First Lady speaks on Presidency

The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe receives food donations from Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators national chairman Cde Pupurayi Togarepi at her children’s home in Mazowe yesterday  — Picture by Innocent Makawa

The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe receives food donations from Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators national chairman Cde Pupurayi Togarepi at her children’s home in Mazowe yesterday — Picture by Innocent Makawa

Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter
THE First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe says she does not have the right to influence President Mugabe to leave or stay in office since it is the inherent right of Zimbabweans to select a leader of their choice when the time comes. Speaking during a tour of Amai Grace Mugabe Children’s Home, her school and Gushungo Dairy Estate in Mazowe by members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Collaborators’ Association, the First Lady said President Mugabe was what he was because of the support he gets from Zimbabweans.

“President Mugabe was chosen by the people, he would not be President if the people did not choose him,” she said.
“I do not have the mandate to tell the President to stay put. God gave people eyes to see and they will decide whom they want to lead them.”

Amai Mugabe said she hoped that when the time comes for a new leader to be elected, the chosen candidate would take the country forward and would have the people at heart like President Mugabe who humbled himself and worked with former Prime Minister Mr Morgan Tsvangirai despite their differences.

“We have a principled leader with a good vision,” she said. “He is also straightforward and he has the nation in mind in everything he does.”
Ziliwaco national chairman Cde Pupurai Togarepi had asked the First Lady to convey a message to President Mugabe encouraging him to stay in office.
“The President may decide to leave office, but please tell him that we will be orphans without him as President,” said Cde Togarepi.

“The freedom we are enjoying today is as a result of his wise leadership and other countries pray to have a leader like him.
“We are told South Africa is rich, but the indigenous people have nothing, but President Mugabe changed the lives of ordinary people.

“We thought it would be wise for us to brief you first on our decision before we tell the nation.
“To those who want to lead, we say be patient your time will come as long as we remain united.”

Amai Mugabe said she would convey the message to the President.
Ziliwaco, which was represented by its leadership from across the country was also joined by Trauma Centre owner Dr Vivek Solanki in touring the First Lady’s projects.

Ziliwaco took the opportunity to donate food stuffs worth thousands of dollars to Amai Mugabe Children’s Home.
Speaking on her children’s home which has 76 children, Amai Mugabe said she wanted the best for the children and contrary to reports she does not have any plans to sell the institution.

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  • Pontius Pilate

    War collaborators my foot,These guys are a fraud,all Zimbabweans especially those who lived in rural areas should be war collaborators because at some point, provided intelligence,pointing the direction in which the Rhodesian forces had gone or where they were hiding.We aslo tried to weed out sellouts like Makusakatara and Jotham although Some of them fell through the cracks and are the ones now calling themselves war collaborators.This organisation is illegally getting govt benefits they don,t deserve,once the president is gone you will be worse than orphans because, we are coming after you.

    • ele

      Its true all people who were in the young age group resident in rural areas during the war period are all war collaborators by virtue of them being domicile in war front areas. After all how was the selection done for the current crop who call themselves such?

  • Tarubva

    First Lady, let me start by saying we are waiting very impatiently and anxiously for the day President Mugabe leaves office so that we can quickly pick up the pieces and start afresh to clean the slate. There is no one who exemplifies how to destroy and vandalize a robust country than President Mugabe: from a currency stronger than the USD in 1980 to virtually nothing at all. President Mugabe did not change the life of ordinary folks, but he viciously wrecked them: from separated families as people migrated in search of jobs to wiping away of peoples insurance policies and savings in 2008. After saving a lifetime for the education insurance policy of my child, I woke up one day when everything was up in smoke, thanks to President Mugabe’s policies, the buck stops at his desk. That cannot be forgiven and forgotten. And stop comparing the economic status of South Africans and Zimbabweans. That is embarrassing. South Africans at least have drugs in their hospitals, uninterrupted electricity supply, clean water and a currency of their own! Meanwhile, all President Mugabe’s ministers go to South Africa for treatment; what happened to Zimbabwean Hospitals First Lady?

    • Gonzo Ndishefu

      You are going to be waiting for a long time cause Gushungo is here to stay.Once he is gone we are going to keep our promise to him, not to let sellouts like you and your MDShit ever rule this sovereign nation of ours.Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.

      • Mangwende we Chinhoyi

        Gozo ndishefu mugare kure nemoto. Zimbabwe can never be returned to the wolves. I salute you.

    • Kusvikazvanaka

      Roads are now resemblance of death traps. Drinking water is like taking in a pesticide. Traffic police are equal to corruption. Going to the hospital is like applying for death. A minister is as good as a robber. Getting a salary is like applying for a loan. Poverty for the rest of the people is the norm. Presidential promises are a fool’s paradise. It goes on and on and on. Education is for the rich. See the following Basic facts about Africa and remember Zimbabwe is worse than all these: Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where poverty has increased in the past 25 years.
      • 32 of the world’s 38 heavily indebted poor countries are in Africa.
      • Half the population of Africa lives on less than US $1 a day.
      • Slums are home to 72% of urban Africa’s citizens.
      • Primary school enrollment in African countries is among the lowest in the world.
      • 33 million primary school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not go to school. 18 million of these children are girls.
      • In Sub-Saharan Africa, only two-thirds of children who start primary school reach the final grade.
      • Although literacy rates have greatly improved in Africa over the last few decades, approximately 40% of Africans over the age of 15, and 50% of women above the age of 25 are illiterate.
      • There is an average of 40 pupils per teacher in sub-Saharan Africa, but the situation varies considerably from country to country. In many countries, it is more than 60 to one.
      • Africa loses an estimated 20,000 skilled personnel a year to developed countries.
      • Average life expectancy in Africa is only 46 years.
      • There are an estimated 5,500 AIDS deaths a day in Africa.
      • AIDS decreases in villages where there are primary schools.
      • In Uganda, a child who quits attending school is three times more likely to be HIV positive later on in life than a child who completes basic education.
      • HIV/AIDS is likely to claim the lives of 10% of teachers within the coming five years, and 20% of school-age children will be AIDS orphans. What a PAIN!!!!!

      • rukudzo

        Owe these things are being fixed. Have you driven Harare Mutare road & Harare Boy roads lately? Efforts are being made to fix things

        • ndoro

          After how long Rukudzo. How can a country fix one road in ten years. Will it fix them all even in 100 years?

          • rukudzo

            NO that would be stupid reasoning if we reason that way. You start counting from the time the project starts not history. What you look at is what measures have been put in place to complete the roads going forward. Don’t be negative.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Your outburst if a far cry from real understanding of how the sanctions imposed on our country have caused the economic sufffering! History and the Zim future will prove you wrong when our agric sector and economy recovers! Despite the fact that we entrenched our land reform in our new constitution, we still have misguided few like you , who can not accept that Cde Mugabe was elected by the people becoz of ZANUPF policies as admitted by MDCT TENDAI BITI! The First Lady is correct to say that the President of Zim is chosen by the people. If you care about the people`s suffering , you should add your voice against the sanctions imposed outside the UN Sec Council by those you think are benevolent to our politics!
      As for SA , true freedom should be acccompanied by economic democracy! Its unfortunate that you dont understand why the ordinary people in SA admire and love our dear leader for what we did on the land issue. Having supplies in hospitals , which are not accessed by the majority in SA is not economic democracy! The strkes by workers which are on going seem to be beyond your celebral capacity to understand , what is the casus belli in AZANIA! I pray that one day you will see the wood of the tree in SA neo apartheid economy!

      • Madzibaba Ishmael

        Cde you are delusional,how long is it going to take for the agric sector to recover? Right now you have a lot of cotton farmers who would rather let their cotton go to waste rather than harvest it and sell it for peanuts.A lot of farmers are not happy with the prices and are considering not farming at all so if this is the same sector you are counting on to help boost the economy you are going to be shocked.

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          Europe did not develop in 34 yrs ! Read the social & economic history of the West b4 you naively make your sinister insinuations! Cotton prices have been affected by the dynamics in the textile sector internationally ! Our maize crop pricing is also being affected by our high production cost structure ,compared to the region.Our farmers are moving to tobacco , which is affecting our forests.. Tobacco farming is also under the threat from the issue of tobaccosis in terms of WHO! These are challenges and problems that can be attacked and solved to make our agric sector focus positively! Our agric sector will survive these issues and recover! The big picture is that our govt knows where the weaknesses are in our land reform// agric sector and are now taking measures to correct and make the sector and nation move on to more productive heights! We had to fight the satanic MDCT project first b4 consolidating our land reform. The people of Zim voted for our ZANUPF policies as publicly admitted by the MDCT Sec Gen Tendai- ZANUPF- Biti!

          • John Banda

            Cde Mzvi (Prof) OR is it for professor, maitiro enyu nemafungiro enyu kurasika chaiko. God save Zimbabwe.

          • Cde Flame

            we should fight the weaknesses in our land reform first

      • Tarubva

        Let me try to debunk the sanctions mantra in your head. President Mugabe voluntarily adopted ESAP in 1991 as a result of the economy that was already in a tailspin. If the economy was performing well, why did he adopt ESAP? Check the devaluation of the Zim dollar, from 1980 until it vanished, then you realize the rot started way back before the MDC. I hope you remember that black Friday, following the $50k unbudgeted payouts to war veterans. That was the final nail on the coffin. The formation of the MDC was a response to the plunder and economic chaos that was so glaring for all to see. As for your views on SA, I just have a question: why are people migrating from Zim to SA in search of a decent livelihood, and not the other way round? Is Zimbabwe issuing temporary permits to SA citizens to allow them to work and stay in Zimbabwe? Wake up Prof.!

  • Hacha Ndizvo

    Owner of Trauma Centre touring Gushungo Dairy with Grace? Is this the link to the Tsvangison medical bill sting

  • leemoyo

    Taking the country forward like President Mugabe really???

  • mukwerekwere

    Yes he did change many people’s lives….now almost 80% of the population are poor…..job well done in that respect!

    • kuta kinte

      Mukwerekwere if you are poor in thinking you will die poor as I can see. The problem is you want everything done for you by the whites.

      • mukwerekwere

        On the contrary I’m a self made man and do not need anyone, black or white, to get by in life.

  • Col Nzira

    “We are told South Africa is rich, but the indigenous people have nothing, but President Mugabe changed the lives of ordinary people”
    I live in Sandton First Lady , the results of your husband performance is there for all to see:women with babies begging at traffic lights. I invite all Zimbabweans who doubt this to come to Johannesburg:any woman begging at traffic lights is from Zimbabwe. Young mane retrieved from disused mines dead:from zimbabwe.
    No essential equipment to perform life saving operations at Mpilio: Mugabe. No clean running water or electricity in Harare or Bulawayo. Robert Mugabe.
    I think there are people including you first lady who want Mugabe to leave a very negative legacy and I still dont know why

    • John Banda

      Taura hako Nzira. It is very true. All the boys and girls, men and women selling wares on busy traffic sports like William Nicole are all Zimbabweans displaced by the bad leadership in Zimbabwe. This Togarepi or whatever his name is, is mad. This association is none other than a looting platform. I was a war collaborator myself and many others i am sure who do not know or respect such an association. Instead of thinking of the future we are always dwelling in the pas, why why why. God help us oooo.

    • Mangwende we Chinhoyi

      Never. Those who are begging are doing so due to choice. People were asked to take land freely voshandisa samba nepfungwa dzavo kuti varime nekuwana zvinoita kuti hupenyu hwavo hunakidze asi vakatiza vachiti vanoda kushandira iro ganda remurungu riri kuchemerwa na Col Nzira.

  • Madzibaba Ishmael

    When are Zimbabweans going to realize we can,t turn every gathering into a political arena?How does a food donation occasion to orphans turn into a speech about the presidency? I hope these war collaborators are going to make donations to other orphanage homes like Jairos Jiri.

  • Roy Moyo

    I am not aware of the existence of an association of war collaborators. During the war, every able-bodied young man or woman was a war collaborator. Even old men and women were collaborators in one way or another. I remember my father who was over 60 years then being asked by Rhodesian security forces the direction freedom fighters had taken. He pointed to the wrong direction totally. After some days, he was reported by a sell-out that he had deliberately misled the soldiers and was arrested and severely assaulted. Is he not a war collaborator? It therefore boggles one’s mind that something everybody was doing can lead to a membership association.

  • Nyongolo

    I smell something fishy,why is Togarepi uncertain of a future without the president?Is he pleading with Grace on behalf of Ziliwaco or himself?I suspect he is part of the undeserving leaders who are benefiting through loyalty and he is very much aware of a future without Mugabe.Believe me,he is not alone in this call. Zvairwadza wasara

  • True Makepekepe

    Uyo veTrauma Center haiziriye here ane center yakanzi Tsvangicry akatiza asina kubhadhara?

  • taffy

    sanctions are real guys,we might blame political leaders but truly this has affected us as a nation.Be political neutral sometimes u wil c things on a different angle.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Thanx taffy! I salute you. To those who dont understand the effects of the US law, called ZEDRA I say to them “ Where ignorance is bliss, its folly to be wise! They love glasses without g , and that is what they are! “

    • anon

      corruption is real, economic incompetence is real, taffy.

  • leketwa martin

    It would have been better to have an orphanage in Budiriro or Seke communal lands. Mazowe area is an agricultural area and it was not fair to displace the poor farmers from that area.

  • Zvipco

    War collaborators my foot!

  • tony

    Zim is water under the bridge. A complete write-off.