‘Mugabe fit enough to rule’ – Moyo

INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo has insisted that President Robert Mugabe, now aged 91, is still fit enough to lead Zimbabwe.

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Moyo

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Moyo made the remarks as blasted a local daily over a report asking political rivals and commentators whether the veteran laeder should now step down since he was now at an age where diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s were common.

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The information minister said mainstream publications should not be leading with “a question mark”.

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“It is surprising that a mainstream newspaper leads with a question mark when it is expected to lead with a story,” said Moyo.

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“You cannot ask yourself a question in order to give a self-fulfilling answer. The majority of Zimbabweans are not expecting questions, they want answers not to political questions, but to the economic challenges that they are facing.

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“Anyone with a political question we are going to meet them in 2018, then they will get their answer. Till then we are pre-occupied with bread and butter issues.”

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Mugabe often travels to the Far East for medical attention; trips that cost the cash-strapped government hundreds of thousands of dollars, say opposition parties.

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A recent stumble at the Harare International Airport stoked concern about the veteran leader’s physical aptitude for the job.

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The opposition MDCs told said Monday that it was time Mugabe stepped down.

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“We have maintained that old age is an illness that humanity has failed to cure despite all its best efforts,” said Jacob Mafume of the MDC Renewal Team.

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“It therefore follows to reason that at 91, Mugabe is a very sick person who needs intensive care or home-based care.

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“Until humanity finds a cure, we need to keep our elderly in a safe place where they can do no harm to themselves or to others.

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“That place is usually an old people’s home or if one is privileged enough, home-based care with a dedicated nurse.

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“Now to say that such a person is running a country is stretching it too far and an act of gross irresponsibility.”

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Obert Gutu of the MDC-T added: “The old man should simply step down and rest.

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“He is not doing himself any good by clinging onto power whilst he is now in that state of health.

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“It’s time for him to take a bow from the hazardous and extremely demanding job of engaging in active politics. He should start writing his memoirs.”

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Moyo however insisted that Mugabe was fit enough to remain in office.

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“Our answer is, yes, President Mugabe is fit to lead Zimbabwe. An overwhelming majority of Zimbabweans said Yes only 19 months ago,’’ said the minister. – Newzim