Mugabe 'a hypocrite, tired election candidate'
Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has lashed out at his coalition partner President Robert Mugabe, branding him a "hypocrite and tired election candidate" leading a group of cowards, Radio VOP reported on Friday.
According to the report, Tsvangirai told journalists during his monthly prime minister’s briefings he was increasingly getting annoyed by Mugabe’s unpredictability when it came to adhering to agreements made during their regular meetings as principals.
Tsvangirai singled out the recent unilateral reappointment of the country’s service chiefs by Mugabe as a case in which the aging leader had acted outside the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 19.
“We cannot have a president who takes a position with fellow principals today and then tomorrow acts outside that position and the constitution that he swore to uphold,” Tsvangirai said. “I have made it clear to the president that he is in breach and that I and the party that I lead would find it difficult to recognise.
“We have a president who indicates left and then turns right. He has undermined our collective position and agreement as principals while he directs his functionaries to execute decisions that are at variance with our common position. The question is, can the real Mugabe stand up. “I know that the president continues to live in the past forgetting that this is a shared responsibility.”
Tsvangirai vowed he and his party will not be pushed out of the inclusive process by Zanu-PF hardliners.
"We are aware of the plot to frustrate us, to wear us down and to force us out but we have the mandate and covenant with the people and we will brave on and ensure that we hold a free and fair poll by creating an environment that will guarantee the security of the person, the security of the vote and the security of the people’s will.