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.