Former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has claimed that former first lady Grace Mugabe blocked him from all forms of communication after he spoke out against her wish of leading the National Patriotic Front. Moyo also said that Grace wanted to become the Vice President of the proposed grand coalition of opposition supporters. In a statement which is quoted by Zimlive.com, Moyo said, he wanted to send his condolence message on the passing of Grace’s mother, Ambuya Idah Marufu
….but, alas, I was not able to do so after she blocked me from all communication with her on June 10, 2018. She did this in an angry response to advice I had respectfully and privately offered to her in writing, against her toxic and polarising wishes to lead the NPF in general and, in particular, against her then active but divisive push to be seconded by the NPF as a vice president in what had been proposed as a Grand National Union (GNU) of opposition forces ahead of the July 30 election. My contact with Mrs Mugabe was slim prior to 10 June, and none since then….it is news to me that Mrs Mugabe has followers.
I consider it an insult that some circles, especially in the media, refer to some leaders who worked with and supported President Mugabe as followers of Mrs Mugabe. That’s not only false but it is also nonsensical. Mrs Mugabe cannot be a leader simply because she’s the spouse of our iconic founding leader. President Mugabe himself has said on many occasions, including during the funeral of Ambuya Marufu, that Mrs Mugabe could not have been his chosen successor because she lacks political experience to be a national leader.
Moyo has also criticized Grace for telling Zimbabweans to accept President Emmerson Mnangagwa because she had forgiven him. He said the former first lady should not make people accept Mnangagwa simply because she had benefitted from Mnangagwa after he chartered a private plane for her when her mother died.