Concern over Grace Mugabe’s mental health

African News Agency

HARARE: Former Zanu PF Member of Parliament for Hurungwe, Temba Mliswa has suggested that Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, who launched a scathing verbal attack against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is mentally unstable.

Addressing a press conference in Harare Monday, Mliswa said Grace Mugabe’s mental state had led to decisions which had brought the country to its knees and impacted negatively on the reputation of President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe as a country.

“We are now worried about the mental state of the First Lady of Zimbabwe. This is a serious issue … her mental state has resulted in the economy being brought to its knees. The decisions that she is making have impacted negatively on the reputation of Zimbabweans as a people,” he said.

Mliswa, who is now the National Coordinator of Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (YARD), said the attack by Grace Mugabe on Mnangagwa at a rally in Chiweshe on Friday was a sign of mental instability on the part of the First Lady.

He said the First Lady had overstepped her boundary by attacking Mnangagwa, adding that she had no capacity from both Zanu PF and the government’s point of view.

He said as the Vice President, Mnangagwa should serve the country not the party and Grace Mugabe had no business commenting on government officials.

“The attacks have been constant, the former Vice President Joice Mujuru was attacked in the same way, and she was accused of witchcraft. This is a clear sign that the first family believes a lot in witchcraft. They are constantly accusing people of witchcraft, but when you accuse people of

witchcraft, you also partake in witchcraft, that is very clear, he said.

Mliswa said allegations made by Grace “Mugabe against both Mujuru and the Vice President were trumped up and there was no evidence to support her claims.

“Now it is her (Grace’s) son who they want to kill. Again that is what the Vice President Mnangagwa is being accused of. Again there is no evidence shown to indicate that their son wants to be killed.

Mliswa said it was now clear that the First Lady was now calling the shots, adding that President Mugabe should come clear and tell the nation that Grace was now in charge of the country.

“Culturally, women must submit to the husband, but this is a unique situation where we believe the husband is now submitting to the wife. And I think it is important that the cultural aspect of Zimbabwe is not being respected.”

He said Grace should have reported to the police if she was sure that Mnangagwa wanted to kill her children.

“The first lady, like any citizen of this country, has a right to report to the police. In fact the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) charter says you should report to the nearest police station; the fortunate thing about her position is that the nearest police station is in her yard so she does not have to risk leaving her yard,” he said.


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