First Lady cau­tions VP Mnan­gagwa

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

VICE-PRESIDENT Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa should not as­so­ci­ate with in­di­vid­u­als who were sus­pended or ex­pelled from Zanu-PF as this gives the im­pres­sion that he is lead­ing a fac­tion work­ing to un­seat President Mu­gabe, First Lady Amai Grace Mu­gabe has said.

Ad­dress­ing tens of thou­sands of Zanu-PF sup­port­ers at the Bin­dura leg of the Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face Meet­ings yes­ter­day, Amai Mu­gabe said those call­ing for President Mu­gabe to step down and hand over lead­er­ship to his deputy should cease and de­sist. The First Lady said VP Mnan­gagwa should pub­licly cen­sure those us­ing his name to call for the President to step down.

This comes af­ter sus­tained at­tacks on the First Fam­ily by rogue lead­ers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion as well as ex­pelled party mem­bers who claim to sup­port VP Mnan­gagwa.

She said: “. . . ini zvandiri kuzvi­tau­rira han­d­isi kuzvidza VaM­nan­gagwa. Ndirikuzvi­tau­rira kuti imi VaM­nan­gagwa, kana vana va­chi­taura vachi­daro imi makan­gon­yarara, vana vachidz­ingwa, han­d­i­funge kuti chinhu chakanaka.”

Amai Mu­gabe said as­so­ci­at­ing with such char­ac­ters cast VP Mnan­gagwa in bad light, adding that the Vi­cePres­i­dent’s wife, Cde Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa, should not al­low such peo­ple into her home.

“Vana ivavo kana vadz­ingwa, moonekwa muinavo kumba kwenyu, much­inwa tea navo much­inwa doro navo, han­d­i­funge zvi­no­ratidza zvakana ku­mukuru we party. Isusu zvatairairwa isusu tainzi kana Amai vasin­gade kuti utambe ne­munhu uyu aka­wonekwa pamba anoz­vam­burwa.

“Saka im­imi mai Mnan­gagwa muka­wona vanhu vakadz­ingwa mu­party vachi­uya ku­zoona baba zvam­bu­rai.

“Kana mu­chiti zve­chok­wadi muno sup­porter President Mu­gabe ham­u­faniri kuin­ter­ac­ter nevanhu vakadz­ingwa mu­party. Vamwe vo­to­zokui­gi­rai cup yakanzi ‘I am the boss’; mo­torwa ma pic­ture, kana taaona tinokut­samwirai — hatiregeri.”

Amai Mu­gabe cas­ti­gated peo­ple who were falsely claim­ing VP Mnan­gagwa had been poi­soned via eat­ing ice-cream man­u­fac­tured by the First Fam­ily’s pri­vate dairy. She said she was pleased that VP Mnan­gagwa had is­sued a state­ment dis­miss­ing the false­hoods.

The First Lady added that only President Mu­gabe had the au­thor­ity to ap­point or re­move Vice-Pres­i­dents, and she had in the re­cent past re­sisted at­tempts by some party mem­bers to sanc­tion demon­stra­tions against VP Mnan­gagwa.

“Zvino chiripo panapa ndechekuti ndaka­fon­erwa nevanhu zvikanzi tin­oda kuti tiyende nemi mus­treet kunob­visa VaM­nan­gagwa. Inini ndikati hand­ib­vu­mi­rane nezv­inhu zvakadaro nokuti mukatanga ku­daro makur­wisa President nekuti ndivo vakaita ap­point VaM­nan­gan­gawa: hazvi­ite.

“It was last year, three days be­fore cel­e­bra­tion yebirth­day yaPres­i­dent ku Masvingo. Ndikati mukuona tirikuyenda kuMasvingo kunoita cel­e­brate birth­day raPres­i­dent asi makuda kukonz­era mh­i­rizhonga vam­bonyanya ku­tadzeiko zva­mun­oda kuti tinoita demon­strate. Kana musin­ga­fare navo endai kuna baba. Kana vanhu vasin­ga­fare nezvi­noitwa naVice-President endai kuna baba mono­taura.”

Amai Mu­gabe de­fended Zanu-PF Na­tional Po­lit­i­cal Com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere and Higher and Ter­tiary, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo. Nine of ZanuPF’s 10 prov­inces this year demon­strated against Cde Ka­sukuwere, say­ing he had set up par­al­lel struc­tures in a bid to un­seat President Mu­gabe.

Prof Moyo is ac­cused of loot­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars from the Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund, a State en­tity that falls un­der his min­is­te­rial port­fo­lio. The First Lady also said fac­tion­al­ism was rife in the party’s Masvingo and Mid­lands prov­inces.

“KuMasvingo van­oti pam­beri na amai pam­beri na baba, tinoku­dai, hatina maprob­lems kuno. It’s not true. Maprob­lems ariko kuMasvingo neku Mid­lands. Ndakam­b­o­taura inini kuMash West ndikati inini President ava kana vanzwa kuneta vakuda ku­zorora ivo se­mem­ber yeparty vane right yekuti uyu ndiye anog­ona ku­tora basa rangu; vane right. Ndadaro zvikanzi Amai Mu­gabe hamuzive con­si­ti­tu­tion na (Paul) Mang­wana kuMasvingo. Un­oda kun­di­tau­rira iwewe kuti han­d­izive con­sti­tu­tion? Ndi­noiziva zvakanyanya con­sti­tu­tion iy­oyo.”

First Lady Amai Grace Mu­gabe

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