Who am I to question Mugabe's health – PM

2012-03-02 07:42

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai was reticent on Thursday about President Robert Mugabe's claim that he was fit enough to still be president at 88.

"Is President Mugabe fit enough to lead?" said Tsvangirai in response to a question at a news conference in Johannesburg.

"Well, he says so himself [that] he's fit enough to lead, so who am I to question his state of health," said Tsvangirai, who entered a government of national unity with Mugabe in 2009.

"Of course he is of an advanced age, but he has stated publicly that he is fit, so we will go by his assessment of his own health," Tsvangirai said on the sidelines of a conference to encourage investment in Zimbabwe.

At a birthday rally on Wednesday Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, reportedly described himself as "fit as a fiddle".

Tsvangirai told the media that the inclusive government had been a frustrating experience that nobody could brush aside, but it had lasted.

"There were some sceptics who thought this was not going to last for six months, and we are three years. The government of national unity is holding. The government of national unity is discharging its mandate."

The former trade union and opposition leader, and organiser of stayaways and marches to oppose Mugabe's rule, denied he had "gone soft", believing instead there was a "phase for everything".

"How can I as prime minister throw stones when I have to negotiate with Mugabe? We are in a new phase and I hoped that people would understand me from that perspective."

Zimbabwe is in the process of writing a new constitution ahead of an election.

  • Ian - 2012-03-02 08:00

    Fo sho, Morgan, don't kwestsheen. He has had Syphilis for decades with no side effects..........

  • Johan - 2012-03-02 08:24

    Time will tell. All Morgan can do is wait and let life go its course.

      Francois - 2012-03-03 06:46

      And believe that they are carrying out their mandate. Hey Tsvangi, how far is that new constitution coming on, why do you want mining investment in your country when you want to steal SA owned mine - you are what Mad Bob says: "A Barking Dog". I think you want the west to do your work, dont you?

  • spookhuis - 2012-03-02 09:26

    Not even the Grim Reaper wants Bob.....go figure.

  • Gordon - 2012-03-02 23:34

    I am an American writing this, and in America we did not even no that he had health problems. Hell some of our citizens didn't even know who he is..... But I know who he is and that he is a communist and totalrian dictator......

  • neo.mokhonoane - 2012-03-03 10:47

    One thing for sure, ZANU has many leaders who can take Zimbabwe forward but now uncle Bob acts as if Zim has no other leader/s. I mean at 88 and since 1980, is it not enough for him? Is he President for life? I for one does not support Morgan but change in leadership of ZANUPF is needed. New faces and growth for the people of Zim is needed. The reason is, they are flocking into Mzanzi and most of them are now getting grants illegal. This is not only Morgan's problem but Africa at large. Mugabe must go. Yes he is old. Imagine Nelson Mandela contesting in the ANC to become a President and subsequently becoming the RSA President. (If Mandela was still a young boy yes he was standing a good chance) Mugabe is also no match to Madiba.

      Kusleg - 2012-03-03 22:15

      "Many" is not an alternative , give Zim people a credible alternative other than Morgan.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-04 15:06

    Batho...I thought Bob was 60 year old with all that energy...

  • Bandile - 2012-03-05 07:24

    Old Morgan has his snout in the trough, and he is going to keep it there.

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