PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace on Friday left beliefs that her husband wanted to die in office in no further doubt when she declared the 93 year-old leader was God’s “irreplaceable gift” who could still be voted into office even if he died.
She was addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters who thronged her rally in Buhera, Manicaland which was also attended by a handful cabinet ministers and some party MPs from the province.
“There is going to be a miracle. If one day God decides to end Mugabe’s life, we will field him as a corpse. We will actually print an image of a corpse on the ballot paper and you will still find people voting for him. I dare you!”
She said this was to prove to Mugabe’s rivals the populist leader was still wanted by his people.
Grace has said in past rallies Mugabe would be party candidate even if he became wheelchair-bound. In another rally, she said her husband would rule even from his grave.
On Friday, she said Zimbabweans should cherish that Mugabe was the country’s leader who enjoyed global respect.
“That man is irreplaceable. That’s the truth whether we like it or not. What he is comes from God.
“As Zanu PF, we should look closely at ourselves and see where our strength lies. Our biggest strength is in Mugabe. Mugabe is a well-respected man all over.”
The Zanu PF women’s league secretary said Zimbabweans should walk with their heads high wherever they are because Mugabe has earned them global respect through sacrificing his own comforts for their well -eing.
Grace said her critics were accusing her of trying to prolong her stay as the First Lady through discouraging Mugabe from relinquishing power.
She said her vote was only a single one among “millions” that were cast in favour of the veteran politician.
The fiery First lady urged party rivals angling to succeed her husband to wait for "God’s time" which would determine when Mugabe should relinquish power.
She also said they must keep their distance and wait for their own time but warned they were going nowhere without the Zimbabwean leader’s blessings.
Grace, who was accompanied by Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and President Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, among some G40 proponents, said those who want to become President must be content with their positions as they owed their current positions to appointments by the President.
In apparent reference to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has often unsettled the first family through failing to disguise his presidential ambitions, Grace said those who have been campaigning for Mugabe’s exit arguing he has overstayed must also look themselves in the mirror know that they have also overstayed.
“Some say Mugabe is now too old and must now leave. I don’t want to hear this from the same people who have also been in their positions since 1980.
“You all started at the same time in 1980 but you want to tell someone else they are now too old. If you want Mugabe to leave, all of you must leave...totora over isusu (so that we can take over). We were not there in 1980.”