Parliament howler exposes Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe made a blunder of epic proportions when he read a wrong speech at the opening of the Third session of the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe yesterday.

He repeated a speech he read during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) last month word for word.

Curiously, Zanu PF MPs cheered the nonagenarian as he read the rehashed speech which he finished in 27 minutes, three minutes less than his original Sona which drew fire from all sections of the depressed Zimbabwe society.

Yesterday’s howler, which Mugabe’s spokesperson — George Charamba — despairingly tried to blame on secretaries, exposed the head of state whose control of his mental faculties can now be subjected to debate.

How did Mugabe fail to detect the differences between his Sona and a fresh speech which, ordinarily, he would have previewed and amended if necessary, before reading it in Parliament?

Why did the red light not flash?

Yesterday’s blunder makes us wonder how many other mistakes he has made in his continued discharge of duties which have a strong bearing on the survival of the state and Zimbabweans? At 91, Mugabe has struggled with health problems associated with his age which sycophants in Zanu PF have at any given time, tried to mask. The same sycophants were yesterday clapping their hands in appreciation meaning either they do not listen to his speeches but want to be seen praising him in Dear Leader fashion or they don’t care about what he says.

There is no escaping reality and the reality is that Mugabe is too old to continue ruling. We have been excoriated ad nauseam by Zanu PF supporters for saying what every other Zimbabwean has been urging Mugabe to do; rest and let someone take over from him for the sake of Zimbabwe’s progress.

Yesterday’s gaffe served to confirm that Mugabe is way past his sale-by date and can no longer be trusted to preside over Zimbabwe’s state affairs.

This is by no means a disrespectful assertion but a fair comment which is supported by claims by his colleagues who were hounded out of Zanu PF such as Didymus Mutasa who maintain decisions are now being made for the president.

It is hard to ignore such claims in light of this horrific blunder which went “unnoticed” by Zanu PF MPs in Parliament who cheered his old speech as the opposition MPs remained silent in the wake of death threats which they claimed had been made against them if they heckled Mugabe.

Mugabe now represents a tragic fall of a giant who refuses to accept that his time is up.

And that leaves everyone wondering if he can still be trusted to lead us.


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