ZANU PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, in the eye of a storm for allegedly causing division in Manicaland province, stood up for First Lady Grace Mugabe and delivered her speech at a school in Nyanga.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Grace had been invited as her former school, Kriste Mambo, celebrated its golden jubilee. She did not turn up and Mutasa surprisingly stepped into her shoes.
When Grace failed to attend a conference of war collaborators on Friday, Monica Mutsvangwa stood in for her.
Grace has been aligning herself to a faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In her “Meet the People” rallies, Grace accused the Mujuru faction of trying to wrestle power from President Robert Mugabe.
During the rallies, Grace and her team would chant the slogan pasi neGamatox [down with Gamatox] in reference to the Mujuru faction.
In August, Mugabe attacked Information minister Jonathan Moyo describing him as the “devil incarnate” and a “weevil” destroying Zanu PF from within.
Subsequent to Mugabe’s remarks, Mutasa told youths that the weevils needed a pesticide, Gamatox, to contain them.
“You were talking about the issue of weevils here. Way back we used to treat weevils by spraying Gamatox [pesticide] and they would all die,” he is reported to have told the youths.
In her speech read by Mutasa, Grace urged schools to produce competitive students fit to be entrepreneurs and ready to work towards uplifting the economy.
“I am proud and grateful to this school that to a greater extent moulded me to be what I am today. The Christian values and life skills given by the school ensure that the student fits very well into society after graduating,” Grace said in her written speech.
“The constitution of Zimbabwe provides for the empowerment of the girl child. Over the years, the school has promoted the emancipation of the girl child and that is why wherever one goes, chances of meeting former Kriste Mambo students are very high.”