HARARE – Over-staying in power for 34 years especially at the ripe old age of 90 may not be a good idea. Ask President Robert Mugabe who has just concluded a miserable week in which he has made two embarrassing slips of the tongue.
Addressing the 5th day of the Zanu PF congress in Harare on Saturday President Mugabe chanted “Pasi ne Zanu PF” (down with Zanu PF) before he got promptly corrected and he re-chanted “Pamberi Ne Zanu PF ” (Up with Zanu PF).
It’s the second time in a week that the ailing 90 year old has made embarrassing gaffes.
Addressing service chiefs and the new leadership of the war veterans association at the Zanu PF headquarters on Tuesday, Mugabe made another telling “Freudian slip” of the tongue when he said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had garnered 73 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential poll.
Before Mugabe could mention his own percentage, dozens of loyalists in the room interjected shouting 47%, 47%, 47%. Mugabe promptly took the cue and said Tsvangirai had garnered 47 percent while he got 43 percent of the vote.
But by then the damage had already been done.
To many people the 90 year old had let the proverbial cat out of the bag and gone some way into solving the great mystery of the 2008 poll that saw the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission withhold results for over a month while allegedly doctoring the results to deny Tsvangirai an outright majority to avoid a run-off
Despite his failing health the congress on Saturday effectively endorsed Mugabe to be the Zanu PF presidential candidate in 2018 when he will be 94 years old.
Source: Nehanda Radio