Mugabe to rule from wheelchair: Grace

via Mugabe to rule from wheelchair: Grace – NewsDay Zimbabwe November 20, 2015

First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday joined war veterans in making a declaration that her husband, President Robert Mugabe, would be elected into office even in a wheelchair because he has unparalleled wisdom to lead the country.

by Xolisani Ncube/Moses Matenga

The First Lady said many had tried to remove the aged leader, almost 92 and in power since 1980, but had failed because he was anointed and would die in office.

“We must thank God that we have a leader like VaMugabe. He is a strong man and has a vision for his people. That is a leader we want. Leadership is not forced on people. If you are a leader, they will love you,” she said.

Grace said Mugabe had lived long because Zimbabweans needed his wisdom, and that all African countries yearned to have a leader like him, referring to outgoing United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton’s remark that Mugabe was a lion of Africa.

Meanwhile, the First Lady yesterday moved to appease journalists by promising to give them food handouts so they could stop writing negative things about her. Professing love for them, she said those who wrote negatively about her were “probably doing so out of hunger”.

“Journalists from Daily News, NewsDay, (The Zimbabwe) Independent, you are all my children and I like you. I know you can’t do without me. I’m back! If you hear them (journalists) making noise, you know they are hungry. They want food so they can write stories. I have brought rice for you!” she said.

Officials in the President’s Office took down the names of all the journalists covering the rally so that they could receive the food handouts from the First Lady.

As has become the norm, informal traders at the populous Mupedzanhamo, Siya So and Mbare Musika markets were temporarily forced to close shop and marched to Grace’s rally, bringing unfamiliar calm to the usually vibrant and boisterous community.

Small shops around Shawasha flats, close to where Grace was making her address, were also closed, while businesses near Magaba faced the same fate.

Even cobblers at the Magaba flyover and fruit and vegetable traders at the Mbare market also temporarily closed shop.

However, Grace tried to downplay the closure of markets and in her speech, thanked the crowd for coming “despite not being forced” to do so through bussing of people.

“As early as 6am, the local commissars were knocking on our doors and politely asking us to attend the rally,” a resident at one of the flats said.


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    Evil one, you have two more years. Make the most of them.

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    Yayano 7 years ago

    Lets not forget that Grace is the biggest beneficiary of Mugabe’s rule and hence she has a well vested interest in Mugabe’s continual stay as leader.
    From this rally I can see that the poverty in Zimbabwe is engineered by Mugabe. He wants us dependent on him through handouts.
    If people had enough resources of their own what would Grace say to them?
    She didn’t say anything meaningful at this rally other than dabble in her audience’s poverty.

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    what a ridiculous vanity.

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    ngoni 7 years ago

    hapana achirikuda chirema mugabe tirikuda kudxi ridxa pfuti next year mira uone xvako…

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    GORERAZA 7 years ago

    These are end times for the Matibili family. If I were Grace, I would buy a house in Malawi and prepare for the certain eventuality og Bob outing the state-house. Bob will not rule in a wheel chair. Thats just your dream. He will either die soon or be ousted by the vultures in his party who are circling over his carcass, waiting for signs of complete loss of will/life. If he survives that, 2018 will kick his sorry wriggled ass like no man’s business. Then Mujuru will come after you Grace when you have no cover of Matibili. One on One mava maWidow mese. That time is fast approaching! Your shrills are showing your desperation, but then you have made too many enemies in a very short space of time. You should have left all the bad mouthing/crudeness/cruelty with Mugabe as he is one with one foot lowered. Uchanzwa butter hako.Vachakuzvuva muroad wamboti wadini?