Mugabe for Juju – sort of

2014-01-19 14:00

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema can add another name to his list of supporters: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, the leader of Zanu-PF.

Well, maybe.

A columnist in Zimbabwe’s state-run paper The Herald, Nathaniel Manheru, this week waxed lyrical about Malema’s stance on land reform and the threat he poses to the ANC.

Manheru is widely accepted to be the pseudonym of Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba.

In his column at the weekend, headlined “Welfare reports: When power bridles the poor”, Manheru offered a glowing review of Malema’s future.

“And this Malema boy, he is something else I tell you! An enemy you don’t need in a year of elections, an opponent posing arguments that prick you to the soft marrow, while grabbing the thoughtful attention of the demos.”

Malema was recently quoted in media reports saying that Zimbabwe will be the only country in 20 years’ time where Africans own their land.

Responding to Malema’s view, Manheru wrote: “In such amazing common parlance, Malema has been able to convey a complex message which for [Mamphela] Ramphele, another opposition figure, needed a whole book called Uprooting Poverty.”

Malema has previously endeared himself to Mugabe by publicly saying that his party would embrace any form of support from Zanu-PF.

Zimbabwean political commentator Zama Mkhwananzi said the party will not openly come out in support of Malema because of the regional liberation movement tag it shares with the ANC.

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