Msipa says Grace is trashing Mugabe’s legacy


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Former Midlands governor and veteran politician Cephas Msipa says First Lady Grace Mugabe and her supporters in the so-called G40 are trashing President Robert Mugabe’s legacy in their quest to sideline one of his top lieutenants Emmerson Mnangagwa whom they accuse of having presidential ambitions to take over from the 92-year-old Head of State.

Msipa told Newsday that he is not sleeping well because of what is happening in the party where there has been an onslaught by the Young Turks on Mnangagwa.

“What the people surrounding the President have done is to destroy his legacy . . . my heart bleeds when I look at what is happening now. The most unfortunate part in this is that I can’t help looking at my age and I don’t even think the President himself would listen to me,” Msipa told Newsday.

“I have no relations with the people who have power today and I can’t even talk to them because we don’t share a similar ideology. They have no history of the liberation struggle and what they are doing is really worrisome.  It’s a very painful and disturbing moment for people like me who sacrificed a lot for this country. We have been made spectators to this drama unfolding while the country is burning. People are dying of hunger, but leaders are busy fighting for power, and protecting their selfish interests. It’s very painful.”

“For a person like me, who went to war and suffered immensely for this country, what is happening now is traumatising. I know that most of the people who went to war like me are disappointed with the way Zanu PF is handling itself. We are disappointed and asking ourselves real questions. Is this what we fought for? Is this what thousands of our colleagues died for in the liberation struggle? What is really happening and why are we allowing the party to take this trajectory? I think it is time as a country we ask ourselves real questions . . . for how long shall we watch this drama unfold yet our future is neglected?”he added.

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Charles Rukuni
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