Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu says no one other than President Robert Mugabe should be allowed to rule Zimbabwe.
“This country cannot be run by foreigners. In our midst we have people who think it is easy to run this country,” Shamu said yesterday at the National Sports Stadium during Independence Day celebrations.
“This country can only be run by Gushungo and only Gushungo.”
Admirers refer to President Mugabe as Gushungo, his totem.
Shamu, an open hero-worshipper of the President, recently likened the former guerilla leader to Cremora, the brand name for a coffee creamer.
In apparent reference to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who sat among dignitaries with Mugabe, Shamu said some individuals wanted to reap where they did not sow.
Shamu said: “We have some people who say if (President) Mugabe brags that he liberated this country, he should go and give it back to the colonial masters and see if we cannot take it back. Be careful of what you say.
“If we go and tie the country on Gushungo’s leg, will you be able to untie it? Be careful.”
Even as Shamu launched his apparent attack on Tsvangirai, Zanu PF youths, war veterans and members of the women’s league openly defied a government directive and brought their party regalia to the national event.
They also sang Zanu PF party songs while the party jingles were broadcast in between programmes.
One of the songs, Nyatsoteerera Unzwe Kutonga, was constantly played during proceedings.
Tsvangirai, who sat next to Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, appeared raffled.
Most Cabinet ministers from his MDC-T party did not attend the celebrations except a few, notably Heneri Dzinotyiwei, Gabuza Joel Gabuza and Sekai Holland.
“ This country can only be run by Gushungo and only Gushungo.”