Zimbabwe opposition condemn Sata for chanting Mugabe’ slogans

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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.

Courtesy of  http://www.newsday.co.zw/article/2012-04-28-zambian-president-chants-zanu-pf-slogans/

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69 Responses to Zimbabwe opposition condemn Sata for chanting Mugabe’ slogans

  1. Zanupf & we ve pf so whats wrong with him siding with Zimbabwe<s pf? fimbi fintu mulefileka fye.

    magwazvi - April 28, 2012
    19:19

  2. Who let the dog out ukwa will never do anything rite shame

    kp - April 28, 2012
    18:48

  3. am disappointed again by our president.

    croc - April 28, 2012
    18:28

  4. Thats osofia/Ibu/cobra/ukwa/galu yaku nyumbayanga

    H.H.Mwenye! - April 28, 2012
    18:23

  5. Fellow citizens I think it is important that we call a spade a spade. Sata’s reported support for ZANU-PF was wrong. He has a duty to act in the best interests of our country and not his own. Similarly, he had a duty to act in a non-partisan way by not singing and/or showing his bias towards any party. In addition loyalty to the government of the day is not loyalty or preference for the party in power.

    Enerp - April 28, 2012
    18:04

  6. You have it because you asked for it.so pray hard

    TC - April 28, 2012
    17:29

  7. Kalumbwa whatever just keep quiet! So if people in authority are clowning all we should do is support them as a matter of respect? Nonsense! Blind loyalty is foolishness, not respect!

    Czar - April 28, 2012
    17:17

  8. He looks like a clown with that hat on doesn’t he ?

    Crazyboy - April 28, 2012
    16:54

  9. He is incapable of coming clean. His IQ probably too low to discern situations.

    Mimi - April 28, 2012
    16:34

  10. Surprise anyone? The biggest mistake the Zambians made is to put this clown on display. He has no ideas he is blank, empty and backs a tyrant next door. You support him until he turns on you.
    The diarrhea he carries he must spill everywhere he goes.

    Rubbish - April 28, 2012
    16:34

  11. Kalumbwa Mulomba is not a pseudo name. Do not say Kalumbwa whatever.

    Kalumbwa Mulomba - April 28, 2012
    16:26

  12. Zambia and Zimbabwe shall never be colonies again!those of u suffering from social confinement can praise puppets like little knwn tshangarai and never mumba an under water televangelist…kill the boer get the land in mkushi frm agents of imperialism…viva gadafi viva mugabe viva sata…abasha racists and uncle tomies.

    Kaka Wesu - April 28, 2012
    16:15

  13. I am not a PF thug as alleged by a nameless species. My support for PFand its entire leadership does not thrive on thuggery but a matter of belief and respect for authority. No visiting President can openly support an oppossition party that has no mandate to preside over the affairs of the citizenry. After all the ruling party hosts a visiting leader and provide security, food etc. HE MSC is a seasoned politician and applied the support the govt of the day theory. The good neighbourhoodness should upheld at all costs. What sort of a neighbour Zim would be if President Sata supported the opposition? Viva Sata, Viva PF.

    Kalumbwa Mulomba - April 28, 2012
    16:13

  14. AS far as am concerned the president is right and he supports Mugabe. who are you to educate him on who to support you flies. when you supported MMD nonbody condemed you that was your choice and that is the presidents choice shut up you flies. he has just elevated our living standards by increasing our salaries and haevy reduction in tax . .critisise constructively you lepers.

    Boko Haram - April 28, 2012
    16:05

  15. imediately oi hed tht ukwa is in zim i knew he was going to do anothwer useles thing thre. ukwa sata always does that. i accept ukwa as my president but that does not stop hih frim being stupid. ukwa must just srtop visiting othwer counttries becoz he is always leting us down.
    for u zimbabweans i sincerlty apologise on behalf of all za?mbians. our president ukwa sata is an imbercile. so pls orgive us for his nonsense he camwe to expiose there. we also regret fo electing such a foolish leader.

    manthoni - April 28, 2012
    15:35

  16. Sata’s stance should have been reconciliatory if he understood local politics which the ambassador’s office in Harare should have appraised him about. The current coalition government is fraught with its own problems and does not need a neighbouring leader to fan them by being seen to side with one party. The diplomatic way to navigate that “mine field” is to play neutral for the opposition could very well be the ruling party at the next election and inevitably will remember their friends! First “thumb rule” of diplomacy is to remain neutral when issues of local sensitivity come to the fore. Sata is still wet behind the ears and does nor understand how the game on the foreign affairs scene is played. There was no need to offend the opposition by chanting ruling slogan. Those are areas visionary leaders skirt around!

    sage - April 28, 2012
    15:21

  17. Prophet Chanda Chiimba III Warned Zambians of continuos imbalancements!! what do we see. He warned us of Fred Membe controlling the affairs of the Nation. “Failing to pay DBZ) Any way, At least the story originated from Zimbabwe.So Pf defender blame Zimbabwe, Botswana and most recently Malawi who have moved your shameless Ukwa.

    KALI - April 28, 2012
    15:19

  18. ati forward with the cock???? What a slogan…

    avatar roku - April 28, 2012
    15:17

  19. Ba watchdog u still thr? I thot by now u wld hav bn hacked n them hackers do ur job fast fast we want to c hw strong watchdog really z

    Mr get it right - April 28, 2012
    15:04

  20. ZANU PF is a sister party to The PF,Hon Monzola must just concentrate on uplifting the living standards of the pipo of inyanga his constituency who are wallowing in poverty than attacking cde MCS..Sir Bob is a hero and a great leader who has said no to neo colonialism and puppecy..MDC T is a bunch of uncle tommies who can sell zim over three pieces of silver…thanx 2GOD sir Bob knws them…

    Kaka Wesu - April 28, 2012
    14:37

  21. @jimalo:

    I dont support Sata BUT I dont WANT YOU to insult our president – he is far much clever and smarter than your PUPPET pine apple face pocked Prime minister Tshangarai! I wont insult you – lucky bastard!!

    Haakasata1 - April 28, 2012
    14:33

  22. The only solution here is a tonga president at plot one period,otherwise masampu alo alo badala!

    Manuscript - April 28, 2012
    14:10

  23. we need ‘authentic degree’ clause for presidency. learning by experience is surely dearly expensive.

    lazily - April 28, 2012
    14:03

  24. When RB visited Zim, pf thugs such as Kalumbwa whatever where saying he is only visiting because that is where he really came from. Now their president is rubbing shoulders with the guy who killed Ndebeles in their tens of thousands and has disgruntled a significant proportion of the Zimbabwean population and they see nothing wrong with it. If Mugabe had come on a visit to Zim during the tenure of RB and started shouting MMD slogans what would you have made of him?

    The Great Ukwa of Donchiwood - April 28, 2012
    13:50

  25. That sata,what he want is to build strong friendship with Bob so that they make a packed,BEMBA-PF and ZANU-PF,as they are both dictators.

    MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN - April 28, 2012
    13:37

  26. Related articles- Source:The Zimbabwe Mail

    Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is believed to have boycotted the official opening of the Zimbabwe Trade Fair on Friday.

    The Prime Minister was said to be on other business elsewhere in the country, but SW Radio Africa was told by a reliable source that Tsvangirai had deliberately boycotted the opening.

    A source said that Tsvangirai also boycotted the state dinner held for Sata on Wednesday night. The source described this as another deliberate move motivated by anger over Sata’s comments earlier this year that Tsvangirai was a Western ‘stooge’.

    Earlier this year, MDC-T members and supporters reacted with fury to disparaging remarks about the party leader by Sata, during an interview with the UK Telegraph newspaper.

    In the interview in January Sata indicated that he would not block Robert Mugabe’s push to abandon the unity government. In the same article the 74 year-old Sata made comments likely to have irked pro-democracy movements in Zimbabwe. He first dismissed Tsvangirai as a ‘stooge’, and described calls for security, electoral and constitutional reforms in Zimbabwe as ‘unnecessary’.

    Sata’s loyalty to Mugabe has been put on display during his state tour this week, with the Zambian leader going so far as to chant a ZANU PF slogan, ‘Pamberi neJongwe’ (forward with ZANU PF) during the official opening of the Trade Fair on Friday.

    The Trade Fair meanwhile has attracted exhibitors from around the world, but there was another surprise boycott this week. Russia and India, both usually classed as Zimbabwean allies, both reportedly boycotted the event, apparently over the indigenisation plans being spearhead by ZANU PF.

    Ganizani - April 28, 2012
    13:35

  27. i dont think what sata did was wrong he was happy with his friend around so he joined in the fun mdc are oppostion so what do you expect from them i like he wont hide his feelings i guess when bob come comes here he will do the same say pabwato and dont kubeba so you chaps with increase your hatred levels til you die

    king ju - April 28, 2012
    13:30

  28. There was nothing wrong in HEC MCS’s call for Zimbabweans to go forward wth ZANU-PF. They will only change at their own peril. All of you calling HE by a Nigerian Bollywood star’s name should stop hiding under psuedo names. Just accept though painfully so that Mr Sata is our Republican President!

    Kalumbwa Mulomba - April 28, 2012
    13:26

  29. Zambia is now a laughing stock thanx 2 the presido.

    Kaka - April 28, 2012
    13:19

  30. Who rules who? Coz whether they ar in or out, i personally have not felt any difference! Confusions here, confusions wherever they go! What’s wrong? Truly Jesus wept 4 us and said Father,4give them 4 they don’t know wat they ar doing!

    Cheta makaka - April 28, 2012
    13:15

  31. Mundetelele at his best

  32. Will shame and rogue comments ever leave Zambia?

    Since Ukwa came into office we are hurting our neihgbours with impunity………resulting into us being labelled a Rogue Country

    DIASPORA - April 28, 2012
    13:08

  33. Ndoozvatiri, mhata imhata

    jimalo - April 28, 2012
    13:07

  34. wait untill this clown attends the UN general assembly,it will be the most embarrassing momments for our poor country.

    sata webange - April 28, 2012
    13:01

  35. Sata has every right to support who he wants to.Chiluba supported Savimbi in Angola,RB bingu of Mutharika so what?What Sata said can be said by any visiting head of state.Do people expect him to shower praises on the opposition while visiting? which African head of state has ever done that?

    chiingu - April 28, 2012
    12:58

  36. i woz xpectin dat 4rm Mr BAILA

    POLITKO ANALYST - April 28, 2012
    12:52

  37. what do you expect?

    eagle's eye - April 28, 2012
    12:43

  38. @Mulongoti, Yes the NewsDay of Zimbabwe is tribalistic in it’s reporting. kekekekekekekek………

    oho oho oho - April 28, 2012
    12:40

  39. Once an Ukwa always an Ukwa.

    aitsa - April 28, 2012
    12:33

  40. This kind of stupid reporting is for tribalists who will never taste the corridors of power. Mwanawasa was right when he said you are like buttocks , you will never be in front always behind

    Mulongoti - April 28, 2012
    12:32

  41. Ukwa must learn to make us proud whereever he goes,he keeps on making us feel sad because of his behavior.

    Kings - April 28, 2012
    12:28

  42. you cant teach an old dog new tricks.

    Butata lutangu sipopa - April 28, 2012
    12:24

  43. And by the way, who chose that hat for him?
    Couldn’t they find the right size?

    Concerned citizen - April 28, 2012
    12:24

  44. The dullest president Africa has ever produced. Imagine a president more stupid than Idi Amin Dada? How low can we sink sure mwebantu?

    Mufana Wamahafu - April 28, 2012
    12:24

  45. Oh dear!
    There we go again, our P making a show of himself by dishonouring protocols. Maybe Guy Scott should have gone to open the meeting in Zim before flying to UK to save us the embarrassment.

    People need to think carefully before casting their vote next time, we are our own downfall – handing power on a silver platter to dictators out of desperation to get rid of the opposition and then take offence when we realise that we made the wrong choice.

    Its not too late to change things around, 4.5yrs will go very quickly then we will have another go at making real change.

    Concerned citizen.

    Concerned citizen - April 28, 2012
    12:22

  46. This is our ukwa+ibu.

    ibu+ukwa - April 28, 2012
    12:21

  47. When some people complained about turning the football team into a pf one instead of the national one they were summarily put down. This is a similar issue and Ukwa should know that not everything has to be politicised such as the funeral of the late VP George Kunda. Am sure this was embarrassing for uncle Bob himself.

    The Great Ukwa of Donchiwood - April 28, 2012
    12:14

  48. Okey

    OLD GUARD UNIFORM - April 28, 2012
    12:13

  49. That’s Sata for you! A cheap populist!

    Czar - April 28, 2012
    12:07

  50. can Ukwa ever do anything right?

    Koma N'zedi - April 28, 2012
    12:00