Mugabe taunts Tsvangirai

via Mugabe taunts Tsvangirai by John Nyashanu December 9, 2013 NewsDay

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday taunted his political nemesis MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai over his calls for security sector reforms during his tenure as Prime Minister in the inclusive government.

Mugabe, who is battling to halt an economic slide after securing the Zanu PF July 31 win, also demanded that his party MPs deliver on electoral promises.

Speaking at the burial of Zimbabwe’s Defence Attaché’ to China, Brigadier General Misheck Tanyanyiwa, Mugabe said failure was not an option as Zimbabwe’s enemies were waiting in the wings.

Tanyanyiwa, whose remains were interred at the national shrine in Harare yesterday, died in Beijing last Tuesday.

“The people voted for you so that you could fight for them. Not that you should be more important than them. Fight for their rights, fight sanctions . . . Once beaten twice shy. Zanu PF cannot afford at all to sit back and relax nowthat the July 31 harmonised elections have ushered Zanu PF back into the driving seat. The party’s pledges to the electorate must be fulfilled and now is the time. You must remain a humble beggar,” he charged.

Pressure is mounting on Zanu PF to honour its electoral pledges to ease a financial crunch aggravated by Mugabe’s continued hold on power. The party, which will convene its 14th National People’s Conference in Chinhoyi this week, promised to indigenise the economy in a manner that will create two million jobs and wealth for the generality of Zimbabweans.

The country currently has one of the world’s highest unemployment rates, estimated to be hovering above 80%.

Turning to ex-premier, Mugabe said: “People like Tsvangirai would say they want change in the security sector. What do they know about such a crucial sector? That was never going to happen and it will not happen. We should remain ever vigilant because the enemy will try to come back in many guises, even in the form of puppet political parties, created in the name of democracy to deceive the world about their real intentions.”

Security sector reforms was one of MDC-T’s major demands in the Global Political Agreement as the party, together with MDC led by Welshman Ncube, argued that security chiefs were biased towards Zanu PF against their mandates.

Mugabe also watered down any prospects of revisiting the indigenization policy, maintaining that the 51-49% shareholding structure in favour of locals would remain in place.

“Resources are ours and should not be exploited by others. We will invite our friends provided they come to assist us not exploit us. There is no exception. I have heard others preaching otherwise, but that is not going to happen,” he said.

Deputy Finance Minister Samuel Undenge recently hinted that Zimbabwe could amend its indigenisation law to provide flexible terms on capital projects, particularly those in energy and water sectors, in a move aimed at attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

“On capital projects like energy, which require close to $3 billion to finance, we will bring flexible terms as government with regard to compliance with the indigenisation law,” Undenge told a meeting of business executives.

Zimbabwe requires at least $3billion to finance the rehabilitation and construction of power stations, an amount which many believe cannot be sourced locally.

A huge external debt of close to $11 billion has also worsened the situation as the country struggles to access funding from multilateral institutions.

 

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 18
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    Same old hot air. No news there.

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    Another turd soiling criminals acre

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    mujibha 8 years ago

    What do you expect from a fool

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    Sekuru Mapenga 8 years ago

    Mr Mugabe is always talking about the ENEMY. What enemy? There is no enemy. The war finished long ago, and we should have been rebuilding the nation since 1980. But there is always this ‘enemy’ that Mr Mugabe has to defeat. These “enemies that come back in many guises” are all inside his head. These are paranoid delusions. So our president spends all his energy fighting ‘enemies’ instead of building national unity and progress. Look at how he consistently trashed the unity government and now seeks to undermine the little progress that we did make from 2009 to 2012.

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      Bambanani Sizwesakithi 8 years ago

      @Sekuru Mapenga: Of course Zimbabwe has “ENEMIES!” Don’t you know?
      Our enemy number one lives at state house. It’s Mugabe himself, and he has his own BIG ENEMY called “FEAR”. That one lives right in the deepest part of his heart.
      So come on Sekuru, be fair, allow the man to “FIGHT HIS ENEMIES”, and his many ghosts i suppose

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        Joseph Kaungazi 6 years ago

        I agree with you Bambanani. RGM was once a good father after being elected in 1980 but as from 1984 he stated being intoxicated with power, Gukurahundi and many more sins as from 1990. I remember all the good times and most of his time are that bad that he become an enemy of all Zimbabweans and even other sister country citizens. We used to call him baba Mugabe but now, he has many names just as Chamba, ganja or tsoko.

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      Kevin Watson 8 years ago

      There is an enemy it is Mugabe’s arrant stupidity and venality.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    we just have to wait for the inevitable before any real progress takes off..he’s a stuck record..

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    Mr Mixed Race 8 years ago

    I really feel pity for the ministers who serve under him.Their views and suggestions mean nothing,what he says goes without questioning.The country may have numerous minerals but can still remain very poor until somebody extracts and markets them.We should just wait and see how far this indigenisation policy will take us.Our actions sometimes make us generate fear within ourselves and then enslave us for life.It is something terrible to experience.When this happens we try to over ride it by pretending to be strong and brave.

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    It is always the case with dispots they are always seeing enemies, what enemies MR MUGABE, YOU ARE THE ENEMY YOURSELF. YOU ARE TRYING TO DIVERT CITIZEN’S ATTENTION FROM ASKING YOU ABOUT HOW THEY GOT INTO POVERTY AND YOU ARE ALONE AND YOUR FAMILY AND CRONIES HAVE ALL THE CAKE.

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    Bruce 8 years ago

    The economy will boot ZANU PF out of power no matter how much they may have rigged. Whether there will be security sector reform or no, whether they want to leave or no, they will. As companies close, banks folding down, there will be no tax enough to pay the civil servants or any of the military, the CIO, and all. That is when they will be an uprising unstoppable. 2009 soldiers ran amock due to failure to access the cash from banks, lucky the unity GNU came into place and easied the situation. Now there are 4 full years ahead, lots will have seen the light and thus when ZANU PF will handover power to those who are legitimate leaders, facts on the grounds prove who did people want, Mugabe knows its not him, if it wsa him why did the stock exchange crumble, why is there no cash, why are companies closing, why are people depresse?

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    The bible teaches that the mouth is the overflow of the heart and so whatever we hear coming out of a persons mouth shows the state of his heart. Surely, Zimbabwe is in a pitiful position. I would fall off my perch if I heard the President begin to speak with loving kindness, healing, reconciliation and forgiveness. Now wouldn’t that be wonderful. May God have mercy on us!

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    Some hackneyed sayings are worn out simply because they continue to hold true. Like; “You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.” Nhinhi zvayo.

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      B.Mathe 8 years ago

      I ALSO WONDER GUYS WHY DOES BOB THINK MR THAT TSWANGIRAI IS AN ENERMY OF THE STATE.HE ALWAYS REFER TO UNKOWN ENERMIES BUT WITH NO SOLUTION. HE TALKS OF TAKING OVER COMPANIES AND DO WHAT WITH THEM WITHOUT CAPITAL TO OPERATE WHERE DO YOU START WITHOUT FINANCE.THAT MAN IS A LOST CAUSE.

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    adam jones 8 years ago

    No sane person would want to invest in Zimbabwe – 51%-49% or not as long as this old man is still alive. Investers can bring in $3 billion and as soon as the power station becomes operational, Zanu ‘nationalise’ it to Chiyangwa. You see, its too risky. Dream on old fool.

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    Rockstone 6 years ago

    Robert Gabriel Mugabe is people ‘s number one enemy .it doesn’t surprise ,that he usually talk of dump founded speeches , which are useless to the public ,he is a failure that madhala he does nt hv mercy on youth , working class & the old age , even the disabled what type of president is he ,I don’t recognize him as a president ,because he doesn’t lead by example as a leader , Mugabe & his government know very well that they had destroyed Zimbabwe to a banana republic , then they start to condem westerns as enemies , people are not blind Mudhara God will take charge soon .

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    Joseph Kaunguza 6 years ago

    The then father and friend of all Zimbabwean is now a great enemy Bob himself. He used to be a good father but now as a grandfather he is an enemy of his own grand and greatgrand sons. Ukakura unoita muroi saka zvakanaka kungonyarara sekuru Bob. Vazukuru vachakudanai kuti muri muroi.

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    chimusoro 6 years ago

    Rather an imaginary enemy than colonial servitude.