First Lady and Zanu-PF Women’s Affairs secretary Amai Grace Mugabe descends on Mashonaland Central Province today .
The First Lady has been to Matabeleland North, Mashonaland West and Manicaland provinces, where she launched scathing attacks on Zanu-PF officials rekindling factionalism in the party and attempting to create new centres of power.
Instead of petty fights, she has emphasised, members should expend their energies on delivering on the mandate bestowed on them by the electorate in the 2013 harmonised elections as espoused by the party’s manifesto.
Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairman Dickson Mafios, yesterday said the province was ready to receive “wise messages” from the First Lady.
“As a province we are more than ready to receive Amai,” he said. “We are putting final touches on our venue, Chimhanda Secondary School in Rushinga and there is a lot of enthusiasm and expectations. People should come and get the wise counsel from the mother of the nation. We have secured enough transport to ferry people from every part of the province.”
Mafios said the people of Rushinga and Mt Darwin made immense contributions during the liberation struggle and have stood by Zanu-PF during hard and trying times.
“To the people, the visit is a befitting and rewarding time as they see the First Lady coming to appreciate their contributions before and after independence,” he said.
“It is important the First Lady has chosen to spend the day with people down in the villages and they will forever cherish that.”
Amai Mugabe heads for Mashonaland Central at a time the provincial executive passed votes of no confidence on provincial youth league chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, his secretary for administration Paul Rwodzi and secretary for security, Batsirai Musanhi last Saturday.
The trio was ousted for embezzling party funds and holding secret meetings with other party leaders from other provinces without the knowledge of their provincial leadership.
They have, however, tried to hide behind the finger claiming they were booted out on factional lines, dragging names of senior party leaders in the process.
Zanu-PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who hails from Mashonaland Central province, has declared that no amount of dust-kicking would exonerate the trio from facing imminent disciplinary measures.
Kasukuwere said the party would descend heavily on corrupt and wayward members hiding under the factionalism tag and using names of senior party leaders as defence after committing crimes.