Shut up and stop it, says First Lady

Amai Mugabe

Amai Mugabe

Felex Share Senior Reporter
Zanu-PF members should stop setting President Mugabe against his appointees and concentrate on issues affecting the electorate such as drought-induced food shortages, the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, who is also Secretary for Women’s Affairs said yesterday.

Amai Mugabe said a people-oriented party like Zanu-PF should not spend the whole year discussing disciplinary issues, instead of service delivery.

“I always say as Zanu-PF, we’ve got an upper hand now and the people know that it is the party representing them and working to fulfil their needs,” she said.

“So what is all this fighting for? Why are you doing that? You stop it! All of you! We do not want that. Do not appear as if you want to create friction between the President and those he chose to work with. If you see us quiet, do not think we are foolish. We are watching you.

“It appears some of you went to school to learn about obscenities only. Kutukana kutaridza kuti ndini ndinoziva mavhoko ekutuka uyu. You stop it! Varume vakuru! You think as women, we are not able to shout at each other? We are able, but we know it does not bring food on the table. If you are educated, your talk and behaviour should reflect that. Respect those who respect you.”

The First Lady made the remarks while addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters who gathered at the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare to thank President Mugabe for a successful tour of duty as the African Union chairman.

The women and youths also wanted to show solidarity with the First Family following the attempted bombing of their farm, Gushungo Dairy.

Amai Mugabe said manoeuvres by some party cadres to set President Mugabe against his subordinates would come to naught.

Some, she said, instead of expending energy of service delivery, were outdoing each in verbosity.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has clashed with War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and the pair has taken their vendetta to the private media.

Prof Moyo has gone a step further, attacking other party cadres including Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on his Twitter account, something which has been widely condemned by many.

The First Lady said the infighting was distracting the country’s leadership from focusing on “real issues” while the Zanu-PF Politburo was always seized with disciplinary issues.

“Right now, the rains have not been coming and that is what we should focus on,” she said.

“If there is peace, the leadership will be able to work without any hindrance and you think with all these petty fights it is possible? VaMnangagwa naVice President (Phelekezela) Mphoko vakutombosiya kuti grain toiwana kupi, vaakufunga kuti ko zviri kutaurwa izvi? You want the Politburo to always sit talking about petty issues? We need progressive things not to have disciplinary issues year in and year out.”

She added: “We want to talk about serious issues and I think those doing that should be told to shut their mouths because they are distracting Zimbabwe.

“We have work before us as we made promises to the people during the 2013 harmonised elections and that is what we should deliver.”

She said most infighting was being done by male figures in the party and as a mother figure she would not hesitate to reprimand them.

On the planned bombing, which was thwarted by police at the First Family’s farm in Mazowe, Amai Mugabe said: “It means you even want to kill my children. We can’t have a Zimbabwe like that.”

She said in the face of the illegal sanctions imposed by the West, Zimbabweans should have a unity of purpose and work for the development of the country.

Amai Mugabe urged journalists to report responsibly saying negative reports would never take Zimbabwe anywhere.

“This is our country and all these negative stories are heard all over and if instability is to come, it doesn’t affect me alone but you will also be included.

“You might write and your paper will not be bought because the purchasing power would have diminished,” Amai Mugabe said.

“Let us be patriotic despite our political affiliations. Let us write stories which do not drive away investors.”

She said differences should be resolved amicably, internally and without taking the issues to the private media.

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  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Dr Mujuru makavaita seyi gore riya? Zvichapera.

    • Knuff rogger

      Kudiyii nhaiwe buda Pachena tinzwe

    • Judas Iscariot

      How can Charamba claim he was speaking on behalf of the first family,when the first family are saying ZANU PF does not believe in addressing party issues through the media? Once again George,stop wasting time on mavhoko,they don’t put food on our tables.

    • Chris Silobela

      Jonathan Moyo should STOP IT! He thinks tweeting his rants against other party members is fashionable.He must have respect for his seniors and President Mugabe’s appointees.We are tired of this G40 maniac.Viva Zanu PF.

      • bodo_kwete

        Manje kaye hamukagone. He will not stop kkk

  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    You started it Ntombizodwa if you had not expelled Mujuru we would not be in this mess. It is clear you hoped to be VP and take the ultimate job but it wont happen unless you request Gushungo to live until he is 115 years like Banda(Malawi)

  • Roy Moyo

    Good speech amai. But you also forgot to say for Zimbabwe to prosper, let us have fresh ideas and leadership renewal based on time spent in office and age. We should learn to pass on the baton peacefully so that others do not have to wait for their chance forever.

  • Ray Mbada

    The only mistake that you made and decided to mark it correct is that of forgiving your enemies and accepting them into ranks. You will not find rest until you put them in their correct positions and label them enemies. You mix goats and hyenas then ask what’s wrong? Remember, these are the very people we were fighting and not all of them signed the peace accord, neither did they choose to go the reconciliation way nor did they quit the war completely, they are still fighting. So you don’t be surprised because they say it openly that they are not happy to see you in power even where they are not prepared to take over. Today they sympathyse with wrong doers, even murderers they don’t want them imprisoned…they are a hate-group.

  • Suppoter

    Thousands gathered to celebrate the successful tour of duty as the A U Chairman, what a group of stupid people how can you celebrate that? Instead of celebrating the successful way of turning around the country’s woes you choose to celebrate A U issues that wont take you anyway, what a group of losers. Zanu PF supporters cant think. You go gather hungry as you are and don’t see anything wrong with that. The last lady goes on to say those who are attacking each other in the media are driving away investors, strange who has driven away investors? Its none other than your * husband * LADY you included.

  • Ba2

    Can Herald, which had quoted one Matemadanda saying the youth and women leagues convergence at the PM venue was organised by Kasukuwere using his own fans to demonstrate. now go back to Matemadanda and ask him to comment given that the President clearly said it was organised by Dr Amai? It is also with wonder why you, Herald, did not give Kasukuwere a chance to answer to those allegations of setting up war vets with women. We want the man to say something now.
    Also update us on the follow up of those that blocked others which incestigation was vested upon Tyson.

  • Chimoto

    Pamberi naAmai pamberi ne G40. Ma detractors nenharadada kwete, pasi nemadhara anopamba hupfumi hwenyika.

    • Kyle James

      Chmoto mati madini muchahuta gorerino.

  • maita

    Was Mahoka listening to this?

  • Mwalimu

    But we read about panties and sons of Sithole from the “state Media”. What is the private media got to do with it.

    • bodo_kwete

      Musorobhangu karikutokusekai mese, kunyanya ivo Deputy avo.

  • Department 6

    mush mukuru wagara unoita bopoto nokuti vanhu havan kuenzaniswa uye kune rusaruro/

  • anon

    I think the incessant “stop it” is the limit to the language. Beyond that, nothing much of substance.

  • tichaona

    Well said Amai, the country has more pressing issues which need urgent attention, you cannot fight and focus at the same time, as for our media the country will excel with constructive journalism rather than with counter productive journalism, lead by example folks and create a serious working environment for everybody, hope is an ingredient for success. How do we lure investors amid fighting, housekeeping is taking centre stage at the expense of development, i totally agree with Dr Amai in terms focussing on wrong issues, personal issues rather than national.

  • Wanjere

    Who – but a moron – would listen to this person’s rant. Seriously. There is nothing to respect.

    • Tichaona

      Musha wega wega unaamai vanoudzikamisa, respect the leadership of the day, chakanaka chakanaka chataurwa ngatichitende, inga mazwi anovaka akasarudwa kuti nyika iyende mberi, if you cannot appreciate the reprimanding then we are going nowhere fast..

      • anon

        Ava vakaufumura nekufumura hofisi yaMai vemusha kubva kare kare kare nemashoko ange asina kupepetwa. Once you have undone your dignity, it is hard for people to respect you on any side ndosaka kundoguma pakuti stop it pasina vachiri kuteerera because both sides know she cannot be trusted. Vakasarudza kusava muyananisi, samai, but to take sides and try to play off one side against the other zvino voshaya kwavo.

  • Pastor Farie

    Am not happy at all ne speech yaamai! As first lady there is a demeanor THAT I THINK IS ACCEPTABLE. Yes all mothers vanopopota asi pekupopotera ndopamairasa. Lets learn to summon people and rebuke them in private. Mai vanoranga mwana pane vanhu will lose both the child and the people. Close your doors, remove your dirty laundry and solve those party issues in private.

  • Wanjere

    Politicians earn respect – they don’t just deserve it. Amai will just end badly.

  • Kyle James

    And also upholding the constitution, implementing reforms and stopping corruption.