HARARE – President Mugabe has slammed Zanu-PF officials said to be working with the Americans to oust him from power for material gains. The American embassy has reportedly been trying to get Members of Parliament to pass a vote of no confidence in President Mugabe in a double-pronged strategy that includes challenging his incumbency at the Zanu-PF Congress in December.
Zanu-PF Women Affairs Secretary-elect and First Lady, Grace Mugabe last week alleged that Vice President Joice Mujuru, working with other party officials and their private sector financiers, were pushing for President Mugabe’s ouster, just a year after he resoundingly won the July 31 harmonised election.
Speaking during a luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in Harare on Tuesday to mark the official opening of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament, President Mugabe described Zanu-PF cadres involved in such manoeuvres as “sellouts” and people of “rotten thinking”.
“We are unfolding, going on into the future but as we go on into the future, the breeds that we are having, yes they may have lots of degrees, doctorates yes, but they want the white man there. “Even within Zanu-PF, (they say) we want Mugabe to go so we can remit to the EU, to America, to Europe because he is the one preventing us from getting goodies. What rotten thinking is like that?
“And all these years, all this oppression you have not learnt that those will never be your economic friends in practice? They will give you a bit of money so as to subject your thinking and that is how you sell. You are selling yourself.” Initial attempts to push President Mugabe out, sources said, started under the old Constitution with the United States trying to get MPs to impeach President Mugabe during the inclusive Government era (2008-13).
The plan, in which VP Mujuru was implicated, allegedly involved securing parliamentary posts, including that of the Leader of the House, to rally Zanu-PF and MDC-T legislators to collaborate in the scheme. President Mugabe said some blacks still “worship” the whites, adding that Africa was not yet free as a lot of resources were still in control of the whites.
“Europe is now without natural resources; they must get them from Africa,” he said. “There is lot of oil, wild animals, and forests too in Africa and of course Africa still has poor people. Africa although liberated, we fought over time, with the likes Nkrumah, Modibo Keita and others having led the struggle of Africa’s freedom followed by Nyerere and others.
“No, we are not free at all in Africa. Our resources still lie in the hands and in the control of the Europeans. We still worship the Europeans as our masters in practice. He added: “The AU will be divided on an issue which affects Europe and you find some of our countries going to France wanting the views of France and they will say and do what France wants them to say and do. That is why I have said even to my sadc colleagues ‘I don’t belong to you’. Unfortunately I belong to those who have gone — the likes of Nyerere, Samora Machel. Those who stood for what was right regardless of consequences. “And we long for the past to come back, I long for the past to come back but alas that’s not what history does, it’s not retrospective in pace its prospective in pace.”
President Mugabe said some blacks fond of whites were now being made to accept “unnatural” practices such as homosexuality under the guise of freedom. He said such “freedom of going in the wrong direction” would never happen in Zimbabwe as it was an “insult” to God. “Over my dead body,” he declared.
“And you say these people have rights to do so, to marry each other? Where do they derive the right, because nature does not give them that right, God did not give them that right. You must be insane to think that you have that freedom.
“You have the freedom which is governed by what is called rationality. Are you not able rationally to establish that you are a man? You can’t see you are a man, you can’t see she is a woman? You can’t establish that the two of you are the ones who can procreate, have children? And perhaps these are people who pray to Satan, those who spell God in reverse. There are men like that, those who decide to do the opposite of what God ordained.”