Grace is not bigger than Zanu (PF)

Grace Mugabe’s ongoing attack on Vice President Joice Mujuru and party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa has riled the Zanu (PF) Manicaland leadership.

Vice President Joice Mujuru
Vice President Joice Mujuru

During her recent countrywide rallies President Robert Mugabe’s wife has declared war on Mujuru and viciously attacked several senior party officials. She threatened that Mujuru would be “baby-dumped” at the December congress.

She has also denounced former ambassador to South Africa Phelekezela Mphoko, Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi, politburo member and former senate president Naison Ndlovu, retired Brigadier-General and Zipra commander Ambrose Mutinhiri and national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo.

“Her attack on Mujuru and Mutasa is something we have never seen before. The fact that she is the wife of the President does not mean that she is bigger than the party. This is a revolutionary party. She must be reminded that she is just a wife of the President and not Zanu (PF). The party is bigger than her,” said an executive member who requested anonymity.

“She has made it clear that she is targeting Mujuru. She seems to be overriding the President himself. We are wondering where she gets that power from. Is she saying she is now in charge of the party and the country and can do as she pleases?” added another provincial executive member.

In every province, Grace has attacked the local leadership aligned to Mujuru, while leaving Mnangagwa’s allies safe.

“Grace should be reminded that the late Gen (Solomon) Mujuru helped her husband (Mugabe) come to power during the struggle years. But, now she is now pushing for Mujuru’s ouster. It’s sad and stupid,” he added.

War veterans have also fired a salvo at Grace. “We should not take her seriously. She speaks as if we live for her. She must be reminded that Zanu (PF) party does not belong to anyone. We are not all slaves of the first family,” said a war vet in the provincial leadership structures.

The women’s league in the province has also denounced Grace’s attack on Mujuru. “By attacking Mujuru it means she is very insecure. But Grace will meet the reality come December,” said a women’s league provincial committee member.

“Amai Mugabe’s recent insults and language against Mai Mujuru has generally not been very motherly. As women, we do not expect a mother who runs an orphanage to be threatening ‘baby-dumping’,” said an executive member.

“VP Mujuru has done well not to respond to these insults which are clearly factional and uncalled for. Amai should desist from deepening factions, she must be a mother to all, not to a faction,” added the woman.

John Mvundura the provincial chairman, said the party had lost focus because factionalism. “I am making efforts to approach the two senior leaders, Cde Mutasa and Cde (Oppah) Muchinguri separately, persuading them to bury their differences for the good of the party,” he said.

“There are some politicians with factional ‘incisions’ and to those I want to say, we will continue fighting the cancer until we straighten you. We will fight this evil to the end because it is detrimental to the party,” he added.

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