The First Lady and Zanu PF Secretary of Women Affairs, Dr Amai Grace Mugabe has commended the Women’s League for putting the interests of the party ahead of personal gains.

Dr Mugabe said this while addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters, legislators from Manicaland and government ministers at St John’s School in Buhera North.

She saluted women in the province for taking a leading role in developing the province.

Dr Mugabe also encouraged the gathering to emulate the sacrifice made by freedom fighters, adding that they should be steadfast even in the wake of hardships.

The First Lady called on politicians not to impose themselves on people and castigated former Vice President, Dr Joice Mujuru for leading some party members astray.

Dr Amai also called for an end to factionalism within the ruling party, saying this hinders progress and development of not only the party but Zimbabwe as a whole.

“Those who are promoting factionalism must stop it,” she said.

The First Lady added it is important to work towards accelerated implementation of ZIMASSET especially in infrastructure development.

“I came here by road and surely the state of the country’s roads is bad. There is need for us to work on those roads and make sure we fulfill the Infrastructure Development cluster of ZIMASSET,” said Dr Mugabe.

Turning to bond notes, Dr Mugabe castigated opposition elements like Dr Mujuru, who was begging people to reject them.

“Bond notes are meant to address the cash crisis in the country as well as plugging cash leakages because there are people who have been importing goods, selling them to locals and taking the money away. So Zimbabweans must also embrace plastic money as it is safe compared to moving around with hard cash,” She explained.

Dr Mujuru, who had approached the courts seeking to stop the use of bond notes, had her application thrown out.

Meanwhile, Dr Mugabe donated thousands of tonnes of maize, rice, flour, washing and bath soap, 20 000 pairs of shoes, clothes and cooking oil to all those who attended the rally.

This is the second time that Dr Mugabe has been in Manicaland on her ‘Meet the People’ rallies.

Last year, the First Lady came to Chimanimani district and availed food stuffs and farming implements to a number of irrigation schemes.

The donation of farming implements has revived Cashel Valley Irrigation Scheme which was on the verge of collapse.