ZIMBABWE – MDC leader Welshman Ncube has dismissed as fiction reports that he praised President Robert Mugabe’s leadership while calling Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai hopeless at a recent rally.
Ncube was quoted in the latest edition of the State-run Sunday Mail allegedly telling journalists that Mugabe was a principled person who exhibited remarkable leadership qualities.
The Industry and Commerce minister was also quoted as saying handing the presidency to Tsvangirai was similar to “giving a cyclist the responsibility of driving a bus.”
He allegedly made the statements in an interview with journalists soon after addressing a rally in Gweru recently.
“Only in their dreams will the Sunday Mail editors and journalists ever find me saluting Mugabe’s leadership,” Ncube said on social networks Facebook and Twitter yesterday.
“It will never happen in real life.”
“They can dream as much as they want and as many times as they may go to sleep, but every time they wake up they will find me believing and saying that Mugabe’s leadership of this country has been one nightmare of an unmitigated disaster in just about every respect.”
The MDC leader said the story was false as he never expressed such views about Tsvangirai.
“Just about everything in that story is false and a deliberate fictitious concoction,” he said.
“I never said that at the rally or at the post rally interview I did with a group of about five journalists.”
“Even the things I am quoted as having said about Tsvangirai are patently false.”
“It’s difficult to understand why the Sunday Mail is so desperate to find an endorsement of Mugabe from me.
“They are wasting their time. It will never come from me except as fiction!”
Both MDC formations accuse the State media of being biased towards Zanu PF and deliberately misrepresenting what they stand for. NEWSDAY