Grace for president?

via Grace for president? – DailyNews Live 11 September 2014 by Fungi Kwaramba

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace on Wednesday received a major boost as chiefs and government ministers gave her a “blank cheque for higher office” in Zanu PF.

With her position as the Women’s League national secretary all but secured, there is no doubt that the flamboyant businesswoman is being primed for bigger things through flattery and rising sycophantism at her meetings.

Zanu PF is presently torn between two battling factions, one reportedly led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and the other by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Prospects of a third force have, however, been bandied about, with party officials jostling to give the first lady a ringing endorsement in a bid to curry favour with her husband.

On Tuesday, chiefs, their spouses and ministers, demonstrated that they were ready to give Grace all the power she wants.

With her election to head the Women’s League virtually assured at a party congress in December, she will take a seat in Zanu PF’s politburo.

Amid speculation that Grace is planning countrywide “thank you” rallies, there are also suggestions that she will use the indabas to galvanise support for a higher position in the party.

Speaking at her Mazowe farm on Tuesday, Grace said she was ready to be the “monya (bouncer) for hire”.

Chiefs lined up to back her, with some literally grovelling and likening Mugabe’s wife to the country’s venerated spirit medium Mbuya Nehanda. Born Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana, the famed svikiro (spirit medium)  which provided inspiration against white settlers in pre-independent Zimbabwe.

Martin Dinha, the Mashonaland Central governor and State Minister, said as a province, they were ready to be defend Grace’s elevation.

“We are more blessed than all of you,” Dinha said. “In this province, we saw it fit that she (Grace) should stay in Mbuya Nehanda’s territory. This is a sacred land that is managed by Mai Mugabe.”

Dinha said the first lady, a former typist,   was “an intelligent person who deserves to lead the country.”

Just as the chiefs’ appearance at her Mazowe orphanage was a huge surprise, so much has been the flattery that the first lady’s manoeuvres to grab adjacent properties to build the sprawling facility were said to be part of her efforts to support Zanu PF’s economic blueprint ZimAsset.

“I was one of the few people who believed that her projects would not materialise up,” Dinha said. “This is one project that came true. She (Grace) started ZimAsset before we even knew we would have it.”

Referring to the first lady as a “loving mother”, the fawning governor said he was ready to fight for her ascendancy.

“Mother, do not be scared, the country is fully behind you, even if we are insulted or beaten hatikendenge (we do not care). No doubt, amai, tinomira nemi (we will stand by you).”

Dinha added: “December achisvika pindai pamunoda (Come December, get into any position of your choice).”

Grace’s entrance into the Zanu PF political arena has ruffled feathers in the ruling party.

Her backers are now called  “Mazoe Crush”, and the name specifically refers to her “queen makers”  Oppah Muchinguri and Edna Madzongwe, the two party officials who proposed her for the Women’s League top job.

Dinha said: “Ichi chitima cherusununguko. Ukaregera kujambira unosara (This is a freedom train, if you do not join the bandwagon, you will be left behind).”

Chiefs and their spouses, who came to Harare ostensibly for a meeting with minister Ignatius Chombo and were later taken to the first lady’s farm, were en-route to Gweru where they are currently attending a meeting.

They were taken around the first family’s ever-expanding empire and treated to the best cuisine. They were impressed.

Chief Musarurwa summed up the feeling among the traditional leaders, who were donning their red gowns lined with purple, the royal colour.

“Ndimi maita nyakasikana muchengeti wevanhu. Isu tinoti tongai, anonyunyuta  ngaanyunyute. Muri amai vedu chete kusvika narinhi. (Thank you, you have become Nehanda, the one who takes care of the people. As chiefs, we say you should rule and those who are against you can complain all they want but you are our mother forever).”

Critics say Mugabe, by backing his wife’s entry into politics, is subtly creating a monarch. But president of the Chiefs’ Council Fortune Charumbira said even in popular churches, it was now common cause that the church could be led by the prophetess when the prophet is not around.

“Hatred will be there,” Charumbira said. “If you are not challenged during your rise, that is not healthy.”

Joel Biggie Matiza, the deputy Local Government minister, said Grace’s business empire was a clear indication that she was ready for the big role.

“Mhepo inonaka iyi, maoko emunhu mumwe chete. Hauite zvinhu izvi zvichirotwa, haasi ma building chete asi pane mamwe ma programme ekuti ukamatarisa, vamwe munobuda misodzi (We are breathing fresh air because of one person. She does not have the orphanage but other programmes which can evoke tears).

“She has leadership qualities,” Matiza said.


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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    Good God I can’t believe what I’m reading. Are there that many imbeciles in Zimbabwe that this pea brained woman might actually ascend to some sort of position with power????

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    Planter 8 years ago

    “monya fo hire” that sums it up thats her attitude. She will ride rough shod over everything and everyone, think of the 300 odd families who were resettled in mazoe now being kicked off the land so she can “take” not buy it note or compensate – this insanity is unimaginable she does not give a damn about the people this is all to protect their stolen empire at the serious expense the Zimbabwean people of all creeds, mira mona what comes around – goes around………..

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      tapiwa 8 years ago

      ‘chitima chinogona kufira munzira’ , and mhepo ino’ mira kuvhuvhuta’ all this is madness before sanity and when they realise that they were all taken for a ride then ndopachaita imwe jambanja. Time will tell. Zimbabwe as a country is not a church and you don’t become a prophetess just because your hubby is a prophet and vice-versa but then again Im not a student of theology

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    We don’t want her as president. We don’t even want her husband to be our president. Oh, wait a minute; our votes & our voices don’t count. Never mind!

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    nesbert majoni 8 years ago

    Bootlicking ana Dinha and Charumbura. Can’t you see the country is burning

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    hona Nehanda zvoita vana vako

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    She is clearly being used by the Mnangagwa faction, true. And yet who could have believed that Mugabe could one day so emasculate his party that nepotism (once upon a time a dirty word) would be strung up a pole, in broad daylight like a party flag.

    For nepotism is what it is, pure and simple.

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    Sad indeed. It shall all come to pass! !

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    WeMatongo 8 years ago

    Anything can happen now ZPF because ethics hamuchina….as if know one knows amai ivava chatoita chishamiso munhu wese we ZPF wadhakwa nerokuti grace iDisgrace sei chaizvo vanhu vachirohwa nemamhepo. avawo baba dinha hanzi December achisvika pindai pamunoda he fell short of saying pindwai pamunoda. statement monya for hire at that level chete chete yatotitaridza hudofo and hollowness in some other people’s mother. Just see how crumbling this zpf is going to be in very short time. Nhamo dzokwa Muzarabani, Nyamandhlovu, Chomungundumu, Mabolokohlo nekwaana Tendawasvika vangadzimiririre ava shopping plane yavapo zvayo. You see zuro ndizuro vakaisa ma orange mumbiti manje avakudonha ega tuma projekiti twe zpf ndetwe 2cents vanhu vatokanganwa hutongi ihwohwo, chero village haitongwi nenzira yakadai kuzoti nyika. Tichakutongai chete

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    Sonofngwazi 8 years ago


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    I grin when I remember the bloody fate of queen Marie Antoinette. What a circus of degenerate juvenile antics

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    farai 8 years ago

    This is politics, watch and learn.

    Grace will be pushed to the limits of her incompetence then dumped. if she is smart she just might run away with the Presidency.

    Personally I would be more impressed if she had adopted all orphanages around the countries 10 provinces. Then she would have built a national profile. This Mazoe thing, its fruity personal.

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    Doris 8 years ago

    God help us! Better she just hops on a Malaysian plane outa here when Bob pops his clogs!

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    Come come zinbabweans we are not that dull,, what is going on here?and all this circus goes unchallenged,, god bless the stupid people of zimbabwe

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    Mishonga yanetsa 8 years ago


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    Che'guevara 8 years ago

    I can assure you Mnangagwa will rue the day they created this monster. This is another Frankenstein disaster in the making.

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    Gwanda North 8 years ago

    Zanu pf is in its perishing days and comes 2018 it will be burried in the dustbin of history.God has better plans for this nation than merely this Zanufication of our nation.2018 will be approaching nearly 40yrs after independance and true a new generation is cropping up to take over this nation to its intended destination.God remember this nation and bless this nation Zimbabwe.

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    Davy Mufirakureva 8 years ago

    Its Chombo appeasing Mugabe to protect stolen worlth/richess

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    I see grace sent a warning to Mujuru to lay low or die as a warning she burnt down mujurus house. Haha trying to burn out a snake – hilarious. First your husband now you . He he be afraid very afraid of the mugabes

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    nyoni 8 years ago

    Over our dead bodies will this crazed meglomaniac rule Zimbabwe. Hondo !

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    Das Reich 8 years ago

    cry the beloved country!

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    Likening grace mugabe to Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana who bears the name Mbuya Nehanda is an insult to the Mhondoro, Mbuya Nehanda. It is dumbest to compare the nonentity grace mugabe with Mbuya Nehanda. Iwe Martin Dinha newe Charumbira munoziva here zvinoreva kuti “Kupesva benzi nemupururu.” She is only a former typist, please don’t throw her into the deep end.

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    Phunyukabemphethe 8 years ago

    This surely would not be tragic had Zim been a democracy, since the madness could simply remain a gukurahundi party issue.

    Unfortunately, because Zim is no democracy but a one-party dictatorship; what happens in the gukurahundi party is what happens to the whole country.


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    You mean Doctor Grace Mugabe PhD not Grace Mugabe wake up journalist !!