Grace Mugabe attacks Zanu PF Minister


President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, on Thursday sensationally accused Justice deputy minister Fortune Chasi of working against her intention to acquire more land to expand her orphanage project in Mazowe.

Chasi is the local MP for Mazowe North, the area under which Mugabe's orphanage is located.

Addressing Zanu PF youths who had gone to endorse her candidature for the top women's league post in the party, Grace said she has been terrorised by Chasi who is against her project.

"In this constituency where we are, we have a new MP, and I don't know him well, but his name is Chasi. He is a problem to me," she said, sending party youths to break into song and dance calling for war against the minister.

"I am sorry I have mentioned him because he has given me a hard time here. What happened is that I applied for land which was idle so that I can use it and be able to raise money to take care of the children from here," Grace said.

"He instead of supporting me, said Mugabe and his wife want to take the whole land here."

As if that was not enough, Grace said Chasi also dragged her name in a case she was not involved in at all, when he protested the eviction of an old woman who had illegally settled herself at a college house without approval.

"There was an old woman who was staying here at our research centre (Henderson) without authority and when she was told to leave the house, Chasi claimed that I was the one evicting her from the house. I am not the one who caused her eviction," she said as the youths sang songs baying for the minister's blood.

"She was evicted by Dinha (Martin) and Goche (Nicholas) after they were told by the president that we shouldn't allow people to allocate themselves places to stay just like that. But Chasi said it was me who instigated her eviction.

"When this woman was evicted, Chasi said Mai Mugabe and Dinha will die soon," she said adding that "this shows how some people, we live with, hate us. But my conscience is very clear because whatever I am doing, I do it for the people of Zimbabwe."

The youth league had visited the orphanage to add their voice on the request by the women's league to have Grace appointed into the Zanu PF politburo.

Responding to the endorsement for her to take up the post as secretary for the women's league, Grace said she would be guided by the party leadership, which has a final say on the matter.

The youth league, led by Absalom Sikhosana, said the recommendations from the women's league to have the first lady as their secretary should be applauded and endorsed.

The youth league said the "first lady has proven to be a mother-figure who is supporting abandoned children and stood with Mugabe in the face of worldwide attack over his stance on land and empowering black Zimbabweans".

Zanu PF is set for an elective congress in December this year and Mugabe, if allowed to return as party leader, would nominate people for his politburo and the youth and women's leagues want Grace to be among those appointed.

The function was attended by outgoing secretary for women affairs, Oppah Muchinguri, president of the senate Edna Madzongwe and Dinha. Chasi declined to comment last night.

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