13 February 2016

Zimbabwe: First Lady Dares Lacoste Group - Threatens to Name, Shame Factionalists - Alleges Army Involvement in Bombing

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President Mugabe addresses Zanu-PF supporters ahead of a Politburo meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe says she will soon name and shame senior Zanu-PF officials fanning factionalism, saying such people were behind youths who were paraded donning T-shirts inscribed "Team Lacoste."

Team Lacoste is alleged to be a faction within Zanu-PF reportedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some youths appeared in the private media putting on the regalia at the funeral of the uncle of Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga.

She also warned some service chiefs whom she said were behind the attempted bombing of the First Family's Alpha Omega Dairy in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central.

Addressing thousands of villagers at Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central, Amai Mugabe said: "Vanhu vari kuswera vakapfeka maT-shirts hanzi Lacoste, vaakubvunzwa kuti Lacoste inorevei hanzi iperfurme. Hatizi maremaka isusu. Don't abuse mutupo waPresident. Mobuditsa vana mumapepa, because this is public knowledge we saw the pictures in the papers, vana vakapfeka maT-shirts akanzi Lacoste akaembroidwa neflag yeZimbabwe."

"Hatidi kuabuser that flag, ine meaning yainoreva flag iyi. Let's not abuse it. Munodarirei? Kana vanhu vachikudai regai vanhu vakusarudzei. Tanga takangozvigarira isu vanaMai Mugabe isu, vanhu vakati tirimafuza nekuti tanga takanyarara. Mugoti unopiwa anyerere."

Amai Mugabe warned those fanning factionalism in the party, saying the time for making veiled attacks were over.

"Varikuita zvefactionalism ngavazvirege izvozvi," she said.

"Stop it forthwith! Nekuti nguva yava kukwana yekuzotaurirana chokwadi. Imbwa iripo apo handivigi mupini ndinoiponda nemupini inini."

The First Lady said she was prepared to carry President Mugabe to work in a wheel barrow, if need be, given that she had lost confidence on those that she initially thought might succeed him.

"Nekuti chiri kunetsa ndechekuti vataimbofungira vacho kuti vangagona kuitawo mabasa akadaro hatisisina confidence navo," she said.

Amai Mugabe said the President exercised a lot of patience in Wednesday's crunch Politburo meeting as some people lied to him.

She said she was not vying for any higher position because she was content with where she was and was exercising powers vested in her as the First Lady and Zanu-PF Women's League leader.

"Kana paine maservice chiefs varipano vatikutawo, chete musazongotibhombera bedzi ma dairy chete," Amai Mugabe said, while making her salutations.

She said the bombers targeted her dairy farm, the children's home she administers in Mazowe and revealed that there was a plot to kill her last born son Bellarmine.

"Moyo wakashata wakaita sei wakadaro? Mademons akaita sei akadaro? And you want me to respect you? You really want me to smile at you and say 'Oh well done'? Oh no!" Amai Mugabe said.

She accused a party bigwig of pretending to show love to President Mugabe and appear to be happy that the Head of State and Government had fathered children, when in fact he was plotting to kill them.

Amai Mugabe launched an attack on one senior war veteran leader for continuously bragging about his liberation war credentials as if he was the only one who went to war.

"Vakawanda vari pano, vasikana navakomana, vanambuya navanasekuru vari pano vakarwa hondo, but havazvipembedzi. Siya tikupembedze nemabasa ako aunotiitira akanaka. Tinokusema iwewe kana uchida kuti tikuseme nekuti chokwadi munhu unozviparadza wega nemaitiro ako," said Amai Mugabe.

In an attack believed to be directed at Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans chairperson Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, in whom fellow war veterans passed a vote of confidence later in the day, Amai Mugabe rapped him for double standards.

She said Cde Mutsvangwa was quick to accept a vote of no confidence being passed on some party cadres, but complained when the same was eventually done on him.

"Woda kuzocomplainer kuti mavote of no confidence awanda asi paaipiwa vamwe waisekerera," she said.

"You were smiling kunge muromo uchatsemuka uchismiler kuti vote of no confidence yapiwa so and so nekuti waisamufarira, ienemy yako. Nhasi yauya pauri yawakucomplainer kuti President vote of no confidence dzawandisa, hee? It has never happened ever in the history of Zanu-PF, nekuti yauya pauri."

Amai Mugabe warned the war veterans leader to desist from insulting fellow party cadres about their paternal parents because the same could also be used against him.

"Hakuna chinhu chakaipa sekutukirira vamwe uchivaudza zvakashata nezvemubereki wako. Hazvina kunaka. Ko iwewe tikazokuudza kuti vana vauri kuchengeta havazi vako?"

Amai Mugabe rapped the media for distorting what she said on Wednesday while addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters and accused the same of making unwarranted attacks on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo.

"Inini ndakataura musi weWednesday pataitambira Baba, kuti baba tirikutenda nebasa ramakatiitira kuAU (African Union)," she said.

"Zvava zvekutaurirana pachokwadi handitika? Ndakataura ndikati inini zvekutuka ngatiregei. Asi bepa ramangwana rakazobuda richinzi Mai Mugabe vataura kuti hee Jonathan (Moyo) ari kutuka vanhu." Turning to Prof Moyo who was sitting at the top table, she said "Jonathan waipopota wega? Uri benzi unopopota wega? Jonathan haazi benzi uyu anopopota ega. Ibenzi?

"Such an intelligent person akadai ibenzi? Aipopoterana nevanhu vanotaurawo saiye. Unoona kuti bepa riri controlled nani. Journalists, what's happening there? Haikona kupota muchipiwa mari muchinyora because tinoverenga, tinepfungwawo. Ehee, hatidi kudaro nekuti yavakungosarira munhu hwani sezvinonzi aipopota ega."

Amai Mugabe reminded party cadres that the President was the party candidate for the 2018 general elections because he was the only person who could hold the country together.

She later donated 530 tonnes of maize, 100 tonnes of rice, several tractors, cooking oil, clothes, footwear, raincoats, salt and Internet equipment for Kanyemba Secondary School.

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