Farirai Machivenyika and Felex Share
The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe yesterday again laid into the senior Zanu-PF leader she accused of fanning factionalism in the party, saying divisive opposition parties like MDC, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn and other ills like corruption and factionalism were all mooted in the woman’s house.
While addressing the last leg of her “Meet The People Tour” at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera in remarks widely-believed to be directed at Vice President Joice Mujuru, Amai Mugabe accused the VP and her cabal of followers of working with the MDC in a futile bid to stop last year’s harmonised elections which the main opposition party lost dismally.
Amai Mugabe said while she had not mentioned any person by name, people had the right to infer who she was referring to through their deeds.
“We have said the moment of truth will come,” she said.
“I might not be mentioning names, but if people decode the information in a particular way, that is not my problem. When the truth has been told and people zero in on you, it’s your problem because it’s you who started it.
“Chinonetsa ndechekuti munhu iyeye ari kuleader zvinhu zvefaction ndiye mumba make makafomwa MDC munhu iyeye. Munhu mumwechete iyeye, mumba make makafomwa Mavambo tichingozvinzwa tichinyarara. Hazvirambike nekuti zvaiitika ikoko,” Amai Mugabe said.
“Nekuti takaenda kunovhota last year tikati tine candidate yedu yataita put forward Baba VaMugabe, but before we went to the elections, the very same elements who are fanning factionalism are the same people who did not want the elections, that’s the truth.
“Vanhu ivavo varikuita factionalism vangavasingadi kuti tiende kumaelections. Vaiita vachishanda neMDC vachiti aiwa hatidi zvemalections. MDC pavanga vachiti hatidi zvemaelections ivowo vaiti hatidi zvemaelections.”
MDC was launched on September 11 1999 when the three British Political Parties Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats came together under the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to fund a political party to unseat Zanu-PF in the wake of the implementation of the fast-track land reform programme.
The party’s Western overlords then found local proxy to launch the party on a ZCTU platform.
Mavambo was formed by former Zanu-PF Politburo members Dr Simba Makoni and Dr Dumiso Dabengwa on the eve of the 2008 harmonised elections and the two claimed there were a number of senior Zanu-PF members who were also behind the project which nearly cost Zanu-PF power through the self-defeating Bhora musango/ibola egan’eni strategy that saw some Zanu-PF leaders tell supporters to vote for a Zanu-PF councillor, National Assembly member and Senator then Simba Makoni for president.
The divisive strategy saw President Mugabe trail MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in the first round of the presidential contest before Zanu-PF reconstituted itself outside its structures to deliver a crushing victory in the run-off.
Mavambo has been dormant after it received eight percent of the vote in the first round of the 2008 harmonised elections, while MDC-T is nearing collapse due to successive splits.
Amai Mugabe took a swipe at VP Mujuru for alleged corruption and abuse of office involving illicit diamond deals, extorting shareholding from companies, demanding 10 percent bribes from companies and undermining the authority of the President among other things.
Because of her propensity for graft, Amai Mugabe said, the VP had come out in defence of parastatal bosses who were implicated in corruption in the infamous salarygate scandal that broke out at the beginning of the year.
Addressing the Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial women’s conference in Chinhoyi on February 8 this year, VP Mujuru blamed the exposure of graft cases in the media to the work of infiltrators that she claimed wanted to destroy Zanu-PF from within.
Amai Mugabe said while she had been approached to assume leadership of the Women’s League, some people were plotting to topple President Mugabe despite the fact that he was given the mandate to lead by the people.
She said the same people leading factional fights were colluding with the MDC formations last year in a failed attempt to stop the conduct of harmonised elections.
“Toenda kumaelections Baba vomira kuti tirikuda nyika bedzi, tahwina gore harisati rapera hanzi Mugabe chibva. Pakamboitwa here agreement yakadaro yekuti tahwina maelections Mugabe akutobva, hapana zvakambodaro. We went to the women and youth conferences and President Mugabe was endorsed as the sole candidate and First Secretary of Zanu-PF. That is what people want.”
Amai Mugabe said those leading factions had shares in newspapers and were paying journalists to write bad articles about the First family.
“Anonyepa ndeupi apa, wekuDaily News ndeupi, weku Newsday ndeupi? Hona varikutarisa pasi. Group rese rakagara apa ndaona kuti ndopairi MDC. How much are you paid to write negative things about Amai Mugabe. Are you happy about that?
“I pray for you because you do not know anything. Inzara here? Masanctions abaya? Endai kunaleader wenyu Tsvangirai muti tobaiwa nemasanctions. Writing sensational stories is because you want to eat. This is not proper. We do not hate you but we pray for you to know what is good and bad. Ungabva wadaro amai vako nekuda kwe$200. Dai zvaita kuti vadongorere pahwindo raMai Mugabe vachigeza, vaidongorera ava.”
Amai Mugabe also urged Mashonaland East youth chairperson Cde Lucky Kandemiri, who only attended yesterday’s rally, to shun factionalism along with his colleagues from Masvingo and Manicaland who were conspicous by their absence from her Meet The People Tour.
This, she said, was evidence that the trio were receiving instructions from people in high offices.
Meanwhile, a group of seemingly intoxicated Zanu PF youths from Mashonaland East almost disrupted the rally as they protested over the use of the slogan “Pasi neGamatox” saying instead they should also use the slogan “Pasi nezvipfukuto”.
It took the intervention of security details and senior police officers to calm down the youths who were shouting on top of their voices that the word gamatox was not permissible in their province.