FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe is trying to rescue her ally, Letina Undenge who was beaten in Chimanimani East constituency.
Letina is Energy minister, Samuel Undenge’s wife. Undenge wrote to Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere claiming the people who voted for the winning candidate and rival, Nokuthula Matsikenyere, were not in the ruling party’s structures.
Kasukuwere confirmed receiving a complaint over the internal poll. “She has raised some concerns and we are going to look at them next Sunday,” he said without providing further details of the nature of Undenge’s “concerns”.
Insiders told Newsday that Grace had been stung by Undenge’s loss to Matsikenyere, who is linked to a faction of the ruling party fronted by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa and Grace are reportedly locked in a bitter tussle for control of the ruling party, as they look beyond 92-year old President Robert Mugabe’s tenure.
Matsikenyere did not mince her words. “I have never been in-charge of party structures. Zanu PF has a commissariat department and if anyone wants to know members of the party, it is those in charge of the province,” she said yesterday.
“I am confident that Zanu PF members found it in them to vote for me to represent their interests. I am ready if anyone feels aggrieved and wants a re-run of the primary elections.”