Mugabe in same league as Mobutu, Bokassa: Shiri

AGRICULTURE minister Perrance Shiri has lumped President Robert Mugabe in the same league with some of Africa’s late dictators, Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire) and Jean Bédel Bokassa of the Central African Republic (CAR), who unsuccessfully attempted to anoint their wives and mistresses as successors.


Addressing farmers at a field day in Chakari on Sunday, Shiri said Grace Mugabe could have landed the presidency had it not been for Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga who blocked the move through the military’s Operation Restore Legacy last November.

“Even dictators like Mobutu of Zaire and Bokasa (CAR) failed in their endeavor to elevate their wives to power, but Zimbabwe nearly succeeded if it was not for our guest speaker, VP Retired General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga,” he said.

“So our guest of honour said no, we can’t have such a situation because it was against the values of the liberation struggle.”

Towards the end of Mugabe’s reign last year, Grace embarked on a countrywide campaign lambasting Mnangagwa and accusing him of plotting to unseat her husband.

Mugabe then pulled the trigger and fired Mnangagwa, culminating in the military intervention, which then forced the former President to step down.

Shiri also took a swipe at self-exiled Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo, whom he said were misleading the ageing Mugabe to dump liberation war values.

“VP Chiwenga is not power hungry because he could have assumed power after former President was removed, but as a professional soldier, he handed over power to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who asked VP Chiwenga to stay as his deputy,” Shiri said.


  1. … and so is murderer and gukurahundist Emmerson Dambudzo Munangagwa.

  2. … the gukurahundist Perence Shiri has the nerve to say that again his master. His hands and dripping with blood. He killed just too many people. If I were him, I would not talk about history. shut up mhondi.

  3. Too little to late. Its foolhardy to for anyone who has served under Mugabe and precisely Zanu PF to make an abrupt u-turn and criticize him. On the contrary, they should be counted as accomplices for the atrocities committed by the regime in its entire 37-year rule. Let us say no to these political turncoats.

  4. Comment…wozotaura nhasi mhondi dzevanhu

  5. Meticulous Chindakwenya

    Those American and British soldiers that bombed Iraq at George Bush’s behest who claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction of which when that campaign that killed thousands of Iraqis was complete not even one such weapon was found. Up to this day who is taking the flak for that onslaught that saw unarmed civilians perish. I’ve never heard the blame apportioned to Collin Powell or any of those UK, USA soldiers following orders but Blair and Bush have received due criticism for the buck stopped with them as leaders. That said the Shiris and EDs should also copy what the likes of Powell have done also, keep out of politics as they have a tainted past.

  6. For those not in the know…Sherance Phiri, sorry Perrance Shiri muzukuru wa Bob…

  7. Shiri is in the same league with general Buzimungu

  8. ED , ED wakazvisungirira pamakumbo egarwe. Vachakutamba vapfana ava.

  9. These top military are not professional, if they were they would have stayed out of politics altogether. Military should be in the barracks and only come out when the country is at war with a real foreign threat, not an imagined one.

  10. Muchingovukura muchingovukura

  11. Khupe has my veti i mean voti

  12. Shiri must stay away from denigrating the former president as the man will hitback one missile he can use is Perence’s role during Gukurahundi.

  13. Cde Rusununguko Kwaedza

    And the murderous and Gukurahundist Perrence Shiri is in the same league as Ida Amin

  14. Aiwaka vakomana Vashiri varikutaura zvakanaka vachi introducer guest of honour hapana kana chavambokanganisa munotaura zvegukurahundi ko Vashiri ndivo vaiva here commander in chief he was just a soldier a commander sent to do his job. its unfortunate that people talk of the issue without bringing the obtaining political and social environment prevailing at the time.

    1. A man who carries out an evil and unjust order is just as guilty as the one who sent him. Try again!

  15. Well done Perrence Shiri and VP Chiwenga and the military for bringing down dictator Mugabe and his cabal. I wonder where this country would now be had you not intervened to remove the dictator. Continue with the good work you are doing and do not be bothered by these Mugabe stoogies. Nyika ino haitongwe ne hure.

  16. Shiri , AIDS has destroyed your reasoning capacity , Mugabe fought a liberation war and Mobutu and Bokkasa are no where near Mugabe, instead what we are having is Chiwenga moving in the footsteps of Idi Amin and your hands are also painted with the blood of the innocent civilians you butchered in support of Mugabe. Keep your mouth shut.

  17. Shiri ataura chokwadi, regardless of his complacency in Zanu-PF’s evils. Pasina Chiwenga dai Grace Mugabe patori pa ballot paper se Zanu candidate for this year’s elections.

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