Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Mugabe and his wife's primeval insatiable greed is the root cause of their downfall. By Wilbert Mukori

Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are an intriguing and yet very ordinary couple who were lucky to have power and wealth thrust upon them. They got punch drunk on absolute power and their primeval instinct, the insatiable greed for more power and riches, kicked in exposing their weaknesses, Achilles’ heel, and their down fall.


Mugabe has proven to be a tough cookie considering that he has managed to stay in power for 36 years irrespective of his pathetic record as an incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant. Zimbabwe, the jewel of Africa in 1980 when Mugabe became leader, is today an example of a failed state. In his 36 years in power Mugabe has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans to establish and retain the de facto one-party one-man dictatorship. So how come he has managed to remain in power for 36 years and counting regardless his failed leadership record?


Answer: he has managed to cheap, bamboozle and even kill his political opponents both from within his own party, Zanu PF, and the opposition. He has stayed one block ahead of the chasing pack! However it should also be noted that most of his political opponents have turned out to be some of the most corrupt and incompetent individuals in Zimbabwe’s history.

For a while it seemed Mugabe, the Artful Dodger, would have rule Zimbabwe unopposed till his death or the day he chose to retire and appoint his own successor. Ever since his wife Grace entered the political stage in August 2014 Mugabe has watched helpless as his party imploded and his wish to be President for Life has never been so openly challenged. As for his wish to appoint his own successor; he can but his/her continued reign beyond his death is doubtful.


It turned out Mugabel, like most other mortals, had his Achilles’ heel; his bossy wife, Grace. Mugabe is a hen-pecked husband. Ever since Grace decided she wanted to be the next President in August 2014 she has bullied him into going along. She bullied him into “baby dumping” Joice Mujuru, whom she considered the biggest threat to her ambition at the time. She had the chutzpah publicly announce that if he did not do it she will do it herself!


When Jabulani Sibanda said there had been “a bedroom coup” in State House he was putting into words what many had observed but did not dare to say. Mugabe was hurt by that jibe because it was true and it was no surprise that Sibanda was the only minions who was fired from the party without the usual niceties of stage managed vote of no confidence, etc.


Grace’s meteoric political rise; she is now accepted being second to Mugabe himself and VP Mphoko, at least, has publicly  acknowledged this; is surprising given that she is just an empty head with a foul mouth. It is only when considers whom she is riding, none other than Robert Mugabe himself; her rise supersonic rise makes sense. Ever since Grace teamed Mugabe and was able to ride him like Donkey riding the fire-breathing dragon in Shrek , she has enjoyed the closest thing a mortal can feel to limitless power . She has been denied nothing money can buy! Nothing!

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Love at first sight! Speechless! Speechless! Bedroom coup – what bedroom coup!

Having enjoyed absolute power in her own right and used her position to build for herself and her family a sizable business empire it is not surprising that she sort to secure these continued after Mugabe seized to be president. The only sure way to ensure her privileged life continued without ever coming down even one single ran down the social ladder was by her assuming the presidency after her husband. Mugabe had no choice but to go along with her scheme, no discussion!


Mugabe gave Grace’s hare-brain scheme, hare-brain since she is an empty head, to be his successor his full backing. As soon as Mujuru and her supporters were dumped Grace formed her on faction, the G40, with the view of going after VP Emmerson Mnangagwa, the next threat to her presidential ambition.


In spite all her best efforts and great expense in cash and kind Grace has failed to build a formidable faction to deliver the knockout punch on the Lacoste faction. Grace was able to team her fire-breathing husband but the rest of the party members have remained decidedly unimpressed by her.


Zanu PF members and the nation at large frightened stiff of the dragon Grace is riding but none of them are frightened of her and hence lays her weakness. G40 faction and Grace’s continued political influence are totally dependent on Mugabe remaining in power.  Since he is old and in poor health; there is no doubt that he is counting every day as a bonus. Grace knows this and has already made it clear she will fight to ensure Mugabe remains in office for as long as possible.

“I said we will make a special wheelchair for Mugabe such that when he can’t walk, we will push him to rallies,” said Grace last year.


“We have travelled a lot [around the world] and we have seen that happening. Other leaders are blind and if Mugabe turns blind, who cares, he is our choice.”

The infighting Grace Mugabe started with the dumping of Mujuru has raged on ever since; Zanu PF is imploding. For the first time in his long political career Mugabe has been left totally helpless. The day Mugabe steps down or dies; Grace’s fall from power will take a nose dive and she will land with a terminal velocity befitting her meteoric rise and the heaven heights she has lived in all these years. Do not look down; it is a long, long way down to fall!


  1. Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, said on Wednesday that government will reduce the civil servant wage bill from the current 82% of government revenue to 52% by 2019. The regime will also compensate the white farmers whose land was seizure.

    The regime has also promised to repay $1.8 billion IMF arrears by May this year.

    The regime is feeling the ill effects of the economic meltdown and is now wooing the IMF.
    It is the economy stupid!

  2. Uganda opposition complain the recent elections were rigged!

    The world has lost patience with Africa's opposition parties who take part in elections knowing the incumbent regime rigged past elections and has every opportunity to do so again and when it does indeed rig the vote it is nonsense to then complain about it! If you know in advance that the elec-tions will be rigged because there is no freedom of expression and free media, the Police and judiciary are not impartial, etc. then surely you must take steps to correct these things before the elections and not complain about them afterwards.

    If Zimbabwe's 2018 elections go ahead still with not one GPA democratic reforms implemented as happened in 2013 the whole world will laugh and ignore us because we will be getting exactly what we deserve! We have known since the 2008 GPA what reforms we needed to implement to ensure we have free, fair and credible elections, we are just too lazy to get the reforms implemented!

  3. It is not for IMF or the WB to say but anyone with any brain knows that until there is meaningful political reform. We have a regime that is so desperate to hang on to power that implementing meaningful economic reforms at this stage is not a viable political option for them. Corruption and mismanagement are a result of the Zanu PF political patronage system that have kept the party in power all these years. The party is more unpopular now that it has ever been, President Mugabe needs the patronage system now more than ever before; he will never ever end corruption and mismanagement! Not without being forced to do so!

    The only way to force President Mugabe to end corruption and mismanagement is by forcing him to give up his dictatorial power by implement the GP reforms and then hold free and fair elections.

  4. It is true that Zimbabwe cannot afford another day with President Mugabe as leader. It is also true that the nation had a golden opportunity to end his tyrannical rule during the GNU and MDC wasted that chance. It is therefore rich that the very people who sold out and allowed Mugabe to return to State House are today shedding buckets of crocodile tears!
    When you were in the GNU did you ever speak and do anything “candidly, honestly, etc.”? If you did then MDC would have implemented all the GPA reforms; you failed to get even one reform implemented. Not one!
    Chihwayi and the rest of the MDC sell-outs, we know you do not give a damn about the suf-fering masses; all you are after is another chance to get back on the grave train. Do us a favour and shut up; you are the scum who got us into this mess!

  5. MDC call on IMF to demand political reforms.

    The trouble with the dimwits in MDC is that they have never owned up to their own failures. Gutu is asking IMF to “demand that any future elections in Zimbabwe must be internationally supervised and meet the conditions that apply to such activities, etc.” MDC had the oppor-tunity to all these things done during the GNU by implementing the reform. They failed to get even one reform implemented because “they were busy enjoying themselves they forgot why they were in the GNU” as SADC leaders said after the 2013 rigged elections.
    It is true that the IMF is not being “brutally honest” with Zimbabwe, it has never been; but it is rich that MDC should be pointing the accusing finger given that Gutu and his friends are the ones who sold-out on all these political reforms!