Politicians introduce children into politics

TOP political figures in Zanu PF have started drawing their children into politics as they struggle for power and posts in a development that observers say mark the emergence of dynastic politics in the country.

First it was president Robert Mugabe who last year had his wife — First Lady Grace — making a dramatic grant entry into mainstream politics as the ruling Zanu PF’s secretary for the women’s league, a position that automatically-earned her a place in the elite club of senior party officials, the politburo.

Today, just about one year down the line Grace, whose presence on the country’s political field has caused so much stir, especially because of her divisive nationwide rallies where she routinely attacks her rivals, has since roped in her children — in daughter Bona Chikowore and first born Russell Goreraza.

Both Bona and Goreraza have recently been making donations of goodies to the people at Grace’s nationwide rallies.
In Chimanimani, Grace announced Bona as one of the people who had made a contribution to the goodies that were distributed among the people of Manicaland.

And recently, she has been going around with Goreraza, introducing him to the supporters and also telling them that he had donated stuff to them.

Grace’s son from her first marriage, went around with his mother from Mbare, where he also “donated” to one Mbuya Idah Hwiza and over five hundred friends of hers, to Mberengwa and Murehwa where he continued with his “philanthropic work”.
While it has not been made clear what Goreraza — whose public image had been that of a rascal — leading to marriage failure and who hit and killed a street man were, Grace’s critics say he was eyeing political office.

“Goreraza wants to become an MP in Mazowe South constituency in 2018 to replace the out of favour (Fortune) Chasi,” a source close to the first family told the Weekend Post recently.

In what seemed to be a first, Vice president’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko’s sons, who are currently non-players in mainstream politics, also recently got unveiled to the public.

Both VPs Mnangagwa and Mphoko’s sons were given the honour to greet the people at the First Lady’s rally at Mataga, Mberengwa.

The sons stood up and were introduced to Zanu PF members at the rally and each got a chance to do the Zanu PF slogan.—Bridget Mananavire

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