“We cannot run the party from newspaper headlines or angry placards” – Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters gathered to celebrate his 92nd birthday in Masvingo February 27, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

HARARE – The ageing Zimbabwean tyrant President Robert Mugabe has called for a stop to all party demonstrations saying the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front cannot be run from newspaper headlines and angry placards.

The party has been rocked by demonstrations which saw two key officials of the Women League, Eunice Sandi-Moyo, the deputy leader and Sarah Mahoka the treasurer, resigning under pressure to leave for allegedly undermining First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mashonaland Central Province also held demonstrations calling for national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to be expelled from the party for trying to oust Mugabe.

Mugabe’s call before Kasukuwere’s fate is decided has led to speculation that he is trying to protect Kasukuwere one of the alleged leaders of G40 and once a strong backer of the First Lady.

Mugabe did not protect Sandi-Moyo and Mahoka but instead allowed them to resign following country-wide demonstrations which most believe were orchestrated by his wife.

“It is sheer small mindedness to generate little discordant noises such as we have heard lately, whose effect amount to detracting from our ringing successes,” Mugabe told the party central committee yesterday.

“To all who have been expressing displeasures through demonstrations in various provinces, we say you have made your points, and your voices have been heard.

“The party does have structures and organs designed to handle such matters in a dignified way.

“We must now give those organs time to look into the grievances expressed, due process must be allowed and followed.

“We cannot run the party from newspaper headlines or angry placards.

“The party runs on rules and procedures. These must now take precedence over all else.”

Mugabe also rubbished the proposed grand coalition by the country’s opposition parties saying it would lead to grand defeat.

Zimbabwe’s opposition parties have failed to come up with one united coalition with one group uniting under the Coalition of Democrats and another under the National Electoral Reform Agenda.

Eyes are, however, focused on NERA which seems to have endorsed Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai as its presidential candidate for next year.

“Reeled by successive by-electoral blows, the opposition is in a quagmire, all the time clutching at straws in the vain hope of some modicum of political respectability which routinely eludes them,” Mugabe told his central committee.

“We look with glee as they daily turn on each other, while pretending to chase a mirage they have termed  ‘grand coalition’, apparently unaware of the grand defeat that stares them in the face.

“Unable to face our mighty party, they have now turned their guns on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, itself a Constitutional body mandated to run elections in our country.

“Afflicted by madness which knows no bounds, they even seek to interfere with mundane Government tendering processes, hoping for some opportunistic fissures that might give them some slender chance.”

“Nor is that all.

“They make futile noises by which they hope to besmirch and override Zimbabwe’s sovereignty through attempts to involve international bodies which have no role in the running of elections in sovereign countries.

“Shame on them!”

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