Let me retire properly: President

Source: Let me retire properly: President – Sunday News Nov 20, 2016

Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Mugabe says he has used his time in office to fend off the West’s spirited machinations to destroy Zanu-PF and the ideals the party stands for, and if he is to retire he will do so “properly”.

The President said Zimbabwe had defeated these attempts at destabilising Zimbabwe, and any change in Government would follow legal and democratic processes. President Mugabe said this at a meeting with war collaborators, ex-detainees, ex-restrictees, widows of fallen heroes, non-combatant cadres and war victims affiliated to Zanu-PF in Harare yesterday.

“Kana ndichikanganisa mondiudza (kuti) ndakanganisa, I will go,” he said. “We are in a critical time yeregime change.

“Kuti tikuturwe nemabhunu vachiti we want to change the Government of Zimbabwe, yatakarwira kudaro tese tikaita ziya, dikita, tikayambuka manzizi? Haaaa, ndakati aiwa.

“The British, Americans vakabatana . . . but I think we have defeated them. Saka change inouyaka zvakanaka. If I have to retire, let me retire properly; vanhu vogarawo pasi zvakanaka, kwete zvekuenderana kun’anga zvanga zvichiita mai ava (Joice Mujuru) vatisiya ava vachiita Zimbabwe (People) First. Ah, zvinenge zvisina kunaka.”

President Mugabe said he was aware of the G40 and Lacoste factions that were angling to succeed him.

“Ngatiumbeyi musangano wedu zvakanaka . . . Zvino zvirikuitwa nevakuru hapana asingazvizive. Ko, makazvipa mazita ekuti G40, vana locust, Lacoste? Ah, ruzhinji rwevanhu havambozvibata izvozvo. Ngatitererei gwara, gwara, gwara. Corruption iriko, neku-party. Ku party hameno vanhu varikufana varonga succession, hanzi kamudhara ikaka kachafa rinhiko?

Karikuramba kufa. Kakachera kupiko? Ko ndinofirei? Ndinofireyi kana Mwari asati ada kuti chiuya? Ko ndirikutadza here nhai vakomana?”

He warned against successionist politics, saying those who are plotting to succeed him should rather redirect their energies to working for development.

The President took a swipe at Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa and his executives at the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association for misleading war vets, and reminded former freedom fighters that “politics leads the gun”.

He said Ambassador Mutsvangwa, who was expelled from Cabinet and Zanu-PF, deserved his punishment for being an unremorseful rogue.

“Tese ngative negwara rimwe chete. Hatidi vanozotsauka . . . sezvakaita hama dzedu dzeku ma war veterans; tinoranga ka,” said the President. “Kana wakambopihwa warning, wozoramba uchirovadundundu uchiti party ngaitoita zvandinoda; ndozvinoita izvozvo mu war veteran? Wakabva kupi iwe? Hauna kubva muchizvara che Zanu ne Zapu.

“Mainzi politics leads the gun; unotevera here vatungamiriri ve musungano? Ah, no. Oda kumira uchiti tsvanyara, tafungaidzwa, even being insulted. Mati mazvinzwa zvinobva kumoromo wemunhu akafundiswa mu Zanu-PF izvozvo?

Urikurunyiwa nani? Nana Blair? Ah tinongoti hameno zvapinda matiri. Isusu tinongoramba takabatana, vanonzwisisa.”

President Mugabe said he would continue to reach out to war veterans and other non-military cadres who contributed to the liberation struggle. “We are men of the people. I am a man of the people, ma interests enyu ndiwaya. Ava vakomana ava, you see nokuti ndovandaive navo kuhondo ndinongo ramba ndakati navo. Vamwe vachiti hava retaye here?

“Tinoziva kwatiri kuendaka vakomana. Tinosungirwa kuona kuti musangano wedu wakamira kuti twii nokuti shure uku hakuna ma war veterans akawanda akubva neku defence, kana arikubva neku police, kana arikubva neku civil service. Ava mashoma.”

President Mugabe said Government was committed to improving the welfare of war veterans and others who contributed to the Second Chimurenga, with authorities working on a cocktail of measures to cater for their needs.

“Asi zvichemo zvenyu zvikuru tichati tobatsirana. Tichada kuti tione nevatungamiriri kuti hapana here zvatingaite,” he said.

“Tinokwanisa, definitely, to get a mine, even two mines dzatinoita kuita set aside . . . gold is quicker and also highly valued.

Tinokwanisa definitely to get a mine or even two mines.”

President Mugabe pledged to meet the Widows of Fallen Heroes this week to discuss their welfare and other issues.

“Ma widows, vazhinji havasati vakurisa, but all the same vari entitled kuti vachengeterwe mari and ivo pachavo vapihwewo ma allowances,” he said. “Shirikadzi dzandareva idzi tichasangana nadzo ipo pasvondo ririkuuya iri, but toronga nekuona kuti chii chavakapihwa, chii chavasina kupihwa; ndevapi vane ma professions, vakanyanyo funda maningi; ndezvipi zvavangakwanisa kuita.”

President Mugabe said as an ex-detainee himself, he sympathised with Zilwaco members, and called on the Finance Ministry to ensure their children’s school fees were paid. The meeting was attended by Vice-Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, and Cabinet Ministers Colonel (Retired) Tshinga Dube, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Dr Ignatius Chombo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Miriam Chikukwa.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga; Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-Gen Phillip Valerio Sibanda; Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri; Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner-General Rtd Major-Gen Paradzai Zimondi; Police Deputy Comm-Gen Levi Sibanda, CIO director general Happyton Bonyongwe and senior Government officials also attended the meeting.

COMMENTS

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    MikeH 5 years ago

    mugabe, the great destabiliser !!! No one else is responsible for Zimbabwe’s woes. He was handed Rhodesia, a seriously going concern, on a plate and wrecked it. Enough said. May he rot in hell.

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    Ndonga 5 years ago

    All the confused and paranoiac ramblings of a crazy old man! A crazy old man who is ever scheming to hold on to total power at no matter what the huge cost to us long suffering Zimbabweans.

    But thankfully, no matter what he complains about, time and tide waits for no man. We will be burying him soon and then perhaps we can get on with out lives, and be the success as a nation that we so richly deserve.

    Does anyone in their right mind think that the US and the UK are really working to destabilise Zimbabwe? A prosperous and happy Zimbabwe is in their best interests, and certainly not the dead dog of a country that she has become under Mugabe’s crooked leadership.

    Mugabe please go and go soon, but for Zimbabwe’s sake, make it very soon.

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    TJINGABABILI 5 years ago

    ZIMBABWE CAN’T DO WITHOUT YOU SIR. WE DIE THE DAY YOU DO!

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    Rhobat 5 years ago

    It must hurt Mugabe’s ego to realise that the US and UK do not care in the slightest about Zimbabwe nowadays. He thinks they have been “defeated”, when actually they just don’t give a damn anymore.

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    This is hogwash this does not help a poor Zimbo better said I am retired

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    Why didn’t he go when he lost elections in 2002 and 2008? The chair of the electoral commission made him continue to suffer. In 2008 the chair should have announced results as they were and not consulted external forces that then lead to massive rigging. God wanted the man to rest but evil forces imposed him on the people. They enjoy to see an old man suffering under public scrutiny. It’s not fair.

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    Mazano Rewayi 5 years ago

    We have a very, very serious problem here. The list of priorities seems strange:
    1. Retention of power,
    2-Self importance,
    3-Punishment of dissenters,
    4-Rewarding praise singers,
    5-Attacking imaginary enemies,
    6-…..Anything else,
    LAST-The Country.

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    still zanu pf doesn’t accept that they hv failed our beautifl nation,hamunyari nei…after 36years dzose

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    Ginya 5 years ago

    This old man is unbelievable What has Blair done now ? You messed up and people have tried to express it but you have continued to ignore them Sad old senile narcicist paranoid deluded man Now you want to buy War vets Britain is busy with Brexit and America -Trump Zimbabwe does not feature anywhere in their books at the moment You are so fixated with the west -you are now making up stories Just because they stopped you from buying suits in Harrods I wish you could die a painful death just like you are inflicting people of Zimbabwe Who told you are invinsible ? You are the most hated person in the country and I am sure you feature somewhere in the world most hated What happened for you to become so power hungry you forget the people who put you in power Imi vana Mnanngagwa -be strong and tell the old to go hang Not that we want you to lead our Zimbabwe but surely you are intelligent enough to tell the old man to go Anyone who supports this old man is ranked at the bottom of human beings ——-Imi vanaBona can you not tell your father to rest and enjoy his muzukuru Are you also blind to the demage he have inflicted the citizens Is it zvedu zvirikufire saka hameno ?You are aware he is not immortal and you will remain to enjoy the fruits of his negligence Tell me whodoes not want to see a clean flourishing Zimbabwe Why go overseas for that when we had everything This old man totally disgusts me

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    gatsheni 5 years ago

    Its unbelievable that he keeps on blaming the so called west when the same west has gonna 6 changes on the leaders while he still the last man standing in our beloved country,shame on you guy.I cannot believe that you still promise change in an damanged economy,i wonder when will all these old idiots realise that they have done enough damage in the COUNTRY.shame on you all idiots .

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    Why not ask the mad old man. What in Zimbabawe today is normal, pray tell us all!! No economy, no cash, no jobs, no health, no education, no food, no manufacturing, no farming, all gone to hell just because of an old man and his henchmen. Lord spare us from this evil take him from us!!!!
    What answer will give

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    tonyme 5 years ago

    Retiring is a great idea and the sooner, the better. What other ideas does ZANU have to improve the quality of life for Zimbabweans. All we have seen is corruption, money leaving the country and twice the failure to maintain legitimate currency. Also we have seen businesses crumble and no expansion or improvement of the road services. The poor policies have hurt the country. Maintaining ZANU in office has hurt the country. Staying in office has continued monopoly and corruption. The war , it seems, was fought to enrich the Mugabe’s and those supporting him. At 94 what else can we expect from such an old man whose ambition is to die in office. ? We need somebody with the ambition made of sterner stuff and ready to move Zimbabwe forward.

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    backbencher 5 years ago

    kkkkkkkk long live Zimbos u made yo bed in 1980 ,now lie on it .God is not foolish ,stick to yo choice.This man is good for u, yo Pasi slogans r doing the trick now ,Zimbabwe is pasi now ,u have hit rock bottom not pasi u have started digging looking for pasi kkkkkk