The coming-in of MDC-T ministers and MPs has forced Zanu PF to work instead of going to meetings to sleep, an official of the party has said.
Addressing a party rally in Kuwadzana on Sunday, Lucia Matibenga, who is also Kuwadzana MP, said the youthful MDC-T MPs and ministers were raring to see change while Zanu PF was full of old people whose favourite pastime was sleep.
“Since we got into power we have taught Zanu PF people that only bedrooms are the places where people go to sleep and not in meetings,” Matibenga said.
“They (Zanu PF ministers) and their MPs used to go to meetings to sleep but now they are feeling the heat and are trying to work,” she said.
MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti said Zanu PF people were tired and needed to rest.
Biti said last week he had a meeting with President Robert Mugabe for close to two and a half hours but the ageing leader slept throughout most of the proceedings.
“I had a meeting last week with President Mugabe and he slept for the better part of the meeting,” Biti said.
In July, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo was pictured fast asleep during a Copac meeting at the Harare International Conference Centre.
Many other high-profile government officials have also been caught napping at international conferences.
Biti told the gathering the only sanction the party knew was President Mugabe who was clinging to power when many African presidents who came long after him had since relinquished power.
“A person who was born in 1980 will be 31 years next year but he only knows one President. People like Samora Machel, Joachim Chissano (both former Mozambican presidents), Frederick De Klerk of South Africa and Thabo Mbeki have come and gone, but he is still there. We need a new beginning,” Biti said.
Addressing the same gathering that braved the rains, Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa said Zanu PF’s recent “rehiring” of Professor Jonathan Moyo into the party’s politburo was a clear example the party was desperate for human resources.
“Zanu PF has a crisis of manpower and human power and their recalling of Moyo is a sign of desperation,” he said.
Moyo could not immediately comment on the statement by Chamisa. He said he was in a meeting, when contacted for comment yesterday.