'Mugabe won't listen to boys, girls'

HARARE - Zimbabwe envoy to Ghana — Pavelyn Tendai Musaka — has derisively told President Robert Mugabe’s critics that they are wasting time plotting to topple him.

Describing them as little boys and girls, Musaka said Mugabe was unmoved by the criticism that he has received on social media and the recent wave of protests.

“Of course he has got sources from all over, who will give him that information (on the tweets).

“Because he is a Statesman, he won’t respond to little boys and girls. He is above that, he has had to fight giants like the Tony Blairs (former British prime minister) of this world, so what are the little boys and girls going to do to him?” Musaka said in a recent interview with a Ghanaian news station.

She blamed the mainstream media for the criticism, accusing journalists of not respecting African leaders.

“I just get surprised that this is coming from African journalists. As far I am concerned if an African doesn’t respect an African head of State I don’t know who should respect him.

“It’s Africans who should show the leadership in respecting our leaders.

“So when I see those quotes and (tweets) I said to myself let’s not go to those levels, and I engage and challenge Ghanaian media as well as African media to start respecting your own, charity begins at home,” Musaka said.

“The leaders in this (social media criticism) are the media, they can correct it, I know it.

“I want to urge the media and the members of public that there’s no need to do that…”

Her sentiments come in the wake of widespread criticism of the 92-year-old ruler and growing protests against his ruinous policies.

A social media movement dubbed #ThisFlag has sent Mugabe’s government into panic, arresting anyone seemingly leading any protest against Zanu PF’s misrule.

The video of the interview, which has been widely circulated on social media platforms, mainly Facebook, has resulted in Musaka receiving backlash from Zimbabweans.

Zimbabweans commenting on the video were furious of Musaka’s “ignorance” as they railed against her and threatened to recall her, in the case that Zanu PF loses power.

Zimbabwe is going through one of its worst economic times as its battered economy contracts owing to falling production output.

Mugabe, in power since independence in 1980, is facing the biggest challenge of his political career as angry Zimbabweans question his fitness to remain office — citing poor health and the current economic problem.

In recent weeks, Mugabe and his administration have had to contend with riots and general strikes which they say are sponsored by hostile foreign governments.

Comments (22)

Lies after lies. Mugabe is not sleeping. If he is not moved why deploying such forces and artillery at the court and wherever people are demonstrating. I feel sorry for people like you Musaka. You have no choice but to blurt out what you know not to be true. Shame on you.

Dakarai - 18 July 2016

just two days before Laurent kabila's rag-tag forces toppled mobutu sese seko, one of his sidekicks said that mobutu has started reigning without ruling. the same is being said by the fool based in accra that doesn't know how dire life has become back home.

josphat mugadzaweta - 18 July 2016

We will see who is a little boy or little girl. You are forgetting that the country was liberated with little girls and boys, as the married couples could not leave pleasures behind. The little girl and boy can execute the endgame better than your so called security supremos, as they are cowards, who can not even be courageous for a second to tell a 92 years old president to behave and act like a president.

Zvichapera - 18 July 2016

hanty muchadzoka kumba....mozowona ka kuti imi mabig gals n boys are of no relevance to us because you do not care about the ordinary man....mabasa iwayo achapera n u fl hw it is to b us....

italclick - 18 July 2016

chembere ngadzife towone kugara zvakanaka. boys and girls are the authors of history my friend. unofunga kuti chimurenga chakarwiwa nechembere. uri dofo.

jonso - 18 July 2016

Mbuya iyi iri demented.

ZimVendorisedNation - 18 July 2016

Iwe Pavement Tendai Musaka, kana wazvimbigwa nekasavha , tsvaga toilet uite tsvina. Vauri kuti magirls and boys ndivanaani ? Kunzi ambassador wava kutozvibigger kuzviona rino jembere rine mashanu. Hazvinei kuti vauri kuti maleaders respect, respect ndivanaani. Kana leader akoniwa ndizvozvo anofanira kupafamba. If you you did go to school: the history of Africa tells you that the continent has been utterly failed by its leaders. Uri mboko yemukadzi.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 18 July 2016

Amai musadenhe vanhu nekuda kufadza Mugabe. Makabvanepiko iyemi?

Max Kufakwejeyi - 18 July 2016

The Musaka chap should get it into his warped mind that respect is not demanded,but it is earned.Only DICTATORS demand respect!

Janana wa Bikaz - 19 July 2016

One wonders how she got this post. Ndozvauraya nyika..kuuchira nemagaro here. Kuda kugafza madzitexvara a Mugabe.wagara Uri kure nesu, kure uko pamh

baloyi - 19 July 2016

A real Statesman will listen to the cry of his people, whether they be little boys or little girls, If leaders remain unmoved when the nation is calling out to them, then we have a major problem and they do so at their own peril.

Peacemaker - 19 July 2016

Its the responsibility of every caring and good father to listen and hear the cries of his children. The president will listen to the cries of the povo, the povo crying against corrupt ministers, povo crying against poverty, povo crying against unemployment. The povo gave the President the mandate to lead and they will always bring grievance to him each time they feel aggrieved by the system. Masaks, you need to be corrected. When you enjoy cassava in Ghana, do not forget that some people back in Zimbabwe are spending a night without a meal. You want to block people from taking their grievance to their leader. and where do you think they should go now?

Viona Ngwena - 19 July 2016

uyu anotopemhawo uyu hapana zvaangaita

Kirawa - 19 July 2016

dhodhi renyu mai Musaka

GHODHI - 19 July 2016

If the Zanu PF president respects others it is easy to get respect in turn. He enjoys insulting others and he has no monopoly on that simple. Those who are rejoicing in the majority's poverty will be forced to live in the sky when this is all over. Some of us do not need Mugabe or Zanu PF to earn a living.

Sagitarr - 20 July 2016

Mai Musaka zvakanaka kungonyararawo so. The President knows that you are one of his puppets you dont have to spell it out mufunge tiri vana saimba zvamunoona kudayi the people you meet on your way up the ladder are the same people you meet on your way down .Ask zanu pf expelled members they are willing to share

pp same age - 20 July 2016

Mai Musaka nothing lasts forever. Empires and kingdoms come and go! Engage yo brain before u talk coz no word will b unaccounted for. Behave as gvt employees not president's personal workers. Remember u are funded by taxpayers?!?

Dhewa - 22 July 2016

The media has the power to BUILD or DESTROY any nation! The response that, I, Pavelyn Tendai Musaka, Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to Ghana, am presenting is meant for the readers to make an informed judgement as to which category the following Zimbabwean journalist and one Ghanaian journalist fall under. The two journalists from Zimbabwe and Ghana both wrote two different articles after listening to the same live Joynews interview conducted by the Ghanaian host from Joynews TV Ghana on " MUGABE JOKES ON SOCIAL MEDIA" that he posted on Youtube on 13th June 2016.

P.T Musaka - 25 July 2016

a) The Zimbabwean journalist Miss Bridget Mananavire from the dailynews news paper who decided to mischieviously link the interview on "MUGABE JOKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA " conducted on 13th June 2016 under an article titled "Mugabe wont listen to little boys and girls" published on Monday 18th July 2016, the political demonstrations that took place in Zimbabwe in July 2016 and b)The Ghanaian journalist from myjoyonline Ghana who embarrassingly seems more professional and patriotic to Zimababwe and the African continent than our own journalist as he reported more accurately on the live joynews TV interview in an article titled 'MUGABE CARES LESS ABOUT FAKE QUOTES YOU ATTRIBUTE TO HIM".

P. T Musaka - 25 July 2016

2) As you will note, the journalist from my joyonline who quoted the same live joynews TV interview reported as follows: "PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT FUNNY QUOTES FALSELY ATTRIBUTED TO HIM, THE ZIMBABWE HIGH COMMISSIONER TO GHANA HAS REVEALED.......... SOCIAL MEDIA IS AWASH WITH FAKE QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO THE OUTSPOKEN ZIMBABWEAN LEADER............ IT IS NOT CLEAR WHEN AND HOW THE TREND STARTED............." Source: Ghana, my joyonline GN dated 13th June 2016.

P.T Musaka - 25 July 2016

3) I am humbly requesting the Ghanaian journalist , newsdesk Kwabena Kyenkyenhene Boateng to post on youtube the video of the full live joynews interview that he conducted on 13th June 2016 which was watched by many viewers throughout Ghana including his bosses at Joynews TV, SADC Heads of Mission accredited to Ghana, Zimbabweans in the diaspora based in Ghana and many members of the Ghanaian public when he was interviewing the undersigned live on the then forth coming DIPLOMATIC FAIR 2016 which was scheduled to be hosted from 16-18 June 2016 at the Accra International Conference Centre ( AICC) Accra, Ghana, This is the key evidence that confirms that the live Joynews TV interview was conducted long before the DIPLOMATIC FAIR 2016. 4) I am really puzzled as to how the Zimbabwean journalist BASED AT THE DAILY NEWS NEWSPAPER in Zimbabwe linked the live Joynews TV interview on the 'MUGABE JOKES ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA" held with the undersigned, H. E Mrs P. T Musaka, Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to Ghana on 13 June 2016 with political demonstrations that had not yet taken place in Zimbabwe at that point in time. I REQUEST THE READERS TO JUDGE OBJECTIVELY WEATHER THIS LADY JOURNALIST BASED AT DAILY NEWS ZIMBABWE , MISS BRIDGET MANANAVIRA HAD THE INTENTION TO BUILD OR TO DESTROY OUR PEACE LOVING PEOPLE AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY ZIMBABWE.

P. T MUSAKA - 25 July 2016

5) I also challenge the management at Daily News Zimbabwe to request their employee Miss Mananavire, if indeed she is professional, to explain why she decided to mischieveously link that same live Joynews TV interview conducted on 13 June 2016 to the political demonstrations that took place in Zimbabwe in July 2016, that is long after that Live Joynews TV interview had ended. 6) MY ADVICE TO MY FELLOW COMPATRIOT IN ZIMBABWE AND IN THE DIASPORA AND TO MY FELLOW COMPATRIOT ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND IN THE DIASPORA IS THAT WE SHOULD USE THE DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS POSITIVELY BY PROFFERING CONSTRUCTIVE TRIED AND WORKABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, SUCH AS THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, THAT OUR COUNTRY ZIMBABWE AND THE ENTIRE AFRICAN CONTINENT ARE CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH AS EACH ONE OF US WHETHER YOUNG OR OLD HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFRICAN CONTINENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PRESENT GENERATION AND THOSE YET TO BE BORN. AS WE STRIVE TO CREATE THE AFRICA THAT WE WANT UNDER THE AFRICAN UNION AGENDA 2063 .

P.T MUSAKA - 25 July 2016

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