Mugabe In Bizzare Display At Vice President's Funeral
Robert "The Solution" Mugabe, seen here swearing Vice-president Joseph Msika into office in October last year, put on a bizarre display at the home of the late Vice-president in Mandara, Harare, today.
Harare, Zimbabwe 05 August 2009
President Mugabe has just left the Msika home where he put on a bizarre display, impersonating the dead man for a good ten minutes or so.
Mugabe, who arrived with his wife also left it to Didymus Mutasa, one of the old members of ZANU PF and a member of the Politburo, to announce that the Vice President has been declared a National Hero by that ZANU PF body.
But most people present were stunned by Mugabe's lengthy impersonation of "Joe" (which he says is how he always addressed the late VP).
In the impersonation act, Mugabe said, amongst other things:
"I hear Muzenda's voice calling (Simon Muzenda was another of Mugabe's Deputies who died a few years ago) and I have listened. I leave Mugabe, (John) Nkomo and others. Zimbabwe was delivered through blood so, you must have unity."
It was an eerie display that stunned those present.
It was also announced that Msika will, as I told you earlier, definitely be buried at Heroes Acre on Monday 10 August 2009 (Heroes Day) at the National Shrine.
Between now and then, the Vice President's body will be first taken to Bulawayo, where he began his political career with the late Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo.
After that, the body will also be taken to his rural home in Chiweshe before coming back to Harare to be buried at the Heroes Acre on Monday.
Mugabe also revealed in a statement tonight to the nation that the Vice President's wife is also "unwell". He says the Vice President suffered from hypertension and that his death this morning at the West End Hospital in Harare was due to multiple organ failure.