Chiefs back Amai Mugabe elevation

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The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe (right) and outgoing zanu-pf Women’s League chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri listen as president of the Chief’s Council Chief Fortune Charumbira addresses chiefs, their spouses and other dignitaries at Amai Mugabe’s Children’s Home in Mazowe yesterday. — (Picture by Justin Mutenda)

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TRADITIONAL chiefs across the country yesterday unanimously endorsed the nomination by the Zanu-PF Women’s League that the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe be appointed Women’s League boss at the party’s elective Congress in December.The endorsement was made at a colourful event held at Amai Mugabe Children’s Home in Mazowe ahead of the start of the Chiefs conference in Gweru today.

The gathering, which was also attended by spouses of the chiefs, followed a similar move by the Zanu-PF Youth League last month.

President of the Chiefs Council of Zimbabwe Chief Fortune Charumbira set the ball rolling, saying Amai Mugabe was doing philanthropic work which deserved recognition.

He said the First Lady brought a balance in the country’s power equation because their concerns would reach the President faster.
“We are here to support the recommendation that was made by others before,” he said.

“Our support is unanimous. Because of the good work that you are doing, you are worth rising to the level of Secretary for Women’s League. It has never happened in the history of this country that one hands over such a senior position in the party to another so amicably.

“Kuumambo ndokwazviri kwete kupolitics. Saka munoshamisa  zvamaita. Munoda kuvaka nyika (You want to build the country).”
Chief Charumbira said this in reference to outgoing Women’s League Secretary, Cde Oppah Muchinguri, who voluntarily chose to relinquish her post to Amai Mugabe.

He said Amai Mugabe’s entry into politics was an ordinary phenomenon the world over.

Chief Charumbira said even in the United States of America, President Barrack Obama’s wife Mitchell, supported her husband on national duties.

“Hapana chero ukaenda kunana Obama. Mukadzi wake anonzi ani? Michelle, anomira-mirawo zvimwe achiratidza kuti ndinotsigirawo murume wangu…

“Ukaenda kwana (Prophet Emmanuel) Makandiwa unoona mudzimai wacho achinzi Prophetess… kureva kuti kana Prophet asipo mudzimai anotomira mberi achifambisa basa.

“Kureva kuti mudzimai asati ndezvababa zvepolitics, aiwa, pindawo imomo ubetsere baba. Imimi kuchurch kwamunopinda kuna Prophetess asi modzoka uku moti anokudii uku makanganwa kuti zuro kuchurch kwange kwakamira sei?”

Chief Charumbira said in South Africa President Jacob Zuma used to sit in Cabinet with his then wife Nkosazana.

“What we are saying is this is good and it is everywhere,” he said.

Chief Charumbira said the support from the chiefs was honest and wholehearted because they were not involved in factional or succession politics.

He said chiefs were fully behind President Mugabe, adding that he should finish his five year term of office.

“Iyi yenyu iyi yotongonzwa kuti munhu achifamba ave kuda kutora nyembe isu tohwa kuti kupunjira nyika,” he said

“Saka zvekurwa zvekuda zvezvigaro zvekuda uPresident, VaMugabe takavhotera gore rapera isu madzimambo. Ko wave nesimba rekuda kuvabvisa gore rino ndiyanizve?

“Wariwanepi simba iroro? Munopa munhu five years handiti. Vanadzo wani five years. Ko five years dzave kukwana paone year? Kutanga rinhi masvomhu iwayo?

“Ndinoda kuti vanhu muzive nemadzimambo kwamuri vanhu vanotaura zveuPresident vanoda kukanganisa nyika yenyu.”

In response, Amai Mugabe thanked the support she received from the chiefs.

She also paid gratitude to Cde Muchinguri who willingly relinquished her post.

“I want to thank you for your support but also I want to thank Cde Muchinguri because what she did is rare in life,” she said. “It is like donating your kidney to someone.”

Amai Mugabe said she never aspired to be a politician but she was approached by multitudes of women who converged at her Children’s Home asking her to work with them.

“Inini mupfungwa yangu yese kugara upenyu hwangu hakuna musi wandakati ndiri kuda kuita politics kana kuti chii…asi mazuva apfuura ayo vanhu vakauya vachindikumbira vachiti Amai tinoda kuti mushande nesu kuWomen’s League. Ndakavapa mibvunzo yakawanda but vakaona kuti Amai vari kutofunga kuti tiri kutamba vakazouya pano ungwandangwanda hwemadzimai… vanhu vauya vega kuti Amai tiri kuda kuti tishande tese.”

Amai Mugabe said the told the women and the youths that she was ready to work with the women, but it was up to the President to decide as the appointing authority if she was fit for the post.

She chronicled how she started the Children’s Home and how she built a school at the Children’s Home.

Amai Mugabe said the construction of the school gobbled $7 million, while another huge chunk of money went towards the construction of 30 modern houses.

She said the philanthropic work that she was doing was not for her benefit, but for the country.

“To be honest, I will never go and learn in this school, neither will I stay in these houses,” said Amai Mugabe.

“What I am doing is I am doing it for future generations and the rest of Zimbabwe.”

Amai Mugabe said plans were underway to build plans to build a hospital, a Multi Purpose Hall and the Robert Mugabe University in Mazowe.

She urged spouses of the chiefs to venture into business adding that she started her dairy business at small scale.

Amai Mugabe said as the First Family, they owed banks almost $20 million to ensure the continuity of their businesses.

She bemoaned high levels of moral decadence in society, which was resulting in baby dumping.

Amai Mugabe said so far she was looking after 78 children at her home.

“Vana vari pano kubva patakatanga takatora vana vari 15,” she said.

“Asi ndinonyatsoshamisika kuti chii chinombonyatsoitika pakati pevana vedu. Chii chinonyatsoitika nevarume vanopa vana nhumbu idzodzi nekuti vana ivava vatowandisa iye zvino ndange ndave nevana 82 takatanga kutora vana muna 2011… saka fungai kuti panguva diki diki iyoyi vana vatowanda zvakadai zvinoratidza kuti pane zvakasahata zviri kuitika musociety medu.

“Izvi zvekuti munhu anozvara mwana achinorasa chave chimwe chinhu chataive tisingambonzwi muZimbabwe ini.”

Amai Mugabe said she took pride in the fact that her Children’s Home was located in the sacred area of Mbuya Nehanda.

She took the opportunity to applaud President Mugabe’s principled leadership.

Amai Mugabe said the First Family lost several friends after the land reform programme but the President remained resolute.

She said President Mugabe was incorruptible and was committed to work for his people.

The chiefs had an opportunity to tour Amai Mugabe’s Children’s Home, her school and Gushungo Dairy.

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  • Dr Charles Mheni

    We want brains, integrity, and honor, not greed, ignorance and fear.

    • Wakisai

      Sound sentiments in principle, but I see non of the above event participants manifest any of the qualities you seek in the first half of your sentence.

  • Mhofu

    Does she have liberation war credentials were is she coming from within the party structures to be awarded that post

  • Vimbai

    Ichi chibootlicking handichide ichi.

  • Chenjerai

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    Other than a reflection of Herald’s inability to follow constitutional rights allowing ALL citizens access to freely express themselves, could this be attributed to low priority and insignificant manpower to support Zimbabwe’s claimed premier newspaper and leader of innovative online publication solutions?

  • vatongi

    Vangagoti kudii ma chief …

  • Courage

    So ndi*** here ari kuda kubvisa President after serving just one year? If *** can really plot this then pakaoma. I just hope its not character assassination. All I know is public platforms will not heal the poison coming into our party but when the time comes, the President will call those after his throne and explain to them whom he feels should take over and how the other suitors will be handled in order to keep the party UNITED

  • Marko Makeche

    In this First Lady we have everything that is needed for aMOTHER thank you CHIEFS

  • Mwalimu

    Are Chiefs now part of political parties? I thought they were traditional leaders who overseer traditional issues from all citizens irrespective of political affiliation.

    • makwavarara

      Kunyengerera zvinhu machief anoda zvinhu kunge USB. vanoda mota, pfuti, mari zhinji etc asi hapana kana akambotengera mechisa shirikadzi yemudunhu maari.

    • MweniTafara

      Madzishe chaiwo chaiwo akabviswa naSmith nokuti vairwa hondo yaityisa vachibatsirana nemasvikiro, ava vari kutaura ndovakagadzwa naSmith zviri zvimbwasungatambo.

    • tinoona

      Most have always been functionaries of the government of the day except a few who stood firm knowing that if they are chiefs they are “fathers” to everyone and therefore will not reduce themselves to party politics except in their private lives. Remember the old days they would do this too so nothing has changed and that is why there is little respect for the chiefs.

  • logic

    Indeed? Even ZUPCO buses, taxpayer funded property, apparently supports Mai Mugabe what with all the banners on the buses. This abuse started way back but the media does not want to report it.

    Remember the line in Animal Farm that goes, “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and
    from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was
    which”. We saw all this with Smith when he used the Chiefs to try and subjugate the people’s will and by that I do not mean ZANU PF supporters. Now this is replayed.

    We also saw it while state asserts were used for the regime’s propaganda. Now the supporters of the First family are doing it again. They have however outdone Smith by using it for the narrow interests of winning the intra- party fight rather than as a national project. It does not bode well for the future when you have what should be an in-house thing being made into a quasi-national affair through the co-optation of state asserts like ZUPCO and indeed some organs of the media.

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      Your comparison is not in sync. The Mugabe’s are nowhere near Smith because it’s actually Robert Mugabe and the rest of the heroes who fought Ian Smith for you to be commenting like what you are doing today. Secondly, Smith engaged the Chiefs at Domboshava as a way of duping them not to accept a black-lead government and convince the Queen back in London that indeed all Africans were comfortable under Smith. In this case the Chiefs are backing the elevation of Grace. We have had elections and Robert Mugabe won. Before the 2013 election, he failed to win and that resulted in a coalition government in which even Tsvangirai was part of.

      After independence, we have had several policies driven by Zanu-PF with the objective to empower people. Unfortunately people who have been misled by Western-backed opposition parties have tended to hate Zanu-PF together with its policies regardless of how good they are. This is why several have lost out even on land allocation coz they aligned the government policy as a Zanu thing. But still they were correct coz it is Zanu-PF that is in power, so we can not expect strangers to be implementing policies. The Chiefs know the history of Zanu-PF and for sure they know where their bread is buttered. If you do not know by now, then you better start learning and find out where Africa in general is heading-self empowerment and sustenance. So kudos to Grace Mugabe and the Chiefs!

      • inizvangu

        Iwe usanyepe.We hate ZANU PF because they are corrupt….not because of their paper policies.Kuba kuba vanozozvinyanya mhani!!

  • Mukanya

    Zvava zvemhuri kubira varombo