ZIMBABWE – Controversial and tactless First Lady Grace Mugabe on Thursday rubbished the contribution of war veterans in the liberation of Zimbabwe saying ZANU-PF belongs to everyone.
Addressing thousands of people at Murombedzi Growth Point in Zvimba, Grace said some people within the party thought President Mugabe was to stop her from making inflammatory statements but were surprised when he remained mum.
“They (Mujuru cabal) thought the President would say something to stop me, but he remained quiet because just like anyone, l am also allowed to participate in ZANU-PF because it is my party. While we respect their liberation war contributions, ZANU-PF is not only for those who fought the war, we all deserve to be in ZANU-PF,” said Grace.
In remarks remarks largely meant to rebuke the Minister of Water, Environment and Climate and Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa who have since fallen out of favour following the expulsion of former Vice President Joice Mujuru, Grace said factional elements would be deposed in similar fashion.
“They are some who are corrupt and we say down with corruption. When given a duty, you have been made a servant of the people, but some think that when appointed to become Minister, he or she should be rich to the extent of opening bank accounts for their dogs,” she said.
Her statements are ironic given the fact she recently held a lavish birthday party where her bank account grossed US$2 million in just a month put of donations from people most probably want to curry favor with the First Family.
Even her donations of 30 000 litres of cooking oil, 50 tones or rice, 30 tonnes of maize-meal, sugar, salt and 6 132 bars of soap is some kind of vote buying and smirks of one keen on building a patronage system.