by Staff reporter
Kaukonde was Sally Mugabe’s driver and Grace Mugabe was working in the President’s office typing pool.
According to our sources, tensions between the two resurfaced towards the party’s congress in 2014.
In an ordinary exchange of words at a rally in Marondera, the First Lady publicly humiliated Kaukonde on the back of fall-out dating back to the 80s over the the triangle love-affairs between herself and the President and his late wife Sally.
Our source said, at the time, Sally was looting vehicles from Willowvale Motor Industries and sending them to Ghana, her home country. The Willowgate scandal ended Nyagumbo’s life through forced poisoning after he told the Sandura Commission that Sally was involved.
Kaukonde, who is now married with five wives, also took advantage in the looting as Sally’s personal driver.
He would go to Willowvale Motors to collect vehicles using Sally’s name and sold them cars; making himself a fortune .
It is also alleged that Kaukonde stole an O Level certificate belonging to one Ray Michael Chimbngnda and used it as his, a claim that has been refuted. Kaukonde as a feared CIO operative was the one spying on the then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe’s affair with Grace, and that is why Grace is still so bitter with Kaukonde.
In her Meet the People Rallies” which covered all the country’s ten provinces, the one in Mashonaland East province led by Ray Kaukonde stole the limelight.
Grace Mugabe who had been recently elected as the leader of the Zanu PF women’s League launched a public verbal attack on Ray Kaukonde at a rally at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera. In a dramatic feat of emotional outburst, the first lady accused Kaukonde of supporting one of the factions in the Zanu Pf party.
In her 10 minute long attack on Kaukonde, Amai Mugabe spoke of how Kaukonde was once loyal to President Robert Mugabe and how he eventually fell by the way side by supporting one of the factions. Although it was not very clear,speculation is rampant that Kaukonde belongs to a faction led by vice president Joice Mujuru.
It is widely believed it was Kaukonde who brought Grace to work in Mugabe’s Office, but this is not accurate as an insider has revealed that it was Dr Charles Munhamo Utete who also engineered an end to Grace’s first marriage to Stan Goreraza.