Former war veterans minister, retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, has claimed that he personally organised members of the Zanu-PF Youth League and war veterans to heckle and boo former First Lady Grace Mugabe at the Bulawayo Youth Interface Rally in November. The booing visibly angered former President Robert Mugabe and led to the arrest of at least four people. Mugabe was so angry that he lost his temper and declared that he was going to fire his then deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Speaking to the daily publication, NewsDay, Dube said:
I want to tell you this for the first time. I was the one who organised that booing on the First Lady. I organised some war veterans and youths in Bulawayo and agreed that if she starts to insult the party leadership and members, they would then boo her. And it worked.
I had not seen him (Mugabe) angry like that. He was very angry about that (booing). But I must say this heckling gave an insight of what was to come. She lacked respect for the party elders and her verbal insults were now becoming uncontrollable and we thought that should end. She lacked respect for the party’s core values and we said no to that and, as you can see, now she has fallen down.