via Look in the mirror Mr President – DailyNews Live 17 August 2014
HARARE – It surely should not escape President Robert Mugabe in his withering criticism of his senior Zanu PF colleagues over the past week that this is akin to the pot calling the kettle black.
Staggeringly, our nonagenarian leader would want his followers to believe that the myriad of problems bedevilling his party and its incompetent government since independence in 1980 have absolutely nothing to do with him!
It really boggles the mind.
Speaking on Friday night during his closing speech at the Women’s League conference, Mugabe blasted Zanu PF’s senior administration team — which was a veiled attack on secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and political commissar Webster Shamu — claiming that they had failed dismally to run the party, as well as to account for its assets, funds, staff and members.
“…The party headquarters employ people, but it is never done in the correct way, we only hear this worker belongs to this official and this one belongs to the other official. No, that is not how it should be. Sometimes we even hear that our critics are employed here and sometimes end up working in government,” he added.
This may have been a tacit reference to the cases of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and Zanu PF information director Psychology Maziwisa, who were once seen as rabid critics of the party before they were co-opted at the party’s headquarters to help run last year’s disputed elections.
Mugabe also bemoaned the fact that a number of companies owned by his party were performing dismally and not generating any funds to support the party’s activities. Among its property and assets portfolio, Zanu PF owns or has equity in such companies as Zidco, Tregers Holdings, Jongwe Printers and airports food company Catercraft.
Well, just in case our President doesn’t know this, the same rot bedevilling his beloved Zanu PF is also destroying the country. And it’s all presided over by the same cast of inept leaders.
It really is most revealing, and symptomatic of the twisted leadership culture within Zanu PF, a party that Mugabe and his wife lead, that the President and first secretary of the party will not take any responsibility for the mess that both Zanu PF and the country are in as a direct result of his and Zanu PF’s misrule.
Indeed, how come Mugabe never seems to know about and to be in control of what happens in his party and his government? And who do Mutasa and Shamu report to both within the party and government that he would now seem surprised by their alleged lack of efficacy as administrators?
In addition, if they are useless managers, what is he doing about their alleged incompetence?