via Partying Bob adamant economy mending 31 July 2014
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Thursday repeated claims the country’s ailing economy was destined for a miraculous recovery, insisting those dismissing his claims were less informed about what his government had up its sleeve.
The veteran leader invited scorn from critics when he told participants to shooting competition e in Harare two weeks ago the country’s shrinking economy was on the mend.
On Thursday he repeated the claims adding that his government was earmarked for a game-changing loan package from “friends” abroad.
“Yes, people may say ah, the economy is not grinding but certainly, it just takes time to grind,” the veteran leader told party loyalists who attended a Zanu PF party at State House, organised to coincide with the emphatic July 31 poll victory posted by the party.
He continued: “And as long as you have your initiators in the right place and you know you are getting the resources, you know you are injecting those resources into the economy, the machine will in due course start to grind faster and faster, faster and faster until the rate of grinding is as we desire.
“So when we say there is a rise now in the economy, some may not understand it but those inside will understand from the preparations there are, the initiatives that have been taken and the resources that are flowing in albeit but gradually, well that’s economics.”
The Zanu PF leader delved into familiar territory and scolded his former coalition partners in the MDC for challenging his thumping but controversial victory in last year’s polls.
Mugabe further accused former industry minister and MDC faction leader Welshman Ncube for attempts to cling on to his government post when it was apparent he had nothing to show for grassroots support.
He said he felt relieved to break off from an uncomfortable unity arrangement with his rivals saying this restrained his party from exercising independent decisions.
“Takanga tasungwa nemakasho taitwa mbira dzakondo muna 2008; kwemakore mashanu tichizvamburudzwa pasi apa, kuumburudzwa tiripamwe chete nanaTsvangirai, nanaMutambara.
Even those who had failed in the past to have a single vote had come into government, vakutodeketao vava Welshman ‘ko unevanhu vangani? Vatanhatu; haumbosvika kana gumi. So
you can’t count up to 10, uchiri muGrade One,” Mugabe said to laughter from his guests.
“Nanhasi uno havasati vagona varikuti ‘ha, no hazvina kubuda zvakanaka, maelections haiwa, panechakaitikwa ipapo, they were rigged’. Ko akarigwa papi? There was no explanation.
“Give us an explanation; you can’t just say the elections were rigged without explaining what rigging there was; ‘ah, they were rigged chete’ (All they can say is that we rigged the elections without proffering the smallest explanation as to how they were rigged),” he said.
He said he was astounded by his former coalition partners’ duplicity when, after they had sat down as a government to set the groundwork for the disputed polls, they turned around to bash the same process.”Zvimbwa sungata zvacho zwekuno ehe zvirikutaura, ‘tenzi wedu ndizvozvo, they were rigged’. Ah ko zvatambenge tichishanda tese nhai iweiwe, tikanyatsowirirana kuti maelections afamba zvakanaka hapana mheremhere yakaitika ‘they were rigged nekuti tenzi wangu arikuti they were rigged’,” said Mugabe who was in a jovial mood as he spoke for more than an hour.
Forming his guest list were about 250 top Zanu PF politicians who involved cabinet ministers, MPs, politburo and central committee members. A carefully selected list from business also formed the partying lot.
Sulu had his own humorous moments with the veteran leader who teased the musician about his Batai Munhu hit, saying “nhasi ndini ndirikukubata”.