards

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    JOHNSON 8 years ago

    zezuru versus Kalanga seems plausible. The tribal warfare of Zambia and Mozamique in the 70s when the NHARI-BADZA rebellion occurred! sounds logical. mujuru shall win>

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    Kakwinya 8 years ago

    She is doing ground work for her sons.

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    Show them all the door!

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    Roger Zulu 8 years ago

    Go on Grace scheme and take your chance and continue to feather your nest with Zimbabwe’s vast riches. Your family deserves it!! The poor Mugabe’s do not have enough.Long live Robert, long live Grace and go to hell all of those that are not in your pigs trough circle!

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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 8 years ago

    Karangas have been systematically eliminated. Cry oh Karanga blood that spilled on the war fronts within Rhodesian boarders in the late 70s, while the Zezurus remained behind scheming how to stay in power forever.

    Now ZANU PF politburo will comprise, among others, of Robert Mugabe, Grace Mugabe, Patrick Zhuwao-Mugabe…eish where are we, Korea?

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    she can run a whore house which is similar to Mugabe but lickers.

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    Gideon Gono 8 years ago

    When are the Zimbabwean people going to get the guts, the bravado, and overthrow Mugabe? He has destroyed their country. They need to learn how to stand up for themselves.

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      I am not the one 8 years ago

      Oh Gideon, the sun will rise in the west before that happens. Even if it did it would end up in total shambles, maybe even worse than Bob. There is no credible leader but even were there one he would be hard pressed to build anything resembling a functioning country. Whites would be blamed for all ills and mercedes would make a killing in supplying vehicles. China would continue plundering as the big man would be paid direct. Power would be virtually non-existent and on and on and on. In other words no change or improvement and the metropols of Chegutu and the likes will fester further with broken tractors parked in garage forecourts and traffic circles in the middle of nowhere.

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    cypriano 8 years ago

    I think Gedion Gono will be the next first secretary of Zanupf.Tsvangirai is the next president of our country.