PM has £3 million to tarnish "Cde" Mugabe's image – State media

The State broadcaster ZBC News said it has has revealed in an investigation that some sections of the private media have allegedly turned to bootlicking Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to get a slice of what it called the British cake.

ZBC said Tsvangirai is alleged to have appointed Minister of State in his office, Mr Jameson Timba as editor of a media project to orchestrate the anti-Cde Mugabe campaign.

Quoting unnamed sources close to the development which said Mr Timba is alleged to be the brains behind the £3 million pound project, which it said has seen some of the newspapers being sold for a song, given the costs involved in importing newsprint.

It said, private media journalists are being flown around the globe to write articles denigrating the person of “Cde” Mugabe.

The same stories find their way to regional and international websites, newspapers and pirate radio stations.

The ZBC said that to make sure that the hate and ridicule of President Mugabe reaches its intended destination, some sections of the private media are alleged to be dishing newspaper copies free of charge.

It also said some newspaper vendors confirmed this off camera.

Responding to the development, Political Scientist, Professor Jonathan Moyo described Mr Jameson Timba as a man frothing with anger and hate for the President.

ZBC said its observers say the £3 million pound project is the latest toll in the British regime change agenda, which it said has flopped many times since the formation of the MDC in 1999.


Zanu PF loyalists have called for the prosecution of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Minister Jameson Timba for accusing Robert Mugabe of lying to the nation.


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.


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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.

professor moyo.jpg“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.