Zambian Watchdog

Zimbabwe opposition condemn Sata for chanting Mugabe’ slogans

April 28
11:48 2012
Visiting Zambian President Michael Sata came under heavy attack from the two MDC parties for turning yesterday’s official opening of the 53rd edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo into a Zanu PF function after he chanted President Robert Mugabe’s party slogans during his keynote address.
Sata, who officially opened the 53rd edition of the ZITF, raised his fist Zanu PF style and chanted Pamberi . . . pamberi ne jongwe, (Forward with the cock — the Zanu PF party symbol)” drawing the ire of MDC-T and MDC officials present at the State function.These included MDC-T vice-president and Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, MDC-T national chairman and Speaker of the House of Assembly Lovemore Moyo, Parastatals minister and MDC-T Bulawayo provincial chairman Gorden Moyo and Water Resources Management and Development minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (MDC-T MP for Lobengula).

The event itself was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade headed by MDC president Welshman Ncube.

Sata is on record as lampooning Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and labelling him a puppet of the West.

MDC–T national spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said Sata went overboard in his bid to impress Mugabe and, “in the process turned a non-political event into a political one”.

“Sata was trying to impress President Mugabe, a visiting president must always respect and bear sentiment to Zimbabwe,” he said.

“However, we are a government of national unity and uttering or making a slogan of one national party unfortunately converted this non-political event into a political one. Whatever Sata said after such an action therefore lost all its meaning.”

MDC organising secretary Qhubani Moyo said Sata “just got excited”.

“Sata’s Zanu PF slogan chant does not surprise us. In fact, it makes us understand more that his (Sata) background is linked to Zanu PF.”
In his official remarks, Sata emphasised the importance of funding agricultural activities to ensure food security.

“Agriculture remains an essential asset in Zimbabwe and Zambia and continues to ensure food security.

“The countries are endowed with vast land that enhances increase in food production to alleviate poverty reduction,” he said.

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