The Herald (Harare)

18 July 2014

Zimbabwe: I Pity Tsvangirai, Says President

President Mugabe yesterday urged people to be morally upright, saying he felt pity for MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai who is always in the news for flirtations with various women.

Addressing mourners gathered at the National Heroes Acre for the burial of national hero Major-General Eliah Bandama who died in Harare last Friday, President Mugabe urged people to be upright and present high levels of good morals as exemplified by Major-Gen Bandama.

Mr Tsvangirai hooked up with different women after the death of his wife Susan in 2008, taking them to expensive resorts around the world, including marrying and divorcing in 12 days.

Among his paramours were Ms Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo whom he paid a staggering US$300 000 to end their customary union, then 21-year-old Loreta Nyathi with whom he fathered a son and South African Nosipho Shulubane whom he promised a marriage that never materialised before dumping her via a text message.

Mr Tsvangirai later settled for Ms Elizabeth Macheka who once threatened to walk out on him claiming that he had a serious health issue.

In apparent reference to Mr Tsvangirai, President Mugabe said he felt pity for his "friend" who was now being haunted by his dirty love life. He said his "friend" was always in the media for wrong reasons, especially on issues involving women.

The President drew laughter from mourners when he said: "Watora uyu musikana wasiya, woenda pane uyo, woenda pane uyo," he said. "You have not taught yourself discipline. Havapere vakanaka, vazhinji, ukangotarisa vese vese. Just settle on one and that's it. So, have some discipline

"Aaah ndange ndotaura so, uyu ndiye anongonyorwa mumapepa bhururu wangu. Vamwe tave kutomunzwirawo tsitsi kuti aiwa zvanyanya."

President Mugabe said there was nothing wrong if one opted for a polygamous union as long as it was done openly, but warned that such marriages were difficult to manage.

"You want polygamy? Kana uchida vetsika wazvipira kuti haa ini ndinobva kune vetsika, baba vangu vaive nevadzimai vatatu saka ndinoda kutevera baba vangu, barika, woita barika rakanaka," he said.

"Asi woziva kuti ipapo moto wauri kutanga. Havambofa vakanzwanana. One is enough because the one is a stranger to you, she does not think like you, you get married to her, you want her to think as you think, and she wants you to think as she thinks, so you get a compromise. You get to know each other and you get to reconcile to each other. Now, kana vari vaviri, vatatu unozvikwanisa iwe?"

President Mugabe described Cde Bandama as a disciplined and unparalleled cadre who served the country with great passion and commitment.

He said national hero status was conferred only on people who distinguished themselves in life and made selfless sacrifices to liberate the country.

President Mugabe said those who did nothing toliberate the country should not dream of being buried at the National Heroes Acre.

"Do not just have a wish please," he said. "Kuti ndinodawo kuenda kugomo iroro nekuti gomo iroro riri kukufadza. Ah ndikaenda ikoko mweya wangu ungafara. Ehe ungafara, asi hapasi pako. Hauna kodzero. What is it that you did in life to deserve to lie here?

"So, let it be known at this sacred shrine that the act of conferring the hero status on men and women who rest here comes, yes, from the voluntary choice of commitment, hard, dangerous and uneasy life of the struggle right up to the bitter end. The road is bitter right up to the end."

The MDC factions are on record asking to be involved in conferring hero status even though they are clogged by exRhodesian security services men in their rank and file and agitate an agenda at variance with the ideals of the heroes and heroines of the First and Second Chimurenga wars.

President Mugabe said those who chose an easy life would be accorded the status befitting their contribution and choices.

"I want to be a CEO of a company, Mercedes Benz, a manager, ndakaitawo basa. Ndakaita company yakabatsira vanhu, aiwa, wakabatsira ehe zvakanaka tinoenda newe kuchurch zvakana tichikunamatira tokuti aiwa mwana uyu tinomukudza akabatsira vanhu asi tinokuisawo kune vakadaro," he said.

"Here you must have made hard and bitter sacrifices. To join to go to war is to join to challenge death - is a challenge you are making - dare - if you want to kill me, you kill me, but I have a cause to fight for. If you manage to kill me, kill me but before I kill you."

President Mugabe chided the British government for their double standards which saw some people seeking unwarranted asylum in London.

He said the British deliberately lied that there were no human rights in Zimbabwe in a bid to tarnish the country's image.

Ironically, the President said, the British were now returning the asylum seekers.

"Nhasi uno zvaita sei veBritain vave kuti ah vanhu venyu tave kuda kuti vadzoke tibatsirei tivape matsamba ekudzokesa," he said. "Ko makambovatora se? Vakatorwaka vachiuya nechichemo chekuti tiri kudzvanyirirwa. Ko mave kuda kuvadzosa zvekare kuhudzvanyiriri hwavaMugabe?"

President Mugabe took a swipe on Europeans who came to Africa as missionaries to colonise the continent.

He said it was amazing that the whites decided to convene the Berlin Colonial Conference in 1884-5 to partition Africa amongst themselves as if it was a continent without people.

Major General Bandama died soon after his promotion to the new rank of Major General.

He is survived by wife Florence, four children and a grandchild.

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