11 Feb 2017 - BIKITA - President of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Professor Lovemore Madhuku has taken a dig at President Robert Mugabe, calling him a self-centred person who does not care for the people.
The renowned constitutional lawyer made the comments at Bikita office where he addressed his party's provincial executive members in the wake of the NCA's poor showing in the recently held Bikita West by-election.
He said Zanu PF had campaigned unfairly in the by-election by exploiting national resources to advance a narrow and partisan political goal.
Prof Madhuku said the high profile campaign, which saw Zanu PF sending both Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko to campaign for Beauty Chabaya, an admission of failure.
He said Zanu PF was frightened that losing the poll would be interpreted as a sign of worse things to come at the 2018 polls.
He attacked the ruling party for being comfortable despite the harsh living conditions that the population is being forced to endure every day.
"If Zanu PF asks for votes, it is saying – in other words – let us give you another thief so that we can loot while you remain poor. Mugabe is now confusing staying in power to a marriage alliance were one makes vows that can only end with death. He is too old and must retire now and take care of his grandchildren," said Prof Madhuku.
The soft spoken politician also accused Zanu PF of being so cruel that anybody who dares criticise Mugabe will never be forgiven.
"I feel pity for Didymus Mutasa. I will pray to God to help Mutasa. Nobody loved Mugabe like Didymus but you will see that Mugabe has no heart. He forgets that the power he is using to suppress us came from us," Prof Madhuku said.politics