Removing Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from power has turned out to be a herculean task – a deadly/difficult mission that has not only failed severally beyond African shores, but also within Zimbabwean enclaves.
The fact that there are ruthless cabals forcing, urging or enabling Mugabe to remain in power is another heartbreak that keeps making things difficult for Mugabe’s critics.
Apart from Western forces seeking to forcefully remove him from power, Mugabe has had backlashes from his very own African brothers. The likes of Botswana president Ian Khama, former Vice-President Joice Mujuru had advised him to accept the reality of his advancing years and step down.
The latest dart flew all the way from South Africa from his former defender and fellow white monopoly campaigner – Julius Malema.
On Monday, at a press conference on Monday, Malema likened “comrades in Mugabe’s Zanu-PF” to cowards for failing to remove Mugabe. He slammed Mugabe, who’s been in power for nearly 37 years, pleading with him to ‘go’ because he can no longer control a spade.
Malema said he’s positive Mugabe is indirectly ruining his own legacy by “overstaying” in power. In the same vein, his overstay, Malema upheld, is not doing justice to the “African revolution project.”
“We say this out of love. Zimbabwe’s situation is bad. President Mugabe can’t even control a spade. That’s how old he is. He’s no longer capable of discharging his responsibilities. We don’t hate the man. They can respond and insult us.
“They are a group of cowards, those comrades in Zanu-PF. To be scared to say to an old man like president Mugabe, ‘Please, with due respect, let go!’
“President Mugabe must let go! The legacy of the land question … we will carry it. We are following in his footsteps. We are proud of the actions he has taken. But his overstay is not doing justice on the African revolution project. Grandpa is destroying his own legacy. It’s bad.”
Malema’s comment has since been countered. Psychology Maziwisa, a Zanu-PF MP described Malema as “a little and irrelevant man” who is trying to gain support by insulting Mugabe.
Maziwisa’s counter message on Facebook read: “Not bothered at all by Julius Malema’s latest ranting. He is a little and irrelevant man who is trying desperately to gain political mileage in South Africa by insulting a great man in Zimbabwe. Won’t win!”