You owe the Pres­i­dent an apol­ogy

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

per­son of the Pres­i­dent is well doc­u­mented fu­elled the ru­mours by pub­lish­ing an ar­ti­cle full of hog­wash and unadul­ter­ated crap. Part of the ar­ti­cle read:

“At the close of the sum­mit (Ja­pan/Africa sum­mit in Kenya) he (Cde Mu­gabe) flew to Swazi­land to at­tend a meet­ing of Sadc Heads of State. For a much younger man this would have been a pun­ish­ing sched­ule and on the plane to Swazi­land he had some sort of med­i­cal col­lapse. He nev­er­the­less tried to at­tend the meet­ing on Tues­day but col­lapsed in the meet­ing and was given med­i­cal treat­ment and then taken to his plane to fly home early,” wrote Mr Cross.

“The plane flew to Harare where a med­i­cal team and fresh crew and fuel were loaded and then they flew out we sus­pect to his usual med­i­cal cen­tre of Sin­ga­pore. How­ever, in flight, they di­verted to Lusaka and then Dubai on the ba­sis of a med­i­cal emer­gency. What was wrong

as usual we were told noth­ing but we hear that the Old Man had a stroke.

“I do not think he can come back from this and we must now as­sume that the long awaited tran­si­tion to a new gov­ern­ment and new lead­er­ship is at long last about to start. It would have been so much more dig­ni­fied if he had recog­nised that his ‘sell by’ date had ar­rived and he had re­tired and handed over to a cho­sen suc­ces­sor.

“What now hap­pens is that the Con­sti­tu­tional tran­si­tion to a new Pres­i­dent starts. The Act­ing Pres­i­dent is Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa who will now as­sume con­trol of all the levers of the State. This phase runs for 90 days and then Zanu-PF must hold an elec­tive con­fer­ence at which a new leader will be elected who then com­pletes the term of of­fice of Mr Mu­gabe through to July 2018”.

At the time of go­ing to print last night, it was not clear if Mr Cross had re­tracted his mis­lead­ing and grossly in­ac­cu­rate ar­ti­cle since Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is fit and healthy and showed no signs of hav­ing been in­ca­pac­i­tated when he touched down at Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Satur­day morn­ing. Laugh­ing off spec­u­la­tion on his health and ru­mours about his death, the Pres­i­dent said: “Yes, I was dead. It’s true I was dead. I res­ur­rected like I al­ways do. Once I get back to my coun­try, I am real”.

This is not the first time that ru­mours about the Pres­i­dent’s health have been made. Back in 2010, faced with sim­i­lar un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims from the pri­vate me­dia and op­po­si­tion par­ties, Cde Mu­gabe said: “I don’t know how many times I die but no­body has ever talked about my resurrection.

“I sup­pose they don’t want to, be­cause it would mean they would men­tion my resurrection sev­eral times and that would be quite di­vine, an achieve­ment for an in­di­vid­ual who is not di­vine. Je­sus died once, and res­ur­rected only once, and poor Mu­gabe sev­eral times.”

We feel it was grossly ir­re­spon­si­ble for Mr Cross to spread bla­tant false­hoods about the Head of State and chal­lenge him to re­tract his mis­lead­ing state­ments and is­sue an un­equiv­o­cal apol­ogy to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

It is very rude to spec­u­late about the health of other peo­ple and down­right un­couth to revel in the death of a per­son and the tone of Mr Cross’ ar­ti­cle be­trayed his ha­tred of the Pres­i­dent. We also call on Zim­bab­weans to be wary of un­sub­stan­ti­ated gos­sip and ru­mours spread via so­cial me­dia. Most of the in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lat­ing on these plat­forms is false.

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