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‘Grace roped in to stop Mujuru’

MASVINGO — Outgoing Zanu PF Women’s League chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri has revealed that First Lady Grace Mugabe’s ascendency was a well thought-out and calculated plot to stop political rivals from gaining ground in the gruelling succession race in the ruling party.

By Tatenda Chitagu

Muchinguri all but confirmed speculation that Grace was nominated to be the Women’s League boss to scuttle Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s presidential bid.

Speaking at Mucheke Stadium on Thursday where Grace addressed thousands as part of her “Thank You” rallies, Muchinguri said it was not by accident that she quit her powerful post.

“Takakutambai tingoringo. Tikati Mai Mugabe endaiko, isai ma brake pasuccession. Anenge abata moto anotsva,” [We devised a game plan for you. We sent Mai Mugabe to apply brakes to the succession. If you play with fire, you will get burnt] she said, in apparent reference to Mujuru’s faction.

Though she publicly denies leading a faction, it is an open secret that there is a tussle between Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s factions. The factions are trying to strategically position themselves for an eventual takeover in the event that Mugabe leaves office.

Muchinguri accused political rivals in the party of being hypocritical.

“Some people in the party lie that they want the President. We realised that structures were being tampered with. We were slapped with sanctions, yet some people are busy plotting against Mugabe,” she said.

“Look yourself in the mirror, do not think you can succeed Mugabe and take his seat. Never!”

Muchinguri also threatened to name and shame bigwigs who were allegedly plotting against Mugabe.

As if to confirm Muchinguri’s statement, Mnangagwa, who was at the rally, emphasised in a slogan the need not only to support Mugabe, but his wife as well.

“Pamberi na VaMugabe, namai vacho” he said twice with emphasis, to an applause from the crowd.

Grace also confirmed that she was now aiming for the Presidency while making a thinly veiled attack on officials still supporting Mujuru.

“If you harden your head, what if the person you are fighting for loses? What will you do? Where will you go? When it ends, some people will suffer strokes,” she said.

The First Lady threatened unspecified Zanu PF officials, warning they should not “play with fire lest they got burnt.”

“You only realise after something has befallen you and others say you brought this upon yourself,” she said.

Grace saved her strident attack for those angling to succeed her husband.

“Most people were being spoon-fed by my husband. He worked for them, yet today you hear them saying they want to rule the country. Are you able to rule? Leave us alone, you are revolting, you are not able to rule the country.”

7 Responses to ‘Grace roped in to stop Mujuru’

  1. Mhofu Chaiyo October 12, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    That’s where Oppah lost it! The problem with Mnangagwa faction is having Jonathan Moyo as the chief strategist! The Professor is too academic and people like Oppah and Dr Grace do not reallty understand how academics operate!

  2. Kufandanda October 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    There are no factions in ZanuPF.Joyce Mujuru is Vice President of ZanuPF and the country.

    I can not imagine a situation where Grace Mugabe can contest the Vice Presidency against ex combatant Joyce Mujuru.If those elections are rigged,Mavambo will get stronger this time around.

  3. Wezhira wezhara October 13, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    I really hope the Mai Mujuru group get a bit of blowback at congress…the way they have rode roughshod over all those opposing them has been ruthless…people like Mike Madiro,Matuke,July Moyo and many others have been hounded out of the party and their lives destroyed for daring to voice opposition to Mujuru and yet they always claim theirs is a popular faction…I think it’s time to be fair and retire people like Mutasa,Shamu,Muchena(H) and others who have openly vowed to work against ED and anyone supporting him and indeed they have hounded any dissenting voices to the Mai Mujru train out of the party….ngavambonzwawo kurwadza kunoita kushungurudzwa ne musangano waunoda…Why always Ma Karanga anonzi akashata in ZANU???

  4. Craig T October 13, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Well said wezhira. even the war veterans, the same people with whom she shared the trenches for more than five years during the liberation war, also have been victimized for supporting E.D. The lady is very selfish up to an extend of personalizing public property and siding with the most corrupt group of people in ZANU PF. Her team comprises of sellouts and former Rhodies. Talk of Rugare Gumbo, Kindness Paradza, Temba Mliswa etc. it is pity that the old Mutasa has unknowingly jumped in to this sinking titanic

  5. belingwe bonda-mtuvi October 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Apa makaranga mazuhwa zvokwadi zvokwadi kutongwa nemezezuru kunge tisina kudzidza here. pakabva MZENDA tisutaifanirwa kupind. Ana July Moyo ma fair politicians kuuraiswa nana Rugare gumbo ma selout. Manje Mujuru wachekera ikozvino ndezveduwo. VIVA ED ,VIVA NGWENA, VIVA MNANGAGWA We will support you to the end Apa makaranga, manyika, ma nbebele ngatibatanei kurwisa mazezuru anozviita shasha. thank u Opha, Dr. GIR

  6. Billy Pule October 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Guys I think you are trading very dangerously! Tribalism has no place in modern day politics. Do you even know what happened in Rwanda a few years ago. We love Zimbabwe too much to stoop so low, mhani!

    • Wezhira Wezhara October 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      If u want to see a Rwanda situation unfold let people keep supporting this faction in ZANU that is believes only Mashonaland deserves Presidency…the same faction that claims Harare the capital of the Nation as Zezuru property and hounds out any Ndebele,Manyika or Karanga who emerges as a popular politician in ZANU or even just an independently successful businessman…I tell u Karanga people in Masvingo are not happy especially the war vets and party faithful and many others…

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