The boss remains in full control
President Mugabe addresses media at State House in Harare this past week .-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

The boss remains in full control

President Mugabe is in full control of Government and fit enough to put more man hours into his work than any of his detractors ever could, the Head of the Civil Service has said.

President Mugabe addresses media at State House in Harare this past week .-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)
President Mugabe addresses media at State House in Harare this past week .-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda exclusively told The Sunday Mail last week that Government was not on “auto-pilot” and the President remained seized with his rigorous executive schedule.

Dr Sibanda implored the media to report truthfully about President Mugabe and desist from abusing him.

He also spoke of his service to the President spanning some 40 years during which time he has seen his boss’ best qualities, including his “fatherly disposition” that saw the inclusive Government (2009-2013) function cohesively against all odds.

For some time, the private media and opposition elements have speculated over President Mugabe’s health and age, claiming he was no longer capable of leading Government.

Others have instinuated he had become detached from Government business.

But ahead of the President’s 92nd birthday anniversary today, Dr Sibanda told this paper that the sole centre of power remained firmly in charge.

“He is alert, he knows what is happening. All those things (that he is no longer fit) are myths because he works – I can tell you. Sometimes he goes beyond nine o’clock or 10 o’clock.

“He is amazing . . .  He is fit; that I can tell you because we work with him. He has a very very tight (weekly) programme. So, whoever says (he is not fit), we don’t know. (These are) totally, totally misplaced (notions). In fact, most of these people who say so are sometimes themselves not fit. He has stamina; that I can tell you.”

Dr Sibanda said President Mugabe’s daily itinerary was packed with major engagements; from a stack of briefings to analysing proposed laws – word by word – as well as overseeing all ministers, engaging diplomats and other individuals, and also conducting international duties in Sadc, the African Union and United Nations.

The President, he said, was presently directing a massive food mobilisation to help drought-ravaged communities.

“You can, therefore, see that when some people allege that Government is auto-piloting, you don’t dignify those comments with a reply because you will be wasting your time. If you reply to blatant falsehood, you eventually engage a person.

“Because a person who has nothing to offer can want to take you to another level even when arguing. The best thing is to just keep quiet. That’s why some of us don’t want (to be in) the Press. It’s very rare to discuss publicly.”

He added: “When you see some people abusing such leaders because of his humility, you wonder where we came from, especially the youngsters of today. It’s our collective responsibility – the media included – to work on some of these aspects.

“We wish our media could also help us in celebrating (the President’s birthday) with everbody in a jubilant manner rather than as is the past with some sections of the media, always portraying a caricature of the person of the President. He deserves something better because he has seen it all. People should write the truth about the man of his character. He is a unique character who has been bestowed to us by God.”

On the inclusive Government, Dr Sibanda said, “As Chair of Cabinet, he managed to steer the whole process, though people were antagonistic towards each other initially. . .It was his ability to manage contradictions. They (MDC formations) started respecting President Mugabe, the leader.

“They revered him; they saw him now – that fatherly figure, that he means well, he means beyond their narrow party ideology. He is for the nation. They realised they were possibly painting the President too negatively and that was not correct. They understood the man.

“Some (after losing the elections) said, ‘If we are needed, even if it’s a Zanu-PF Government, talk to the President. Possibly we can come and serve because we want to serve.’ (They said they wanted roles) in any capacity. You could tell that it was because of how they had been handled. To me, it was amusing.”

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  • pidi

    If he works that hard then perhaps he is not at all effective as we do not see the results. The economy is in the sick bay, hunger is stalking the land, there is shortage of power, hospitals have no medicines, some urban areas have not had running water for more than 10 years, etc. So, he works doing what exactly?

  • Chibatamatuzvi

    Ushe madzoro

  • Kusvikazvanaka

    Charamba should be saying this…

  • Jabulani

    Personally directing the food mobilisation effort?

    At least we know who will bear full responsibility if people are still starving in the coming months.

  • sambiri

    Hahaha everyone knows the government is on auto pilot waiting to crash any minute. On auto pilot through a severe thunderstorm.

  • Mayibongwe

    Dream on Secretary Sibanda, inexorable nature has placed limits on mortal man (Psalms 90: threescore years and ten). Although that won’t stop others from having fantasies just like that other secretary the President once had, who now dreams of usurping legitimate Constitutional authority and controlling the nation!

  • CANDID TALK

    The point is there a more physically fit and more energetic people who can and should succeed our aged President. Its a question of aligning our wisdom with the dictates of biology and the natural attrition of living persons.

  • Japana Hapana

    Zvichapera seiko? I dont see a happy ending in all this. Obviously the old man will not remain “alert” forever. When he finally loses his alertness what will happen to the country. Pilotless, as there are no any other pilots being trained to take over.

  • Widza

    The trick is not how many hours you put in for a day’s work but what you produce. If the President is alert and fit why is the economy tittering on the brink of collapse? The fact that MDC formations ended up respecting the President is irrelevant to our current circumstances; he might be a good politician but he is a poor leader.

  • CANDID TALK

    Where is my comment?

  • Pankidzo

    If Mugabe has Zimbabwe at heart he should hand power to another person and go and rest. This is work not being a father to a family where you die ruling. Pension age is 65 and he is way above that. He should rest

  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    But he read the wrong speech. He fell . He destroyed our economy and currency what else does Mugabe have to do for Dr Mesheck Sibanda to accept that Mugabe has failed. We all know that Sibanda’s mother cooked for Mugabe years back and Mugabe is merely returning the favour

  • Tsotso

    But Mr.Sibanda don’t you think a good boss delegates to make his load lighter than work such abnormal hours? A good boss would not wait until the ship is just about to capsize. Correct me if I am wrong because ndakatoita form four yangu pa upper to ndokubva ndazotiza nhamo yedu iyi inenge yekuroyiwa inoramba ichingowand each passing day. Ndatenda hangu.

  • zvenyika

    What is he currently achieving or what has he achieved within the last 10 years of being in ‘full control’?

  • Doppelganger

    “President Mugabe is in full control of Government and fit enough to put more man hours into his work than any of his detractors ever could, the Head of the Civil Service has said.”

    That’s all we need to know!

  • loonex

    Really – so why is the meltdown continuing and the state of the nation is beyond dire. You guys are sure delusional.