Mugabe Kalanga jibe sparks anger

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s disparaging statements against Kalangas and people of Matabeleland South have torched a tribal storm with the main opposition MDC-T describing them as inflammatory.

BY MOSES MATENGA

Mugabe on Wednesday said Kalangas were uneducated and were behind petty crimes in South Africa.

He was responding to questions after the special Sadc summit in Harare on recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa that left one Zimbabwean dead and displaced thousands others.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said Mugabe’s “tribal vitriol” was misguided and inflammatory.

“The MDC notes with disgust, the highly-misguided, tribal and inflammatory utterances by Robert Mugabe at the Sadc summit singling out Kalangas and others from Matabeleland South as uneducated and not qualified for jobs in South Africa,” Gutu said in a statement.

“That Mugabe, who is also the Sadc chairman, would seek to attribute xenophobic disturbances in South Africa to a group of victims of his misrule is most unfortunate and highly misplaced. What is most shocking is the recklessness and tribal undertones laced in the ill-conceived utterances.”

MDC Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume said Mugabe was the most to blame as he had run down the country and exposed locals to a “life made in hell”.

“This infantile fascination with tribes and stereotypes is so yesteryear and must surely die with the sure demise of this regime and its group of tribal entrepreneurs,” Mafume said.

The Welshman Ncube-led MDC also said Mugabe’s direct attack on Kalangas was “nauseatingly tribalistic, divisive and extremely hurtful”.

“From the estimated 3,5 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa as a result of his government’s failures, it is a shame that he chooses to single out Kalangas as being responsible for crime when he does not have proof to back it up,” the MDC said.

“To have a whole President of a country spew such bigotry against a particular tribe is unfortunate, to say the least.”
The MDC said Mugabe should treat all Zimbabweans with respect despite ethnic differences that may exist.

“He further does not need to be reminded that this nation-state is made up of diverse ethnic, linguistic, religious, regional and cultural groupings,” the party added.

“All Zimbabweans, including Kalangas, pay taxes where he personally draws a salary and allowance and a very heavy medical care and unprofitable travel bill. In a normal democracy, the tribalistic statements he uttered yesterday (Wednesday) and in the past would have led to censure and recall.”

Mugabe was also blamed for the mass exodus of Zimbabweans to neighbouring countries.

The number of Zimbabweans in South Africa who fled the economic collapse is not known, but some estimates put it at over 3 million.

“Mugabe must be reminded that he and his party are the prime culprits in the mass exodus of Zimbabweans from the southern parts of this country a result of a genocidal wave (Gukurahundi) which he says was a ‘moment of madness’ and has the liberty of scornfully laughing at the survivors and victims of that political misadventure,” the MDC said.

The party said some of the immigrants had fled the 1980s Gukurahundi atrocities in Matabeleland and Midlands.

“As we speak, there are thousands of children of bona fide citizens massacred by the regime, who are not documented in Zimbabwe as a result of that ‘moment of madness’,” the party added.

“Some of the people who are in South Africa left this country as a result of the same moment of madness and find themselves between a rock and a hard place.”

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary-general Japhet Moyo blamed Sadc leaders for failing to “interrogate the exact challenges causing xenophobic attacks on migrant workers”.

Analyst Takura Zhangazha said it was improper for Mugabe to blame Zimbabweans for seeking greener pastures in foreign countries.
“The President should do a little bit more introspection as to the inadequacies of the Zimbabwean political economy and demonstrate further that he is working towards resolving them in the interests of the majority poor who keep flocking to South Africa,” he said.

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  2. Its truly painful & hurts deep down to have a such an insensitive & heartless leader, its too bad to be real. l pray God almighty forgive our sins & deliver us

  3. I pity those who actually believe Mugabe is capable of introspection. It is a trait associated with civilised people. Mugabe is primitive and does not fit into that mould. In fact, this is what can be expected from someone who believes diesel can come out of a rock and that witchcraft is a threat to his rule. He is just a barbarian in a suit.

  4. Mugabe never disappoints – primitive to the core. This is exactly what we have come to expect from a barbarian who believes that diesel can ooze out of a rock and that he can be removed from power through witchcraft.

    • MUGABE IS RIGHT SOME OFTHESE GUYS WHO HAIL FROM MATEBELELAND ARE MERCILESS MURDERERS AND ROBBERS IN SOUTH AFRICA.EVERY WEEK A LOT OF ZIMBAZ ARE BEING MURDERED BY OUR BROTHERS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

      MY OWN BROTHER WAS STABBED TO DEATH WITH A SCREW DRIVER BY A GUY FROM MAT SOUTH.IT COSTED US +2000 TO REPATRIATE HIS BODY.

      I HOPE XENOPHOBIA KILLS THESE MURDERERS FROM MATLAND.

      • Maybe your brother who died was Shona….In that sence he got what he deserved there too many shona in South Africa as I speak i would blame Mugabe for not telling the truth because the guy is now half blind and 75% his mind is no longer functioning like a human being but like that of a monkey. We enjoy nature or call it God punishing him infront on us day after day. No one takes him serious any more. I personally wish him more years on that seat as an ailing President so we can all enjoy his body collapse, and whatever sickness that has struck his family including his good for nothing wife.

  5. The late chief Rekayi Tangwena never went to school. To me he was educated cause he respected others and their property. He gave alms to the needy. To me such a person can be classified as an educated person. Being educated has no region. I rest my case.

  6. To the brother ( I assume) who said that his brother was stabbed by someone from Mat South, my condolences, but is there really a need to wish for xenophobia horror even on your worst enemy especially given that it affects all your kinfolk regardless of which part of the country they hail from? I say kinfolk because as Zimbabweans we are one, and we should see past our feeble differences.
    Coming to the Mugabe comment, I think it’s wrong for the President to make such a sweeping statement even if he can prove it because it is potentially very divisive, as a leader he should always strive to unite. That being said, let me point out that the President was speaking in past tense, so possibly he could have been referring to a Pre Independence situation, in fact I bet that what he really meant was that the white government neglected to provide education to some areas (including Kalanga speaking)but under his government this is no longer the case, we all know how he loves to gloat about his legacy in improving education

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  9. mukenj you are a fool wena siyelele. What was your brother doing in south africa? Was he not looking for greener pastures bcoz of the economic freefall caused by that blind man who think his ministers love him when they just pretending so they keep looting at the expense of the nation.wait and see what those same ministers will do to his family when hes gone.lets put a border at gweru then mashland do their own thing,batsotsane bodwa and we be united w our brothers and sisters down south where we originate and see who suffers.

  10. Jothan Moyo dont try to confuse pple by showerin yo heartless,selfish and careless godfather to defend the nationals’ complains for being torchered by this particular man and his gang in which u r included.U r tryin to blindfold us by saying Mugabe was talkin about what happened in preindependance era when uneducated Kalangas would flock to SA(Ref-today’s Herald),SHAME! If what u want us to believe what u r sayin is the truth then pliz on our bhalf,kindly advise our old leader to resign bcoz mixin yesteryr’s events with what is happenin today is just a sign of smone who is at the relm but is out of touch fro the present .U,as a matebele yoself ,are not qualified to defend such careless and heartless statements,let alone when the economy u r managin is in a sorry state .Resign en-mass

  11. I am surprised to hear how a man who just gave a fake Phd to his wife will case someone else’s eduactional level without looking at what he has on his side……what he calls first lady “Dis-GRACE Mugabe”. Mugabe is the instigator of the current plite of the Ndebele/Kalanga peolpe. That is what i call notorious. Kalangas could be doing Petty crimes in south africa to survive which is a debatable subject but what Mugabe did and still doing to them as a tribe in Zimbabwe is beyond compare with whatever he speculates they could be doing in South Africa.

  12. I am surprised to hear how a man who just gave a fake Phd to his wife will case someone else’s eduactional level without looking at what he has on his side……what he calls first lady “Dis-GRACE Mugabe”. Mugabe is the instigator of the current plight of the Ndebele/Kalanga peolpe. That is what i call notorious. Kalangas could be doing Petty crimes in south africa to survive which is a debatable subject but what Mugabe did and still doing to them as a tribe in Zimbabwe is beyond compare with whatever he speculates they could be doing in South Africa.

  13. You stupid.im a fool really?because my own got murdered by your own?More of your uneducatedcriminals will perish..that is why people from your region will never prosper…you are spillibg too much blood woth knives.i.think you guys deserved 80s treatment.you are full if shit merciless murderers

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