MDC MPs 'praise' Mugabe for 'peaceful handover' of SADC chair

2015-08-20 12:07
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (File: AP))

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (File: AP))

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare – Zimbabwe's opposition members of Parliament reportedly mocked President Robert Mugabe as they "commended" him for the "peaceful handover" of the SADC chair to Botswana leader, Ian Khama.

Mugabe handed over the Southern African Development Community reins to Khama on Monday during the regional body's 35th summit of heads of state and government in Gaborone.

The legislators from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai "praised" Mugabe for the "peaceful handover", indirectly referring to the 91-year-old president's "refusal" to consider stepping down at home, the New reported.

"I would like to thank our president, Cde RG Mugabe for handing over the chairmanship of the SADC to Khama... I thought he was going to refuse," Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya was quoted as saying during a national assembly debate on amendments to the country's labour law.

'Hand over the power'

MP James Maridadi also "congratulated" Mugabe, saying; "The time had come for him to hand over the power on rotational basis and I am congratulating him. As a patriotic Zimbabwean I felt I would congratulate him."

An incensed Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, however asked the two MPs to withdraw their statements, accusing them of making derogatory remarks about the president, the report said.

"We cannot allow sarcasm in this House. I ask you to apologise," Mudenda said.

Mugabe is the only president Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980. The nonagenarian and his ruling Zanu-PF party have been blamed for the southern African country's continued economic turmoil.

Zanu-PF has already endorsed him to stand in the 2018 presidential elections, when he will be 94.

Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, recently made startling remarks when she reportedly told a crowd at a function in Binga, Matabeleland North province, that God was not convinced by the calibre of would-be successors of her husband and this was the reason why he continued to lead the country.

"Just ask yourself why God continues giving a 91-year-old strength to lead the country. Where have you ever seen a 91-year-old who can stand for 2 hours?" the first lady was quoted as saying.

Read more on:    sadc  |  mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  ian khama  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.