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THE opposition MDC-T says it is pressing ahead with plans to stop President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, parcelling out government sourced farm machinery and other implements during Zanu PF rallies.
However, in a separate interview with NewZimbabwe.com Tuesday, presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, seemed to suggest the powerful Zanu PF women’s league boss may be abandoning the controversial practice during her Mashonaland East rally this Wednesday.
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, said the opposition has not baulked on its earlier threats to take legal action against the First Lady, who has in the past defended her own actions.
“We said few days ago that we are seriously considering taking legal action to have her stopped from doing that,” Gutu told NewZimbabwe.com.
“I can assure you that that option is being pursued and legal advice has been sought and we have a team of lawyers that we consult with and it’s work in progress.”
Gutu said they were consulting with other political parties to lodge a joint court challenge that would also culminate in a motion being presented to Parliament to have Grace stopped from the practice.
“We are consulting with other interested opposition political parties and there is a real possibility that it would be a joint effort by all concerned political parties in Zimbabwe,” said the MDC-T spokesperson.
In her recent provincial rallies, the First Lady has had used the gatherings to dish out tractors, ploughs, seed as well as fertiliser and groceries to Zanu PF supporters.
Opposition groups have been quick to raise the red flag on what they feel was irregular for a non-government official to be parcelling out resources sourced at tax payers’ expense.
Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has tried in vain to defend the First Lady’s actions when he was quizzed by MDC-T MPs over the matter.
Reached for comment, Charamba refused to discuss the First Lady’s past actions while suggesting she could be in with a big surprise.
“Wait until the rally starts and see whether she parcels out (the tractors),” Charamba said.
Asked if the First Lady has had a change of heart, Charamba insisted: “Wait, it is only a day away! Why don’t you wait for a day? Will the news run away?
“I want you to wait for events so that you don’t anticipate events … she can’t carry out what has not happened. Wait for tomorrow (Wednesday).”