Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe has exonerated herself and Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko from harbouring presidential ambitions, saying they are victims of gossiping by some political opportunists bent on dividing people. Addressing members of the Zanu-PF Women’s League national executive in Harare yesterday, Amai Mugabe who is also the Women League’s secretary, said the ruling party should immediately stop disciplinary hearings and commit efforts towards development.
She vouched for the two Vice Presidents saying at no point did she ever hear them calling for President Mugabe’s retirement so that they can take over the Presidency.
Amai Mugabe said in 2013 people voted President Mugabe into office and as such, he was the only centre of power that should be recognised and respected.
“Takaenda kumalections 2013, tikavhotera one President,” she said.
“Ndiyo one centre of power yatinoita recognise. Zvese zviri kutaurwa izvozvo zvichitaurwa mazita (kuti) kana Mai Mugabe hanzi vachaita leader, ini I said in no uncertain terms that I do not harbour any presidential ambitions.
“Kana zita raVice President vedu rinoswera richitaurwa richisvibiswa hamusati mambonzwa Vice President Mnangagwa vachiti, ‘baba chibudai ndaakuda kupinda muchinzvimbo’.
“But kune dzimwe ny’any’a dzagara dzisingadi Zanu-PF, dzakagara dzisingashandi neZanu-PF, dzinoshandisa zita.
“Ndinoda kuvamiririra Vice President (Mnangagwa) nokuti hapana chavakambotaura, ndichizvimiririra, hapana chandakambotaura, ndichimiririra VaMphoko hapana chavakambotaura. Vanhu vari committed kumusangano wavo, vari committed kunyika — kushandira nyika.
“Kune vamwe vanhu vanoziva weakness yedu semadzimai kuti tinenge tisina mari ndovanotidaidza votaura ivo vachiti Vice President Mnangagwa vave kutoti dai President vandisiira chigaro; VaMphoko vave kutoti dai vandisiira; ininiwo ndichingonziwo nekwangu neni neni.
“Ini, I am satisfied nezvandiri saFirst Lady. Ndiri satisfied nekutungamira madzimai kwandiri kuita. At least ndinototi ini zvangu ndatosvika ipapa, vanhu vandi recogniser saka ndinofara nekuti handina kunge ndakazvitarisira.”
Amai Mugabe said some people were pushing for her appointment as a Cabinet Minister, but she refused.
She said people thought that she would do the same like her predecessor Cde Oppah Muchinguri who was doubling up as Women’s Affairs Minister.
“I have my businesses to run, ndine charity work yandinoita. Iye zvino mumusangano ndiri kutungamira madzimai. Saka ndiri kuona kuti ndiro yangu yakatozara. My plate is just full. It is overflowing.
“Ini ndiri kufunga kuti it is important to share positions. Saka ndakaona zvakakodzera nokuti vanhu vaifunga kuti Mai Muchinguri vange vari kutungamira madzimai kumusangano, but muHurumende vari minister zvekare, saka vange vakaona zvakakodzera kuti First Lady zvavave kutungamira madzimai vanogona kubata zvekare kuGovernment.
“Saka ini pachangu ndakagara pasi ndikafunga ndikaona zvisina kukodzera, ndikati nemabasa ese andataura aya, zvakanaka sei kuti umwe mudzimai apinde ave pachigaro ichocho so that we share responsibilities.”
Amai Mugabe warned some men who were using members of the Women’s League to fan factionalism in the party that they should “stop it.”
In some cases, Amai Mugabe said, men were using money to divide members of the Women’s League. She described such destructive behaviour as “satanic” adding that women should be on the lookout.
Dr Mugabe said it was useless to continue fighting political battles when the nation was expecting economic delivery.
She said: “Our focus should be on serving the people by contributing to the implementation of the Zim-Asset plan in a result-oriented fashion.
Dr Mugabe donated six vehicles to six provinces for use by the Women’s League.