The First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe has warned some highly placed Zanu PF officials to stop all sinister machinations meant to intimidate and force President Robert Mugabe to hand over power to them.
Addressing a rally at Kanyemba High School in in Chiweshe, Mazowe South today, Dr Mugabe said the First Family is aware of all sinister plans, among them a planned assault on the life of their son, Bellarmine [Chatunga] and the botched plan to bomb the Gushungo Dairy.
“Some people have over-stayed their welcome. Vagarisa vachangopinda. Next rally tinenge tavakutaura nemazita, watch that space,” she warned.
“We are aware that some people were planning to kill my son, Bellarmine, and do you think we are fools when we smile at you? You also recruited some soldiers to go and bomb Gushungo Dairy, thinking that would intimidate us and make President Mugabe hand over power to you,” added Dr Mugabe.
“We are aware that some people had been recruited to come and disturb this rally. On Wednesday, people who wanted to come to Harare to welcome President Mugabe after a successful tenure as AU Chairman, could not come as they were blocked, while some were beaten up so that they don’t get into the buses to Harare. We don’t want that, we don’t want to scare away investors with such violence, what we want is peace.”
Dr Mugabe castigated pompous and too ambitious leaders who are always consulting traditional healers (n’angas) for them to gain powerful positions.
“Some people think they are more important than others because they went to war. Some say ‘I don’t get advice from Amai Mugabe,’ but I have told one war veteran that stop what you are doing. Some move spreading falsehoods, saying I want to succeed President Mugabe. Pane kutonga kushoma pane kwandinako? Hierarchy yataurwa pano inoti pamusoro panaVaMugabe neni, kozouya maVice Presidents, saka nyanga dzandinoda ndedzipi manje?” said Dr Mugabe.
In what some people would interpret as clear reference to a recent exchange of harsh words between ministers Jonathan Moyo and Chris Mutsvangwa, where the latter accused the former of being the son of Ndabaningi Sithole, Dr Mugabe said “There is nothing as bad as saying bad things about someone’s parents. What if we tell you that all the children you are taking care of are not yours?”
“Do you think Jonathan [Moyo] is a fool? Such an intelligent person like Jonathan being a fool, and quarreling alone? He will be talking to other people who speak just like him,” said Dr Mugabe, adding that leaders must have dignity like President Mugabe.
She said some people’s promiscuity is so unbelievable that they don’t deserve to be declared national heroes.
Still on factionalism, Dr Mugabe castigated the wearing of attire labeled ‘Lacoste,’ saying it is an abuse on President Mugabe’s tortem.
She said: “You think we are fools? We have seen people among them youths wearing t-shirts with Zimbabwean flags and labeled ‘Lacoste,’ and when we asked them, they said ‘Lacoste’ is a perfume, we are not fools.”
Dr Mugabe’s rally was attended by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, ministers: Professor Jonathan Moyo, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, Cde Mandi Chimene, Advocate Martin Dinha and several party officials.