Return home, Mugabe told

via Return home, Mugabe told – DailyNews Live by Fungi Kwaramba 5 JANUARY 2014

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has savaged President Robert Mugabe for going on holiday at a time the country is faced with a serious economic crisis and a pressing challenge to align all laws with the new Constitution.

The Zimbabwe president left for the Far East on a scheduled holiday trip last Saturday, a local television station reported, amid growing tension over the flagging economy and failure to align statutes to the new Constitution.

Government and party officials said the president was entitled to his holiday.

George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson said Mugabe was expected back in Zimbabwe mid January.

In the meantime, Vice President Joice Mujuru is the acting President. Mugabe’s often month-long leave has crippled government operations. His opponents said the former teacher should not have left for a “luxurious” holiday at a time the country was mired in crisis.

Douglas Mwonzora,the MDC spokesperson, described Mugabe’s holiday as “immoral and abnormal.”

Citing a biting liquidity crunch, cash flight and unfulfilled constitutional requirements, Mwonzora said a serious president should have adopted a hands-on approach to deal with the country’s problems rather than go gallivanting on a holiday.

“The seriousness of the  situation calls for extraordinary remedies as it is of extreme emergency,” Mwonzora told the Daily News this week.

“In normal countries, this would see extraordinary meetings of the Cabinet to deal with the problems using a hands-on approach. Parliament should also be meeting to deal with the alignment of all laws with the Constitution as well as provide oversight to State institutions.”

Didymus Mutasa, Presidential Affairs minister, said Mugabe’s absence does not change anything as the ruling party was seized with resolving the economic challenges.

“Tell them (MDC) that they are insane, vanopenga (they are mad),” Mutasa told the Daily News.

Asked if Zanu PF appreciates the gravity of the problems confronting the country, Mutasa retorted: “That is what we are grappling with. Do you think the problems will get better because the president is  here or not?”

The MDC accused the veteran Zanu PF leader of abandoning his duties as the executive president.

“This holiday is a sign of clear negligence by the president,” Mwonzora said.

“He is the wielder of executive powers and he should have used his powers for the benefit of the people who are living in poverty.”

The MDC, which disputes results of last year’s July general elections won by Mugabe, is pushing for a snap election.

It contends that the Zanu PF leader is no longer physically fit to confront the rigours of presidency.

“The fact that the president leaves the country at such a time shows that he is no longer fit to meet the daily demands of his office”, Mwonzora said.

“The selection of (vice president Joice) Mujuru is a further indictment that there is no direction, because she has no power to convene Cabinet meetings.”

“Cabinet never sits in Mugabe’s absence.”


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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    Does Mugabe aka little hitler really care about little old Zimbabwe.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    So Mutasa thinks Mugabe is irrelevant then!!

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    Michael Saruchera 8 years ago

    This is a reckless behaviour from the President, there is no amount of ranting from the likes of Didymus Mutasa will change the fact.We all know that no major decisions can be made in Mugabe’s absence and at a time like this we really expect need big decisions to be made to stir the economy in the right direction.This is a clear sign of giving up by Zanu Pf.

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    mambo 8 years ago

    Mutasa is right. Gushungo is irrelevant. He is not the one pulling the strings. Itshokwadi!

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    Ndozvo kule hapachina, just a figure head, shame the old man should be enjoying retirement, but has to content with aching bones and shrinking body in the name of power, he may be president but he is paying the price big time, behind closed doors, he is a man who yearns for rest but cant because he dug a deep, wide hole which he can never fill.
    As for Grace atochembera sure, she is now well suited to husband and day by day a sigh of wonder and regret kuti ‘kusvika rinhi!!!’, money is not everthing vanhu we.

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    For how long shall those forcing him to stay put keep him limping! If someone gets to the point where he cannot walk on his own then the person is truely old. Those telling him to stay in office are inhuman because they do not see the suffering of that old man. He must be left alone to sleep day and night. The truth is he can go back to be youthful again, every minute that passes means he is getting closer to his eternal home. Its time zanu think outside the box and let him go. The challenges the country is facing will not go away until they learn to listen to all Zimbabweans even those of us who did not hold the gun. Zanu will never extricate the country from this mess they created and the sooner they leave the better.

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    The old mbudzi is a prisoner of grace and her new lover chiwengwa. He’s terrified hiding. Coups happen when evil dictators are out of the cuntry.

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    Isu-zvedu 8 years ago

    No. No wonder Mugabe always manages to pull cheap wool over our eyes. The man is busy enjoying the loot of the country’s money and people are busy discussing nonsense.

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    machakachaka 8 years ago

    Everyone is entitled to a holiday. Morgan should stop trying to criticise everything that Bob does. Morgan tried and failed to convince Zimbabweans that he is better than Mugabe, and now he should concentrate on his burning marriage, which we hope he will have sorted out before another beating in 2018.