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Obert Mpofu riles Matebeleland, minister claims nobody in the region has qualities to be president 
14/02/2016 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
No one has the qualities to be president in this region... Minister Obert Mpofu
 
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POLITICIANS in Matebeleland have slammed Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Obert Mpofu’s claims Saturday that politicians from the region all lacked presidential qualities.

Addressing a Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee meeting in Lupane, Mpofu, who is Umguza MP, tried to distance politicians from the region from current and alleged plots to dethrone President Robert Mugabe.

In that, he chose to misfire, insisting Matabeleland North was all united behind President Mugabe.

“People from this region have no ambition to be President,” Mpofu said.

“No one has the qualities to be President in this region and we are shocked that some people are saying so and so should replace the President because he is from this tribe.

“We are not involved in all that because none of us has ambition to rule.”

However, in separate interviews with NewZimbabwe.com, politicians from a region which has seen its members relegated to deputy in most government institutions were quick to interpret Mpofu’s claims as a collective insult to the entire region.

Zapu President and 2013 presidential candidate Dumiso Dabengwa said he could only hope Mpofu was referring to Zanu PF politicians only.

“I suppose he means in Zanu PF,” Dabengwa said.

“He is only able to gauge from the leadership that he sees in Zanu PF; I don’t think he is capable of talking about the entire Matebeleland and its civil society."

Bulawayo East and MDC-T legislator Thabitha Khumalo also described Mpofu as a loser singing for his supper.

“This is a misplaced statement from a loser like Mpofu who has to sing for his supper; otherwise he will be history if Matebeleland does not have leadership qualities. Why is it that Zanu PF has always reserved the VP position for Matebeleland.”

Former Magwegwe MP and MDC-T politician Felix Magalela Mafa Sibanda also said Mpofu's statements were insulting.

“This is an insult to the people of Matebeleland and Zimbabwe at large. I am not surprised. He is a praise singer who always signs his official letters as Mugabe’s 'ever obedient son'.

Sibanda said Mpofu was a onetime Zapu deserter and now a known ally to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was trying to seek camouflage by making scurrilous statements about people from the region.



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“He is trying to speak a language that would appeal to Mugabe. He is clearly not himself.”

Sibanda said by making the controversial statements, Mpofu exposed his fear for political oblivion after he was removed from a powerful Mines ministry to the current and less influential one.

PDP secretary general Gorden Moyo was more scathing.

"Obert’s buffoonery confirms the assertion that his body tonnage is inversely proportional to ‘brainage’,” he said of the stocky government official.

“That statement comes from a mind that cannot pass a psychiatric test.

"Of late, we have seen a lot of sewerage flowing out of Zanu PF mouths but this one is not only horrible but stinking and nauseating."

Moyo said presidential qualities should not be defined in terms of ethnicity but were a matter of humanity.

"PDP believes in the rainbow colour of our people with equal chances to serve Zimbabwe at whatever level without ethnic prejudices exhibited by Zanu PF.

"Zimbabwe does not need people like Obert who go around claiming to represent a constituency in Matabeleland while wearing ethnic cynicism
against the people of Matabeleland like a badge of honour," said the former Makokoba MP.

Mpofu’s comments followed Friday's statements by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko who rebuked those seeking to apportion the country’s Presidency to certain ethnicities in the country.

Zanu PF is currently torn apart in endless factional fights pitying presidential aspirant Mnangagwa and a group of younger politicians who want Grace Mugabe to succeed her near 92 year old husband.

The fights have reignited a purge on Mnangagwa's allies, seen as abetting a plot to unseat Mugabe.


 
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