via MDC-T: Grace wheel chair talk delusional – New Zimbabwe 22/11/2015
OPPOSITION parties on Sunday described utterances by President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace that her husband was going to rule even from a “special wheel chair” as hallucination.
Grace told Zanu PF supporters at Murewa centre that Mugabe, who has been nominated for the 2018 elections as Zanu PF Presidential candidate, would rule until he turned 100.
She said the “people” still want Mugabe because he respects them and his nomination for the top post in the forthcoming elections bore testimony to that.
Recently, liberation war veterans made similar statements and threatened war should Mugabe lose to the opposition.
Obert Gutu, the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC spokesperson, told NewZimbabwe.com that Grace was hallucinating.
“This is delusional,” said Gutu.
Gutu said Grace, who is touring the country on her whirlwind “meet the people” rallies with an entourage of government ministers using state resources, was being selfish.
“It (Grace’s tour) is not about the interests of the majority of the struggling people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Grace Mugabe and her cronies amongst the ruling elite are only interested in looting State resources and lining up their pockets with ill-gotten cash.
“In fact, these people don’t love Robert Mugabe and what they are doing is to abuse the old man for their own selfish agendas through using him as a shield to continue to loot and pilfer State resources.”
Mugabe, who turns 92 in three months time, has ruled the country since independence in 1980.
He has never allowed succession debate in his party.
Recently his party’s youth secretary Pupurayi Tongarepi told reporters in Harare that only Mugabe’s death would pave way for the succession debate.
People’s Democratic Party’s national spokesperson Jacob Mafume said it is not true that Mugabe will rule forever as he has already given power to his wife.
“It is clear that the person who is now in charge of the country is Grace who has been put there with the tacit approval of her husband,” said Mafume.
“The interests of the country are secondary to their need to hold on to power and enjoy the national budget as a personal budget.
“It has been clear to all that the president will soon rule not only from a wheelchair but from an old people’s’ home.”