Don't mess with my family - Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe's president warned against messing with his family, amid a heated debate within the ruling party about his wife's entry into politics.

Robert Mugabe's 49-year-old wife Grace accepted a nomination last month to lead the ruling party's women's wing, triggering accusations that Mugabe aims to establish a political dynasty.

"I heard that someone tasked my nephew to tell Mrs Mugabe to leave Harare. Where do you want her to go?" Mugabe told hundreds of cheering youths bused to the Harare International Airport to welcome him back from a visit to China. "We don't want such arrogance."

Mugabe was referring to claims by his nephew and Zanu-PF politician Patrick Zhuwawo that some party members unhappy with Grace's rising political profile had asked him to find an alternative "political home" for her other than the capital, Harare.

The Zanu-PF Women's League said they hope Mrs Mugabe can advance women's issues and help heal factionalism because she has "the president's ear." Her 90-year-old husband will have to approve her nomination in December during the party congress.

Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980 and won re-election in a disputed poll in July 2013, has already accepted a proposal by the women's wing to be the party's candidate for the 2018 election. He will be 94 by then. Politicians have been jockeying for position to succeed him.

Mugabe was in China seeking support for his country's struggling economy.

The government has cut forecasts of economic growth for 2014 by half to 3.1 percent; the World Bank predicts economic growth of only 2 percent. Hundreds of companies have closed in the past year. Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans have fled economic hardships in recent years, settling mainly in former colonial power Britain and in South Africa.

- AP
Lebohang Molefe 2014-09-04 09:29:10 PM
Don't come between a dignified man and his family. Hell does break loose.
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-09-04 09:30:15 PM
ai..shut up bob and prepare for your grand-exit to hell..mnxxxx!
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-09-04 09:30:29 PM
ai..shut up bob and prepare for your grand-exit to hell..mnxxxx!
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-09-04 09:30:42 PM
ai..shut up bob and prepare for your grand-exit to hell..mnxxxx!
Mageba 2014-09-04 09:35:21 PM
90 yrs old and still president. Shame on Zimbabwe
Paul Gevers 2014-09-04 09:47:55 PM
Stuff his family
The Wall 2014-09-04 09:48:10 PM
One of Africa's largest parasites. If only a can of Doom could do the trick.
Ennio Morricone 2014-09-04 09:49:49 PM
You maggot, die ,die!
Albert Nkhoma 2014-09-04 09:51:26 PM
Don't they say if you don't like the heat,do not be in the kitchen ?
George Basset 2014-09-04 10:12:36 PM
Mugabe gave the white land invaders 20 years to share what they stole with bonafide owners of land,,and they were too arrogant to support the hand if reconciliation stretched by Mugabe,and the people took back their land ,even in a less violent way than the way the white grabbed it,so who grabbed the land ,and from who??? Do your research in Zim politix without taking sides,Mugabe is hated by you simply because of taking the land back,when the white people killed thousands you were rejoicing?? Economical sabotage coupled by Mugabe's other shortcomings will never take away his greatness in standing for the real African.Suck it