First Lady hypocrisy on US$10k from Mujuru

WHILE Grace Mugabe has been ranting and raving about Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s alleged involvement in corruption and accusing her of being a divisive force in Zanu PF, her hypocrisy has been exposed by the fact that she recently received a donation of US$10 000 from Mujuru to carry out her humanitarian work.

Wongai Zhangazha

Grace recently completed a two-week countrywide tour ostensibly to thank women for nominating her to lead Zanu PF Women’s League.

During the tour, which turned out to be a succession of campaign rallies, Grace constantly attacked Mujuru with venom, accusing her of abuse of office, subversion, extortion, illicit diamond dealings, blackmail to get 10% equities in corporates and corruption. She also accused her of helping to create opposition political parties including, MDC-T and Mavambo/Dawn/Kusile, although its leader Simba Makoni said that was a “lie”.

“The person leading factions is the same person who accuses me of being involved in diamond deals, yet it is them that own a diamond mine. That person also moves around saying I want to acquire money using unscrupulous means when it is known that I started my businesses from scratch,” said Grace at a rally in Bindura last week in apparent reference to Mujuru.

However, as recent as October 4, Grace, who is patron of the Danhiko Paralympic Games, received US$10 000 from Mujuru during the games’ opening ceremony in Harare.

Social commentator Maxwell Saungweme described Grace as a “person of double-standards and a mistress of hypocrisy”.

He queried why she accepted “dirty money” from Mujuru whom she alleges to be corrupt.

Saungweme said: “She (Grace) cannot portray a picture of moral uprightness and label Mujuru as corrupt when everyone knows how she ended up dating Mugabe when (Mugabe’s late first wife) Sally was still alive and ailing.”