Zimbabwe People First spokesman Rugare Gumbo says President Robert Mugabe’s biggest blunder was marrying Grace Marufu, who is more than 40 years younger than him, because she will not allow him to step down from power.
“Mugabe has consistently claimed the party would implode if he left, but the reality is that he wanted to develop a Gushungo dynasty. He wants his relatives, including his wife, to take over. When he married Grace, some of us realised disaster had befallen the country because we knew she would not allow him to leave power,” Gumbo said according to The Standard.
Mugabe turned 92 today and has been at the helm of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front since 1997.
He has led the country since 1980, first as Prime Minister and then as executive President.
Grace has said she does not have any presidential ambitions as she is already ruling the country as its First Lady.
She, however, said her husband will remain in office even if she has to push him in a wheelbarrow to the office.
Most people, however, believe that she has no future after her husband dies.
Former Midlands governor Cephas Msipa said her recent outbursts are trashing the legacy of her husband.
Grace seems all out to prevent Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who now seems the favourite to take over, from succeeding her husband claiming that he will sell-out the country.
Mnangagwa seems to have the backing of Zimbabwe’s all-weather friend, China, now the world’s second largest economy, as well as that of the West.
Mugabe, who has been described as a scheming survivor, seems to be under siege at the moment from the security services and war veterans, but he has a cunning habit of getting out of tight situations like he is facing today.
For more on how Mugabe has survived the West onslaught read: God, Mugabe and the West.