Country in his pocket

Despite the fact that cabinet does not sit in his absence Zanu (PF) insists that President Robert Mugabe’s frequent trips to Singapore for healthcare do not affect party or government business.

“It is business as usual when the president is out of the country,” said party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo. A Zanu (PF) politburo meeting Mugabe chaired before his most recent Singapore sojourn resolved to eject party stalwarts who had been allotted 25-year leases in the Save Valley Conservancy in Masvingo, but cabinet could not ratify the decision as he was away.

Gumbo’s insistence that Mugabe was “as fit as any other human being could be” was received by most Zimbabweans with utter disbelief – particularly after the screening by UK Channel 4 of footage showing him walking with some difficulty into a hospital for a medical attention.

During the GNU, former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was not allowed to chair cabinet meetings when Mugabe was away. Zapu spokesperson Mjobise Noko said no decisions were taken in his absence.

“Such leadership is not healthy for a country, especially Zimbabwe which has serious problems,” Noko said. Kurauwone Chihwayi, of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, said Mugabe “travels with the country in his pocket”.

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