PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is a teacher by profession and he has an obligation to teach his wife Grace to know and understand that her marriage doesn’t exist in the constitution of the country, National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa said.
He said President Mugabe must not allow his spouse to tarnish his name which he has built as an icon of the revolution and a statesman.
According to Mutsvangwa, Grace Mugabe should be told that there is no law which says her marriage to the President gave her constitutional powers to attack statutory bodies in the country.
His remarks come a week after the First lady accused some War Veterans and the army of planning to stage a coup if their chosen candidate VP Emmerson Mnangagwa does not succeed President Mugabe.
Addressing youths in Harare last week at the official launch of the Youth Empowerment Bank, an emotional Grace warned some War Veterans who were moving around threatening ruling party members that if their choice is not appointed they will stage a coup.
Responding to her comments, Mutsvangwa said the accusations were outrageous coming from a woman (Grace Mugabe) who was only 14 years when the country got independence in 1980.
“We are a revolutionary army, a coup is an anathema to a revolutionary army because we start from the people,” he told reporters in Harare Tuesday.
“Cleary the people who are saying so, they do not have the Mwenje-the booklet of the ruling party ideology.”
Mutsvangwa added, “The army, the police, and the CIO have a statute in the law of Zimbabwe and these are constitutional bodies which are recognised by the Constitution.”
“Now we have somebody who has no locus standi which has no position in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“Cde President this is wrong civic lessons to the populace of Zimbabwe.”
He went on to accuse Grace and G40 faction members of trying to grab power by force.
“They are the ones who want to grab power that’s why they have been holding interface rallies. This behaviour where statutory bodies are challenged by jay walkers is unacceptable.”