Moyo defends Dr Grace

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Information minister Jonathan Moyo

MEDIA, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday sprang to the defence of the First Lady Grace Mugabe, denying that she called for the ouster of Vice-President Joice Mujuru during a rally in Gwanda on Monday.

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

Moyo told journalists in Lupane on the sidelines of Grace’s “meet the people” tour that the First Lady was merely spelling out qualities a vice-president needs.

Moyo said the assertions that Grace wanted Mujuru sacked were “mischievous” and calculated at raising “dust”.

“There are screaming headlines in some newspapers today (yesterday) which are claiming that at her address in Gwanda the First Lady Grace Mugabe called for the ouster of Vice-President Joice Mujuru,” he said.

“Mugabe never said anything of the sort. This is some fertile imaginations of some people.”

In her address, Grace insinuated that President Robert Mugabe should appoint vice-presidents and not have people who piggybacked on him yet they were not working, in an apparent reference to Mujuru.

Grace’s sentiments literally laid bare the infighting within Zanu PF, raising the stakes as the party heads to its December congress.

“She was addressing qualities that a vice-president and second secretary of Zanu PF should have,” Moyo said in her defence.

“No name was mentioned and just because we have one vice-president it does not mean she was referring to her.

“Now that we going to be selecting a vice-president, it was more about the office and not the occupant, the past or the present, but the office as it relates to aspiring vice-presidents.”

Addressing about 6 000 supporters at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda in her sixth provincial meeting, Grace — without mentioning Mujuru by name — said there was no one in Zanu PF permanently guaranteed of a post in the party.

“Some think because you are vice-president you just stay there and do nothing while Mugabe works for you,” she said.

“We want a vice-president who helps the president, not one who just relies on Mugabe.

“We no longer want that. We want people who are capable.

“You mustn’t think because you have a post you are there forever. You must work for it.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. But Mr. Professor why refer to VP in your discussion when you are not targeting that office? Why then did she address the people about the post of VP when the people are not ambitious to land that post? it was premature of her and you must not try to cover that fact as it makes it worse. She is fighting Joice Mujuru as there is currently one VP and these are not matters to laugh and politick about please. Why do we write off other people in this society please? God shall correct all this nonsense shortly.

  2. “We want a vice-president who helps the president, not one who just relies on Mugabe.
    “We no longer want that. We want people who are capable”.
    “You mustn’t think because you have a post you are there forever. You must work for it.”
    Don’t you think that the first lady meant the occupants of the said office? Although she did not mention any name, to me it seems that all those who held the same post before were doing nothing whilst Mugabe works for them. My advice, is she should correct her statement and give an apology to the current VP and nation as a whole.

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