Zanu-PF slams Ed­die Cross

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Poli­tical Editor

ZANU-PF yesterday cas­ti­gated MDC-T na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Mr Ed­die Cross whom the revo­lu­tion­ary party said wants to pre­tend to be closer to God af­ter he re­cently pub­lished false­hoods around Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s health.

In a lengthy ar­ti­cle on his blog last Fri­day, Mr Cross claimed that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe was in­ca­pac­i­tated af­ter al­legedly suf­fer­ing a stroke.

Without a shred of ev­i­dence, he made star­tling claims 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 whose ar­ti­cle was quoted by some pub­li­ca­tions, the Pres­i­dent was then rushed to Dubai for fur­ther ur­gent at­ten­tion and al­leged it would be a mir­a­cle if he made it back home alive.

The pri­vate me­dia also went into a frenzy with wild spec­u­la­tions that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe had col­lapsed and had been rushed to Sin­ga­pore with some peo­ple even claim­ing — without pro­vid­ing a shred of proof — that the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment had passed away.

How­ever, his claims were proved false when Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ar­rived in the coun­try from a visit in the United Arab Emi­rates a day af­ter the re­ports.

Zanu-PF Bu­l­awayo provin­cial com­mis­sar Cde Naci­sio Makhu­lumo yesterday said Mr Cross, the Bu­l­awayo South leg­is­la­tor had com­mit­ted a very shame­ful act even by the op­po­si­tion’s low stan­dards.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that we are gov­erned by the con­sti­tu­tion oth­er­wise we would have told him to go hang. He is a devil. Only a devil can wish death upon an­other hu­man be­ing,” said Cde Makhu­lumo.

He said Mr Cross was blinded by a mis­guided sense of white su­pe­ri­or­ity to mis­take his “hal­lu­ci­na­tions” for fact.

“These white peo­ple came to our coun­try with a gun and a bi­ble to colonise and op­press us. They thought they were su­pe­rior and closer to God and this can be seen in the con­duct of Ed­die Cross. I’m very ashamed by his con­duct, even in pol­i­tics you don’t wish death on an­other per­son,” said Cde Makhu­lumo.

“Our Pres­i­dent is here to stay and no amount of ill will from the likes of Cross will ever change that. He was given the man­date to rule by the peo­ple when he won the 2013 elec­tions by an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity.”

Cde Makhu­lumo said it was up to the peo­ple and not naysay­ers like Mr Cross to de­ter­mine the Pres­i­dent’s con­tin­ued reign as the Head of State.

“The next elec­tions are in 2018 and that is when the peo­ple will de­cide and with ours be­ing a party of choice there is no prize for guess­ing that the peo­ple will put their trust in him,” he said.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists soon af­ter land­ing at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port last Satur­day, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe drew laugh­ter when he 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.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said he had gone to Dubai to check on his son, Robert Jr, who is study­ing there.

Back in 2010, faced with sim­i­lar un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims from the same quar­ters, Pres­i­dent 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.”

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