First Lady dares Lacoste group as she threatens to name, shame factionalists •Alleges army involvement in bombing

Zanu-PF Secretary for the Women's League and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe arrives for a rally at Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe yesterday in the company of the revolutionary party’s national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere (far right) and other dignitaries. — (Picture by Innocent Makawa)

Zanu-PF Secretary for the Women’s League and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe arrives for a rally at Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe yesterday in the company of the revolutionary party’s national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere (far right) and other dignitaries. — (Picture by Innocent Makawa)

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter—
The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe says she will soon name and shame senior Zanu-PF officials fanning factionalism, saying such people were behind youths who were paraded donning T-shirts inscribed “Team Lacoste.”Team Lacoste is alleged to be a faction within Zanu-PF reportedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some youths appeared in the private media putting on the regalia at the funeral of the uncle of Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga.

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She also warned some service chiefs whom she said were behind the attempted bombing of the First Family’s Alpha Omega Dairy in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central.

Addressing thousands of villagers at Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central, Amai Mugabe said: “Vanhu vari kuswera vakapfeka maT-shirts hanzi Lacoste, vaakubvunzwa kuti Lacoste inorevei hanzi iperfurme. Hatizi maremaka isusu. Don’t abuse mutupo waPresident. Mobuditsa vana mumapepa, because this is public knowledge we saw the pictures in the papers, vana vakapfeka maT-shirts akanzi Lacoste akaembroidwa neflag yeZimbabwe.”

“Hatidi kuabuser that flag, ine meaning yainoreva flag iyi. Let’s not abuse it. Munodarirei? Kana vanhu vachikudai regai vanhu vakusarudzei. Tanga takangozvigarira isu vanaMai Mugabe isu, vanhu vakati tirimafuza nekuti tanga takanyarara. Mugoti unopiwa anyerere.”

Amai Mugabe warned those fanning factionalism in the party, saying the time for making veiled attacks were over. “Varikuita zvefactionalism ngavazvirege izvozvi,” she said.

“Stop it forthwith! Nekuti nguva yava kukwana yekuzotaurirana chokwadi. Imbwa iripo apo handivigi mupini ndinoiponda nemupini inini.”

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The First Lady said she was prepared to carry President Mugabe to work in a wheel barrow, if need be, given that she had lost confidence on those that she initially thought might succeed him.

“Nekuti chiri kunetsa ndechekuti vataimbofungira vacho kuti vangagona kuitawo mabasa akadaro hatisisina confidence navo,” she said.

Amai Mugabe said the President exercised a lot of patience in Wednesday’s crunch Politburo meeting as some people lied to him.

She said she was not vying for any higher position because she was content with where she was and was exercising powers vested in her as the First Lady and Zanu-PF Women’s League leader.

“Kana paine maservice chiefs varipano vatikutawo, chete musazongotibhombera bedzi ma dairy chete,” Amai Mugabe said, while making her salutations.

She said the bombers targeted her dairy farm, the children’s home she administers in Mazowe and revealed that there was a plot to kill her last born son Bellarmine.

“Moyo wakashata wakaita sei wakadaro? Mademons akaita sei akadaro? And you want me to respect you? You really want me to smile at you and say ‘Oh well done’? Oh no!” Amai Mugabe said.

She accused a party bigwig of pretending to show love to President Mugabe and appear to be happy that the Head of State and Government had fathered children, when in fact he was plotting to kill them.

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Amai Mugabe launched an attack on one senior war veteran leader for continuously bragging about his liberation war credentials as if he was the only one who went to war.

“Vakawanda vari pano, vasikana navakomana, vanambuya navanasekuru vari pano vakarwa hondo, but havazvipembedzi. Siya tikupembedze nemabasa ako aunotiitira akanaka. Tinokusema iwewe kana uchida kuti tikuseme nekuti chokwadi munhu unozviparadza wega nemaitiro ako,” said Amai Mugabe.

In an attack believed to be directed at Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans chairperson Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, in whom fellow war veterans passed a vote of confidence later in the day, Amai Mugabe rapped him for double standards.

She said Cde Mutsvangwa was quick to accept a vote of no confidence being passed on some party cadres, but complained when the same was eventually done on him.

“Woda kuzocomplainer kuti mavote of no confidence awanda asi paaipiwa vamwe waisekerera,” she said.

“You were smiling kunge muromo uchatsemuka uchismiler kuti vote of no confidence yapiwa so and so nekuti waisamufarira, ienemy yako. Nhasi yauya pauri yawakucomplainer kuti President vote of no confidence dzawandisa, hee? It has never happened ever in the history of Zanu-PF, nekuti yauya pauri.”

Amai Mugabe warned the war veterans leader to desist from insulting fellow party cadres about their paternal parents because the same could also be used against him.

“Hakuna chinhu chakaipa sekutukirira vamwe uchivaudza zvakashata nezvemubereki wako. Hazvina kunaka. Ko iwewe tikazokuudza kuti vana vauri kuchengeta havazi vako?”

Amai Mugabe rapped the media for distorting what she said on Wednesday while addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters and accused the same of making unwarranted attacks on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo.

“Inini ndakataura musi weWednesday pataitambira Baba, kuti baba tirikutenda nebasa ramakatiitira kuAU (African Union),” she said.

“Zvava zvekutaurirana pachokwadi handitika? Ndakataura ndikati inini zvekutuka ngatiregei. Asi bepa ramangwana rakazobuda richinzi Mai Mugabe vataura kuti hee Jonathan (Moyo) ari kutuka vanhu.’’ Turning to Prof Moyo who was sitting at the top table, she said “Jonathan waipopota wega? Uri benzi unopopota wega? Jonathan haazi benzi uyu anopopota ega. Ibenzi?

“Such an intelligent person akadai ibenzi? Aipopoterana nevanhu vanotaurawo saiye. Unoona kuti bepa riri controlled nani. Journalists, what’s happening there? Haikona kupota muchipiwa mari muchinyora because tinoverenga, tinepfungwawo. Ehee, hatidi kudaro nekuti yavakungosarira munhu hwani sezvinonzi aipopota ega.”

Amai Mugabe reminded party cadres that the President was the party candidate for the 2018 general elections because he was the only person who could hold the country together.

She later donated 530 tonnes of maize, 100 tonnes of rice, several tractors, cooking oil, clothes, footwear, raincoats, salt and Internet equipment for Kanyemba Secondary School.

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  • Luke Gwizo

    Kikikikiki Grace and her frolics again my goodness tichapepuka riini mu Zimbabwe. Nhai ko maT shirts aizi munhu wese kuna amai airevei. This woman has become the President’s undoing in every sense.

  • shumba1

    implosion

  • Isusu Ndisu

    Huyai muone vanhu vaye vatanga

  • Judas Iscariot

    Herald you were making it as if prof Jonah was the only one,abusing social media,now the first lady is calling you out on it. You made it,about the prof’s tweets,while turning a blind eye on Mutsvangwa, who was using the media to insult the prof, calling him an illegitimate child. That is hitting below the belt,and such behavior shouldn’t be tolerated. Children do not choose their parents. You didn’t seem to have problems with Nathaniel Manheru, calling politiburo members little fellas and making fun of their education. Your approach should be the same,if you don’t want abuse of social media in ZANU PF, then you should criticize it regardless of who’s doing the abuse. The problem with taking sides, is you never know when the tables will be turned against those, you’re supporting. Only yesterday Mutsvangwa acted like he was untouchable,where is he now?

  • Mart

    Pakaita.

  • Cde Hatipedzerane

    Team Lacoste vs Munhu wese Kuna Amai! These people are the same, selfish. So Jono new he had an ACE, the game is now exciting. Want to see the ‘duck’s’ next move.

  • RuffoG

    Its a train wreck, in slow motion

  • George

    Can anyone quench this fire burning the revolutionary party? How?

  • Kusvikazvanaka

    Haaa….amai munonyatsorova imbwa mupini uripachena. Yaaa zuro ndizuro makarova imwe yaizviti VP, nhasi morovazve imwe….bva imbwa kureva VP….kwakaipa kumusangano.

  • Chief Svosve

    Pakaipa!! Mwana wedu iyeye!! Muera Soko; Mukanya; Mwenewazvo!! Chiregaiii vazvinzwa!!! Dzinonzwa hadzirime!!!

  • brian

    Office of the President tiraurireiwo nemukuru .pabatwa nyaya yenational security apo.

  • Mukotami

    Would the Zimbabwe Defence forces bomb a dairy with a petrol bomb??? Seriously????

  • Nyamasvisva

    Good day Herald . Thanks for once again an honest coverage of the events. This time you are telling it like it is. But eish (1) Service chiefs suspected of bombing/killing (2) Ngwena finally rapped (3) Mutsvangwa roasted and (4) Jonso praised and defended by the First Lady ! Be that as it may , this development is absolutely scary. My prayer is Ngwena and Chris take it quietly as did Joyce. I pray that none of them and their followers (Oppah, Mahofa, Charamba, Wadyajena etc etc ) dares go against the grain. Zvataurwa ndizvozvo . That way we preserve the peace we have enjoyed since 1980. This embarrassment is nothing compared to what they went through during the settler regime and yet they forgave them. Kunyarara kunokunda zvose. Just accept the votes of no confidence and move on. As for the service chiefs please do not be moved by the accusation . Good that so far no names have been mentioned. Any attempt to refute these allegations will lead the FL into disclosing . Remember on Joyce she started by saying some people are doing this and that and finally she named her and today she stands accused and soon she will be sentenced just like the dairy bomber. We pray for peace because peace is what we need for development. The dance by the delectable and inimitable quartet of FL, Mphoko, Moyo and Kasukuwere ( three of them members of the National Disciplinary committee) was the highlight of the Chiweshe rally. Very nice picture there Herald. Thank you!!!!!!

  • dick mboko

    Zvino hondo yomuZANU yava paLast Stretch kana kuti paHome Run! ZANU is technically finished. Jonathan Moyo finally succeeds in destroying ZANU from inside. Now on the Home Run, the army is certainly taking this Baton stick. Watch this space

  • Pitambas

    The First Lady is *. She lacks the finesse to talk anything political let alone lead. She will take down the nation. She is now the number one threat to the security of Zimbabweans. She will plunge this nation into real chaos.

  • DarkChild

    Oh…I dare somebody: Ask our dear first lady what the colors and features on our flag represent and you’ll hear some stuttering!

  • Tichatonga

    Grace Mugabe appears to be treading on dangerous ground. By accusing security forces and military representing the only bastion maintaining her husband in power, and incidentally her sole source of reflected glory or borrowed authority, Grace may have inadvertently forced the military’s hand into a definitive early choice of their preferred next President even before 2018?

  • lovejoy

    herald whats your comment on this one, musatamba na amai

  • Tafadzwa

    Oh oh. Jonathan 10-0 Mutsvagwa, Charamba. Pamberi an prof. ZvaChris zvekuda kungoti here war vet pese pese zvazopera manje. The man lacks intelligence. Nhasi wadding was and seems Herald is going into g40 hands because today it hasn’t mentioned ‘frenzied tweeting.’

  • chunga

    Congratulations Dr Amai for succefully Purging all the perceived enemies of Our Beloved Mdara Bob! Congratulations indeed for finding Dr. Mujuru guilty of (unproven) accusations of a coup de tat! Congratualations for once again being vigillant and pre-emptive of identifying the this alleged team Lacost guilty of being yet another faction, supposedly guilty of once again pltting the fall of our beloved Mdara Bob. But the question is:- Muchasvikepiko nhai Dr Amai> Ma War Vets acho- Murikurova netsvimbo, Vana Mutsvangwa vopazha nhasi uno, Mutsvangwa and company are crapping in their pants! The ZanuPf natural heirarchy you have destroyed, decimated it with impunity! Mdara is now aged, No doubt! He’s nearly a 100! Instead of making friends, you continue to make enemies! Come 2018, surely, The opposition will be celebrating! Cry the beloved party! I sob. I Cry. I regret!

  • yowe

    Hanzi nyika yanga iri bread basket asi nekuda kwemasanctions hatichakwanisa kurima lol

  • mpengo

    Flag ndeyeZimbabwe.

    Munhu wese.

    Marashika papi?

    And Herald, why are you so ignorant and lazy so as to not bother translating Shona to English?

    Not everyone understands or reads it.

  • Sekuru Mhofu
  • Sekuru Mhofu

    okay

  • Lunga

    WHO CARES!!!

  • blar tindo

    Blar Criss musha wapinda mhepo………..inonzi Zanu pf iyoyo kana vasisakude I hapana hapanaaaaaaaaaa

  • Barry1

    Lacoste is a French clothing company that sells high-end clothing, footwear, perfume, leather goods, watches, eyewear, and most famously polo shirts. The symbol of that company is a Crocodile/Ngwena ready to attack.

  • Choko

    The matrix is exciting: Ngwena was used by Jonathan Moyo to oust Joice Mujuru because the Prof’s research had already shown that with Joice around, it was going to be very difficult to destroy Zanu-PF. Now that Joice is gone, she is no different from Ngwena because the two are identical twins, both war vets, both respectable politicians and both so close to Mugabe. Now that ED is on his way out, together with the rest of the war vets like Rugare Gumbo (do not worry about differences in opinion with Mugabe), Matemadanda, Jabu Sibanda, Monica and Chris Mutsvangwa. . . .what it means is the liberation war history of Zanu-PF is no longer an issue. Chimurenga or no Chimurenga is no longer an issue. And soon the issue of land that the war vets fought for, will no longer be an issue, and soon, FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) will be the issue, IMF and WB once again will be the real issue, and black Zimbabweans get educated not to be entrepreneurs but wokers of capitalists because whatever Chimurenga was fought for has been destroyed by one person. I hope The Herald publishes this comment so that debate is promoted here, not just a unilateral kind of communication.

  • whichfool?

    We remain silent not because we are fools…..there will be no repeat of what happened to Cde Mujuru? We will not rant and rave or sing for our supper…..we are a revolutionary party and will remain so? Our beloved war vets will remain the heart of our revolutionary party by ginya and all?

    Taking a line from my man B.I.G…..don’t you know bad boys move in silence and violence?

    Pamberi mberi na Almighty Bob…..pamberi naNgewna….down with the johnathan come latelys and we pray for the uneducated who rant and rave without understanding the reality?????

  • MemaZimbo

    Dayi kumashure kwaidzokerwa, hapana aienda futi kuhondo. Zvino batsireyi kutukirwa basa rawakaita nemunhu asina chaakamboitawo zvake? Tichaona kwazvino svika – Let us just wait and see.

    • Biggie Taapatsi

      Taura hako

  • Tom Toms

    Its getting interesting. What about a comment from Lacoste?

  • whichfool?

    They can also walk to the moon?

  • The General

    * Herald mamanyanya kupa team lacoste coverage. zvazopera manje. ko ndaona bus reku army re white pa Defence hse rine red sticker ye ngwena… varikuda kuita sei vakomana ve army? munotidako hanti?

  • War Vet

    Real comedy in ZanuPF. The army that we know is more than capable of bombing the Gushungo Dairy to pieces if they wanted to instead of this mickey mouse staged plot that we have been subjected to. If the First Lady wants 40 bodyguards for her son she should say so instead of making up stories.

    • haiwawo

      Meantime, Zimbabweans are scrambling to buy maize meal from Zambia – a real reversal of fortunes – while these self-serving people expend energy on the fight over the Zimbabwe Ruin of their making.

  • chinos

    Amai amai

  • Musvova

    Vana judas Iscariot kuda kutyisa nepa social media pese. Ndikakupa pfuti kuti undipfure..ungandipfura here judas????

  • Harare

    Amai vagumbuka,pane vanhu vachdzingwa basa vakawanda apa

  • Nyamasvisva

    sekuru mhofu – nice video. Is that Sarah Mahoka singing and Jonso standing next to her ???

    • James Bond

      That is Shuvai Mahofa, Joice Mujuru and ED obviously!

  • wesley

    May I say thank you to The Herald for the continuous and excellent entertainment.

  • Im African

    It’s because of patsy and ignoramus people like you that Zimbabwe is where it’s. We can allow some lunatics and psychopaths to destroy nhaka yevana vedu. Who is she to think that her nonagenarian husband who is in his dotage has the eternal right to destroy our inheritance. If she knows that we all fought for this country, what then gives her family the right to take the nation as their personal property? We fought for this country and we’ll fight for it to the bitter end. It’s only a matter of time before a leader whose heart is after the people takes the podium. Which peace are you talking about? What value is the peace when the sons and daughters of the land have been turned into scavengers in neighboring countries? What peace is there to celebrate, when the whole country has been plunged into hunger disaster? One man has single-handedly destroyed our country. Manje gore rino muchaona henyu..

  • Im African

    Hey, she has already done that! Guys, it’s high time this whore and her nonagenarian are showed the exist door. The very useless man who cannot do anything in bed is the one she wants to run our country! Enough is Enough!

  • The Lion

    The path dependency theory says that as long as people with roots in the liberation struggle are alive, ZPF will always be dominated by those people. They can chase another out of the party, but the Johny come late fellas will not be able to boot such people out. That is the greatest mistake Grace and company are making. Unless they have some silent backers from the war, they are but wasting their time.

    *The day that Robert exits this world, Grace will realize that she is a commoner just like me. *. That is how ZPF operates.

    • bexilford

      Not when those who stand on FL path in Team Lacoste have been eliminated

    • bexilford

      Not when those who stand on FL path in Team Lacoste have been eliminated

  • SimukaiTimapedzeMaBhunu

    Tsuro ne nungu mumwena mumwe abaiwa ngaabude…

  • maita

    At least Herald has done a great job, tomorrow people will not refuse what they said this is vebatim, Iused to think Herald yakapusa but now I know better,.

  • Membathisi

    Well said.Fact after fact.Indeed tables have turned and l see egg all over…

  • maita

    But Mutsvangwa only did it after a frenzied assault by Jonathan Moyo lets be fair. Anyway toona kuchawira tsvimbo ne dohwe tozvitaura kuchikaranga kwamunoti hatitonge kwacho.

  • Membathisi

    The young Turks are effectively using with precision the Cow -Horn Formation .They attack ,defend and out-flank with rare prowess and discipline.They are such a marvel to behold .They have the right message that seek to address the challenges of the present without ranting of by-gones.More importantly,these have the numbers and more and more seem to warm up to them.A new and dignified legacy of hope and inclusivity is on the making.

  • amsquared

    in what capacity is this lady uttering those words? she is neither a party spokesperson or even in government. it seems as if she has been given the mandate of choosing who runs the country. let it be known that she is more or less like a civilian as i am and in no capacity can she threaten the security of the nation by uttering such words to our service chief
    its the work of ZRP to find and link the pepetrators and the duty of the dury to pass judgement. it would rather be of benefit next time they call fall a polutiburo to revise and educate the members on their duties especially in public
    lastly let the party not waste time majoring in minor. we dont care who said what, when, how, where and to whom. lets address our economic challenges. sorry for gushungo bombing but its your personal challenge that the majority of zim would want to hear at the bank withdrawing their bonuses and the university leavers on their line for interviews.

  • Biggie Taapatsi

    Wanted to ask the same but then realised I would be stooping too low!

  • Biggie Taapatsi

    * very misguided and needs serious help, as a matter of urgency

  • Biggie Taapatsi

    Fact is after purging the party of all people with ties to the liberation struggle, who can stand against Jonathan Moyo. **uraira musangano takatarisa

  • karakadzai

    Cde Grace Mugabe magona! Thanks very much for getting rid of these war vets who for years terrorized us in our farms, ghettos and kuno kumaruzevha. Why do they think they have to rule forever simply because they went to war? Go away Mutsvangwa Go!!!!!!!!…..Cde Chinotimba, you are also a war vet, and be very careful, do not terrorize people. Viva G40! Pasi ne Lacoste!

  • Sabhuku

    I am not a fan of grace, her husband and zanu pf, but I agree with her on a matter of principle. The military is not sacred. It serves the people. The earlier we know that and it knows that, the sooner we will start to correct some wrongs of our past.

  • samas

    When you live by the sword,you shall die by the sword.All those you are insulting in public are not daft as well.They are also sharpening their swords but they do it quietly.Why are you scared of being attacked.Secondly your wanting to keep Mugabe in power is not for the nation’s benefit.We all know why.What will become of you if he were to die today.That dairy will go one waythats why you are running scared.Its not that you love that poor man(bless him),it’s for your selfishness.If he was your father were you going to abuse him like that.Heaven forbid.

  • SaMutasa

    Hilarious yet the smallness of it all is nauseating!!!

  • http://www.zimbabwe.com Oneal Patel

    MDC might have a chance of ruling after all, thanks to Grace