Mugabe ruins own birthday

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s unrestrained weekend lash out at his former deputy — Joice Mujuru — during celebrations to mark his 91 years was regrettable and worrying.

Mugabe addressed Mujuru disparagingly on an occasion most Zimbabweans had hoped the nonagenarian leader would choose to build confidence both politically and economically.

This was an important occasion for both Mugabe and his family to show the world that the Zimbabwean leader has no ill feelings towards those who criticise him including Mujuru and her allies who stand accused of having planned to assassinate the veteran Zanu PF leader.

It was an opportunity to lay the marker for a new Zimbabwe which Mugabe would like to see after years of fighting domestic and external criticism of his moribund policies — blamed on ruining the country’s once strong economy and the lives of Zimbabweans.

Crucially, Mugabe’s birthday celebrations were an opportunity for him to heal Zanu PF and call for unity to take both the party and Zimbabwe forward.

Instead, he chose to go on a rant that does not show a man who wants both Zanu PF and Zimbabwe to earn respect.

If Mugabe and his supporters in Zanu PF got rid of Mujuru and her cabal, why can’t they move forward and get on with the crucial business of improving the livelihoods of ordinary Zimbabweans?

But it appears the 91-year-old Mugabe and indeed a coterie of loyalists belonging to the “triumphant” group at the sham congress, are haunted by Mujuru.

It is really misplaced to have Mugabe wasting energy attacking Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo when there are pressing issues that need clear cut policies and a radical shift to redress them.

Tax collector — Zimra- is owed nearly $1 billion in taxes at the time its revenue collection base is shrinking due to company closures.

Mugabe’s own government is battling to pay its bloated civil service and is borrowing left, right and centre, to finance the salaries.

Most companies are closing down as a result of the biting economy and there is seemingly no solution in sight to try and stop the slide.

Mugabe’s 91st birthday would have given us an indication of how far the president would like to go in his attempts to lure the world back to destination Zimbabwe.

Strangely, this was missing — forcing us to wonder whether the president wants to be remembered for dividing people or uniting them.

On the evidence of Saturday, no one knows?

Comments (5)

it is a pity that the high office would stoop so low as to bad mouth those he purged from govt. indeed there are more pressing issues that need to be resolved as a matter of urgency. But it appears, the high office and his coterie aren't moved at all. they would rather party

pride - 3 March 2015

The worst of all is to have a whole president waffling about "nyungurugwi races" and his fantasies about an undressed former VP, disgracinghimslf and the country in such manner! His respect for women is rotten or no-existant! Thats not is even the worst of it...he was hallucinating such things in front of small children! How do they look up to such a leader who has been a disgrace already? Dai Mwari vachimutora hake. he is of no use to anyone anymore!

Donato Matibili - 4 March 2015

Who cares about his stupid birthday, that man has ruined our lives!

Phaphamani - 5 March 2015

What did the school children and other young people learn from the father of the nation in his illustrative narrative of primitive witchcraft in referring to Joice Did he encourage the "dzepfunde"response from his young audience?

Abri - 5 March 2015

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