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Tsvangirai an ignorant man – Mugabe

2013-06-28 10:15
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

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Cape Town – "An ignorant man". That's how Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe described Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai during a recent interview with a Namibian newspaper, newzimbabwe.com reported on Thursday.

Asked to comment on the MDC leader's decision to challenge in court his proclamation for the country's forthcoming elections to be held on 31 July, Mugabe said: "I sympathise with his ignorance. He is an ignorant man. That’s not what a prime minister should do, that's not what even the President should do.

"There are lawyers that can represent us if there is a point of dispute and the need to appeal on that point. There are lawyers that can do it for us. And, for a whole prime minister to … we don’t even want to talk about it; it's disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful."

Mugabe unilaterally set 31 July as the election date, only to be forced by a special summit of SADC to mount a court challenge seeking a poll postponement to allow for the implementation of electoral and legislative reforms to guarantee free and fair voting.

During the same interview, Mugabe also hinted at possible retirement after the elections, but insisted he would only consider the prospect once he was satisfied that his Zanu-PF party held power without sway and that Western attempts to reverse the country's revolution had been defeated completely.

"Regime change does not work"


"I will retire someday but I can’t say I’m going to an election in order to retire. People will say, ah, we can't vote for your retirement, we are voting for you to rule. That will be decided as and when the situation demands," he said.

"But … we had to demonstrate to the West that it’s not you who should instruct us to stand down, ha, regime change does not work. Who are you to want our regime to change?"

"So, it was mainly because of that, to demonstrate that and also to hold on, so my party could be together because sometimes when you get voices from Europe like that there are some people, in the party, who begin to worry, to shiver and so on and so forth.

"But we said no, we fought them yesterday you see, we can fight them again. We won't collapse and we didn’t collapse, we will remain and remain with the leadership they don't want. That’s it, we were defiant. It was a defiant campaign in a way.

"But we will settle down and naturally we should allow power to transfer. But we must be assured that when we transfer that we are well united and we have in-built strength within the party."

- News24

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