On the national front he has blatantly rigged elections denying the people a meaningful vote. But to hear him talk one would think he is the greatest champion of free, fair and credible elections. After breaking the rules to get what you want, you revert to the rules and even dictate that no rules were ever broken; this is exactly what President Mugabe is doing.
“Va(Phelekezela) Mphoko hatichavada. Hazviitwe izvozvo! Vamwe, tumwe twacho hanzi VaMugabe hatichavada. Ko zvino zvausisavade unoti zviitwe sei iwe pachezvako vamwe vazhinji muparty vachiti tinovada? Hanzi ngavanzwe zvandiri kutaura; ngavanzwe zvatiri kutaura. (We do not want VP Mphoko. What is that! Some even said they did not want Mugabe. So what do you think should be done since the majority still want him? They demand that we listen to them.)” Said President Mugabe, addressing the ongoing Zanu PF conference.
He was answering the group of war veterans led by former Minister Chris Mutsvangwa who have earlier this year demanded that VP Mphoko and other leaders in the G40 faction must be removed from office. In July, the war veterans followed this up and demanded that President Mugabe himself must go because of his “dictatorial tendencies”!
“Hukuru muparty hunouyaka nekusarudzwa. Hahuuye nekuti aiwa tinoda kupinda uko, tisunde uyo tipindewo. Ko ndopfungwa dzevanhu here idzodzo? Ndopfungwa dzinenge dziine vanhu here? (Leadership positions in the party are earned by elections. No one dictates that they want this post or someone should be replaced. Is that what the people think?),” President Mugabe continued.
Douglas Mahiya, the spokesperson of the war veterans group demanding that Mugabe must go was telling a conference is Harare that he and his fellow war veterans are not going to apologise to the nation for harassing, beating, raping and even murdering innocent Zimbabweans to force the people to vote for Zanu PF.
“We cannot give a public apology for that, if we do, the apology will not be a genuine apology but would just be done to let it pass,” said Mahiya, at a Crisis In Zimbabwe Coalition conference.
The war veterans do not deny that their role in riding roughshod over the people’s freedoms and basic human rights to impose the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship. Even now, with the benefit of hindsight of what the regime has done to the nation, Mahiya still insists that the harassment and murders were “incidental occurrence in their pursuit to defend the country from imperialists who were pursuing an agenda to reverse the gains of the liberation struggle”.
There is nothing more disconcerting than the Devil himself quoting the Ten Commandments to his imps!