‘Bodyguards must cart Mugabe in wheelchair to avoid embarrassment’


SOUTHERTON MP Gift Chimanikire (MDC-T) on Tuesday said President Robert Mugabe’s bodyguards must not let the veteran leader walk to podiums at international conferences, but, instead, should cart him in a wheelchair.


Chimanikire was contributing to debate in the National Assembly on a motion in reply to the Presidential speech.

He said Mugabe’s bodyguards were embarrassing the veteran leader by letting him struggle to walk to podiums.

“We saw a video where the President was shown struggling to walk to the podium at a United Nations conference, but I observed that Presidents from other countries are wheeled to the podium,” he alleged.

“Why did our President’s bodyguards allow him to be embarrassed and left him to walk to the podium instead of being wheeled?”

Chimanikire said while Mugabe announced that a Child Justice Bill would be brought before Parliament for crafting, his wife, Grace, was allegedly acting the opposite following reports that she assaulted a young South African model, Gabriella Engels, in August.

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda stopped him from further discussing the issue, saying the matter was sub judice.

Chimanikire continued: “The President said amendments to the labour laws will be brought before Parliament, but we see in Mazowe that there is State capture in the manner of expulsion of farm workers and miners at Manzou Farm. Mazowe Dam is also under State capture yet it was built before the First Lady was born.”

Another opposition MDC-T MP, Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Binga North), also blasted high government spending, saying Mugabe should curb his international trips.

But, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mabel Chinomona said Mugabe was being invited to those conferences.

“Unfortunately, the people of Binga do not see the invitation, and the people of Binga are aware that some Presidents of other countries send their ministers to attend on their behalf,” Sibanda retorted.

“When a minister is sent, he does not go with a big delegation and expenditure is cut. Why take Bona Chikore and her husband Simba to travel to a conference when they are not government officials? We only need relevant representatives to travel to a conference, not relatives. The President needs to be sensitive to the problems in the country.”


  1. Comment… Who determines the presidential delegation? Gire? Is Simba Chikore a real husband in charge or a Gire’s puppet, dancing to her tune. Recall Dr Sydney Gata who was married to Gushungo’s sister and would be phoned eveytime he came home very late until he complained and left, he was fired as zesa chief.

  2. Comment…One centre of power, the ZANU stooges calls it, and you said our problems are caused by sanctions when you take your whole family nevazukuru to a UN meeting.

  3. People like Chinomona defend Mugabe on issues that are indefensible. They should just stop defending him, he is the biggest letdown.

  4. The other problem with the President walking to the podium is that when people applaud him for eventually getting to the podium he thinks they are applauding his anti white and other reckless policies that have made us laughing stock of the world.

  5. We are tired of this government of Mugabe. It is clear Mugabe will not be removed by ordinary means. People should be brave, educate your ZANU PF relatives who have been brainwashed. All your ZANU PF relatives in the system who are part of the rigging machine. This is an evil regime. Those who have access use other means at your disposal, use the parliament, the streets, family gatherings, churches every opportunity to denounce the so-called ruling party. Grace is doing it, of course, using our own state resources. We need to do the same using the little resources we have.

  6. Let us use social media to campaign against Mugabe because voting for him will be voting for more Grace insults and looting of State resources through her cronies like Jonso, Chombo and Tyson

    • sure, especially when we ask our children who the mdc has asked we carry on our backs to register. these can stay on their watsapps and spread the news that mugabe must go. get your rural flocks on watsapps too and advise them on voting day.

    • Tsvangirai is recovering quickly on a stretcher bed going to RSA. Ndiyo simbi chaiyo yebasa.
      Where is Chimanikire? He can not debate meaningful developmental projects, or how to remove satanic,deleterious, ruinous, diabolic, racist economic sanctions which his opposition political Mdc party invited.

  7. Hatisati tatanga kusvika mavhota munhu wese muchadyigwa mari makasvinura meso asingavone iwawo ….dhara roda kufirapo, hakuna uchamubisa pachigaro

  8. Basa nderekungotukirira instead of coming up with an election strategy which would render you victorious, idiotic opposition.

  9. Zvitoto zvavo zvekumaruzevha ndizvo zvino bealiviswa kuti ma sanctions ndiwo auraya economy.It is crystal clear that the old dictator and his zanu pf hangers on have looted everything worth looting in the country,Diamonds,farms,Residential stands,companies you name it.And if i may ask, what is wrong when countries decides not to deal with your country economically because they are demanding that you should stop killing,abducting,and beating up your own people?Is that too much to ask for?

  10. Call him whatever but unless the opposition stands up and take the bull by the horns,nothing will happen. People should register to vote and consider credible and capable candidates. The lackluster opposition seems so very happy to loose and claim rigging

    • who is the opposition? are you part of it. are you a registered voter. is your family registered. how many of your friends are? hope you are not the type who complain yet want other people to do it for you. play your part.

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