Mugabe should respect women

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe does not have the best reputation for upstanding behaviour or respect for women, but his unrestrained attack on his former deputy Joice Mujuru at his birthday party yesterday, even about her structure, takes it to another level.

Didn’t the nonagenarian learn a thing or two from his Ivy League education that acquired him seven university degrees?

It’s one thing to launch political attacks on a rival and quite another to stoop so low, attacking the anatomy of your rival.

Mugabe was wrong, disrespectful, vulgar and inappropriate. More than that, he was insensitive of all women who have entered the cut-throat world of politics.

Attacking somebody about their anatomy is unacceptable — it is one of the worst things that any person can be subjected to. It is not a laughing matter, yet he joked about it.

And there were children there. All along we had assumed the plan was for a carefully marshalled army of the president’s youthful followers — called the 21st February Movement — to descend on Victoria Falls to join him celebrate Mugabe’s birthday, and learn some virtue from the aged leader.

Aged between four and 14, the children traditionally wear bright red scarves and chant undying loyalty to their “one authentic and consistent leader”, who yesterday resorted to uncouth language.

Modelled on the youth brigades who pledged obedience to Kim Il-sung, the late North Korean despot, the 21st February Movement was formed in 1986 to commemorate Mugabe’s birthday.

Mugabe needs to realise the audience he is talking to.

And for him to proclaim that Mujuru will “rot” in jail is not only a physical threat that trashes due process of the law, but it demonstrates extremely bad judgment and further inflames very dangerous tendencies within certain extreme circles.

All right thinking Zimbabweans should publicly condemn Mugabe’s language and publicly call on him to cease and desist from using any incendiary language.

We should infact condemn all incendiary language from anyone in politics.

It is repellent enough, and highly damaging to Zanu PF, for their supporters to use slurs against internal rivals, to use bigoted slurs and to spit on their erstwhile colleagues. Shame on Mugabe who continues on this destructive path yet he is supposed to be the father of the nation.

When Mugabe uses threatening language about wiping out political opponents through legal threats, and language that could well incite acts of physical violence; he is taking this campaign to a whole new and darker level.


Comments (4)

i am 100% with you staff writer, You can not politically attack someone with her anatomy, something she can not do anything on. how many women have peculiar figures? she cant correct the shape of her body. If we have anything against Amai Mujuru, please go to courts and make her rot in jail for crimes you accuse her of having committed. We do not have to pr-determine the outcome of the judicial

Cde Ben - 2 March 2015

Mongozvinetsa imi. Mugabe anopenga uyu. dzakatamba nepwere kare kare! he is a vulgar as Grace now. birds of a feather, right? Anotoda kurohwa neshamhu sekamwana because atongova kamwana zvake.

Donato Matibili - 2 March 2015

ndokubaya gudo nemukanwa, hapasisina zvapresident apa

fokoro - 3 March 2015

I wonder what the youths and the children who were present were subjected too. what did he model before them. they would have rather listened to Mugabe's wisdom but alas they had to be fed vulgar language by their own President. What did they learn? what report did they take back home with? What a shame. God have mercy

pride - 3 March 2015

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