I'll pull out — Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has threatened to pull Zimbabwe out of regional grouping Sadc accusing it of being influenced by “some stupid and idiotic woman” — Lindiwe Zulu.

He used his Zanu PF election manifesto launch in Harare’s high density suburb of Highfield to attack South African President Jacob Zuma’s international relations advisor Zulu.

Mugabe used to enjoy Sadc’s support before the emergence of younger and more democratic leaders like Zuma, Botswana’s Ian Khama and Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, who have been pressuring the 89-year-old Zanu PF candidate to reform.

Three weeks ago, Sadc leaders meeting in Maputo laid into Mugabe and demanded that he, together with his coalition partners, implement reforms before elections now set for July 31.

“We are in Sadc voluntarily, if Sadc decides to do stupid things we can pull out,” said Mugabe to thunderous applause from the crowd, most of whom were bussed from rural areas of the country.

This is despite the fact that Mugabe owes his political life to Sadc, which in 2008 brokered a peace deal which returned him to power after a shocking loss to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the first round of the inconclusive March 2008 harmonised elections.

A subsequent run-off was derailed by violence resulting in a sham election on June 27 which was internationally condemned.

At least 200 MDC supporters allegedly  died in the run up to the presidential run-off elections forcing Tsvangirai to pull out.

But Mugabe yesterday dismissed Sadc and Zuma’s facilitation team, particularly the fearless Zulu whom he accused of meddling in the country’s political affairs.

Zuma’s facilitation team has been seized with the country’s political crisis for the past four years and Zulu in particular has ruffled feathers in the ex-majority party whose officials have labelled her a “regime change agent”.

The 89-year-old Zanu PF presidential candidate said he can pull out of Sadc if the regional grouping continues to go against his ideas.

Zulu recently suggested that Zimbabwe should postpone elections to facilitate the implementation of outstanding media and security sector reforms, a statement which attracted rebuke from the octogenarian leader.

Zuma, through Zulu, his spokesperson Mac Maharaj and Charles Nqakula have been frequenting Harare trying to solve the tumultuous political problems that characterised the inclusive government during its four-year tenure.

Mugabe described Zulu as “an ordinary stupid and idiotic street woman.”

“Utterances by some stupid and idiotic woman in South Africa saying Zimbabwe must do this and not that, will not be tolerated.

“Did such persons ever think that we as an independent country could take heed of such stupid and idiotic utterances?” asked Mugabe.

The 15-member bloc took a hard-line stance on Mugabe after a report from Zuma had exposed the country’s fragility to hold elections without the rule of law and adequate reforms.

However, on Thursday, the Constitutional Court, dismissed the application for a poll postponement — a verdict received with jubilation by Mugabe and his cronies.

This is not the first time that Zanu PF has attacked Zulu in her personal capacity.

Serial political flip-flopper Jonathan Moyo has in the past viciously attacked the hard-talking Zulu but she has remained firm in a quest to help Zimbabwe achieve democracy.

Comments (17)

Zvekupenga izvi...

tongai - 6 July 2013

Its Mugabes habit to up his noisy madly rhetoric during elections so as to undertake his rigging wishes without detection or opposition. He did the same during Mbekis days that Mbeki ended justifying a 5week poll announcement delay as ''no crisis''

Muvevi - 6 July 2013

Sheer old age madness syndrome. Surely whats there to laugh about when 2million Zimbabweans youths and aliens are excluded from an election. That 2 week poll delay was vital to allow more time of registration esp in urban areas where Zec has deliberately excluded from the vote.

Tsano - 6 July 2013

Idzi ndidzo harahwa dzinozvimamira mubhurugwa vanhu vachingosekerera vachingoti ende kababa aka.Hehehehe. Bullshit show the exit door to this fossiled madman before atanga kubatira anamai vedu mazamu

Ngwengu - 6 July 2013

Senile dementia : A progressive, abnormally accelerated deterioration of mental faculties and emotional stability in old age, occurring especially in Alzheimer's disease.

Bob Ziguvhu - 6 July 2013

guys is Mugabe for real? is he trying to hint that he is going to illegally stay in power irregardless of the election outcome? i think he should just rest and never let his croonies talk him into doing stupid things he is our liberation war icon and he should exit as one rather than hitting a Gaddaffi or Saddam style on him

eagle - 6 July 2013

"Anything that you agree on Zimbabwe which is short of this position [ending suspension], no matter how sweetly worded, means Zimbabwe is still a subject of the Commonwealth. This is unacceptable. This is it - it's quits, and quits it will be." is how he left the Commonwealth.

Komrade - 6 July 2013

You pulled out of the Commonwealth and it still remains a vibrant organisation so who does more idiotic things?

mqhafi - 6 July 2013

Mugabe can go ahead and pull out of SADC, but the people will refuse. He and his family can pull out. Zimbabwe as a nation will have none of it. We have been ruined enough by this demented old man. He has no sense of shame, but the tragedy is he behaves shamefully and pretends that he is doing so on our behalf. The whole world is laughing at all Zimbabweans for allowing such a demented and worthless old man to represent us. The old fool is simply speaking for himself, not for us. Please dear world, know that from now!

Chenjerai Hove - 6 July 2013

Mugabe should actually 'pull out' of Zimbabwe. That is the greatest pull out he can give us. Please pull out of Zimbabwe, bad ancestor.

Chenjerai Hove - 6 July 2013

Mugabe should actually 'pull out' of Zimbabwe. That is the greatest pull out he can give us. Please pull out of Zimbabwe, bad ancestor.

Chenjerai Hove - 6 July 2013

Those who were seating closer to him are talking of a very strong stench of urine coming from mugabe, he cant control his bladder anymore, urine just flows down his pants

mafikizolo - 6 July 2013

Mugabe pulled out of C/wealth, he pulled out of the SADC Tribunal, he divided the nation - Shona against Ndebele, war vets against ordinary people, sons against their fathers (ie beatings of 2008), now Ncube and Dabengwa want this to continue by dividing votes!

Gondobwe - 6 July 2013

Relax Gondobwe. Ncubes pact wont yield a thing except maybe increase probability of a rerun. remember in 2008, Morgan and Ncube used a similar mdc logo that many confused the actual mdc. this time we are now all aware of the effects of stupid voting. There wont be anything like a rerun as Morgan is romping home nicely without fear or favour

timothy - 6 July 2013

To his excellency, may you be advised that in Zimbabwe there are 14.5 million members of SADC. You yourself maybe the head of state but are only an individual in this figure. Please use your wisdom and don't be rash because you should be pushing for the betteras ZANU Pf you have lost love for the masses and as such we shall also lose love for you. #One person, one vote, one Zimbabwe#

Zidiocracy - 7 July 2013

Loose mouthed loose anus. Signs of old ageing. Surely this man no longer has it..

Muzvezvt - 7 July 2013

Do I remember Bob saying "that was one of those mad moments" referring to the Gukurahundi massacres? Could this be another of those moments?

Zvichapera Chete - 8 July 2013

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