PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday blasted former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, describing him as a “stray braying ass” and a stupid fool who cannot be corrected.
Mugabe was met by thousands of Zanu PF supporters who waved placards denouncing Mutasa, who in the past few days has been a thorn in the ruling party’s neck, after writing a damning letter to Sadc casting aspersions at the December congress.
Mugabe said while he was on holiday, he received daily briefings on what was happening back home.
“I don’t know what got into this one you call gamatox,” he said.
“We gave him a top job even in the government where he was Minister in the President’s Office and also was responsible for planning the congress, only to run away towards congress and say he was sick and was in South Africa.”
Mugabe was particularly nonplussed at Mutasa’s decision to write a letter to Sadc leaders complaining about the party’s congress.
“Why did he run away?” he asked.
“He wrote to (South African President Jacob) Zuma about Zanu PF, where does Zuma come in?”
The Zanu PF leader said Mutasa was behaving like a “stray ass” by failing to accept that other countries had nothing to do with the Zanu PF politics.
“In the papers, he says ‘we’,” he continued.
“Who was he referring to?
“A stupid fool cannot be corrected. There is nothing you can do to a stray braying ass.”
Mugabe said there was no way Zanu PF and the government could be stopped by Mutasa.
“We will never be stopped by gamatox,” he said.
“We will have no time for individuals. No little brain, disorganised, mentally deranged if not close to being insane.”
Mugabe said he would not brook interference in Zanu PF affairs from foreign governments.
“To our neighbours we want to say the congress we had in December was a Zanu PF congress,” he said.
“Sadc, Comesa and AU are organisations not for individuals, but for countries and nations.
“It’s like the United Nations, that’s why it is the United Nations.
“In our country we have a people’s party and Zanu PF issues are dealt within Zanu PF.”
Mugabe said he was aware of some within the party who were against the elevation of vice-presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, but urged party supporters to rally behind his two lieutenants.
“I want to say congratulations to our VPs Mnangagwa and Mphoko,” he said.
“I know they are some who do not like them, but if the party likes them, that’s it. Mnangagwa is no longer a Midlands leader only, he is a national leader.
“Mphoko is not a leader for Matabeleland, he is a national leader.”
Turning to the country’s restive civil servants, Mugabe pleaded with them to remain calm, as the government was aware of their poor working conditions.
“We will pay you,” he said.
“Understand us, this is not the time. This is the time to unite.
“I know you have worked hard and we are concerned.”