Pray for Mugabe — Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has hit back at President Robert Mugabe, saying the 89-year-old was losing it and that the people of Zimbabwe must pray for him.

The Zanu PF leader went ballistic on Sunday at the National Heroes Acre saying that Tsvangirai and his cadres do not befit the honour of being interred at the national shrine which is reserved for loyalist politicians and fallen guerrillas from the liberation war that ended white rule in Zimbabwe in 1980.

But Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, told the Daily News that Mugabe should learn not to mix mourning the dead and politics.

National hero status is usually conferred on dead veterans of the 1970’s liberation war who are given State funerals at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Widows of the “national heroes” receive State benefits until their death.

The conferment has drawn fire in the past after some eminent liberation war veterans like Ndabaningi Sithole and Lookout Masuku were overlooked for the honour, both having fallen out with Mugabe.

Tamborinyoka said Mugabe was blatantly abusing the platform, stoking tensions after repeated calls by the MDC for an overhaul of the system for conferring “national hero” status, igniting an old debate over who qualifies for the recognition.

The MDC has proposed “an inclusive national policy with set parameters and clearly defined yardsticks” to determine who qualifies to be a national hero.

“The dignity of a funeral is such that it is an arena beyond political contestation but mourning the dead; and that is it,” Tamborinyoka said.

Addressing mourners during the burial of independence war hero brigadier-general Misheck Tanyanyiwa at the Heroes Acre in Harare on Sunday, Mugabe renewed his rivalry with the former Prime Minister by declaring he would never be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre, because he was a “sell-out”.

But Tsvangirai said Mugabe needs full cooperation of the people of Zimbabwe in prayers as he is manipulating the bereaved and mourners’ time by attacking others.

“What Mugabe needs in abundance are prayers,” the former premier’s spokesperson said. “Let’s pray for Mugabe.

“Let’s not take deaths for political contestation platforms but rather let’s cry and mourn the dead.”

Tsvangirai’s MDC has often complained about conferment of hero status as they postulate that Zanu PF has converted a national shrine into a Zanu PF shrine.

The opposition MDC argues there should be a total paradigm shift in the criterion used to confer hero status.

Asked about hero status being the exclusive prerogative of the Zanu PF politburo, the party’s highest decision making body, Tamborinyoka told the Daily News that he has no further answers other than pressing that people pray for Mugabe.

Mugabe shared power with Tsvangirai for four years in a shaky coalition government which ended on July 31 when Zimbabwe held polls won by the Zanu PF leader amid claims of vote-rigging. Tsvangirai has refused to accept Mugabe’s disputed victory and maintains the octogenarian leader tampered with the vote.

Mugabe has not met Tsvangirai since the end of the coalition government and appears to have closed the door on the MDC leader for talks aimed at discussing his exit package, including purchase of a mansion which the ex-premier occupies.

Comments (40)

Ko ivo vanovigwa ku Zeroes Acre havanhuwi here kana vafa? Chii chinoshamisa nenzvimbo yacho iyoyi? Mandela arikuvagwa pamusha pake pedyo neveukama kwete kuraswa kunoitwa vacho vanonzi magabazi.

Mutirowafanza - 10 December 2013

The point made by Tamnborinyoka is worth noting. Funerals in our culture are supposed to be sombre events, time of reflection, eulogising the departed and comforting and consoling the berieved not a time to take political shots at opponents. Mugabe has done the latter time and again. It does not reflect well on him and our culture when a president reduces the office which such pettiness. There is a certain disrespect that permeates most of Mugabe's speeches lately, he has nothing else to offer to the people so he just insults everyone else. One day is scolding those with "small houses" but his current marriage started as one; the next he insults Tsvangirayi for not deserving of hero status but he himself has abandoned the ideals of the liberation struggle...

tino - 10 December 2013

ko economy iri sei nhai Mr. President. Yes, we have heard you, hatimuvigi ku heroes acre Tsvangirai. Just like Mandiba, Tsvangirai will be buried in Buhera next to his folks. iyi its case closed chitiudzai zve economy.

mahoso - 10 December 2013

Tsvangirayi kuvigwa paHeroes hakuite nekuti maybe panogara pachirwiwa since pazere vanhu vakafa vaitirana mafoul play.

CHEMUTENGURE - 10 December 2013

I wonder how many heads of state will attend, the old mans funeral????

rudeboy - 10 December 2013

Let mugabe see Obam speech at mandela and learn 1 or 2 from it.ndokutaura parufu kwaObama,no politicking

tsvangirai mugabe - 10 December 2013

Well it is befitting a hero , and also correct to compare him with living puppets, the crowd needs to be reminded of the snakes amongst us, especially those still alive and tsvancry is just one of them. The prayers are needed more by tsvancry and tumbulinyoka than anyone else. also who went to tb josh seeking guidance and salvation?

reason - 10 December 2013

Well it is befitting a hero , and also correct to compare him with living puppets, the crowd needs to be reminded of the snakes amongst us, especially those still alive and tsvancry is just one of them. The prayers are needed more by tsvancry and tumbulinyoka than anyone else. also who went to tb josh seeking guidance and salvation?

reason - 10 December 2013

Well it is befitting a hero , and also correct to compare him with living puppets, the crowd needs to be reminded of the snakes amongst us, especially those still alive and tsvancry is just one of them. The prayers are needed more by tsvancry and tumbulinyoka than anyone else. also who went to tb josh seeking guidance and salvation?

reason - 10 December 2013

Well it is befitting a hero , and also correct to compare him with living puppets, the crowd needs to be reminded of the snakes amongst us, especially those still alive and tsvancry is just one of them. The prayers are needed more by tsvancry and tumbulinyoka than anyone else. also who went to tb josh seeking guidance and salvation?

reason - 10 December 2013

Well it is befitting a hero , and also correct to compare him with living puppets, the crowd needs to be reminded of the snakes amongst us, especially those still alive and tsvancry is just one of them. The prayers are needed more by tsvancry and tumbulinyoka than anyone else. also who went to tb josh seeking guidance and salvation?

reason - 10 December 2013

wavakupenga mugabe heroes ndekwembavha mafailers nevaurayi madela anovigwa pamba natsvangirai uchavigwa pamba asi obama unenge aripo nevamwe heads of states

gakachu or damage controller - 10 December 2013

Ko nhai vanhuwee ndiyaniko akavigwa paheroes acre akaurayiwa nevarungu name one zvake.

mbwa - 10 December 2013

Heroes acre is a place for people who die after killing one another or die of natural death but with war credentials.

MBWA - 10 December 2013

“…the national shrine which is reserved for loyalist politicians and fallen guerrillas from the liberation war that ended white rule in Zimbabwe in 1980” - UTTER, UTTER NONSENSE. Your reporter, Bryn Gumbo, is a fool: he doesn't know what he is talking about. White rule, in May 1979, was not ended by any guerillas. Was Abel Muzorewa white? He was the prime minister at the time. Zanu or Zapu had no power to decide or dictate who governed before 1980.

Musona - 10 December 2013

Just part of a speech by a respectable president who knows how to talk on a funeral- show this to RGM "With honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?" Obama said. "It is a question I ask myself - as a man and as a president. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice - the sacrifices of countless people - known and unknown - to see the dawn of a new day."

tino - 10 December 2013

POLITICALLY FORMER PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI IS A ZOMBIE. THE WORDS OF HIS SPOKESMAN TAMBORINYOKA SMELL.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 10 December 2013

What a shame elderly people behaving like kids. Nhai. Fighting for things that we are all going to leave behind. What did Job say? Sorry guys we need King Solomon's wisdom. We have stooped so low. Heroes Acre the only important thing about it are the pecks involved. Take away the monetary benefits and it will be tantamount to be buried anywhere because hapana nyika kana nzvimbo isina makuva. Heroes Acre is a ZANU PF's project. So rightfully they do as they please. Sorry for those who participate when they know nothing about it.

SHAVA - 10 December 2013

No head of state from EU/USA will attend mugabes funeral only SADCC and some African leaders

pili - 10 December 2013

I will remove myself from the comments and article notations around the counter - insults between RGM and MT – and take a step back. Maybe just maybe, it would be an error to simply confine the “Heroes Acre” reference to the politics of ZANU and MDC respectively but recognize that the acre has an important foot-print of our emancipation and self-independence that symbolizes our emergence as a race and nation far beyond party politics. In vain of this thought construct, it would not be within unreasonable bounds to suggest that more than likely ZANU PF as the main proponents of this historical timeline have good reason to be the custodians of the acre as the advocates of the liberation struggle. The historical reference and purpose of the acre has never been ambiguous in my understanding as work undertaken by the 1980 liberating Government of inception to commemorate those who fell in the struggle for national liberation and the contemporary and future sons and daughters of Zimbabwe whose dedication and commitment to the nation justify their burial at this sacred spot. It almost becomes almost obvious that the shrine would implicitly become a biased recognition of their writing in history but not without considerable yet marginal exception. RGM and his associates with-in the liberating ZAN PF contingency are entitled to recognition in Zimbabwe just as much as Nelson Mandela is recognized for his role in South African and continental history. I think RGM seeks to express this point but articulates the point by drawing party politics tone. I am not defending the tone but recognizing a fare reference of our history in Zimbabwe . The day an alternate government led by an alternate party gains power in Zimbabwe they have a fair chance to write their relevance in history ….

bear stud - 10 December 2013

akawigwa paheroes acre akamuka ndiyani munongoshayawo chamunorwira kana kuchemera

MUCHADURA - 10 December 2013

This is the same Mr Geriatric who attacks others for having 'small houses' when he wants us to accept his own 'small house' as first lady. Ngaichembere mushe harahwa iyi. Hoof hoof hau hau hau, mazuva ese, we are very sick and tired of it all.

Noname - 10 December 2013

This old man is a shame in our society indeed.We really need to pray for him as he nears his end time,pray for him now.Mr Tamborinyoka is a very good spokesman.You did put it correctly,the nation must pray for this geriatric bastard.

josefa chinotimba - 11 December 2013

He is a shame to even his children except kana vachifarira zvitsvinyo. He really need prayers.

Maita Manyuka - 11 December 2013

I doubt this old man knows any other language other than kutukirira and reminiscing about a war that happened some 38 years ago. Instead of talking about the failing economy, basa nderekungotuka chete pangowanikwa mukana. He certainly needs prayers this man.

Isidore Mutungagore - 11 December 2013

Zimbabwean politicians should learn to behave as mature people in politics not keeping on blasting each other.

Sarkozy Makman - 11 December 2013

Kufa kufa Mr President; just like kutsikwa nemota ichikuuraya, you can't say ndoda kutsikwa nebhenzi pa 323. Mudhara chizororai, kufazhauka kwenyu hakugutsi dumbu.

Chenjerai - 11 December 2013

Mr. President, death will come and it will come for sure. however where your remains are placed is of no substance. The soul is the one that goes before Almighty God....So Mr. President please think about that very seriously...

Zuruvi - 11 December 2013

I people dont understand prayer. If anybody ask 4 pple to prayer for me so that the Lord will restore me and i will stand right with the lord I will be the most happy person.'I think in politics prayer has a different meaning.

changaqnire - 11 December 2013

I used to wonder why some people are quite uncouth but lately I do. RGM will be buried Obama/EU vasipo and in style. Nhamo yepfungwa and menticide ( mental colonisation) is evident in the article and some of the commentries. If Muzorewa was a full PM why did RGM and team have to negotiate at Lancaster with the British. And why would the whites who had said "not in a thousand years" "negotiate" with RGM and team. why do you need to be employed by a white man only. Masiiwa is employing and a good number of business owned by the blacks. Ini i want to be empowered and employ the fools that believe in just shouting about the Heroes Acre. Enda unorwa yako hondo , get your on followers, and have your own Heroes Acre, Asijiki

gas - 12 December 2013

I used to wonder why some people are quite uncouth but lately I do. RGM will be buried Obama/EU vasipo and in style. Nhamo yepfungwa and menticide ( mental colonisation) is evident in the article and some of the commentries. If Muzorewa was a full PM why did RGM and team have to negotiate at Lancaster with the British. And why would the whites who had said "not in a thousand years" "negotiate" with RGM and team. why do you need to be employed by a white man only. Masiiwa is employing and a good number of business owned by the blacks. Ini i want to be empowered and employ the fools that believe in just shouting about the Heroes Acre. Enda unorwa yako hondo , get your own followers, and have your own Heroes Acre, Asijiki

gas - 12 December 2013

whether one is buried kumusha, musango, mu cave, pa heroes is not a factor. Tell us what's the way forward with our economy, job creation, rehabilitation of industries, etc

mento - 12 December 2013

is it true that Shakespear in his Book Hamlet said "an old man is twice a baby". Pinduraika imi munozviita vazivi.

HAMUNYARI - 12 December 2013

kufa kufa madofo ezanu imi paane anomuka here nekt avigwa pa heroes acre rubbish

fyah - 12 December 2013

Mukuru apererwa nezano haachaziva kuti matambudziko ari munyika omapedza sei. Anofunga kuti Tsvangirayi ndiye honzeri wematambudziko asika nhai vakuru munomboziva here kuti munhu wamunotukirira iGAMBA reruzhinji rwe Zimbabwe. Keep your heroes acre and we will keep our Save.

sjambok - 12 December 2013

you silly old fool what makes you think you yourself will be buried there,,,can you start talking about hunger,poverty ,unemployment and ways of making zimbabwe better,,not burial ground ,,whats so important about that place anyway that it can supercede important issues like the economy that you have shredded

stobbs - 12 December 2013

Shut up you MDC people,you have nothing to offer Zim.ZANU PF brought indep endance,what did morgan bring.He is just a puppet and a traitor and as such cannot rule Zim,just watch and see.You are all day dreamers.Go ahead with dreaming but you are going nowhere.Muri vanhu vasina direction.When RGM attended Mandela bv there cheers and applauses from the crowd and what happened when Zuma arrived,booz,so who is great.Long live our liberator pasi naTsvangirai

cobra - 13 December 2013

I really think we should pray for all our leaders so that God gives them sanity and common sense which seems to have eluded them.I thought the bible says we should forget about the dead and pray for ourselves, for our salvation and for our lives since He is the God of the living, so why this quarrel ?

peter - 13 December 2013

decent burial or no burial at all does not give you a passport to eternal life. vachatsva vachatsva zvisinei kwavavigwa. the most important thing is vafa wakamira papi muchitendero chako. heroes acre is not anything to worry about, worry about your relationship with god.

bhekilizwe ncube - 14 December 2013

udzai Mugabe tikuda budget ngavambodiyana nedximwe nyaya ..... further magamba chairs haanei neHeros acre, qhawe lamaQhawe Tata vakavigwa kumusha kwavo. focus on important issues

Mugabe - 16 December 2013

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