ZIMBABWE – HARARE – President Mugabe yesterday denied reports in the private media that he is afraid of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and warned them that Government would not hesitate to take action against those abusing their journalistic privilege.
He said this while officiating at a luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on the occasion of the official opening of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament.
“We would want freedom, we want people to make money. You might not share my politics and I might not share your politics, but it doesn’t mean we are enemies. You may criticise me where I go wrong sure, but don’t give me sins I haven’t committed.
“Offences I haven’t committed. Actions I haven’t done and thoughts I haven’t entertained in my mind. Even my thinking, aah hanzi wakuzotya nhingi, ivo mai vedu mai Mujuru ava? Vakazviparira, vakakanganisa takavaranga chete tichiti apa makakanganisa. But vava kubva vanzi zvino hee ndivo zvino vakusimudzwa vachiiswa pamusoro apo.
“Kuti vadii? Kana vachiita politics ngavaiite politics dzavo. Iko zvino vakurwiswaniswa naVaMugabe. Aah, changu chibhakera ichochi? Vana Ian Smith vari kupi?
“Zvino kuti nditwasanure ndichirova Mai Mujuru chibhakera chainzi nehanzvadzi yangu Sabina, chematsenganzungu, aiwa hatidi kuti tirovane chibhakera chematsenganzungu. Shaya dzedu regai dzitsenge nzungu zvakanaka,” he said, drawing laughter from guests at the event.
“The newspapers are saying I am afraid of Mrs Mujuru, why? She went against party regulations and was fired but she is now being elevated to a higher position? What has she achieved? I don’t have time to waste fighting her.”
The former VP was fired for leading a putschist cabal that plotted to unconstitutionally remove President Mugabe ahead of the 6th Zanu-PF National People’s Congress.
She is reportedly leading the imaginary so-called People First movement and last week released a manifesto that was widely condemned as a regurgitation of Western countries-influenced policies that have been rejected by Zimbabweans. -Herald