Matabeleland North police commander Senior Assistant Commissioner Edmore Veterai has described Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai as an “unashamed womaniser”.
Addressing senior provincial police officers at a ZRP strategic planning workshop at Eland Farm in Inyathi, Bubi district, on Monday, Veterai urged the officers not to take after the MDC-T leader.
He had apparently encouraged the officers to bring along their spouses to the workshop, but several had not done so.
“Others are womanisers like Tsvangirai. How can someone be linked to seven women in Zimbabwe and two in South Africa bringing the total to nine? The sad thing is that he goes around impregnating those women and abandoning responsibilities.
“Our culture allows for one to have more than one wife and you have to pay dowry for them and not going around sleeping around.”
He added: “Others are lying that their wives are sick, maybe you have beaten them up and you are embarrassed that we will see their swollen faces. You should know that behind those uniforms and ranks you are humans and you represent the moral fibre of the police force.”
MDC-T deputy national spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo yesterday reacted to Veterai’s outbursts and said: “It is said that as a country, we have reduced ourselves to dwell on the Prime Minister’s private life yet we have a mammoth task of fulfilling the letter and spirit of the Global Political Agreement.
“The Global Political Agreement says the police should arrest perpetrators of political violence, but it is unfortunate that they stand on podiums attacking the Prime Minister instead of doing their job. Let us not hide behind the PM, but concentrate on important things that will boost job creation in the country.”
In his keynote address, Zanu PF Bubi Member of the House of Assembly Clifford Sibanda, who was the guest of honour, also took a dig at Tsvangirai for his stance on homosexuality.
“We will not be brainwashed with foreign pieces of silver to entertain funny ideas. Our ideals and aspirations are not to change God’s ways and go homosexual,” he said.