By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, February 16, 2016 – FORMER Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa says President Robert Mugabe has surrendered all his authority to his wife, Grace adding this was all to the detriment of the country’s political and economic affairs.
Zanu PF is currently involved in internecine power struggles which have seen the near 92 year old Zimbabwean leader increasingly becoming suspicious of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, among party and government lieutenants for allegedly scheming against his continued rule.
Mliswa feels Mugabe has involuntarily deferred some of his state authority to his younger wife who, during her nationwide rallies, has had occasion to rant madly at unnamed party rivals for allegedly plotting a silent coup against Mugabe.
The outspoken former Hurungwe West legislator said Grace was behaving in an “uncultured and unique” way in the current national context.
“Culturally, women must submit to their husbands but this is unique since the President is now submitting to his wife,” Mliswa said during a Monday press briefing he convened as national coordinator with the Youth Advocacy Reform and Democracy (Yard).
Mliswa described the First Lady as a mental case insisting her de facto Presidential role now contributed to the country’s continued failure to attract much needed foreign direct investment to prop up a struggling economy.
“We are now worried about the mental state of the first lady which has negative consequences on foreign direct investment,” said Mliswa.
The former sports fitness trainer is among several Zanu PF bigwigs who were last year booted out of the beleaguered party for allegedly conniving with axed Vice President Joice Mujuru to dethrone Mugabe.
Mliswa insists Grace’s unguarded behaviour, which saw her instigating Mujuru’s ouster was impacting negatively on the country’s economy.
“The VP’s office is the government office. The first lady has overstepped her boundaries; there is no one who can restrain her.
“Is she the First Lady to a good judge on morality? She talked about Mai Mujuru going to visit the President while wearing a questionable dress. But the question is, who worked for the President and ended up being the President’s wife?” he said.
He was referring to the former presidential typist who ended up becoming wife to Mugabe who at the time was still married to his now late Ghanaian wife, Sally.
During her rallies, Grace has often said she always prayed for the first family’s enemies she accuses of taking to sorcery in attempts to get rid of her husband.
But Mliswa was quick to notice the irony saying it was unheard of for supposedly God fearing individuals to emphasise so much on prayer when they were so concerned about witchcraft.
“It is now clear that the First Family believes in witchcraft. You can accuse someone of witchcraft when you don’t practice it,” he said.
Mliswa said the Mugabes should instead formally report the allegations of those plotting to kill the President since there already was a police base at State house.
“As long as she does not make reports official then we begin to question her mental state. Is that behaviour of a normal person?” he said.
Mliswa went into familiar territory, saying Zanu PF had been seized by “gay gangsters”.
“The President must be reminded that he is surrounded by gay gangsters. I am still willing to give evidence, the matter is in the courts; I can’t wait for the day,” he said
“Why does President Mugabe not embrace it (homosexuality) when the Political Commissar (Saviour Kasukuwere) the one responsible for mobilisation is a gay,” he said.
Kasukuwere and Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo have sued the Mashonaland West commercial farmer of making the allegations last year they insist were intended to soil their image.