MDC leader Welshman Ncube has disclosed that President Robert Mugabe sleeps at Sadc meetings, adding that at one time the 88-year-old Zanu PF leader had to be woken up by Zambian President Michael Sata at the just-ended regional summit in Maputo, Mozambique.
Ncube told party supporters at a campaign rally at Mbondweni shopping centre in Filabusi on Saturday that Mugabe had now become a liability to government and needed to be replaced urgently.
“The question is not about the retention of Mugabe, even at the Sadc meetings he sleeps. If you are strong and young, you sleep in a dignified way, but his whole body collapses when he sleeps,” said Ncube.
“You sleep to a point that you are woken up by an equally old Sata as early as 9am, who would tell other leaders that let us wake Mugabe he is sleeping. You think that person can rule Zimbabwe?
“We should not be talking about Zanu PF, the question is when we remove Mugabe, who we will replace him with? We need fresh leaders with power and strength who you do not have to look at and check if they are still awake.”
Turning to the contentious issue of devolution of power, Ncube said: “We do not have a constitution because they (Zanu PF) do not want devolution.
“We have spent three years on the constitution-making exercise and want to choose our leaders. There comes Mugabe and his Zanu PF who want to take power from the people.
“They (Zanu PF) have written theirs, that even if you smoke mbanje you can never come up with such a draft. If you are still dreaming, thinking you are still as strong as in the 1990s and we can give in to their demands, then that is delusion of grandeur, that will never happen,” said Ncube.
Contacted for comment, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday said: “We think it would be immature for us to respond to Ncube.
“He does not know what he wants, he has one issue, but the constitution is not made for one aspect. We do not attach any credence to his sentiments. He does not represent a majority of views in society.”