The discredited, unemployed Political Scientist, Professor Jonathan Moyo says what Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Minister Timba have done by calling Mugabe a liar is in violation of the Criminal Code section 33, which he said prohibits undermining the authority of the President or insulting the Head of State and Government.
“I strongly believe that it is high time that the law should take its course, it is totally unacceptable for Tsvangirai and Jameson Timba to call Mugabe a liar.
Who is Tsvangirai?
He is just a senior minister and Timba a junior minister who is known for spearheading and mobilising funds for independent media under the 3 million pounds project sponsored by the west. This kind of behaviour whereby they are sponsoring the private media to attack the president should come to an end before it is too late,” said Professor Moyo.
Another party loyalist, Retired Brigadier General Felix Muchemwa said Prime Minister and Minister Timba’s actions should be treated with the contempt they deserve.
“This utterance should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves, there is no way President Robert Mugabe can lie to SADC, which he is a member to. Who is Tsvangirai and Timba to call the president a liar?
The two are none entities to SADC, after all President Mugabe only gave a short and precise statement of what exactly transpired at the SADC Summit in South Africa,” noted Dr Muchemwa.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told MDC supporters at Gweru’s Mkoba Stadium over the weekend that Robert Mugabe lied about what took place at the just ended Summit held at Sandton, South Africa.
Zanu PF Sources in the Attorney General’s offices say such utterances by Mr Tsvangirai and Mr Timba are a violation of the law and a serious offence that can result in prosecution.
This is not the first time that Mr Tsvangirai has unleashed his loose tongue against Mugabe.
The PM said this while addressing more than 10 000 party supporters who thronged Mkoba Stadium in Gweru.
“The problem is that people like lies and evade the truth. An old man (Mugabe) is lying about what happened in South Africa. President Mugabe was there with his delegation and I was also there with my own delegation and he should not lie to us about what happened,” Tsvangirai said before he explained what he said transpired in South Africa.
“Some lies are self-defeating. The resolution was very clear on Zimbabwe,” the Premier said.
President Mugabe and Zanu PF propagandists through the State media claim the Livingstone Troika resolutions were rejected at last week’s meeting in South Africa.
Tsvangirai attacked army officials and State agents whom he said were intimidating people and threatening not to recognise anyone other than President Mugabe as leader of the country.
He blamed the military men’s behaviour on President Mugabe who he said gives policy direction to the institutions as Commander-in-Chief and was supposed to have control over them.
“I asked President Mugabe that you call yourself Commander-in- Chief who gives policy direction to these is institutions. If they are not sent by you it means they are defying your command or they are not respecting you. I told him they were doing what they were doing in your name so you cannot deny responsibility for what is happening,” Tsvangirai said.
“We will not argue with soldiers and police. They are national organs, but they are individuals with their own attitudes. They say they don’t want Tsvangirai. What is their problem? Did I take your wife?” he said. “If you want politics, remove uniforms and we will show you.”
Tsvangirai said Zanu PF had run out of ideas and were abusing President Mugabe who wanted to retire. The Premier said in one of their meetings with President Mugabe, he had advised him to rest and he was not against that.
Tsvangirai said President Mugabe was clear to him that he wanted to rest, but conceded he was worried about factionalism in his party that would be disastrous if he retired.
“I warned him and he wants out. I don’t know whether it is fear, but he is old. He needs help from young people like me. He is just old.
“President Mugabe was asked to present at the Sadc Summit and said he wanted to thank (former South African President Nelson) Mandela (instead of President Zuma),” said Tsvangirai. “He is just old.”
Tsvangirai told his supporters not to listen to what President Mugabe and Zanu PF were saying about elections asserting his party would never engage in an election without a clear roadmap.
“Never again shall we hold an election that is not legitimate. Zanu PF has run out of ideas and continues to blame the MDC. As a way forward, we need a constitution first, a referendum then we sit down and set a date for elections.
He cannot do that alone. Don’t be fooled. If I am not satisfied, he will go it alone. They want to do what they did on June 27. The election must be supported by Sadc, Zimbabweans, African Union and the international community then we go for elections,” Tsvangirai said.
The Prime Minister also challenged security chiefs who are dabbling in politics to remove their uniforms and openly contest for power.
Tsvangirai said this while addressing a packed Mkoba Stadium yesterday afternoon where he insisted that security chiefs – the real power behind President Robert Mugabe – should declare their political interests openly and stop intimidating people.
The country’s partisan service chiefs have long declared that they will never accept Tsvangirai or anyone else who is neither Zanu PF nor hasn’t got liberation struggle credentials, as president.
“Some say we don’t support Tsvangirai and we will not support him but let’s wait and see what happens after the elections. Why can’t we cross the bridge when we get to it.
“If you want politics remove the uniform and we will show you what politics is. It is not guns. Stop intimidating people – convince Zimbabweans to vote for you,” Tsvangirai said.
Describing the utterances by the security chiefs as “treasonous”, Tsvangirai added: “We don’t argue with the soldiers. The institutions of the army and police are national organs not owned by individuals so if it’s about elections remove the uniform and we meet in the political sphere”.
Amid thunderous chants from the 10 000-strong crowd that Chihuri must go, Tsvangirai repeated his assertion that he doubted that Mugabe was still in control of the country.
He also accused state security agents of fanning political violence across the country.
“The violence that we are talking about here is not ordinary violence. We are talking about state-sponsored violence where the police, the army, the CIO and all state organs are used to beat up people because they are not Zanu PF.
“That’s what we don’t want. But if you see that persisting then you know that the civilian authority of the state is lost,” said Tsvangirai, who was accompanied by Ministers of Home Affairs Theresa Makone, Finance Minister Tendai Biti, party Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.
Tsvangirai revealed that he has repeatedly confronted Mugabe over the issue of security arms orchestrating violence against civilians, in their Monday principals’ meeting.
“I ask Mugabe that you call yourself Commander in Chief, you give policy direction but if these institutions continue to beat up people so who is sending them? So it means that these institutions are in defiance of your commandership,” he said.
Speaking at the same platform, Biti said security sector reform was an urgent issue which the inclusive government needed to deal with as soon as possible.
“We have a politicised military.They are everywhere, terrorising people. There has to be security sector reform, soldiers must stay in the barracks, police must stay in the barracks,” he said.
Among other things, the Johannesburg summit had directed Zimbabwean parties to implement the GPA in full and that the negotiators continue to negotiate outstanding issues.
Tsvangirai also said no elections would be held in the country until all the GPA requirements were fulfilled.
“When Zanu PF insists that it wants elections, they want to run elections according to their own rules and you know what those rules are. It is violence, fraud and all activities that will affect the holding of free and fair elections,” he said.