By Zuma Tchikere
Harare, Zimbabwe: President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has shocked many by referring to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as the greediest President in the world.
Speaking after a function in Chitungwiza City, Harare where he was meeting members of Zimbabwe Farmers Association (ZFA), Africa’s oldest President said Kenya is worse than Zimbabwe because Kenyans pretend to uphold democracy yet their greed evidently exudes on every activity.
President Mugabe was answering a question from a South African journalist Monica Tshabalala of Radio Riverside 88.2FM.
Ms Tshabalala had asked him why he saw it difficult to retire and afford their Zimbabweans their constitutional inalienable right to elect their leader of choice on a free fair and credible election, just like it is the current situation in Kenya. The journalist cited Kenya as an example where the wheels of democracy are rolling ungreased.
Mugabe said that if Uhuru was as selfless as he pretends to be, he wouldn’t be changing the law to favor him.
To make the journalist comprehend further, President Mugabe an accomplished Jesuit who also doubles as one of world’s most educated Presidents quoted Shakespeare’s measure for measure where he talked about the strength of a giant.
Ms Tshabalala: “Mr. President Sir, allow me to ask you a question that everyone out there is asking. When will you retire and allow the people of Zimbabwe to exercise their constitutional democratic rights of electing the leader of their choice just like the people of Kenya are doing?”
Pres. Mugabe: “First of all who is this EVERYONE out there that is so much concerned about my retirement? You see young lady, this is Zimbabwe where people respect their constitution. My people have faith in me. By the way, did you compare Kenya and Zimbabwe? My dear you need to reexamine your illusion. Zimbabwe is 10 times better than Kenya. Kenyan democracy is better than ours, why is their President changing the law in his favor? Why is he misusing the government tyranny to change the law? Is it not because he wants to remain in power? Why can’t he go to the ballot with existing laws? That only confirms he is the greediest man in Africa today and not as selfless as he makes the world believe. Those people are overrated. If you read Shakespeare in measure for measure, he states categorically that “O, it is excellent to have the power of a giant; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant” Here in Zimbabwe, the laws remain unchanged but I still win elections”