Zimbabwe First Lady Removes Herself, VPs From Presidential Race


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.

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.


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.


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