via $20 each to attend The Zimbabwe 14 October 2014
In Gwanda, there were complaints of residents being coerced into attending the first lady’s rally. There were further reports of citizens being given $20 each, in exchange for their presence. In her speech, Grace ripped a page out of Oppah Muchinguri’s memoirs and had a go at Joice Mujuru.
“Some people like to ride on the back of the President. They think that being VP means sitting in the office and Mugabe working for them,” she said.
In a largely Ndebele speaking community, Grace addressed the gathering at Pelandaba Stadium in Shona. Those pulling strings from behind the scenes had not even troubled to arrange for an interpreter. One wonders if at all the puppeteers care whether Grace’s campaign looks convincing or not. At this rate, the whole thing has the whiff of a con. Sort of like those shady investment brokers that offer ‘double your money back’ deals. They set up office and have a receptionist upfront, typing furiously on a keyboard. But a quick glance at the receptionist’s desk might show a dead computer monitor, or broken phone cables dangling from the wall socket.