‘Grace’s sponsors misreading game’

via ‘Grace’s sponsors misreading game’ – DailyNews Live 13 October 2014 by Thelma Chikwanha

HARARE – Despite widespread belief that Grace Mugabe’s formal entrance into Zanu PF’s high stakes politics was a result of cunning manipulation by a faction within the ruling party, some analysts say her sponsors may have miscalculated badly regarding her ambitions.

The strong suspicion that the First Lady may be a “sponsored decoy” was given impetus last week when outgoing Women’s League boss Oppah Muchinguri told Zanu PF supporters in Masvingo that her caucus had seen it fit to rope in Grace to clip the powers of some unnamed people who were becoming too powerful ahead of the party’s crucial December elective congress.

In addition, the First Lady herself also hinted at the manipulation conspiracy during her address at another rally at Mutare’s Sakubva Stadium, where she took a swipe at the party’s warring factions and went out of her way to try and distance herself from either of the two main factions fighting for power inside the party.

“I don’t want anyone to see me as theirs… I have thought long about this and realised that if I’m not careful, I will be used. “There are people who have their scores to settle, but don’t try to use me to settle your scores,” she said.

However, analysts canvassed by the Daily News at the weekend said Grace’s elevation to the commanding heights of the power matrix inside Zanu PF appeared to be at least a case of “mutual manipulation”, where both parties were driven by their own clear interests.

Political scientist Eldred Masunugure said those who had proposed her to lead the Women’s League wanted “a saviour”, while she in turn wanted “to protect her family interests” in the event that her husband left the political stage.

“They (her sponsors) were so obsessed with blocking (Vice President Joice) Mujuru and thought all things would follow (from here). “They looked around and didn’t seem to find anyone among themselves, so they went to the royal house and identified the hidden talent that could be a counter match,” Masunungure said.

Unfortunately, he added, her sponsors did not appear “to think too much” about the consequences of their actions because from where they were looking at things, any other scenario was better than having Mujuru occupying State House.

However, Masunungure said, there now appeared to be a realisation on the part of the First Lady that she had been used and hence her need in Mutare to distance herself from those who had initiated her stunning rise in the party — who had erroneously believed that she would hand over power to them at some stage.

“The appetite for power increases with the eating. She will not be satisfied by just becoming the Women’s League boss, she’d like to get to the centre of power. We are already seeing that she is acting like a defacto prime minister. She has no official position, but what she says now seems like policy.

“She is beginning to enjoy the forbidden fruit called power, but whether she will be allowed to get to the centre of power only time will tell, but I doubt that she will hand over power to anyone,” Masunungure said.

Dewa Mavhinga, a senior researcher with the Human Rights Watch concurred with Masunungure, adding that there were no permanent friends in politics, but only common interests.

“Politics is a complex game with no straight forward explanations. It is not entirely clear that there could be a group using the First Lady. Who knows, maybe it is the First Lady using that faction to pave way for her own political ambitions.

“Sometimes individuals are given political power in the hope that they will forever be puppets, but once they taste power those people may change to become something else. That maybe the case with Amai,” he said.

But Charity Manyeruke, another political scientist, was of the opinion that Grace was not being manipulated, but had come into the political fold as a saviour to the faction-riddled party. Manyeruke said it was crystal clear that the First Lady wanted unity in the party.

“Oppah’s statement is in fact speaking against divisions. It is signalling the end of any anarchical behaviour which a few individuals might have had. “Dr Grace’s actions and statements within this period are amounting to that the party must come together. What law and order, and good leadership, entails is that it must be able to rein in any selfish characteristics,” she said.

Manyeruke added: “There is no manipulation, she is a PhD holder. She thinks upright and knows how to analyse issues. She is beyond manipulation. She is no novice within the party. She is bringing good leadership that will unite a party and that will transcend to the nation.”

COMMENTS

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    Tjingababili 6 years ago

    OPPAH IS GUNNNG FOR CHAIRPERSONSHIP! MARK MY WORDS!

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    Swagman 6 years ago

    This whole ‘disgraceful’ affair
    is sick-making!
    Mugarbage, mafuta-Mujuru, First Who*re,
    Ngwenya and Oppah all wasting our time!

    ZANU-PF and the Mugarbage dynesty is over,
    history, fini, klaar, done, finished!

    It’s just the last kicks of the dying horse!

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      Chamunorwa 6 years ago

      Grace doesn’t know that the frontline of the battle is the hottest, if she knew, she would not have taken the frontline no matter how heavily armed you are, your enemy might have prepared for you before hand. Being a new kid on the block going in front means the bigwigs know the game very well and they fought live combates which required such tack ticks. The problem is she is thinking that speed is the answer but in such situations you use wisdom not intelligence.

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    Swagman 6 years ago

    This whole ‘disgraceful’ affair
    is sick-making!
    Mugarbage, mafuta-Mujuru, First Who*re,
    Ngwenya and Oppah all wasting our time!

    ZANU-PF and the Mugarbage dynasty is over,
    history, fini, klaar, done, finished!

    It’s just the last kicks of the dying horse!

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    Manyeruke’s analysis z shallow. I dnt thnk he z an intellectual unless f hez bootlickin so tht he gets favours from that whore. His morals ar questionable coz hez 1 of thoz pple who ar causin all this mess in Zim. U c thoz cio they puppets n selfish n ar cozin all the problms. The mass z sufferrin coz f them they ar evil.

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      Sonofngwazi 6 years ago

      WELL SAID BRO THESE R THE VERY GUYS DEGRADING UZ. MANYERUKE THINKS LIKE MUTAMBARA. HE IS AN IDEOT. KUDAI MURI MUHONDO DAI ARI MUTENGESI

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    The beginning of anarchy starts rights here. Keep on watching. PHD who does not understand what freedom of expression means. She thinks the right to nominate someone is freedom of expression.Matakanana chaiyo. This has nothing to do with factions it is Mugabe behind Grace.That is the closest power can remain in his hands – in his bedroom.

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    Michael Saruchera 6 years ago

    This Charity Manyeruke is really overated as a political analyst I have followed her analysis of political issues but its just a shallow cock-sucking hallucinations.

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      tapiwa 6 years ago

      Is Charity Manyeruke really an independent analyst because her analysis is so shallow. Everyone knows that Grace did not earn a Phd because she is not clever enough and also I hasten to inform her that not all Phd holders are bright remember some of them are given or bestowed maybe for an achievement of some sort. If we were saying Grace was given a Phd for her Mazowe project maybe that would have made a bit of sense and they would have been able to explain, but the way it has been handled shows that even the Phd holders at U.Z. are not that bright after all. There are a number of people around the world who have been given Phd for their achievements and but its a matter of how it is handled.
      I say again Grace, Oppah and Robert Mugabe are all in this this is their faction which is now merging with Munangagwa’s faction as they say to stop Joice’s faction in that regard Grace is not being manipulated but Robert and Oppah are manipulating Munangagwa’s faction. As for Charity Im sure she is campagning for a role in Grace’s inside team.

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        mark longhurst 6 years ago

        getting a phd for stealing the best citrus farm in southern Africa and then buring it down destroying the trees, killing and sacking its 70 year old labour force and replacing it with stooges crocheting doilies ???? surely not?

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    Which PhD does grace hold except a piece of paper with UZ seal and signatures and clothes bought by tax payers.

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    tonyme 6 years ago

    It is interesting to see how subjective Manyeruke is in her analysis of the situation. She says “Dr. Grace” is educated and can evaluate situations well. Amai was never educated beyond secretarial work which she might be very good at. The last formal education she tried to enroll in, she was kicked out of in UK. The last one she was enrolled in spring and by Fall she had a Doctorate without a Masters along the way. I hope the political analyst (Manyeruke) can see how much impartiality exists even from her own comments.

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    Manyeruke’s analysis is also biased and seemingly sympathising with Grace and her acquired doctorate

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    Surely there is freedom of expression, to imagine that Charity’s shallow and biased contribution can be given space in the media boggles the mind. Am convinced she acquired her political analyst degree the same way Grace Mugabe acquired hers.

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    At last Mugabe has realised that none of his buddies has the capabilities to run the country after he is gone.He has no faith in the abilities of other people. He has been like this since he took charge of the party in the 1970s. At the unity accord he could not even stomach changing the name of the party to accommodate ZAPU.It seems from the start he was jealous that Joshua Nkomo was referred to as Father Zimbabwe.He believes that the Zezurus should rule the country to perpetuate the 19th century Mutapa Empire.(Remember- Chitepo, Manyika removed from the game and Tongogara-Karanga also taken out)Right now no one amongst the Zezuru can be trusted.The best bet was Mai Mujuru but she has fallen from grace.No pun intended.The Manyikas are saying now its their turn to run the show through Mutasa. The Karanga not to be outdone are pushing for Mnangagwa. They have not forgiven the Manyika’s and Zezuru’s after the death of General Tongo.Grace Mugabe who is Zezuru; is partnering Oppah Muchinguri(Manyika)to continue the Zezuru hegemony.Let us pray for our country.Dark clouds are forming.

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    Chamunorwa 6 years ago

    This mistaken lady Dr is a thorn in the beachside of her mentors, she is a very poor presntor in public speaking and an arrogant mischievous and ignorant puppet of one faction. How can you try to deal with factionalism by taking sides? This means that she is part of the very factional matrix and therefore, no different from either of the faction, Munangagwa or Mujuru faction. She has taken the side that suites her and the first family in order to secure their future. The truth be said, she is going nowhere and will knock against a very hard diamond wall because she playing with fire. She has no respect to people e.g. In Marondera she spoke like mukadzi wepamusika atsikirwa madomasi now she wants the offender to buy even madomasi asina kutsikwa. Even Cde Chinoyimba can do better. She has the belief that if she intimidates people, she will protect her interests after her husband Robert Mugabe either dies or retires, tough.

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    johnson 6 years ago

    tHESE MNANGAGWA GUYS JUST WANNNA SPOIL THE PARTY. THEY DO NOT EXPECT TO BENEFIT BY WAY OF OFFICE, BUT TO FRUSTRATE BY FIRING INTO THE DARK….AND THEY WILL TAKE ENYTHING THAT COMES OUT…….AN INTERESING MAHJONG GAME!!! PLAYING FANDANGU AS PE CDE MUDENGE………MAY HIS KIND SOUL REST IN PEACE!!!