PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Tuesday took a dig at flamboyant businessman Phillip Chiyangwa for showing off during the run-up to the July 31 polls, saying it cost him the vote.
Speaking at a dinner for MPs after the official opening of Parliament, Mugabe also described the losing Zanu PF candidate for Chinhoyi as a “speculative character”.
“It got him in Chinhoyi where he was bragging claiming he would win. When we then went to elections and in the whole of Mashonaland West, Chiyangwa is the only one who lost.
“So I heard from Chombo (Ignatius, Local government minister) on that day he did not weep, but slept with his shoes on,” Mugabe said sarcastically.
“I haven’t seen him so that I can laugh at him and ask him what it is that you did for us, but that’s a bite and he knows how to thrive.
I know he will pick up again. He must sit down so that we can show him that when you are going to the people, you don’t brag that I have this and that. Be down to earth. Don’t show off. Money doesn’t work all the time.
“So we must work hard and work for the people though I know at the moment it’s not easy because the economy was down and unemployment is on the rise. Poverty is on the rise, there is hunger.”
Chiyangwa lost the parliamentary seat to MDC-T’s Peter Matarutse.