Minister tells of Mugabe’s ‘Great’ sleep
Professor Welshman Ncube who leads of one of the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations said the 88 year-old leader slept at the recent Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Mozambique.
Prof Ncube told party supporters that President Mugabe had to be roused by Zambian President Michael Sata after he fell asleep a few minutes after the meeting that was meant to discuss the Zimbabwe crisis began.
“The question is not about the retention of Mugabe, even at the SADC meetings he sleeps,” Prof Ncube said. “If you are strong and young, you sleep in a dignified way but his whole body collapses when he sleeps.
“You sleep to a point that you are woken up by an equally old Sata as early as 9 am, who would tell other leaders that let us wake Mugabe he is sleeping. “You think that person can rule Zimbabwe. We need fresh leaders with power and strength who do you do not have to look at and check if they are still awake.”
President Mugabe, 87 has been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in 1980.
There have been reports that he is battling advanced prostate cancer and several other chronic ailments.
In April there were even reports he had died while receiving treatment at a Singapore hospital.
But he often scoffs at reports about his death joking that he has resurrected more times than Jesus Christ.
He has visited Singapore several times since last year but has said it was for an eye check-up after undergoing an operation in the Far East last January.
President Mugabe has already been endorsed by his Zanu PF party to be its presidential candidate in elections expected next year.
Zanu PF spokesperson Mr Rugare Gumbo dismissed Prof Ncube’s statements saying it would be immature to do so.
Meanwhile, President Mugabe is likely to be challenged by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the next elections.
Mr Tsvangirai beat the veteran ruler in the first round of the 2008 presidential election but was prevented from contesting the run-off poll after President Mugabe’s supporters embarked on a violent campaign.
Mr Tsvangirai on Tuesday rejected a new draft constitution proposed by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, saying his rivals had all but ditched a painstakingly negotiated earlier draft.