MR Eddie Cross the opposition Movement for Democratic Change chief whip on Friday wrote a lengthy article on his blog in which he blatantly claimed that President Mugabe was incapacitated after allegedly suffering a stroke. Without a shred of evidence, he made startling revelations in which he traced the President’s journey from the Sadc summit in Swaziland, a small pit stop in Harare for supposed refuelling and picking up of medical personnel, another stop in Lusaka, Zambia, allegedly forced by Cde Mugabe’s deteriorating condition. According to Mr Cross, the President was then rushed to Dubai for further urgent attention and it would be a miracle if he made it back home alive.
In a bizarre piece which was seized upon by a number of online publications including ZimEye, Mr Cross was bullish, crass and authoritative in his article. He came across as a credible source of information and fed into the frenzy of speculation and rumours around the President’s health. Zimbabwe was in a tailspin last week after President Mugabe cut short his stay at the Sadc summit in Swaziland and flew to Dubai to attend to his son Robert Junior.
Of course he needed not announce his visit since it was a private affair but the rumour mill went into overdrive and the likes of Mr Cross
a diehard Rhodesian whose disdain for the