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04/09/2017 00:00:00
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ZANU PF youth league secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga Friday gave Grace Mugabe cart blanche to cane her misbehaving “children” in comments which could be construed as an indirect endorsement of the First Lady’s violent conduct in South Africa recently.

But the sycophantic Zanu PF Makoni legislator was clever enough to hide his message in deep Shona during an address to a Zanu PF crowd that attended President Robert Mugabe's Midlands youth interface Midlands rally on Friday afternoon.

Chipanga, in typical form, vowed his loyalty and that of the Zanu PF youth league to the first family.

He then singled out Grace as the all indispensable mother of her “children” within the Zanu PF youth league who had every right to flog them whenever they went astray.

Chipanga said  he and colleagues within the national youth executive were Grace’s “first born” children but quickly insisted they were not any immune to a good hiding by the short-fused first lady as they still remained under her motherly wings.

“Yes, children do go astray sometimes amai. It’s your right as our mother to discipline us in every manner possible even flogging us with a whip,” Chipanga said.

“You have an obligation to use a whip to discipline us as your children amai. If you don’t do so, you will still be blamed tomorrow for letting us go astray.

“So we are according you your correct position as our mother. We are your children.”

Chipanga would not have made the comments at a more opportune moment than a time the under-fire First Lady was making her first appearance at a Zanu PF rally since her violent attack on a 20 year-old South African model who was widely reported to be friends with her two sons at a Johannesburg hotel.

President Mugabe and wife have remained tight lipped over an incident which has spotlighted on the first lady’s abusive tendencies and further torched a storm in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Grace was last month granted immunity from prosecution, igniting wide protests from ordinary citizens in both countries who felt powerful individuals were being allowed to violate ordinary citizens’ rights without being called to account.

The first family has come under fierce criticism for spoiling its fun loving sons who are also known for substance abuse.


While rights groups and opponents have chorused their disapproval for her violent conduct, some conventional Zimbabweans feel Grace has all the right to administer physical punishment on any errant child, let alone her own dependent children.

Led by hilarious Manicaland provincial affairs minister Mandi Chimene, a Zanu PF faction of which Chipanga is a member, on Thursday organised a solidarity march for Grace in attempts to lift the guilt burden off her shoulders.

But despite all the pampering, the garrulous first lady has resisted the urge to bare her soul publicly over the incident.


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