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Madhuku pokes fun at Mugabe worshiping MP

19/06/2017 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
Opposition NCA leader Professor Lovemore Madhuku

OPPOSITION NCA leader and academic Lovemore Madhuku has poked fun at Zanu PF youth league secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga, for his Mugabe worshiping antics saying he was a bad example of how self-respecting youths should behave.

Madhuku was speaking as he joined fellow luminaries in showering praises on former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara for authoring a book on “thought leadership”.

Mutambara, a one-time firebrand student leader, was launching the book, at Sapes Trust in Harare this past week.

But as he gave his thoughts on the publication, Madhuku did not resist the temptation to compare Mutambara’s youth with that of Chipanga.

Chipanga, also a Zanu PF MP, invited scorn two weeks ago when he said President Robert Mugabe was so indispensable he should rule from the grave when he died.

“If there is any lesson that has to be learnt, it is that youthfulness or young age is not an opportunity to be abused,” Madhuku said.

“There are some young people that we still have today, one of them, very prominent in this country is wasting his time organising meaningless meetings. At one time, he wanted to organise a million man something.”

Madhuku was referring to Chipanga, who once organised President Mugabe’s Million Man March, during which party supporters from different parts of the country were transported to Harare to march in support of the 93-year-old leader.

Currently, Chipanga has organised countrywide youth rallies for the Zimbabwean leader whom he continues to eulogise.

Madhuku also had time to direct his own praises at the ex-premier whom he said, was way above his peers in terms of academic and other achievements.

“I must accept that his achievements surpass our achievements in many respects,” he said.

“I would have to see where I can say here I am better than Arthur. I have not been able to reach that stage as yet.

“I am speaking from a colleagueship perspective; you are together but you can see that your colleague is somewhere there and that perhaps you are lucky to be a colleague.”

Former student activist and legislator Munyaradzi Gwisai, who also attended the book launch, said Mutambara’s ascension to deputy Prime Minister was deserved.

“Arthur is the foremost leading figure of our generation,” Gwisai said.


“For many who then saw him when he became a principal 2008 or 9, there he sky-rocketed from somewhere. People were saying ‘where is this man coming from’.

“That might have been a fortuitous and accidental thing but there is no doubt Arthur is one of the giants of our post-colonial 1980 history and he more than deserves the position of the three of the principals of the GPA.”

MDC-T deputy president and legislator Nelson Chamisa said Mutambara, unlike President Mugabe, has seen leadership excellence move him from a common "boy" mindset to that of a man.

“Professor Mutambara, you have moved from being a boy to being a man, you have moved from being a man to being a phenomenon and we are able to copy you, we are able to mimic you, we are able to trace your footsteps, but not only that, you have become a myth…professor, you have left us a legacy,” he said.

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