Mugabe still packs a punch

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A former longtime ally of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has made startling revelations the aged leader threatened to physically assault him for supporting then Deputy President, Joice Mujuru at the peak of Zanu (PF) infighting in 2014.

Didymus Mutasa, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs then, claimed Mugabe (92) was a violent leader whose threats go beyond his usual verbal attacks on opponents.

Mutasa (81) whose support of Mujuru would see both politicians kicked out of the party and government, said at one point Mugabe threatened to beat him.

“I asked him the reason why he wanted to beat me up but he repeated the words, emphasising that he would physically assault me if I continued supporting Mujuru,” Mutasa told opposition supporters at a rally in Mt Darwin, the birthplace of Mujuru.

Mutasa recounted Mugabe had been angered by reports from party youth alleging Mujuru, now leader of the Zimbabwe People First, was plotting to kill Mugabe and using witchcraft to dethrone him.

Mugabe is known for his verbal attacks of opponents, mostly colonial master Britain, the West and opposition politicians.

He has previously quashed allegations of illness claiming he still takes long walks every morning and dedicates an hour of his day to exercise.

Mugabe, who is standing for re-election in 2018, faces a stern test from Mujuru and longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirayi.

A coalition has been proposed to challenge him.
CAJ News

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