HARARE:  ZIMBABWE FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday hammered the last nail on under-fire Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s political coffin, declaring that the VP should be gone, both from government and Zanu PF party, before the ruling party’s extraordinary congress next month.

This came as Zanu PF executives in four provinces — Mashonaland Central, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo and Masvingo — yesterday met and endorsed calls for Mnangagwa and his allies to be booted out of the party on allegations of fanning factionalism and plotting President Robert Mugabe’s downfall.

 A visibly angry Grace told thousands of apostolic sect members during her “Super Sunday Rally” at Rufaro Stadium in Harare that she would personally push for disciplinary procedures against Mnangagwa whom she accused of plotting to topple Mugabe from office as early as 1980.

“I moved to stop the issue of youths being expelled from the party and demanded that we deal with the head of factionalism. A snake is better dealt with by crushing the head,” Grace ranted breaking into a rendition of singer Sulumani Chimbetu’s ‘Batai Munhu’ hit song.

“His head must be crushed. I have said I will personally make sure disciplinary procedures are followed to deal with Mnangagwa even if everyone in the party is scared. I will not be intimidated.”

Grace said Mnangagwa hated Mugabe since independence.

“He wanted to wrest power from the President in 1980 claiming there was a plot to have him assassinated by Rhodesians just after the elections. He advised the President to leave the country but it was Samora (Machel, late Mozambican leader) who told Mugabe to return home. He hates the President,” Grace claimed.

Yesterday’s direct attacks on Mnangagwa came hardly a day after Mugabe and his wife took turns to lampoon the Vice-President in Bulawayo on Saturday accusing him of plotting to unseat the Zanu PF leader and mobilising his
loyalists to boo Grace. agencies