Incumbent Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe seems to be getting wiser with age.
This past Sunday at a wedding ceremony, Mr Mugabe lashed out at his ministers, accusing them of taking advantage of their wealth to have a string of unofficial wives commonly referred to as ‘small houses’ . It didn’t end there; the 89 year old head of state had some precious piece of advice for couples. ‘One man, one wife and your marriage will go a long way, remain faithful to one another,’ he said.
In a strangely rare moment in history, I totally agree with Robert Mugabe on this one!
President Mugabe had, earlier on this year, admitted to having been involved in an extra marital affair that led to the birth of his first born with second wife Grace while still married to his late first wife Sally.
Married couples need to listen to the man. He is, after all, speaking from experience.
However, even before the wedding dust settled one day later, Mugabe’s sworn rival, Opposition leader Morgan Tzvangirai was angrily defending what he called his ‘character weakness’.
When a journalist asked him if his failure to clutch the elusive presidency from Mugabe was partly because of the women scandals he has had in the recent past, Tzvangirai angrily retorted that the loss had nothing to do with morality.’ This is not a question of morality, MDC people have their own yardstick with which they measure democracy’ he said.
And we dare blame Zuma for advising ‘his’ people not to think like Africans in Africa???
On being asked if he could consider stepping down to pave way for the younger people of his party, Tzvangirai bluntly asked. ‘Step aside for what? He then burst into a now too familiar pitiful monologue on being a victim who shouldn’t be blamed before colorfully concluding that he would never ever step down because he is the right man to fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. This, from a man who leadeth a movement that is supposed to bring democratic change sounds rather undemocratic if you ask me.
PS: Where on earth is my favorite southern president Ian K of Botswana? Say something sir!