Report says Mugabe more paranoid since disputed poll

via Report says Mugabe more paranoid since disputed poll | SW Radio Africa By Tererai Karimakwenda

89-year old Robert Mugabe is reported to have displayed a growing sense of paranoia when he attended the SADC summit in Malawi last week, soon after claiming to have won a landslide victory in the July 31st elections.

According to the Independent newspaper, Mugabe avoided travelling in vehicles provided by the regional grouping while in Lilongwe, “citing security reasons”.

The paper quoted sources who alleged that Mugabe turned down the SADC-hired Mercedes Benz, claiming that “most European countries enjoy good relations with Malawi” and this increased “chances of an ambush by locally based agents”.

The report said that Mugabe, having escalated his security after the disputed poll back home, “opted to use his official Zim 1 limousine sent to Malawi by road, arriving a day before the summit”. Two Toyota Hiluxes are said to have escorted the Zim1 by road to Malawi, via Nyamapanda and Mwanza borders.

The ageing Mugabe’s behavior reportedly “surprised all members of the regional grouping because all logistics were in place with security on high alert”, the Independent newspaper said.

But his spokesman, George Charamba, defended his boss, saying: “He has always been using his own car for regional engagements so there is nothing new here”.

Commentator Luke Zunga from the Global Zimbabwe Forum dismissed Mugabe’s actions in Malawi, saying there were no enemies from the west hunting him down in Malawi. He added that Mugabe has an intelligence unit that would have advised him of this.

“Maybe these enemies are in his own mind but I think there are not many people who want to hunt him down and kill him, because Zimbabweans are not really violent. They are peaceful people,” Zunga told SW Radio Africa.

He added: “No-one has tried to kill him so far and I’ve never heard of an attempted coup or assassination in Zimbabwe, no! As I say Zimbabweans are peaceful people. They try other ways to resist or otherwise they leave the country.”

According to The Independent, a senior government official in Malawi said President Banda had ordered that all ministerial vehicles be rented to SADC heads of state, leaving fleet vehicles for other duties. “Ordinary people with vehicles in excellent condition” were also given the opportunity to supply them for use by SADC delegates.

The cost to Malawi for hosting the SADC summit was reportedly over US $1.3 million, most of it owing to car rentals, and the Malawian press blasted the government over this.

 

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    jongwe power 7 years ago

    But…but…Divine Emperor, you have nothing to worry about. You have complete control of SADC now, and the AU is wrapped around your index finger. Your people were persuaded to vote correctly and cleanse the offices of blasphemers and traitors. And they turn up to your meetings elated, with clothing that bears your sacred image. Our Chinese comrades have assured you that you will be protected from the diabolical schemes of the Imperial menace. And you, oh Divine Emperor, are protected by the finest weapons, anti-riot technology, and surveillence gear that is available in the surplus depots of the United States and Israel. None will dare threaten the glorious Revolution, for you have put the Imperialist bastards in their place through your word. None can stand up to you, because as the great Oracle, Mbuya Nehanda prophecised, you will lead us until Jesus Christ returns. There is nothing for you to worry about, oh Divine Emperor.

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      Well said, Gadhaffi was a master at this. But look at how his life ended. When you live by pumping bullets into others, the same will happen to you. Where was Gadhaffi’s security-he moved around with such verve women battalion.

      So, your excellency, enjoy it while you can. But, what message was this delivering to Malawi? I thought you were excellent friends!? Why would Malawi, who have a road you did not build, not even at home named after you, want you exterminated on their soil?

      Can we have a comment from Joice Banda?

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    jongwe power 7 years ago

    Do not heed the words of your enemies, oh Divine Emperor, for they will do nothing, and never will do anything to challenge your rule. THeir words are many, but their actions are none.

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    tanyara muchatiguta 7 years ago

    I asked one seasoned thief what he weapon would use suppose he wanted to rob Mugabe. The guy laughed and said he does not waste weapons on leprachuans like Bob may be worst case would be a mere clap but that as well would send him sleeping for ever.Hanzi “Mugabe idana handitambisi zvombo pazvidhara zvasakara sezvizvi kambama chete kanomuendesa kwampunzarima.”

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    nesbert 7 years ago

    Handifungi kuti pane angada kuuraya kamunhu kakafa zvako kega kesepende kapera an 89 year old. Kanofa kega very soon

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    mujibha 7 years ago

    Mugabe, haasi kutya mandu dzekuwest, arikutya hama dzevanhu vaapedza kuuraya. Vekuwest vachimuda havaswerekuita zvekumuhwandira, vanouya kuzomutora mumba make. Anonyanya kurovesa hana vekuwest ndiyani bob kana bin laden? Bob ihanda kuna bin laden, asikazofa atora cover mudress ramadam, obama amusvikira pamusio. Vakuru musavhunduke zvenyu vekuwest vanokutorai sehanda irikuhurira horomba yegudo. Handa inenge ichifa nekuhukura iyo itozvipengura kutsvaga inda. Ndozvamuri kuwest vakuru.

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    mujibha 7 years ago

    Ko iye munhu akahwina vote ne61% anotyeyi? Handiti veruzhinji vanomufarira ko mandu dzake dzinobva kupi. Unoda kuuraya asi iwe haude kunongedzerwa pfumo, iyezvino wakuti mai mujuru vakuda kundiuraya. Kana vachiziva kuti ndiwe wakauraya murume wavo vane kodzero yekudzorera

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    Mazivivi 7 years ago

    Uncle Bob no matter what, his survival tactics are becoming more complex at the same time blad e-edge dangerous,every mis-sep He loses a toe And is fast leaping where He knows best HANG

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    Zimba 7 years ago

    In the west Primenisters, use public transport, some even ride there bicycles to parliament

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    palmastone 7 years ago

    New wine in old bottles

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    tapera nkomo 7 years ago

    Mbava inotya dzimwe mbava.Dindingwe rinoka kukweva rimwe asi kana iro rokweiwa rinoti mavara angu azarevu.

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    Nhasi mazomuwanzira mudhara wedu. Chimbomusiyai akadaro they do thega munoti anoendepi ne Herald yake iyoyo

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    Chitova weGona 7 years ago

    Zanu and mugabe know very well that they are not wanted any more. And because they once again cheated their way into power,they are even scared of their own shadows.