Mugabe plots to ‘expose’ Khama

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will this week travel to Lesotho for the volatile southern African country’s 50th independence celebrations, just a week after he snubbed a similar invite from his Botswana counterpart, Ian Khama (pictured), as hostility between the two leaders intensifies.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Botswana President Ian Khama
Botswana President Ian Khama

Mugabe cancelled a scheduled trip to Botswana after Khama told an international news agency, Reuters, that it was time the 92-year-old Zimbabwean leader steps down due to old age.

Khama said Mugabe had overstayed in power and was now a liability to Zimbabwe and the Sadc region.

But a State media columnist, revealed to be Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, at the weekend intimated that Mugabe would use his Lesotho trip this week as a way to hit back at Khama.

“President Mugabe has been invited (to Lesotho’s celebrations) and from what I understand, he is likely to honour the invitation. Just by so doing, President Mugabe will finally vividly make his point, relish his day through a damning comparison,” columnist, Nathaniel Manheru wrote.

“He will be able to quietly chastise Khama, while showing the Batswana people how much of a huge cost their leader’s blunderous (sic) diplomacy is to the two peoples, who are also close neighbours historically and even consanguineously.

“But the whole contrast will once more bring to the fore how, under Khama, Botswana has pursued a foreign policy, which is non-Africa, non-Sadc and non-collegial.”

Manheru hinted that Botswana had offered Zimbabwe an explanation on Khama’s supposed statement.

“… because Botswana decided on a quiet explanation tendered to the Zimbabwe government, but without taking the trouble to make a public retraction of the story. To me that said a lot,” he wrote.

“In the first place, he (Khama), out of his own volition, invited the Zimbabwean leader for his country’s national day, with his solicitous lady chief of protocol pressing the Zimbabwean delegation (to Zambian leader, Edgar Lungu’s inauguration) to know if President Mugabe was coming.

“Khama did not have to invite President Mugabe, all the more so given his weird views on Mugabe’s tenure. Why slur the dignity of your nation’s commemorative event by inviting an unfit guest? It is this paradox, which seems to give credence to a reading that the invitation was done without any sincerity and in the hope that the invitee would turn it down. Which the delayed confirmation from Zimbabwe almost did.”

Information minister Christopher Mushowe yesterday confirmed that Mugabe would make the trip to Lesotho, but played down the alleged diplomatic tiff between Zimbabwe and Botswana.

“President Mugabe will be travelling to Lesotho, it’s true. His failure to travel to Botswana had nothing to do with the so-called statements attributed to President Khama. These are heads of States, with direct access to each other. If any of them has advice for the other they do not need to use the media. The media wants to create a situation that is non-existent,” he explained.

Mushowe said Mugabe failed to attend Botswana’s independence anniversary celebrations because the trip coincided with a Zanu PF event the veteran politician could not afford to miss.

“The Botswana event coincided with the Zanu PF women’s league meeting that was so important the President had to be there. Botswana and Zimbabwe are friends and have been since the struggle because our people sought refuge in that country,” he said.

“Some used it as a passage to Zambia to join the war and these ties are as strong as ever.”

Asked if there had been interaction between Mugabe’s office and Khama over the Botswana leader’s statements, Mushowe shot the suggestion down.

“Interaction for what? Because, to us, it is a media creation and there was no need for that. They have met several times and our two countries are members of Sadc. Our leaders have many forums where they can discuss issues if they have any.”

29 Comments

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  2. All sour grapes. Kama was spot on.

  3. Jona musorobhangu

    that wont bring 2.2mill jobs, and wont depreciate the Pula! Kutsiva kwehwanana chaiko. who gives a dman what a pampers wearing 92 year old tries to do by kuramwa, when we know even at Lesotho he will be dozing of 99% of the time he will be there, futher emphasising the fact that his time is indeed up?…and Khma will still be right, and will say I told you guys…look the guy is just sleeping all the time!

  4. You media guys are confused!You accuse the President of globetrotting,and he has decided to avoid this trip and I thought you were going to be happy about it but you complain again for his decision not to go to Botswana.You did it again on bond coins by saying people have rejected them but you forgot to inform the nation that people are now rejecting rands and preffering bond coins!

    1. Jona musorobhangu

      and why is he going to Lesotho? is that not globetrotting still?

    2. Who is complaining? Did you read that article?

    3. Taura hako hama. Negative after negative

    4. ah shame Mutoriti! You need to read your post again and see just how nonsensical it is. Mugabe is an incompetent globetrotter and skipping a single trip to a neighbouring country simply because he is acting like a spoilt brat isn’t gonna make a difference.

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  6. Janana wa Bikaz

    Signs of old age zveshuwa!Exactly what we we used to do wgen we were toddlers.”Handichatamba newe wanditaurira kuna mhamha kuti ndaba dovi”This oid nonagenarian no longer “play” with Ian Khama because he has said the truth?Hahahahaha we are such a bunch of cowards,to be led by such and old dictator!

  7. Hapana Nyaya apa zvaachose. Sorry , this is mere grape sour stuff. Whoever penned, this should go back to journalism school.

  8. Mutoriti is right

  9. Typical of Mugabe; childish behaviour instead of responding to what citizens are saying – nanga nanga nenyika iri economically stable where corruption is not tolerated !!! This man is a disaster, kana vakamuisa paChigaro nguva yeHondo where equally thickheaded as he his – kwanzi taisa munhu chaiye pachigaro !!!

  10. NUTTY DREADLOCK

    LOOK HERE MUGABE HAS FAILED US PERIOD. YOU TALK OF ECONOMIC INDEPENDANCE WHAT ECONOMIC INDEPENDANCE IS IN ZIM WHEN CONTRACTS AND TENDERS ARE DISHED OUT USING NEPOTISM. ECONOMIC INDEPENDANCE WHEN TOP OFFICIALS OF THE GVMNT ARE THE ONLY ONES CAPABLE OF STARTING BUISSNES VENTURES. ECONOMIC INDEPENDANCE WHEN HALF OF THE COUNTRY IS RECEIVING FOOD AID. Agriculture production is low there is no indusstry to talk of hameno kugadzira cooking oil ne ma matress ne bottled water ne delta kana ari ma signs of economic independance. You are taxrd and that taxed money is used to buy V8 CAR WHEN PEOPLE IN MATEBELELAND NEED FOOD AID ROAD DZAKADHAKWA. EVERYONE IS A VENDOR AND YOU TALK OF ECONOMIC INDEPENDANCE

  11. NUTTY DREADLOCK

    IF THAT IS ECONOMIC INDEPENDANCE THEN I DONT WANT ANY PART OF IT

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  14. Zanu pf akelisixolele sesidiniwe ngani taneta the guy is old comon khama is ryt,this country needs new blood,young brains,u are all now rich give other people a chance

  15. Willard Tramposo.

    Caprivi strip is a disputed land btwn Namibia and Botswana. Our nonagenarian was called some years back to mediate, but, Botswana felt, the incumbent was favouring Namibia. I think , thats the bone of contention btwn Khama and Zim leader.
    Sometimes, the TRUTH HURTS, and Khama is a leader who tells the truth.

    1. The story of Bob and Khama is all because of Khama defying protocol.

      According to SADC military guidelines (or any similar regional bloc protocols) a country has to inform the bloc of any military acquisitions. This ensures other partner countries do not feel threatened by a fellow country’s military prop up.

      Khama defied this protocol by allowing the USA DF to establish base in Botswana without declaring this to the bloc at a time when Bush and Blair wanted to carry out regime change in Zimbabwe. You know the story people, T. Mbeki confessed to the Blair push to partner in effecting change in Zim…. Thats where all this Bob-Khama issue stems from. Come Tsvangirai inauguration paGNU Bob saying hatuke maPresidents pamberi pevanhu refering to Ian Khama etc it had all started. Vanozivana varume ava.

  16. Willard Tramposo.

    TRUTH HURTS, asi hachipunze hukama.

  17. kana munhun achembera achembera chete.vamwe kudai vatove tateguru.

  18. Although Khama’s gratifying remark ignites a ray of hope, it is limited to certain sovereign parameters. Zimbos solely reserve the role of fighting for their dream country. He however broke silence on a subject that majority of his counterparts cannot afford to question for unknown hypocritical reasons.

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  21. iye khama wacho haisi chembere here tell me kuti munhu achembera haana basa kudzimba kwenyu munongotungamirwa nadzo chembere idzodzo imi vacho makachembera kare kuchembedzwa nekushaya basa wotoenda pa retirement usina kana kumborinhuhwa waienda kuchikoro kunodzidziswa kuti nhingi achembera here dai wakagara hako kumusha uchidya hute dzemahara dzokera kumusha saka maidzingwa mutown na Ian Kha…….Smith……

  22. Jona musorobhangu

    achembera mhani. he cant run a country at that age. thats why even in civil service nekumabasa kose kune retirement age. you cant compare kumba kwenty and running a country. even klumba chaiko mutana ane 92 years hapana chaanotungamira. munongomuudza kuti tazoita so, kwete kuti iye ati mangwana ndofuma ndichisunga mombe ndonorova gandiwa repamuchakata. its not possible! harahwa iyi kutya nyaya dzayo dzehumhondi kuti dzingamutevera. Achembera achembera! ngaabaye!

  23. That’s why i hate politics

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