Cape Town â€“ Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has launched a scathing attack on bitter rival and outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai saying working with him required “real patience and endurance” because he was an ignoramus who was woefully unaware of his ignorance, according to newzimbabwe.com.
Mugabe was speaking at the National Heroes Acre in Harare during the burial of one of the countyâ€™s veteran freedom fighters. It was his first public speech since his inauguration last week on Thursday.
“You see, an illiterate person who is aware that they are ignorant, you can deal with [them] better,” Mugabe said in apparent reference to Tsvangirai’s lack of college-level education.
“You are better off with an ignorant person who is aware, conscious of his ignorance, who accepts that he is ignorant, but if you are ignorant of your ignorance then it’s a big problem.”Lone stray locust
Mugabe according to Zimeye was reacting to Tsvangiraiâ€™s attempt to seek a courtâ€™s help to overturn the polls and his calls for security reforms that were meant to precede the polls.
“I hope our people will never repeat the same mistake and choose an ignoramus when you have bright children who went to university. I wonder what you admire in him,” Zimeye quoted Mugabe as saying.
“What sector reform can you a lone stray locust implement? When has the frog aspired to be the crocodile?” Mugabe said.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai worked together over the last four years in an uneasy coalition government formed after a disputed vote in 2008. The arrangement ended with the Zanu-PF leaderâ€™s decisive victory in last monthâ€™s elections which were rejected as fraudulent by Tsvangirai.