Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has launched
a scathing attack on bitter rival and outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
saying working with him required "real patience and endurance" because he was
an ignoramus who was woefully unaware of his ignorance, according to
Mugabe was speaking at the National Heroes Acre in Harare
during the burial of one of the county’s veteran freedom fighters. It was his
first public speech since his inauguration last week on Thursday.
"You see, an illiterate person who is aware that they are
ignorant, you can deal with [them] better," Mugabe said in apparent reference
to Tsvangirai's lack of college-level education.
"You are better off with an ignorant person who is aware, conscious
of his ignorance, who accepts that he is ignorant, but if you are ignorant of
your ignorance then it's a big problem."
Lone stray locust
Mugabe according to Zimeye was reacting to Tsvangirai’s
attempt to seek a court’s help to overturn the polls and his calls for security
reforms that were meant to precede the polls.
"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," Zimeye quoted Mugabe as saying.
"What sector reform can you a lone stray locust implement?
When has the frog aspired to be the crocodile?" Mugabe said.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai worked together over the last four
years in an uneasy coalition government formed after a disputed vote in 2008.
The arrangement ended with the Zanu-PF leader’s decisive victory in last
month’s elections which were rejected as fraudulent by Tsvangirai.