Mr Cross

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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