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Published: August 25, 2013
President Mugabe on Sunday sunk his teeth into MDC-T party leader Morgan Tsvangirai in what appeared to be a one sided war of words while addressing mourners at the funeral of Retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai, who was the general manager of the National Railways of Zimbabwe in Harare.
Karakadzai was declared a national hero following his death in a car accident early Tuesday.
In his first public speech since Thursday’s swearing-in, he targeted Tsvangirai, his former partner in a shaky power sharing government, as “an ignoramus” and “a lone stray locust”.
This was in reaction to Tsvangirai’s attempt to seek a court’s help to overturn the polls and his calls to rid the security forces of officers allied to Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party.
“I hope our people will never repeat the same mistake and choose an ignoramus when you have bright children who went to university. I wonder what you admire in him,” he said.
On security reforms that were meant to precede the polls, he also hit out at Tsvangirai.
“What sector reform can you a lone stray locust implement? When has the frog aspired to be the crocodile?” he said.
“You are better off with an ignorant person who is conscious of his ignorance. It becomes a problem when you assume your ignorance is wisdom and lead people into trouble.”
The vote ended the pair’s regionally brokered compromise government forced by chaotic 2008 polls.
This time round the electoral commission declared Mugabe the winner with 61 percent of the vote, against 34 percent for Tsvangirai.
Report by AFP/Additional reporting ZimEye