Tsvangirai is a stooge, says Sata

2012-01-26 11:39

Cape Town - Zambian President Michael Sata has branded Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai a "stooge”, saying his policies are not known, Zimbabwe’s Herald website reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Sata - also known as “King cobra” because of his sharp tongue - said: "We don't know the policies of Morgan - he has other people speaking for him rather than speaking for himself."

Sata who took over as president of Africa’s biggest copper producer after a surprise September 20 election victory, said Tsvangirai would not block Mugabe’s push to abandon the unity government.

"You people, the Western countries, you taught us that democracy is elections. Now somebody wants elections and you say no... There will be elections and Mugabe will go and someone else will take over but not someone imposed by the Western countries," Sata said.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed an inclusive government after signing the Global Political Agreement in 2008. However, a string of outstanding issues, including Western-imposed sanctions and pirate radio stations beaming into Zimbabwe from outside the country have remained sticking points.

  • Phumi - 2012-01-26 11:54

    Micheal Sata one of the few remaining African legends! Oh! How I wish we had more leaders like him available in our times!

      Motho - 2012-01-26 14:55

      Then we can have a stronger AU that will also be respected by the UN. WE NEED STRONG LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA.

      Smell - 2012-01-27 07:42

      There has never been a real shortage of strong leaders in Africa. The list includes Mugabe, Ghadaffi, Idi Amin, Said Barre (Somalia), Mengistu, Mbuto Sese Seko, Bokassa, Laurent Gcabo, Charles Taylor and many others. They have brought nothing but bloodshed, poverty and misery to their people. Then there have been a few wise leaders like Mandela, Selassi and Houphouet-Boigny, who actually led their people to a better place. This list is unfortunately very short. So other than totally misplaced bravado, I am not sure what our friends Phumi and Motho are on about.

      Wilbert - 2012-01-27 20:17

      It was a very undiplomatic remark to make, to say the very least. Still, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time, Tsvangirai’s leadership ability will be called into question. As far back as 2001, the then USA Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Chris Dell told his bosses in Washington Tsvangirai was a “flawed and indecisive character”. The cable was not meant for public consumption and it would have remained a secret were it not for WikiLeaks. After years of Tsvangirai’s blundering, the biggest blunder was allowing Mugabe back into power through the back door; only the blind MDC supporters still have any doubt Ambassador Dell was wrong. Zimbabweans have to deal with this elephant in the room, Tsvangirai, if this country is ever to get out of this mess!

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 13:29

      now what makes him a legend, i wonder?

  • David - 2012-01-26 12:07

    Sata is misguided. "Democracy is not elections" . Most Africa leaders, Mugabe included steal the election by intimidation and other corrupt methods.Once in power they do what they like, ignoring the people who voted for them, until the next election

      Ndapewa-Sieg - 2012-01-26 13:09

      I think David is those white man still wondering in Africa with no place to call home... American call themselves as the leading democratic nation because of election! definitely white man reaction, fear of hero like Sata, Mugabe, Nuyoma and Later Gaddafi!

      Omnivore - 2012-01-26 15:52

      @Ndapewa-Sieg -- Ah to be young and stupid... we were all once there. Just make sure you don't stay that way.

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 13:43

      i think i better read sata's profile to find out for myself exactly how he bcomes a lgend. honestly one can not be called a legend for making one political statement

  • Willie - 2012-01-26 12:18

    Sata,Morgan is speaking on behalve of his party

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-27 08:58

      Stupid party then

  • Kobus - 2012-01-26 12:50

    Starting to have a lot of respect for Michael Sata. Says it like it is :)

  • roger.mutangadura - 2012-01-26 13:25

    Its interesting that those who support Mugabe know nothing about what is really going on in Zimbabwe, including Sata himself. People decided to vote for Tsvangirai, not the western powers, in the end it does not matter what he stands for as long as the people have spoken. In SA people spoke for Zuma despite him not standing for anything, western stooge or not, people in Zim are crying for Morgan and may the election come so that people speak loud and clear again that Mugabe is not wanted.

  • ian.rundle1 - 2012-01-26 13:29

    Ah yes!! Phumi and Ndapewa-Sieg what about the voice of the majority? Mugabe has been voted out twice now and the ANC have helped him cling to power. He was voted out by black Zimbabweans as white Zimbabweans make up 1 o2 percent of the population. So what you are telling me is that the opinion of the majority does not matter?

  • Juan - 2012-01-26 13:32

    viva the western stooge

  • Farai Fatso Z - 2012-01-26 13:39

    Stooge or no stooge we Zimbabweans exercised our democratic right to have him as our president, why we are held @ ransom by those who think its their divine right to rule us is anyone's guess. Sata should leave our stooge alone and do something about his country's worthless kwacha

      John - 2012-01-26 17:17

      Funny how so many Zimbabweans are enjoying that "worthless kwacha" so much now. I could bet if you yourself are not already there, you probably have a handful of relatives enjoying those kwachas now!! How about you Zimbabweans do something about your non-existent currency!!

      Farai Fatso Z - 2012-01-26 17:42

      You are right, we definitely are fighting to restore our own currency unfortunately we have an old man with an iron fist, trigger happy intelligence who make it difficult for our own chosen party(MDC with Tsvangirai as president) to reclaim our position as the bread basket of our region. My point is not to fight Zambians but rather, a wish that yo unshaven, foul mouthed Sata get his priorities right and leave us alone since he has nothing to offer in as far as our course is concerned

      John - 2012-01-27 07:15

      The iron fisted, trigger happy man is too smart for Morgan and that is the thing that you die hard Tsvangirai supporters fail to see. Don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of Mugabe. I feel he has done his part and needs to leave. But to replace him with Tsvangirai is certainly going to be a big mistake. He has shown that he dances to the beat of the Western drum. If a man states the truth in its bluntest form he certainly is not foul mouthed. Let Morgan sell himself to his fellow leaders. And by the way don't forget that Zambia played a big role in your liberation and right now your country is a huge mess. If Zambia and everybody else leaves you alone, little will change in that country of yours who's hopes of being the bread basket of the region once again are about as high as having icebergs in the kalahari.

  • Hermann - 2012-01-26 13:44

    Mmmm interesting that guy Sata. First he was going to kick the Chinese out and now he is eating out of their hands. Just another cheaply available African politician.

  • Lambert - 2012-01-26 14:54


      Omnivore - 2012-01-26 15:55

      Sad how how people like you seem to root for their own destruction. When they "attempt to grab the lands" it is the end of your freedom too.

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 13:56

      there is nothing called "land grab" where whites own more land in an african country as a result of colonisation. it's simply land redistribution which whites do not want. why dont blacks own more land in europe?

      Sterling - 2012-01-29 02:07

      The US doesn't want to have military bases in black Africa if they did, the US would have no problem getting African government to agree to do so. If push comes to shelve the US could do so without the African government agreeing to do let them establish a base. However, the US would have no problem because all they have to do is give the African leaders a fleet of luxury cars, overseas bank accounts and shopping trips to New York or LA.

      Zebelon - 2012-01-29 23:06

      Lambert@ You are really in fear your ANC will come to not at some time. You fear is interfering with you thinking. Why not mind your ANC and its failures and leave other states to their affairs?

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-26 14:56

    I agree with Sata. Tsvangarai like most african leaders and his MDC ministers are enjoying the massive unearned perks too much to want an election. What they, SADC, Mugabe, Mbeki and the rotund Zuma seem to forget is that the Zimbabwean people did not give any of them a mandate to rule Zimbabwe as a coalition unity government.

      Farai Fatso Z - 2012-01-26 15:26

      Your comment is not clear @ ol, maybe yu should comment in the venacular and we will translate 4 u since english is not your strongest point

  • Rob - 2012-01-26 16:18

    One day, maybe....Africans will understand the difference between strength (of character) and aggression. In case you are wondering, the first is about leadership and the second domination!

  • tmango1 - 2012-01-26 16:39

    Well Mr Sata i hear the biggest achievement you've had so far is to re-name the international airport & some much for your policies, lets see how Zambians think of you in the next election. We, Tsvangirai's supporters (Zimbabweans) know his policies & care less if you know them!!

      John - 2012-01-26 17:19

      And what has that drunkard Tsvangirai achieved so far? He's a bloody failure and he should pass on leadership to true visionaries. Follow the news more closely and you will see Sata is sweeping with a new broom idiot!!!

      Farai Fatso Z - 2012-01-26 17:51

      Pipol like John should be ignored, jus listen to the vile words he uses! Only the less privileged upstairs resort to insults...

      John - 2012-01-27 07:05

      Farai Fatso, facts have never been insults. My reference to Morgan being a drunkard are not mere speculation. These are words quoted from his own family members. Secondly, he is a failure. For how many years has he led the MDC without achieving success? If the MDC wants to achieve success, they should replace him and go back to the drawing table to establish exactly why they were formed. My reference to tmango as an idiot is certainly not an insult but a judgement of as you prefer to call it "upstairs chambers". For him to claim that Sata's biggest achievement so far has been renaming the international airport. Read the Zambian papers and speak to the objective Zambian people and they will tell you about what he has achieved so far. In fact his biggest achievement has been to remove an incumbent president who had a campaign heavily financed by crooked Chinese while he had little resources. When will Morgan ever achieve this?

  • Michael McN - 2012-01-26 20:30

    President Sata says things out loud that a more savvy politician might leave implied but unsaid. A Mugabe-led pariah state like Zimbabwe might mean extra tourism revenue for Zambia, but Zambia could still enjoy the revenue if Mr. Sata remained diplomatically circumspect as to the outcome of Zimbabwean politics. That way, if things do not ultimately go his way, Zambia will still be in good books with whoever wins in Zim.

  • Rudzani - 2012-01-27 09:30

    go tell them that when one strong African leader is oust the stronger the African leadership is tighten no more ass licking and master to the so called unique but dirty filthy minded colonizers.

  • Themba - 2012-01-27 10:20

    Old frail SATA, you dont know what you are talking,about, let Bob and Morgan solve their issues there are all Zimbabweans, give them a chance to sort their problems out maybe u might see a better Zimbabwe with these two working together in harmony, Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans, Zambia for Zambians

      John - 2012-01-27 12:32

      Themba, I suggest you follow the link and see the words that were quoted from Sata. Sata is in support of elections because the coalition has failed to work. If the coalition can't work, call elections which is the fairest way to sort out the dispute. Don't jump the gun yet and start talking about flawed elections. Call the elections first!!

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-27 10:22

    Sata is a big blundering idiot. He won his last elections under dubious circumstances, and allows the Chinese to run Zambia's Copper mines, with workers being mistreated and underpaid. Sata is too scared of the Chinese to do somthing about it! He is a very misguided man!!

      John - 2012-01-27 12:29

      And i suppose that explains why the Chinese started increasing salaries and improving working conditions of workers a couple of days after Sata's victory. Robert it wasn't about Sata winning under dubious circumstances. It was more about Banda losing underdubious circumstances hence the joke about Museveni asking Banda how he managed to lose an election with all the resources and government machinery at his disposal. I think you are more misguided than Sata is.

  • Cosmas - 2012-01-27 12:30

    So who does Mr. Sata want to impress? and in any case what policies is he talking about? And not known by who? Him? WTF is he?

  • Buti - 2012-01-27 16:18

    We need the VALIANT like you Mr Sata. I was watching this man Morgan two years back as a stupid entertain in the history of Africa. He doesn't knw anything about leadership.

  • Fidel - 2012-01-27 16:24

    Well said Mr Sata!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-27 16:48

      Who is Sata? Trying to make a name for himself with controversial statements?

  • Oyet - 2012-01-28 22:16

    ...Mr Sata, shut up! Nic nac! Morgan will go for elections any day as long as they are free and fair. If u don't know how Mugabe is misusing the army and the intelligence to suppress Zimbabweans you better shut up. If Tsvangirai was as insane as Sata he would have gone to the trenches and fought a war, and cause a blood shed. Mr Sata is it true that you appoited a white man as vice president? Whats bad about representing the Western countries compared to represent those of China? Bravo Tsvangirai and the West and down with Mr Sata & the Chinese!

  • Zebelon - 2012-01-29 22:52

    Sata shows himself to be a political imbecile with the mind of a dictator. How else would he expect personal policies from Morgan?

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