The predominantly Zanu (PF) crowd said Mugabe should be commended for empowering Zimbabweans and should not be blamed for crimes committed by his party officials.
Haward Malleri (73) described Mugabe as an icon and said he hoped the president would deliver all his election campaign promises during his current five year term of office.
“I remain Zanu (PF) because Mugabe has continued to selflessly protect the heritage and interests of his people from neo-colonialists,” said Malleri.
Jessie Makanjera (35) of Harare, said though she did not benefit from the land reform programme, it made no difference since the new farmers would produce for the nation. “Mugabe has just parcelled free residential properties to the homeless in urban areas and would facilitate distribution of farm inputs for urban agriculture activities,” said Makanjera.
Tozivepi Gweshe (47) said Mugabe stood by the people when life turned unbearable and would turn around Zimbabwe’s fortunes. “Despite criticism from MDC and Western countries, Mugabe continues to further interests of the poor at the expense of his security,” Gweshe said.
Political analysts said Mugabe cannot be exonerated from misdeeds done by his party members. “Mugabe as head of Zanu (PF) and government carries equal blame with the bad apples,” said analyst Lawton Hikwa.Post published in: News