By Daniel Chigundu
Until recently, First Lady Grace Mugabe (52) has denied allegations that she harbours intentions to become Vice President or even succeeding her 93-year-old husband.
Even at the time of removing the then Vice President Joice Mujuru, Grace Mugabe is on record telling Zanu PF supporters that she does not intend to become second in command.
However, as things began to unfold via the First lady-meet the –people rallies and the Presidential Youth Interface Rallies, the First lady has found herself being a top contender not only to the Vice President’s position but also to succeed her husband who has ruled the country since 1980.
For a political novice, Grace has walked in sacred lands that no ordinary man or women who have not set ambushes would dare walk without looking over her shoulders as she has done and those that have underestimated her, have themselves to blame.
Grace has challenged war veterans who until her entry into politics were the heart of Zanu PF, she has even dared the army and the CIO which has largely been untouchable and has come out victors.
She has gunned the powerful, those that survived death sentences and even those who gunned down choppers during the liberation struggle and now even those who claim to have formed the very party are now afraid to cross her prohibited path.
The other thing is that Grace has made sure that people must know that when they have been appointed by her husband, he can also remove them at her request, both in the party and in government.
All these developments, however, serve to confirm that there is a huge hand that has been working behind the scenes and surely Grace is being propped for the top position and is using this time to exert her authority and remove would be spoilers.
As we slowly head towards the-all import 2018 general elections, there have been mixed views on whether Grace is ready to lead or she still has a lot to learn.
One school of thought is of the view that Grace cannot and will never be ready to rule the current Zanu PF because of lack of liberation war credentials and therefore the party is being reformed to get rid of the old guard that has been singing the “we went to war mantra” and therefore G40 was never a creation of the media.
However, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says “We have always mentioned that Grace’s unbridled avidity for power is a danger to the existence of our nation-state.
“This is why we make the point that Grace Mugabe cannot be a leader of the beautiful country we all call home, the Great Zimbabwe,” said the Tendai Biti led party.
PDP says Grace is unfit to lead, and the following reasons support their argument
- The age of dynastic politics passed a long time ago, Zimbabwe cannot be subjected to a Mugabe dynasty which for all intents and purposes proved beyond reasonable doubt that it is a family whose DNA is mediocre, failure and destruction.
- She has no social base and moral high ground.Unlike the other failures in Zanu PF including Mnangagwa and Sekeremayi who at least fought in the liberation struggle, Grace has no track record of patriotism. We in the opposition at least have a track record of fighting for the democratisation of the country and an endeavour to restore the hijacked agenda of the liberation struggle.
- She is a person of questionable emotional and mental disposition. Her public rants are reflective of an individual who is way below average in terms of emotional intelligence. Tied to this point is her capacity to divide the people of Zimbabwe. She even has guts to invite religious groups just to turn them against each other along factional lines.
- She is a looter who does everything for personal gain including in her social transactions. She invaded Mazowe, took the land by force and even went on to grab a dam declaring that the waters of Mazowe Dam have since been privatised. Such a shocking display of greed and selfishness.
- She lacks vision and crafty competence.This country requires transformational leadership with the ability to lift the masses from poverty, create an enabling for development and with a desire to create equal opportunities for all. Grace Mugabe is certainly not a person of this ilk; she has never done anything which benefits anyone other than herself. The Gushungo Empire she created is meant to create wealth for her and the orphanage she hides behind is actually anthropological capitalism of the highest order. She even charges exorbitant amounts of money to admit kids at the place.
The opposition party says the country faces a dark cloud of uncertainty, adding that Zimbabweans need to stand together in unison and make a declaration against charlatans who might want this country to degenerate into chaos.
According to PDP, “In these times of madness where the angels of darkness and demons of derangement are on the loose, the citizen must exercise reason and stand firm against regression,” said PDP.