Zvamaida Murwira Harare Bureau
FIRST Lady Cde Grace Mugabe yesterday said she will soon name and shame Zanu-PF senior party bigwigs fanning factionalism in the revolutionary party, saying such people were behind youths who were paraded donning T-shirts inscribed “Team Lacoste.” Team Lacoste is alleged to be a faction within Zanu-PF reportedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some youths appeared in the private media putting on the regalia at the funeral wake of the uncle of Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga.
She also warned some service chiefs whom she said were behind the attempted bombing of the First Family’s Alpha Omega Dairy in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central.
Addressing thousands of villagers at Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central, Cde Mugabe said it was time to name those fuelling factionalism in Zanu-PF, including those behind the attempted bombing of her dairy plant — the First Family’s private business in Mazowe.
“You see people wearing T-Shirts written ‘Lacoste’, you ask them what Lacoste means and they say it’s a perfume. They think we’re fools,” she said.
She warned those fanning factionalism in the party, saying the time for making veiled attacks was over.
“Those engaged in factionalism, stop it forthwith,” she said. “It’s almost time to tell each other the truth. It’s time to call a spade a spade.”
She said Zimbabweans should not be in any confusion who was the party’s candidate for President in 2018 — President Mugabe, who is the Zanu-PF leader until 2019.
She said ambitious leaders stampeding to succeed her husband lacked capacity and were of questionable morals. The refrain that President Mugabe was old, she said, was coming from people who were not so young themselves.
“Who said Mugabe is dying? God has his designs. Don’t you wonder why President Mugabe, at 92, is still very lucid and walks without an aid. It’s God! God is telling Mugabe that he has an unfinished job,” she said.
“When Mugabe can’t walk, I’ll put him on a wheelbarrow and cart him to work, to work for Zimbabwe. A lot of these people who want power are just confused. Frankly, this country would be sold in broad daylight. Don’t abandon President Mugabe,” she urged.
She said the President was exercising a lot of patience in Wednesday’s crunch Politburo meeting as some people brazenly lied him.
She said she was not vying for any higher position because she was contented with where she was and was exercising powers in her capacity as the First Lady and Zanu-PF Women’s League leader.
She later donated 530 tonnes of maize, 100 tonnes of rice, several tractors, cooking oil, clothes, footwear, raincoats, salt and internet equipment for Kanyemba Secondary School.