Mugabe 'sorry' for long holiday

2015-01-22 20:39
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. (File: AFP

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. (File: AFP

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

Harare - Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe returned home on Thursday from his annual holiday in the Far East and apologised for extending his stay abroad while his wife was receiving medical treatment.

"I would like to say we are sorry, we took a long time away from home," he said addressing government, party officials and supporters gathered at the main airport to welcome him back.

"Mai [Mrs] Stop-It had pain in her side which was nagging her," Mugabe said referring to his wife by her nickname.

"It was found that she has appendicitis. She had a successful operation the day before yesterday and is now recuperating in hospital."

Mugabe's wife Grace earned the sobriquet Mrs Stop-It for her frequent use of the reprimand during Zanu-PF party rallies where she attacked perceived foes plotting to topple the ageing leader.

The Mugabes left for the annual holiday in mid-December and were due back last week.

Newly-installed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was left in charge in Mugabe's absence.

In his address, Mugabe, who turns 91 in a month, disparaged long-time ally Didymus Mutasa who was among a host of party officials expelled in a purge against allies of Mugabe's former deputy Joice Mujuru.

"A stupid fool cannot be corrected," Mugabe said referring to former presidential affairs minister Mutasa.

"There is nothing you can do to a straying grey ass. It's a graying ass just braying. We have no time for individuals of little brains, disorganised, mentally deranged if not close to being insane."

Mutasa issued a statement last week threatening a legal appeal against the expulsion and demotions of several Zanu-PF party officials including Mujuru and party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo.

Mujuru and Mutasa were accused along with several others of plotting to topple Mugabe in a sustained campaign of attacks by the first lady.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  rugare gumbo  |  joice mujuru  |  robert mugabe  |  didymus mutasa  |  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

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.