President Robert Mugabe on Saturday mocked rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, labelling him a cry baby and accusing him of trying to usurp powers of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (Zec) by threatening to announce elections results.
Addressing his ninth star rally at White City Stadium, Mugabe said Tsvangirai plans to discredit the electoral process.
“Listen to what the MDC-T leader says, he is opposed to everything, he is crying every day,” he said.
“Just now Madam (Nkosazana Dlamini) Zuma comes from the AU, she is the chairperson of the commission, she listened to what other observers were saying and made a statement to say things are going on well.
“No, things are not going well says Tsvangirai, he is crying all the time.”
On Friday Tsvangirai lashed out at the African Union (AU) commission chairperson, Dlamini-Zuma accusing her of being biased and partial.
This is after she said preparations for elections were on course and that all the parties were satisfied.
Mugabe said the MDC-T leader was opposed to everything linked to elections, saying Tsvangirai wanted to ignore the Constitution.
“He said ‘I am the one who will announce the election results’, have you ever heard any leader saying that? You will announce the election results as who?” the President chided.
“The law says election results will be announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, we as Zanu PF obey that, we must obey the law.”
Unlike in other provinces, Mugabe did not give a history lecture, but confined himself to speaking about the country from about 1990 to date.
Mugabe’s government of the 1980s has been accused of unleashing a paramilitary force that reportedly killed 20 000 people, in what is known as Gukurahundi, triggering resentment for the veteran leader in some parts of Matabeleland.
Mugabe promised the rally that he will attend to the water shortages as a matter of urgency, despite that it has been an outstanding problem for Bulawayo for the past century.
“I am told that here in Bulawayo you are getting water three times a day, ah, why? Did you bath today,” he chuckled.
“It is a situation me must look at urgently, some of the boreholes in Nyamandlovu are no longer supplying water but we must revive them soon.”