MDC legislator, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga yesterday castigated President Robert Mugabe for not resolving the Zanu PF succession issue, claiming it had resulted in some people wishing for his death.
Contributing to debate in the National Assembly on a motion in reply to the Presidential speech, Misihairabwi-Mushonga also spoke of divisions in Cabinet, while expressing dismay at the failure by the Zanu PF government to declare the late former Speaker of Parliament Cyril Ndebele a national hero.
“Issues of succession have become a cancer and everyone is saying: When is Mugabe going to die? There are also people who want to get rid of him in his party, and the President must address the issue and close it so that the country works again,” she said.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga blasted State media columnist, Nathaniel Manheru, outed as being Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, for denigrating former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who now leads the opposition ZimPF.
“For the first time, we have a divided nation because we have never had a time when the history of this country was distorted to the extent some people, who participated in the struggle, have their participation being contested to the extent some of us now wonder if there was a Second Chimurenga,” she said.
“We hear so-and-so was a prostitute, so-and-so was sending people to the front, that Vice-President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa was not in the group of five, and that former Minister of War Veterans Christopher Mutsvangwa used to steal women’s underwear, and that Mujuru did not participate in the struggle.
“You cannot have a person writing about someone who has been a VP for 20 years in a State paper, saying the way that the woman sits is the way that prostitutes sit — and that is something written by a civil servant. Are you telling me that all the time that person was briefing the VP in her office, he was looking at the way she sits?”
Misihairabwi-Mushonga said the serious divisions in Cabinet were being shown even in the State media.
“It is the first time that we have had The Herald talking of one of its own. I am not saying it is wrong, but what I am saying is that it is showing that the centre is not holding,” she said. newsday