Addressing thousands of war veterans and collaborators at the Mazowe Children’s Home today, Amai Mugabe said she supported her elevation as Vice President to stand for the cause of women and the less privileged and Zimbabwe as a whole.
However, Dr Mugabe says the Vice President then decided to push for the ouster of President Mugabe and engage in relationships with Zimbabwe’s detractors and the opposition.
“We request her to take heed of what has been said so that it will not be difficult for the President (to deal with her). We spoke of baby dumping because I said if the President does not dump you, we will do it ourselves. But we don’t want to do that, she is one of us. If she asks for forgiveness we will forgive her,” as people shouted, “Ngaabve! (Let her go!)”
Dr Mugabe said she stood with Vice President Mujuru for a long time, but some of the activities Dr Mujuru has engaged in are shocking.
Dr Mugabe explained how Cde Mujuru was elevated to the vice presidency and paid tribute to the party’s Secretary for Legal Affairs, who is also the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom she said had been supported by eight provinces for the vice presidency but gave way to his female counterpart.
People should respect Mnangagwa, he was voted by 8 provinces to be VP, but he did the honourable thing and let Mai Mujuru take the post,” she said.
The First Lady said her visit to Mashonaland East; Mashonaland Central and Manicaland provinces during her recent ‘Meet the People Rallies’ brought her face to face with the ugly head of factionalism.
Amai Mugabe chronicled how the ‘Bhora Musango Project’ in 2008 almost removed Zanu PF from power.
She told the gathering how some youths from the party were organised by faction leaders in Mashonaland East to jeer and heckle at her during the rally, behaviour that showed lack of respect to her as the First Lady.
Kaukonde is a Mujuru agent, manje ndakamumaka big time. Iko kaye ndiko kane demon. He was giving mayouths $75 kuti vaite noise kuMash East,” said Dr Mugabe.
She took a swipe at those instilling immoral values of drunkenness, corruption and extortion among the party’s youths saying leaders have a duty to mould upright citizens.
In the March 2008 harmonised elections, Zanu PF almost lost elections to the MDC-T through disorganisation that were attributed to a group commonly known as ‘The Bhora Musango Faction’.