Zimbabwean politician Rugare Eleck Ngidi Gumbo has confessed that he foresaw calamity the very moment Mugabe picked Grace as his second wife. Gumbo, who was formerly a member of the ruling party (ZANU-PF) was axed after he was accused of being part of a rebellion against President Mugabe together with Joice Mujuru, who served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2014.
Speaking during a Southern African Economic and Political Series (Sapes) Trust discussion, Gumbo said that Mugabe’s ambition to die in power was his wife’s idea.
“Mugabe has consistently claimed the party would implode if he left, but the reality is that he wanted to develop a Gushungo dynasty.
He wants his relatives, including his wife, to take over. When he married Grace, some of us realised disaster had befallen the country because we knew she would not allow him to leave power,” Gumbo said.
He also claimed that he knew that Mugabe was not real and secondly he [Mugabe] needed power and nothing more. He said he tried warning “fellow citizens” in a statement in 1980, “but nobody listened because a lot of us were consumed by the euphoria of independence”.
“I feel vindicated now. All that Mugabe wanted was nothing but power and we did not realise it.”
In 1980, I said ‘guys we are dealing with a monster and we will suffer’ but nobody listened. Mugabe’s guiding principle is amassing power,” he said.
Gumbo further lamented that helping Mugabe ascend to the presidential seat was the worst mistake ever recorded in the history of Zimbabwe.
“Our mistake was that we chose Mugabe against the advice given by [former Mozambican leader] Samora Machel.
I had stayed with him [Mugabe] at the then Salisbury Maximum Security Prison.
I pretended to know Mugabe more than the others and I argued he was the right man for the job.
I must apologise for this. We wrote letters that the guerrillas must support him and he was brilliant.
But some were quite reluctant and the Mozambicans had already put him in jail. It was our biggest mistake.”
He asserted that Grace Mugabe is making everything possible to ensure that her 92-year-old husband stays in power. And that Grace has been making frantic effort to also see that she seizes power from her husband.
“Mugabe has consistently claimed the party would implode if he left, but the reality is that he wanted to develop a Gushungo dynasty,” Gumbo said.
“He wants his relatives, including his wife, to take over. When he married Grace, some of us realized disaster had befallen the country because we knew she would not allow him to leave power.”
Robert Mugabe and Grace got married in 1996, after Mugabe lost his first wife Sarah Francesca (Sally) to kidney ailment.
Currently, Gumbo is newly formed Zimbabwe People First interim spokesperson. The new party is led by former vice-president Joice Mujuru.
The political heat wave across the ruling party – Zanu PF is becoming so intensive and alarming. Everything has now gone up in smoke. The party has split into factions and the tussle for who will succeed Zimbabwe’s longest leader is brewing much dust across the country.
Last week, Temba Mliswa, who is former Zanu PF Member of Parliament for Hurungwe said Grace Mugabe’s mental state has turned out to be a major challenged to Zimbabwe. Mliswa, who spoke at a press conference in Harare said, she [Grace] has defied the prestige of Zimbabwe’s presidency and ruined the reputation of her husband.
According to IOL, Mliswa said;
“We are now worried about the mental state of the First Lady of Zimbabwe. This is a serious issue … her mental state has resulted in the economy being brought to its knees. The decisions that she is making have impacted negatively on the reputation of Zimbabweans as a people.”