President takes vote-buying to AU: MDC-T

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has come under fire for donating $1 million to the African Union (AU) at a time his government is overborrowed and struggling to provide basic social service to its people.


MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu was quick to accuse Mugabe of trying to bribe the AU ahead of the 2018 general election so the continental body could favour him in the event of disputed elections.

“There’s a sinister motive in Mugabe’s weird donation to the AU. Remember, there are elections to be held in Zimbabwe in 2018,” he said.

“Mugabe and his faction-infested and bankrupt Zanu PF regime are desperate to rig these elections so that they can cling onto power.

“This purported donation to the AU is actually a bribe that is meant to soften the response of the AU in the event that next year’s elections are rigged.”

Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP) attacked Mugabe for trying to present himself as a pan-Africanist when a crack unit of his army killed his own people during the Gukurahundi era.

“He set up an army unit to butcher fellow nationals simply because they were of a different tribe from his,” NPP spokesman Methuseli Moyo said.

“Several fellow blacks were butchered just because they supported the opposition MDC between the year 2000 and 2008.

“And he wants Africa to see him as generous and caring. What a pretender! We hope the world will not be fooled by Mugabe’s tokenism.”

Zimbabwe Communist Party secretary-general Ngqabutho Mabhena accused Mugabe of using the donation to mask the problems facing the country to the outside world.

“This, in our view, is hypocrisy of the highest order given the number of Zimbabwean migrants who are scattered all over the world in search of a better life due to the economic collapse caused by the plunder by the parasitic black bourgeoisie,” he said.

The donation, Mabhena said, came as people were dying in hospitals because of the scarcity of drugs, while students from poor communities were failing to access quality education because of lack of government funding.

But Information minister Chris Mushohwe dismissed the accusations, saying Mugabe only honoured a pledge as an honest person and had no intention of bribing anyone.

“I don’t expect anything positive from the MDC-T. They are rooted in a European mindset, which believes that everything that happens in Africa is about bribes and rigging,” he said.

“They want President Mugabe to fail to fulfil his pledge as an honest man because they are not.”

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  1. takutotambura futi till 2023 amana tongoramba tiri mumadhaka here “Mwari dai atuma mwana komana wavo kuti ationewo pama Election arikuya kuti Zanu isahwina”

  2. The only other leader capable of such ridiculous stunts was Idi Amin of Uganda who donated maize & goats to Britain as food aid back in the day

  3. Your are bribing shame,we cant vote for you zanu pf sihluphekile kwenele hambani masela

  4. Zimbabwe’s economy is NUMBER TWO in Africa least you have forgotten

  5. tendai chaminuka

    Imi maopposition stop this childish game of trailing Mugabe on whatever he is doing.You are actually giving him a political mileage coz inini muGrade 7 ndikanzwa kuti munhu a donate something I see that someone as having a loving heart then I compare nevamwe vari kuda kuita maPresidents and what I recall is someone paying $500,000.00 for Lobola.HAAAA History

  6. Dai mari iyi yanga yaiswa muma bank kuitira ma Queues dai tiri papi?

  7. Mugabe sold his cattle to donate to the AU he did not use state resources saka zvaipei ,There is no progressive opposition parties here in Zimbabwe they spent all their time criticizing Mugabe, it is now mugabe heee chakati mugabe heee chakati including nezvimwe zvisina basa rese a bunch of cry babies who always see rigging and vote buying in whatever mugabe does ha ha ha

    1. akadziwana kupi mombe idzodzo.mbavha inoba chingwa chevana vayo.haanyare

    2. Where did he get the cattle that he sold?? Honestly, the gentleman will then need to explain the source of his mombes, coz no one is convinced.

      in any cas, as a responsible father, I think he should have given that $$$ to Zimbabwean charities, or, better still, to his own ZANU PF. I stand to be corrected

  8. Muchaona Mapera

    Beware of the naked person who offers you clothes

  9. kutambisa mari isu tichishaya mabond notes mumabank.shame

  10. it doesn’t make sense at all,why would 1 give u something that his children dont have?oppsn ptrs stop that cry bby sindrom.mobilise zimbos unite us so we can deal with them in 2018.

  11. The sincerity of this recipient-cum-donor must cast doubts across the political divide at this electoral season. Not even his ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ supporters can explain this ‘generosity’.

  12. Unconquerable Chibaba

    We were told that he donated 300 so it means each fetched $3 333-33 not sure what type of cattle fetch such an amount. Where were they sold?

  13. Ko haisi externalisation here iyi??


    Mugabe fulfills outside promises and cannot even fulfil promises to people who voted him into power. if I may ask….. if he is an honest man, Hon Mushowe, where are the promises he made back in 2013?

  15. I smell a rat a few weeks ago they were a lot of our wild animals transported to Moza from our national parks and surely it was not for mahala and that is where the 1M USD dollar was generated from, Useless as it is AU has taken the money so as zimbos we will have to fix our own troubles AU will do nothing against Mugabe bcoz it has eaten his money already ,

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