Zimbabwean first lady who was earlier banned from organizing political rallies “because they had become a national security threat” is set to resume her “meet the people” rallies. President Robert Mugabe had taken the decision after army’s top brass and war veterans pressurized him to severe Grace Mugabe’s controversial rallies.
“The army demanded that the rallies be stopped because they had become a national security threat. They were being used for nothing, but to divide people as well as a platform for vilification of other people. One of the most dangerous things to come out of these rallies was the ethnic rant by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko. That was a very low point,” an insider said.
However, she was permitted again to carry on with her rallies but asked to curtail her verbal attacks during her political gatherings and stay focused on campaigning for ZANU-PF. She was also advised to promote the party’s Women League ahead of the 2018 elections.
In recent times, the first lady has used her rallies to stir up problems. One of them being the Chiweshe rally organized two weeks ago. At the rally, she told her numerous fans that she would drop the names of people who have been working against president Mugabe.
She did not stop at that, she mercilessly spanked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, war veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and service chiefs. She accused them of plotting to bomb her dairy and planning to kill her son, Bellarmine.
A senior officer reportedly said that “[Vice president] Mnangagwa complained to Mugabe over the attacks, resulting in him calling for a meeting which was also attended by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko and the First Lady.
In the meeting, Mnangagwa said he was not happy with the way the rallies were being conducted. He felt that the rallies were fanning divisions and meant to attack his person. The vice-president wanted Grace’s rallies stopped
Grace, with the help of Mugabe however, said the rallies were important as they were meant to drum up support for the party as well as distribute tractors, food and clothes to needy people. She also said the Women’s League wanted to be in constant touch with the people.
Mugabe however said Grace should tone down her rhetoric and focus on the objectives of the rallies, although he was of the opinion his wife should not be stopped.”
We will recall that in one of Grace’s rallies organized for the party’s women league at its headquarters, Sarah Mahoka, who is Grace Mugabe’s ally and Hurungwe East legislator in Zimbabwe African National
Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) told Zimbabwe’s Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa that he risks “dying” if he fails to tame the voices of his teeming supporters.
“Please, VP Mnangagwa, can you reprimand your people? They are terrorizing us. You cannot sit there like a duck and say nothing. We did not gather here to fight, but to support the President and we support the leadership he chose. We are not saying Mnangagwa must be removed,” Mahoka slammed Mnangagwa.