Grandpa, it's enough now, Malema tells Mugabe

HARARE - An opposition party of South African radical leftists has urged President Robert Mugabe to step down, saying he is no longer capable of discharging presidential duties.

Urging Mugabe to take a cue from Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh who was forced by Ecowas to cede presidential power last weekend after his defeat to his rival Adama Barrow, Julius Malema’s red beret-wearing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) — who are demanding nationalisation of mines and banks and a redistribution of wealth to poor blacks — said Mugabe, who is turning 93 in February, must not taint his legacy by hanging on to power.

“Zimbabwe’s situation is bad. President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. He is no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities,” Malema told the media in Braamfontein yesterday after a plenum at which the party discussed its plans for this year.

Malema was referring to an embarrassing episode in December when Mugabe — dressed in a white coat and a wide-brimmed hat — struggled to lift a shovel to move soil to plant a tree in Masvingo on the sidelines of the Zanu PF annual conference.

In the short video clip, officials watched nervously as Grace Mugabe, the president’s much younger wife grabs the shovel from him and finishes off the shovelling herself.

“We don’t hate the man,” Malema said.

“They can respond and insult us anyhow they want, but they are a group of cowards, those comrades in Zanu PF to be scared to say to an old man like  . . .  Mugabe, please with due respect let go,” he added.

The EFF, whose statement was congratulating the people of Gambia for the peaceful transfer of power by the  terrified long-time dictator, said Africa was “entering an interesting period.”

Jammeh lost the presidency to opposition coalition leader Barrow on December 1 after 22 years in power. Barrow, a former businessman, vanquished Jammeh, who was seeking a fifth term.

Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba has brushed aside widespread calls by opposition and civil rights activists for Mugabe to follow in the footsteps of Jammeh, telling the Daily News recently that Zimbabwe’s doddering president had a ringing endorsement from the country’s 10 provinces to continue ruling and stand for re-election in the next presidential election in 2018.

Malema said it was time for Mugabe to handover the baton.

The veteran Zimbabwean leader, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, would not quit anytime soon, his spokesperson declared.

But Malema said: “His overstay is not doing justice on the African revolution project. He is destroying his own legacy.

“We celebrate Mugabe. We celebrate what he has done and we will continue his legacy, but grandpa, it’s enough now. You must let go and allow other people to continue that legacy.”

Malema curiously repeated Mugabe’s refrain, dismissing the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC as “pathetic puppets” and “Western-sponsored stooges.”

“We are not even talking about MDC,” Malema said.

“MDC is not an alternative in Zim. It’s (an) imperialist puppet that seeks to undermine the legitimate land question in Zimbabwe.”

Mugabe’s campaign in 2000 to seize white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks gutted commercial agriculture in Zimbabwe, with more than five million people now facing hunger.

“We are not aligned to anything that seeks to reverse the land question and we genuinely believe that comrades in Zanu PF who are young can continue,” the radical EFF leader said.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said Malema comes across as a “delusional populist” and “a rather misguided rubble rouser.”

“Of course, he is intellectually challenged and his grasp of global politics as well as Zimbabwean politics is pretty warped and extremely shallow.

“We are a Pan-African social democratic party and for Malema to brand us as imperialist puppets clearly proves that he should go back to school and carry out a more informed study of Zimbabwean politics.

“Anyway, we suggest that Malema concentrates on transforming his small protest movement, the EFF, into a serious political party that can be able to become a serious alternative government in South Africa.

“With friends like Julius Malema,who needs enemies?” Gutu said.

Comments (9)

well said malema,the mdc are imperialists puppets,they are also electoral cowards after they failed to field a candidate in bikita

truth - 24 January 2017

There is one thing which annoys me about our race. When are we going to learn to be truthful about ourselves? We hate to hear the truth and we very much like to live in denial. Maziwisa, where is Malema wrong? The whole world knows it and even you in your heart of hearts you know that Malema is a million times right that Mugabe is now TOO OLD AND HAS GONE PAST HIS SALE. We all like mugabe for the role that he played in the struggle for Zimbabwe but that does not grant him the right to destroy what 99% sacrificed for. Did you hear mugabe talking about the terms in office when he was addressing the meeting? Let us open our ears and eyes to reality, period!!

nhemacena - 24 January 2017

There is one thing which annoys me about our race. When are we going to learn to be truthful about ourselves? We hate to hear the truth and we very much like to live in denial. Maziwisa, where is Malema wrong? The whole world knows it and even you in your heart of hearts you know that Malema is a million times right that Mugabe is now TOO OLD AND HAS GONE PAST HIS SALE. We all like mugabe for the role that he played in the struggle for Zimbabwe but that does not grant him the right to destroy what 99% sacrificed for. Did you hear mugabe talking about the terms in office when he was addressing the meeting? Let us open our ears and eyes to reality, period!!

nhemacena - 24 January 2017

There is one thing which annoys me about our race. When are we going to learn to be truthful about ourselves? We hate to hear the truth and we very much like to live in denial. Maziwisa, where is Malema wrong? The whole world knows it and even you in your heart of hearts you know that Malema is a million times right that Mugabe is now TOO OLD AND HAS GONE PAST HIS SALE. We all like mugabe for the role that he played in the struggle for Zimbabwe but that does not grant him the right to destroy what 99% sacrificed for. Did you hear mugabe talking about the terms in office when he was addressing the meeting? Let us open our ears and eyes to reality, period!!

nhemacena - 24 January 2017

i shall not speak

the future - 25 January 2017

Malema changes like a chameleon, hero worships and spites Mugabe same time,,takes Zimbos for granted, hey

wezhira - 25 January 2017

This young boy Malema is mixing up very important issues , fine that Mugabe is old and he must go to protect his legacy but to say he must learn from Jammeh , this is something else , Jammel lost the election and definetely he was forced by the circumstances to go , so what must Mugabe learn from there ? , learn what -contest the 2018 elections , loose -accept the results -thereafter turn around and deny the results ?, thats what Jammeh did. We don't need Malema's advice , he is such a minor in politics , he never went to war , we are the liberators of our own country and we will deal with Mugabe at our own pace and which will not harm anybody . ZANU PF have got educated individuals to assess the situation among the party and we don't need outsiders to act as catalysts to our internal processes . We are aware of Mugabe's age and Malema must leave everthing to us , God is here in our country and the right time is coming . Malema must stop his back door entry into our yard . MDC T is the alternative party to take us forward Malema must go to hell .

Khalabemgeza - 25 January 2017

Malema is not outrightly wrong. The good thing is he also acknowledges that it's not him who can remove President Mugabe for us, but the 'cowards' in ZanuPf. So, in effect it all means nothing.

Weston Mugocha - 25 January 2017

Malema, if there were five people in ZANU PF who are as informed as you about age and government, Zimbabwe would have had a new leader by now.

mai chibwe - 26 January 2017

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.