BY PINDAI DUBE
Former ZIPRA army commander, Ackim Ndlovu,Â and intelligence security chief, Dumiso Dabengwa, have said the reason why South African president Thabo Mbeki is scared of Robert Mugabe is because he was once detained for four months in Matabeleland together with several members ofÂ the ANC who were operating fromÂ inside Zimbabwe.
Speaking to The Zimbabwean this week Ndlovu said there was no way Mbeki could criticise Mugabe considering that he “was jailed at Khami Prison in 1982 without trial for four months accused of supplying Zapu with arms and he knows how evil the man is and he is sacred of him”.
“I think Mbeki is still being traumatized by that incident and every time he meets Mugabe he is sacred even to talk,” said Ndlovu.
Ndlovu’s sentiments were supported by former Zanu (PF) politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa who was also in detention at the time.
“It’s obvious Mbeki is still sacred of this old man after what he did to him in the early 1980s. We were with him in jail,” said Dabengwa.
After meeting Mugabe on his way to Lusaka to the SADC emergency meeting called to prevent Zimbabwe’s disputed elections from erupting into war, Mbeki told reporters in Harare that the election stalemate was not a crisis and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should be given time to release the presidential results.Post published in: News