Zanu-PF slams Eddie Cross
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.”